Sarah has always been passionate about a healthy and active lifestyle, enjoying various outdoor pursuits such as climbing and competing in triathlons. She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Exercise Science while investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle and oral contraceptives on female running performance.

Sarah completed an MSc in Marketing, researching the importance of Self Image Incongruence in sports participation and how to encourage activity levels in young people. In harnessing this knowledge, Sarah aims to create an inclusive and encouraging environment in all her classes.

After years of Pilates practice and taking a break to have a family, Sarah completed her training as a level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor, recognising the huge benefits to her own health and wellbeing. Since then, she has gained her qualification as a level 3 Pilates Reformer instructor with Polestar Pilates and is currently undertaking comprehensive training with Peak Pilates in teaching Classical Pilates.

Sarah is passionate about incorporating movement into everyday life and in particular the many benefits of Pilates in promoting mindfulness, strength, stability, flexibility, and body awareness.


  • RSA Teaching certificate in Exercise to Music

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science with Biology

  • YMCA Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor

  • Trigger Point Pilates Mat Level 1 Mat Work Instructor

  • Polestar Pilates Reformer Pilates Certification

  • CPD training in Pilates for Rotational Sports


In her spare time, Sarah enjoys walks in the country with her family, seeing friends, and relaxing with a book.

Favourite Pilates exercise

Reverse Abdominals and Long Spine on the Reformer.

Where you can join me

In the Online Pilates Studio

Sarah Leonard Pilates teacher