Bea – Studio Owner and Instructor
Born in Germany in 1975, Bea was three years old before she found her way into a gym and often wonders what took her so long! Bea soon went on to represent her county, performing acrobatic gymnastics and athletics at a national level. Taking her passion a step further, she went on to complete a six-year Masters degree in Sports Science at the German Sport University of Cologne.
Bea’s dream was to open a school of physical education, but with the added mantra of focussing on the importance and enjoyment of movement, rather than the competitive aspects of it. In 2013, Bea graduated with Polestar, a world-class provider of Pilates teacher training, and in 2017 she completed the prestigious Polestar Comprehensive Pilates Program comprising both mat and equipment.
Turning her dream into a reality, Bea set up mytime Pilates, which focusses on using movement to mobilise the body and maintain physical and mental balance in a relaxed, rural setting. Today, Bea can be proud of her studio which offers clients a mixture of mat classes, equipment classes and one-to-one sessions.
To develop her skillset further, Bea has attended workshops on pre-natal and post-natal Pilates; the role of feet in Pilates; and Standing Pilates; and will soon be attending a session on the post-injury mechanics of the knee and hip.
In Bea’s spare time she loves nothing better than kite surfing – the ocean is where she finds true inner peace – and spending time with her children and dogs at home.
Three words that describe Bea: Vivacious, Determined, Passionate.
Sharon – Instructor
Having suffered from childhood asthma, Sharon’s first real foray into regular exercise was as client of mytime, when she first attended classes to relieve her back pain. Following a career in the oil industry, her passion for Pilates quickly grew, and, admiring Bea’s teaching technique, she went on to gain her own Polestar Matwork accreditation in September 2017. Sharon then completed the Comprehensive Pilates Program in September 2018, which has helped to increase her repertoire of movements to meet her clients’ ever-changing needs. She is now an invaluable part of the mytime team, and relentlessly pushes clients to work harder, although her reassuring smile means you can’t be cross with her! Constantly eager to increase her skillset, Sharon has recently attended workshops in pre-natal and post-natal Pilates, as well as the Franklin Method for a Healthy Spine, which helps to improve flexibility, balance and strength.
When not in the studio, Sharon enjoys encouraging her teenage children away from their screens for some quality family time, as well as rigorous tap dancing classes which help keep her heart rate up and a smile on her face.
Three words that describe Sharon: Practical, Consistent, Respectful.
Katya – Instructor
Having previously worked as a fashion HR Manager, Katya retrained as a Pilates instructor following the birth of her three children, and joined the mytime team in 2018. Katya also spent ten years practicing equipment Pilates in Hong Kong and London before completing the Polestar Comprehensive Program in March 2018. Katya never fails to put a smile on our faces. A warm and welcoming lady, her challenging yet fun classes focus on breath and body awareness; finding efficiency in movement; and achieving optimum postural alignment. Katya’s aim is to help her clients improve their level of fitness and form, as well as reducing the risk of injury. Free spirit Katya – we call her that as her passion for teaching means she will often overrun for 10 minutes without realising! – is a real credit to our team as we are constantly told by our clients.
Aside from working at mytime, Katya is the Chair of Governors at a local primary school, where she also teaches netball, and at home she enjoys spending time with her children and dogs.
Three words that describe Katya: Calm, Compassionate, Fun-loving.
Jon – Instructor
Jon is one of the latest additions to the mytime team, having originally been introduced to Pilates some ten years ago while attending a dance school and realising the complementary aspect of Pilates in dance. In 2016, Jon become a Pilates Barre instructor while working at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, and in 2017 he went on to become a Pilates Mat instructor, gaining a certificate from the PhysicalMind Institute. At this point, Jon also became a personal trainer, with the ultimate goal of boosting women’s self-confidence through exercise. Jon is no stranger to Penshurst, having grown up in the village, and after 10 years working abroad he realised that “home really is where the heart is”. Mytime is the perfect setting for Jon as his favourite thing in the world is rambling around the Kent countryside. Meanwhile in the studio, his classes promise to provide a fabulous fusion of fitness and dance.
When he is not teaching, Jon admits he spends extortionate amounts of money on seeing West End shows and he also has a flair for making stained glass windows.
Three words that describe Jon: Conscientious, Flourishing, Hopeful.
Hannah – Instructor
Hannah first took up Pilates to help with post-baby recovery and improve her posture. Experiencing the benefits of Pilates led to a complete change in career, and she soon completed her Matwork certification and Standing Pilates certification with the PhysicalMind Institute. Keen to expand her remit to include Barre Pilates, Hannah trained with world-renowned Tracey Mallett, successfully completing the booty barre; booty barre flex & flow; and bbarreless floor barre programmes, all of which she found complemented the skills she previously acquired in Pilates Matwork. Hannah has also attended workshops on pre-natal and post-natal Pilates, and her wide-ranging knowledge makes her a great asset to the team.
Outside of the studio, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Labrador, George, as well as reading and cooking. She also enjoys self-practice of Pilates and fitness, and perhaps most of all, being with her two daughters Grace and Lily.
Three words that describe Hannah: Attentive, Patient, Cheerful.
To see who is teaching what at mytime, please click here to see our timetable.