I'm Mari.

I am the owner of Connect UAE. I have a beautiful family and a business that is nourishing me. This may sound deceptively perfect. Indeed, it has not always been this way.

My journey was full of ups and downs, but today I stand tall physically and metaphorically.

It’s hard to imagine but 3 years ago I couldn’t walk 500m without pain. My sole desire back then was to live a life free from constant discomfort.

For most of my life I worked in tourism and aviation. My last corporate role was a regional manager for "flydubai". From the outside everything seemed wonderful - I had a great position, a high income. I loved my job.

"I looked like a glossy woman, but inside there was emptiness."
Now I get that the emptiness came from not understanding the balance between work and family and not understanding myself in general because my whole life was built around surviving and achieving.

"In 2020, after my second pregnancy, on top of postpartum depression (that nobody is talking about), I began experiencing chronic body pains, especially in my lower back."

The intense back pain persisted despite multiple doctors' attempts to alleviate it - nothing helped at all. It progressively worsened until it go to a point where I had to lie down for 15 minutes just to walk to the kitchen table. The pain was unbearable. I had no other option but to address the debt of self-love I owed myself.

I couldn't fully enjoy the journey of motherhood, which was a dream come true for me. That’s when I understood that I had to take responsibility for my health.

I was committed to find a remedy. I continued searching and trying different doctors, fitness instructors and healing modalities.

" Finally, in 2022 I came across Polestar Pilates method. This is when things started to change."

It took some time for my body to bring back the healthy movement patterns and to re-balance. But I was committed. And today I know that every step I did to connect with myself to understand my body , to hear it better was the best decision of my life

This experience had a deep impact on me.

I made a promise to bring the Polestar Pilates education to GCC, Georgia and Armenia.

My mission, together with Polestar Pilates, is to create as many professionals as possible so that people can experience the freedom of movement and live pain-free, tension-free lives.

We believe in the power of movement and its ability to heal and strengthen both the body and mind. Let me tell you the truth, there is no quick fix for chronic pains, but I can absolutely guarantee that it's possible to re-pattern your movements and live a pain-free and vibrant life.