The Garuda Yoga and Pilates Studio
26-28 Finchley Road, London NW8 6ES
Tel: +44 (0)207 483 4644

Jillian Hessel

Meet Jillian Hessel, who will be joining us in London for her workshop “Pilates: Truly, Madly, Deeply!” on 17th May 2017 – BOOK NOW FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL £650, SAVE £100!

Originally from Tarrytown, New York, Jillian Hessel is an internationally renowned Master Pilates teacher based in Los Angeles, California, and a second-generation Pilates teacher in direct succession from Joseph Pilates.  Jillian first discovered the benefits of Pilates when her professional dancing career was sidelined by a back injury in 1981. She began to study with Kathy Grant, a New York-based movement coach specializing in the technique of corrective exercise and body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates.

Jillian recognized at once that the goals of this therapeutic conditioning system are full body control, an extremely high degree of abdominal strength, greater range of motion and, most significantly, the combined power of the body and mind.  Within a few months, Jillian was apprenticing at the Carola Trier Studio, where she studied to teach Pilates’ method of exercises. “I began to develop my own teaching style,” she says. “It was a synthesis of my knowledge from years of dance training, yoga classes, and my work with Kathy and Carola.”

In 1986, Jillian moved to Los Angeles, where she continued teaching the work of Pilates at the Ron Fletcher Studio. Two years later, she founded her own training practice, and since then she has tutored countless students in the finer nuances of Pilates exercise. She has also taught workshops and classes at Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour and Balanced Body: Passing the Torch. Throughout this time she has developed and constantly honed her own unique approach to teaching Pilates, which she calls the B.E.A.M. Technique™.

Jillian Hessel has been teaching Pilates for 35 years. She is a “Hybrid of the Masters,” who names Kathy Grant, Carola Trier and Ron Fletcher as her Pilates mentors. Known for her concise verbal instruction and crystal clear imagery, Jillian is also an avid Iyengar Yoga practitioner.

Jillian last taught in the UK in 2009, so this is both a rare and unique opportunity to study with her!  She mentors Certified Pilates Teachers through her own “Keeping the Flame” program, & you can take her online classes on Pilates Anytime.

She can be found on the web at:



click here to book her “Pilates: Truly, Madly, Deeply!” workshop.