Educator Highlight : Mirko Turla

In your own words – describe “the Spirit of Polestar”

“Education in correct movement through knowledge, passion, curiosity and kindness.”

What Three Words come to mind when you think of “Polestar Pilates”

Experience, Intelligence, Cutting edge

What do you love about teaching Pilates?

I love being able to help others reduce or eliminate body pains, improve their movements and their relationship with their bodies. I truly believe that this ultimately translates into a happier life and spirit.

Where did you take your Training and who was the educator?

I took my first Polestar comprehensive in Hong Kong in 2003 with Dawnna Wayburne. I subsequently took reformer and mat course with her in 2005 and 2006. I’ve learned a great deal from Dawnna – she is truly a phenomenal teacher! Over the years, other Polestar Educators that influenced my teaching were Brent Anderson, Shelly Power, Sherri Betz, and Dav Cohen. I was also very fortunate to attend various classes and workshops with the legendary Lolita San Miguel, Mary Bowen and Deborah Lessen.

What are your current Inspirations? 

Nature, being outside in the sun, being near the sea because they’re very close to how I would describe a perfect holiday! 🙂

Why Pilates? How did you find the practice?

I gravitated towards Pilates because I was dealing with back pains years ago and I read how beneficial it was. I started with mat, then moved on to equipment and I felt its amazing benefits almost immediately!

What do you hope to convey in your teaching?

Proper body awareness, alignment and the happiness and satisfaction of being pain-free and moving better.

What is your favorite Quote? 

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out” – Tina Turner.

I find this true not only with material things, but also with what we are not happy within our body (pain, limitations) and mind.

What is your Favorite Apparatus or favorite way to move?

It varies, but I’d say the Trapeze table because I love the Hanging Series!

Find Mirko at @mirkofitfoodie

Become a Pilates Teacher with Mirko / February 2022 in Pasadena

Reader Interactions


  1. I had the pleasure of taking Mirko’s mat class this morning, so it was nice to read this profile this evening! The class was challenging, creative, and fun. I loved it.

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