Deborah is a fully licensed medical doctor and avid dancer who first encountered Pilates more than 10 years ago. Pilates enabled Deborah to greatly improve her understanding of movement and reduce the lower back pain she suffered from due to mild scoliosis.
Inspired to learn more and to share the benefit of Pilates with others, she decided to undergo Pilates instructor training. She has had extensive experience training under different instructors in Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong and is also well-versed in ballet, tap and contemporary dance.
She believes that health and wellness should involve mind, body and soul and also practices as integrative family physician and medical advisor with various medical groups throughout the region. She has a vision of affordable and optimal health for all and it is her mission to inspire and support every individual on their wellness journey, whatever it may be.
During her days as a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and while juggling a dance career in Boston, Thicha discovered and embraced Pilates as a way to recover from a disc and ankle injury while improving and maintaining her overall muscle tone and flexibility all at once, staying healthy and injury-free. She immediately saw the potential and need to be able to help all population type develop healthy movement habits through positive motion.
Thicha has been teaching Pilates for almost a decade now and her clients include an extensive range, from professional ballet dancers, Olympic medalists, Hollywood singers to rehabilitation-based clients. Thicha has a strong interest in helping her clients to achieve their goals and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through various movement modalities.
Over the past few years, Thicha has been more involved in teaching, mentoring and certifying new instructors in the STOTT PILATES® method. She feels empowered helping these new instructors utilise their skills to rehabilitate others.
Sook Kuen (SK) was introduced to Pilates by her sister after she consulted her on her scoliosis problem, which was causing her to experience bad knee pain. She was soon being put on a program and indeed that was a life-changing experience for her! It was not too long before SK discovered her new passion and was amazed by the benefits that Pilates had brought about for her.
Since then, there was no looking back and Pilates had become an important part of her life. In her quest to share the many great benefits of Pilates with others, SK gave up her rising career in the corporate world and decided to pursue her new passion – Pilates.
Movement and dance has been Susanne’s passion ever since she attended ballet classes as a young girl. Trained as a senior nurse in Orthopedic and Accident Surgery, Orthopedic rehabilitation and Obstetrics, she started teaching Pilates and Argentine Tango after the birth of her son. While on relocation with her husband in Freiberg, Germany, she started her own Pilates studio and fashion boutique.
With a wealth of knowledge in movement, anatomy and physiology, Susanne is able to develop programs that cater towards their needs and goal. Her love for movement and music helps clients to learn functional movement patterns for their daily life in a joyful and inspiring atmosphere.
Dance has always been part of Daisy’s growing up years. Apart from being a medium of expression for her, it was also a form of cardiovascular fitness which she preferred as opposed to regular jogging.
Her exposure to fitness and Pilates started after suffering from shoulder and lower back pain after childbirth. After witnessing how Pilates could allow how to be pain free and inspired by fitness professionals, she decided to undergo Fletcher Pilates matwork, Pilates Academy International Reformer and personal training (ACE) certification.
Previously a personal trainer at SICC, Daisy left to join Breathe as she wanted to focus more on Pilates and rehabilitation. She derives satisfaction from seeing her clients become passionate about fitness and Pilates as she believes fitness and wellness makes a huge difference in our lives. She hopes to always inspire people to exercise well through good training, dance and Pilates.
Rohini started teaching Pilates over 6 years ago in Melbourne, where she began her teaching career after training with STOTT PILATES. She was drawn toward Rehabilitation Pilates and the specificity Pilates exercises provide for a wide range of injuries and conditions. Her interest in helping people achieve their goals to return to sport or their daily functional activities after an injury or surgery saw her train to become a Rehabilitation Pilates Trainer . She is a certified STOTT PILATES and Total BARRE Instructor, Rehabilitation Pilates Trainer, and has a Certificate IV in Fitness from Fitness Australia. Before moving to Singapore, she worked as a Physio Assistant in Melbourne, working along side a team of Physiotherapists to deliver relevant exercise programs in a Clinical setting.
In her past life, she used to be a Communications professional, working in Public Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility roles.
Rachel specialises in postural correction and pain management.
Previously a finance professional and avid dancer, Rachel was suffering from chronic pain for more than a decade. She understands the value in living a pain-free life and aspires to provide a one-stop solution to those who suffer from constant pains and aches, bringing quality back into their lives.
Rachel has coached clients with scoliosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, tension headache, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, plantar fasciitis, diastasis recti, hypermobility and numerous other conditions. She has also coached clients with autoimmune diseases – multiple sclerosis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves’ disease; and genetic disorder – spinal muscular atrophy to restore their bodily functions.
Rachel wears multiple hats. On top of being a pilates instructor, she is also a personal trainer, sports massage therapist and nutrition coach.
Sash is a fully certified Pilates instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance. He has 10 years of teaching experience and specialises in pre and post natal Pilates, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics care. Always keen to learn and keep in touch with the latest developments in the Pilates industry, Sash has attended workshops held by second-generation master instructors Patricia Guyton, Jay Grimes and Alan Herdman and he believes it is a privilege to learn the original principles Pilates was based on.
Sash believes that Pilates is a great exercise system for regaining strength, rehabilitation, injury prevention and developing body awareness. His classes are always challenging and fun and there is never a dull moment with him around.
The desire to return to the ballet studio after having stopped dancing for many years led Dorothy to Pilates to strengthen her core and awaken the mobility in her limbs. Pilates became her staple exercise regime, as she found that it helped her physical performance and body awareness. Drawn into Pilates, she left the corporate world to pursue Pilates teacher training, and moved full-time into the fitness world. Her love for movement, dance and music also led her to train as a barre instructor.
Dorothy finds joy in sharing the functionality and beauty of Pilates and movement, with her clients of various fitness levels, age, and physical conditions, including rehabilitation. When she is not in the studio or scuba diving in the region, she would be somewhere practicing yoga, barre or ballet; or spending time with her miniature Dachshund.
Angeline has a keen interest in healthy living and over the years developed a great passion for Pilates. What started as a simple back pain turned into a chronic problem and she discovered that Pilates was the most effective way to improving her condition. It is a mind body regime that is stimulating, comforting and produces results. This inspired her to pursue certification to share the benefit of her practice with others.
Angeline is also mother of two, holds a BBA, is an avid traveler and photographer.
Gemhl’s journey into Pilates started in 2011, while she was searching for a way to relieve her chronic shoulder ache caused by sitting for long hours in front of a computer, working as a marketing executive. She sought many therapies including acupuncture and regular massages, but they only brought temporary relief. The pain and stiffness in her shoulders gradually got worse, and would sometimes even lead to numbness in her hands.
After Gemhl started Pilates, her shoulders quickly started feeling more relaxed, and the pain gradually went away. As a bonus, she walked out of each Pilates session feeling much lighter and taller, and found that her posture, breathing and energy levels also improved. Gemhl benefited so much from Pilates that she decided to begin training as a Pilates instructor while still working full-time in the corporate sector.
Today, Gemhl is a Certified STOTT PILATES® instructor with various certifications from The Center for Women’s Fitness, including Pre & Post-natal Pilates Specialization and Diastasis Recti Recovery.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking healthy plant-based meals, practicing yoga and going for nature walks.
Mari discovered Pilates while she was looking for an activity to give her energy level a jump-start following years of sedentary lifestyle in her busy corporate life; that involved many hours of sitting through meetings or at her desk. This results in frequent neck, shoulder and back aches. Various therapies and exercises she’s tried provided limited relieve. Through Pilates, her condition improved by focusing on alignment, strengthening her core; and she began noticing how it shaped her body while staying pain free. Even today, she continually found herself connected to all aspects of Pilates to get stronger.
Having experienced first hand the many benefits of Pilates, she decided to pursue instructor certification with STOTT PILATES® to better understand Pilates and soon found herself embarking on a new career. She loves that it is a job where one keeps learning and growing. She believes Pilates is restorative yet challenging – a harmony of big and small muscles working together through stretching, strengthening and realigning our bodies.
Joyce was first exposed to Pilates during her previous career in research and marketing in Singapore. At the time, she suffered from chronic backaches due to scoliosis exacerbated by poor posture. All it took was one session of Pilates to convince her of the efficiency of the exercises, and since then she’s been hooked and living pain-free! Applying the principles learnt in the studio to everyday life further introduced a great sense of well-being and control to her life.
Joyce has been a full-time STOTT PILATES® instructor since 2014 and has experience teaching clients of all ages and fitness levels. She is mum to a young boy, loves science fiction, the outdoors and regularly scuba dives, hikes, and plays tennis. She tells anyone who will listen how Pilates can complement and improve their game – whatever their game may be!
Nicole developed her passion for ballet and dance at the early age of 5 when she joined the Singapore Ballet Academy, dancing with them for 12 years until she moved to the U.S. to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Davis. She moved back to Singapore and worked in social media and IT, before she reawakened her love for dance through Pilates and Barre.
Having experienced the benefits of Pilates, Nicole decided to switch out of her corporate job to pursue teaching Pilates full time. She loves that it is a job where she can continue to learn and grow, while inspiring her clients to be stronger and improve their body alignment. She believes that Pilates helps to energise and restore the body while focusing on control, mobility, strength and flexibility. Nicole is a firm believer of a holistic lifestyle and is convinced that the burn and glow following each class, translates positively into other areas of life.
In her free time, she enjoys baking, scuba diving, and going for nature walks with her Singapore Special, Mowgli.
Growing up, Charlene spent a lot of time in sports and dance. She was always up for trying out a new activity but when she started pouring her life into work, she didn’t make time for much activities and her fitness level took a dive. After having her first kid, she was reminded how important fitness is to her mind and body, and how good it always made her feel! So she quit the corporate lifestyle and delved straight into the STOTT PILATES training.
Pilates has helped Charlene gain more than just core strength, it has helped balance her well being. She wishes to help others find that ‘neutral’ in their lives.
Sandra is a level II STOTT Pilates® Certified Instructor and former owner of Breathe Pilates Studios. She had her first exposure to Pilates at the age of 17 when she took lessons at STOTT Pilates Headquaters in Toronto to rehab from dance injuries. Since then, she has always known that Pilates will be in her life in some ways.
Sandra shares her natural enthusiasm for movement and attention to form in her group classes and private sessions. Clients can expect a thorough yet fun approach to their practice while they improve body awareness, confidence, and strength.
With her nutrition and biotechnology background, Sandra is a firm believer that food and wellness go hand in hand in making clients feel their personal best. Sandra is also a certified living foods chef and consultant for wellness programs around Asia. She is currently also juggling her role as the regional manager for social startup Green Monday advocating plant-based diets for a more sustainable planet.
Elena “El” is a South Korean native who now calls Singapore home. She is a workout junkie and avid home chef. While El, a former flight stewardess, was introduced to pilates for its reformative properties (due to her chronic backaches), she is now equally passionate about incorporating pilates into fitness work. El is bilingual in English and Korean.
Her goal is not only to help clients achieve their ideal bodies but also to achieve sustained wellness be it for body correction or pain relief.
5년전 승무원 일을 시작하게 되어 싱가폴에 건너오게되었습니다. 불규칙한 생활과 강한체력이 필수인 업무 특성상 ,건강이 악화되어 퇴사를 결심하고 필라테스를 시작하게 되었습니다
필라테스를 통해 건강과 다이어트 그리고 정신까지 얻을 수 있었습니다. 체중 감량이 목적인 분들 뿐만 아니라 체형교정, 통증완화, 성장촉진, 산전·산후 관리 등을 목적으로 필라테스에 도전하고자 하는 모든 분들을 충족시켜 드리고 싶습니다. 앞으로도 계속해서 개인적인 역량개발을 개발하기 위해 노력하고 ,또한 회원과의 많은 대화를 통한 친근함을 통해 필라테스의 즐거움을 느끼게 해드리고 나 자신의 몸을 사랑하는 법을 가르쳐 드리고 싶습니다.
Alicia played multiple sports growing up but after entering the workforce, exercise took a back seat. Chronic aches and chest pains led her to try various workouts to break out of the sedentary lifestyle and prioritise health.
She decided to direct her focus on Pilates for injury rehabilitation following a fall, at the recommendation of her physiologist. After a few sessions, she noticed an increase in body and postural awareness, resulting in better alignment and execution of each exercise, and less pain!
Pilates became not just another exercise routine, but a passion that led Alicia to quit her career in marketing to dive into Pilates instructor training.
Alicia aims to evangelise the many benefits of Pilates and principles that clients can bring from the studio into other aspects of their daily lives and fitness journeys, through a fun and motivating environment.
Sydney’s background is in barre and dance and has a keen interest in ballet. She has completed the Royal Academy of Dance exams in classical ballet. Her goal is to make Pilates accessible, relevant and most importantly – fun!
Sydney is also a wine lover, holds a BBM, is an avid skier and bibliophile.
Joelle had always been active in sports and dance. Growing up, she’s done several genres – ballet, modern, tap, jazz and contemporary and have been performing and competing locally and overseas. Taking the road less travelled, Joelle decided to pursue an education in contemporary dance at the New Zealand School of Dance where she developed an interest in health and wellness. She’s had the opportunity to do pilates whilst she was there. It became a part of her life and never left.
Moving back home in 2018, Joelle taught contemporary dance to several schools such as Hwa Chong International School, Bukit Merah Secondary School, Dunman High School, St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School whilst at the same time dancing externally.
Joelle believes that the happiest people are the prettiest, as such mental and physical health are intertwined therefore she always chooses to do what makes her happy whilst she sees the importance and benefits of health and wellness to age gracefully, with Pilates, she hopes to make it fun and relevant. All about them self care, self love!
She’s had the opportunity to take pilates to a new level where she trained in level 1 STOTT PILATES® and Injuries and special Populations with Breathe Pilates.
Denise was born and raised in Southern California. She is an avid health-nut pursuing any and all modes of fitness. Having a passion for health and nutrition she believes health is a balance of your diet and how you treat your body through exercise.
While trying classical Mat Pilates at University she was introduced to the methods of Joseph Pilates. Years later she went to her first pilates class on the reformer and has never looked back.
Moving to Singapore allowed Denise the time and opportunity to pursue STOTT Pilates training at Breathe. She is trained in STOTT Pilates Level 1 and has developed a passion to show others the benefits of this lifestyle
Born in Seoul South Korea, Suji earned her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Radiology at medical school before moving to Singapore.
Suji was always fascinated with fitness and wellness which led her to discover and fall in love with Pilates. She found Pilates to be the perfect regime to strengthen, tone and stretch her body as well as focus her mind though graceful yet functional movements.
Her understanding of anatomy through her education, enables her to best assist clients who want to change their posture, or rehabilitate their bodies. Otherwise, her goal is always to ensure clients leave the class feeling stronger, more flexible and relaxed through the practice of Pilates. She enjoys creating a comfortable environment for people with all levels of experience and and fitness and strongly believes that Pilates can transform anyone’s body, mind and well being.
She is fluent in Korean and English.
Trained Level 1 Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel STOTT PILATES® instructor
Trained Level 2 Reformer STOTT PILATES® instructor
Completed STOTT PILATES® Functional Anatomy
Cynthia is certified trainer in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Exercise Method since 2008 and 2011 respectively and is Pre-Trainer (teachers trainer) for GYROTONIC®. She is also a certified trainer for GYROTONER® and other Specialised Equipment including Leg Extension Units and Jumping-Stretching Board. She has completed GYROTONIC® Level 2 in both Program 1 and 2 and other specialised courses namely the Breathing Intensive Course with the founder Juliu Horvath, Psoas Principles, Applications for the Fascial Body and Applications for the Dancer Level 1 and 2, and many others.
Her teaching has a strong focus on the therapeutic value of GYROTONIC® exercise that helps clients of all age for Prehab- and Rehabilitation, to achieve optimal postural alignment and repatterning body movement for better health. She is also trained in woman fitness that focuses on pelvic floor health, pre and postnatal, diastasis recti recovery and scar treatment.
Cynthia holds a MSc (Hon) in Urban Planning and have been moving around the world for the last 20 years. She has lived in Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, China, Russia, Hong Kong and is now happily settled in Singapore with her family. She enjoys teaching the GYROTONIC® Expansion System along with other movement modalities and disciplines she trained:
Born and raised in Singapore, Tricia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors’ degree in Political Economy and a minor in Music. She had her first taste of Pilates in her late teens in Singapore and was immediately hooked onto the gentle, controlled, yet intentional movements of Pilates. Having a deep background in the Performing Arts – as Principal Cellist with her high school orchestra, Cellist for the Singapore National Youth Sinfonia, certified Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 Piano Performance, Main Cast Actress with her high school Theater company, International World Champion for the global Odyssey of the Mind creative performance competition, and Contemporary Dancer in college – movement has always been a significant part of her life.
Unbeknownst to many, Tricia was diagnosed with mild scoliosis since her early teenage years, which had caused a dull upper backache and several imbalances in her body over the years. This was exacerbated by the earlier years of her career in long-hour high-intensity corporate jobs such as Equity Research and technology Sales Strategy Consulting. She continued to practice Pilates during her time in San Francisco – having been exposed to various pedagogic disciplines of Pilates – such as STOTT Pilates, Balanced Body, BASI, and Fletcher Pilates. Alongside Pilates, Tricia engaged in various types of movement regularly over the years – from Yoga, to Barre, to outdoor Hiking, to Indoor Spin Cycling, to Gyrotonic – yet she found the most consistency and observed the most significant improvements combining mental clarity, body awareness, and resistance training, through Pilates.
After more than 7 years practicing Pilates across San Francisco and Singapore, Tricia took the step to venture into the realm of Pilates Instructor Training. Trained by a Rehabilitative Physiotherapist STOTT Pilates Instructor-Trainer, she has completed workshops in Functional Anatomy and Postural Analysis. She has also completed the Merrithew STOTT Pilates Intensive Reformer course for both the Essential and Intermediate levels – trained by renowned Merrithew Lead Instructor-Trainers from Japan and Korea.
Tricia has a passion in overall wellness and aims to improve the quality of life of her clients through mindful movement and clarity of thought through Pilates.