Maro Stogiannidou

Athens, GRC
Maro Stogiannidou

Maro began her physical education at the age of five with classical ballet, continuing with gymnastics and track and field. She then earned her B.A in Psychology at the American College of Greece and a professional diploma in Dance Therapy with France Schott-Billmann. She received two qualifications in the teaching of Hatha Yoga; first with Robert Najemy in Athens, then at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta, in New York, in 1994.

Still seeking knowledge, she moved to London and studied at the Laban Center for Movement and Dance – a long-standing dream of hers – where she met her first two Pilates teachers, Susanne Lahusen and Peter Curtis, and fell in love with the method completely. In 1997, she was accepted to Alan Herdman’s training course and, after completion, went on to set up Bodyworks West Pilates Studio, in West London. She continued to teach at Alan’s studio as well until 2002, when she moved back to Greece. Opening her own studio in Athens in 2003, she also took on the position of Pilates Consultant for Holmes Place Greece in 2005.

At the Athens Pilates Symposium, in 2008, she attended all of Rael’s workshops. Immediately attracted to his sound, classical and yet very contemporary approach to the method, she decided to take the BASI CTTC and embarked on what has become a wonderful journey of exploring the method in BASI’s unique way.

She is deeply honoured to be joining the BASI Faculty team and believes that, in training the new generation of teachers, she is part of the evolution of the Pilates method.

Maro lives in Athens, Greece with her husband and two children. Along with her Pilates practice she is an avid swimmer and has recently taken up ballet.

She believes that Pilates is much more than a set of exercises. For her it’s about teaching people to be in their bodies in a new, wholesome way that can change their lives.