Zohreh Ellison has lived and worked in Iran, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hawaii and Singapore. She was bedridden for one year and in the following year, had open-heart surgery in 1999. During recovery she had muscle imbalances that needed correction. She tried weight training and Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling, but there were still unanswered questions about her health. She decided to study yoga and it wasn’t long before she became a yoga instructor, and the natural progression was to become a Pilates instructor. In 2010, Zohreh was personally invited by Mary Bowen, one of the surviving Pilates Elders, to be mentored by her in the highly selective PASSING THE TORCH® program which she completed successfully.
Zohreh joined Sky Pilates in 2011, after having worked at 24 Hour Fitness, Three Paths Holistic Fitness, and Clark Hatch in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the founder and owner of Lanikai Pilates in Kailua, Hawaii. She is serious about her work; but conducts her classes with a smile and spirit. She works with different types of clients, from beginners to advanced students, including rehab, pre- & post natal, teens, seniors, professional dancers, golfers and athletes. Pilates training gives practitioners flexibility, balance, durability, strength and coordination. “It connects the body with the mind – working together in a marriage.”
Zohreh has many certifications to her name: STOTT PILATES®; YogaFit®; Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries, Center for Anatomy & Morphology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Balance Body University® where she studied under PMA® Gold-certified instructor Elizabeth Larkam; and intensive study under Pilates Method Elder, Mary Bowen. She is a member & Certified Pilates Teacher of Pilates Method Alliance (CPT-PMA®). She has a Diploma (Associates Degree) in Interior Design, British Institute of Interior Design, Willesden College of Technology, London.