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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wan Jung has a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Taiwan and has worked as a Physiotherapist for the past 4 years with experience in geriatric, outpatient musculoskeletal and post op field.
She discovered Pilates while seeking a long term and efficient exercise for her back pain and hand injury and found that practicing Pilates helped her to recover faster.
From that point on, she developed a strong interest in Pilates. She enjoys helping her clients to improve their posture and body awareness via Pilates, to create interesting exercises and a positive movement experience for clients. She believes that Pilates does not only improve our physical posture but it also uplifts our mental well-being.
She is able to teach in both Mandarin and English.
Due to her scoliosis and unsupervised HIIT workouts, Caureen suffered unbearable pains in her shoulders, hips, and knees. As a result, she turned to Pilates as a form of rehabilitation. since then, her life has changed as her constant pain has disappeared! As a firm believer in the benefits of Pilates, Caureen is keen to share her knowledge with clients to help them better understand proper functional movement.
As a licensed physiotherapist, Bhakti practiced acute care in India for 7+ years. During this time, she was first introduced to Mat Rehab Pilates. After the birth of her son, Bhakti took a sabbatical to spend time with him. She took postnatal pilates classes and gained back her core strength and regained control of her body. Her personal journey led her to become a certified instructor in Mat and Reformer Pilates.
Her keen area of interest is in women’s health and geriatrics!
Born and raised in South Korea, Chloe worked as a theatre actress in South Korea before moving to Singapore. She was alway fascinated with fitness and discovered pilates while seeking an efficient exercise for her shoulder pain and imbalanced pelvis. Pilates led her to workout safely and use the right muscles. It also helped balance her body and mind.
As an instructor, Chloe loves sharing Pilates with others and hopes that it will do for others what it did for her. She looks forward to creating sessions specific to each person’s needs and ultimately helping her clients feel more balanced, stable, and strong.
In her free time, she enjoys baking, yoga and jogging.
Chloe is able to teach in Korean and English.
운동을 자주 하고 좋아했지만 잘못된 자세와 긴장감으로 인한 어깨통증과 골반 불균형 때문에 고민하던 중 필라테스를 시작하게 되었습니다.
필라테스를 통해 바른자세로 안전하게 운동하는 법을 배웠고 체형교정과 함께 어깨 긴장감과 통증을 해소 시키는 효과를 얻었습니다.
이런 경험을 많은 분들과 공유하고 나누고 싶었기 때문에 필라테스 강사가 되었습니다.
제 수업에 오시는 분들이 저처럼 필라테스의 좋은점을 경험하실 수 있도록 충분한 소통을 통해 개개인의 목표에 맞춰 안전하고 효율적으로 운동하실 수 있는 편안한 분위기를 만들어 드리고 싶습니다.
In her formative years, Rachel pursued ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance. A continual passion for dance and movement pushed her into exploring other genres thereafter, from modern-contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, to even musical choreography. She delved deeper into overall fitness, health, and wellness as a young adult, and discovered mat Pilates through YouTube. She began incorporating them regularly into her weekly routine and it was during this phase in life when she first wondered what it would be like to work in the fitness industry.
After graduation, Rachel worked full-time as a laboratorist. The nature of her profession gave her many body aches in the neck, shoulders, lower and upper back. She continued being active regularly, but the pain never seemed to be alleviated. When she signed up for reformer classes, she received personal advice from her instructor, and she found her condition improving over time. She also felt herself getting stronger, and developing greater control over her body.
Having experienced the benefits of Pilates, Rachel decided to enrol in a course hosted by Breathe Pilates to deepen her understanding of the human anatomy and STOTT PILATES®️ method. She is fully convinced of the benefits of Pilates and hopes to help others achieve balance, create flow, develop strength, and practise mindful movement!
Alicia joins Breathe Pilates with a background in ballet. She started her ballet training at the age of five, and has been accorded with prestigious certifications.
After sustaining a foot injury, Alicia started practicing Pilates as part of her rehabilitation. She soon discovered that Pilates has far more health benefits to offer. Deeper understanding of the body has helped Alicia improve aspects such as core strength, range of motion, and mobility. This has in turn allowed Alicia to achieve higher performance in ballet than before her injury.
Alicia is honored to be a part of the Breathe Pilates team, and hopes to help clients attain and perform at optimal physical conditions and achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Charmaine was first exposed to Pilates as a young ballerina. Every ballet class would end with Pilates matwork, as her teacher emphasized how it would help build the strength and endurance needed for rigorous ballet training.
After entering the workforce, Charmaine rediscovered Pilates. She enjoyed how invigorated she felt after a Pilates workout and the mental break it gave her after a stressful day in a corporate environment. From the mindfulness in every movement, to the coordination and balance required, Pilates challenges the mind and body in every aspect.
Charmaine’s first foray into the fitness and movement industry soon came after an opportunity to teach ballet fitness arose. Each class would end with a short Pilates matwork section, and Charmaine was always on the lookout to find new ways to challenge her clients. It was at this point where Charmaine was inspired to learn more about Pilates and deepen her knowledge.
As an instructor, Charmaine believes in strong foundational technique being the building blocks to more advanced movements. All the basic principles one would learn in a Pilates class can be functionally applied to everyday movements as well as other workouts, from dancing to weightlifting. She hopes to share her love of Pilates with clients who are committed to improving their physical strength, mobility, and body awareness through mindful movement.
Charibelle was always into rhythm and movement representing her school in group dance and cheerleading events as a young child. It all changed when she entered her teenage years where a severe curvature of the spine (thoracolumbar scoliosis) required her to wear a metal brace daily to school. Soon after, she underwent a major surgery for a spinal fusion involving 2 rods and 8 screws to straighten her spine.
Many years after in her adulthood, Cha rediscovered the mental and physical benefits of movement. She balanced corporate life with the heavy demands of training for running and triathlon competitions. She has since competed in 9 Olympic distance triathlons, 4 Half-Ironman and 5 Half-Marathon races.
Her love for quality movement and performance also led her to enrol herself and get certified in fitness-related courses such as Strength & Conditioning (NSCA), Pre-and Post-Natal Strength Coaching (GGS).
Pilates became a personal passion when Cha found herself having less time to train for triathlon races after having kids. It was after suffering from clinical depression driven by burnout when she seriously considered becoming more knowledgeable about human anatomy and the STOTT PILATES ® method. Every detail of what she learned from the courses hosted by Breathe Pilates gave Cha a refreshed view of life — enough to make her jump into a long-desired career switch to become a Pilates instructor.
Today, Charibelle uses every session she conducts not just to demonstrate the mental and physical benefits of Pilates but also to relate and empathise with each person’s background as a way to uplift the people she comes into contact with. And while she herself is physically limited in what she can do with the exercises, she lives vicariously through her clients as she challenges and guides them to perform each movement.
Korean born and raised in Japan, Rika started her career in Consulting and relocated to Singapore in 2019 to manage projects across Asia. While the corporate world was an interesting and challenging experience, Rika had a defining moment when she discovered Pilates in 2021.
Practicing Pilates not only reduced her constant neck and lower back pain but also gave Rika the feeling she never had before – “I was amazed at how refreshed and balanced I felt after each class. I felt stronger and relaxed physically & mentally.”
Having always wanted to teach, and discovering that she was fast becoming passionate about Pilates, she made the decision to become a full-time Pilates instructor.
Rika’s goal is to help improve clients’ mobility and conditions through personalized exercises, and empower them to take great care of their body and mind for the long term.
Rika also holds a certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University, and in her leisure time enjoys playing golf and going to the beach with her two rescue dogs. She is fluent in both English and Japanese and also conversational in Korean.
After suffering a long-term back injury from practicing Aerial Yoga regularly, Yi Man decided to take a break and turn to Pilates as a part of her non-stop learning journey.
Much to her delight, practicing Pilates for a few months has helped her to recover from her back injury. This made her set her mind off on a new journey to help many others, who are facing similar issues as her, to return to their pain-free life.
On top of being a form of exercise that helps with body alignment and muscle toning, Yi Man believes in making Pilates a fun and relaxing rehabilitation.
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Debbie has dedicated a big portion of her life to dance; from classical ballet to modern K-pop choreographies, she knows them all.
Debbie sustained injuries and complications from dance and was looking for ways to complement her intense routines. She then came across Pilates, which she was fully mesmerised by with its thoughtfulness and beauty of movements. She started practising Pilates since 2016.
As an instructor, Debbie likes to emphasize on details like the proper engagement of muscles, breath works and mind-body coordination. To keep things fun, she likes to add a little upbeat rhythm when working out, to make things interesting and enjoyable for all.
Lynette was a practising hospital pharmacist turned professional dancer in a contemporary dance company (T.H.E Dance Company) when she discovered Pilates.
Pilates provided a strong complimentary training to what she was doing daily, both for maintenance and rehabilitation.
From her first Pilates class in 2015, mindfulness in movement is her key practice. It is something she strives to practice daily, be it in a dance/Pilates studio or everyday life.
With her dance training, Lynette holds a strong belief in the importance of a good foundation and is sensitive to details like movement quality and breath.
She wants to spread the love she has for movement and appreciation for all our bodies can do.
Madeline was a performer in Universal Studios Singapore for 6 years. Being an active individual, she also pursued pole and contortion as her interest. Through these activities, she would later discover Pilates due to a lower back injury which caused her to be out of commission for 6 months.
Madeline took her first Pilates class in 2022 and, found a keen liking in such different approach to maintaining a fit lifestyle. Not only did Pilates complement her activities, she also enjoyed the benefits of moving and breathing mindfully. Fortunately, the pain in her back subsided and was able to resume activities with ease. As a dancer, Madeline firmly believes that having a good comprehension of body awareness is the key element to effective mind body connection.
Madeline loves to challenge her clients in both strengthening and stretch aspects, and she hopes that her clients will equally enjoy these benefits as much as she does.
Vivi’s lifelong dream has always been to help women stay in shape, and to become more beautiful and attractive. Having gone through a successful weight loss journey with the help of wellness and exercise, Vivi deeply understands the benefits they give.
On top of her consistent running routine, Vivi started practicing Yoga in the hopes of getting in shape and achieve her desired body. It’s been 7 years since, and Vivi has even obtained a yoga teacher certification in 2020. When she was pregnant, Vivi started her Pilates journey and fell in love with it after her first class. The combination of strength, flexibility as well as the connection between the mind and body helped Vivi maintain a good physical condition throughout her entire pregnancy journey.
Now, Vivi is inspired to be a Pilates instructor, hoping to help more women pay attention to their bodies and become better through her teaching; especially for new moms who have higher tendencies to neglect their health and physique because of motherhood.
During her classes, Vivi likes to pay great attention to the accuracy of each movement. She hopes that every person can achieve their own exercise goals through her classes whilst practicing happily, and leaving her class feeling satisfied and fulfilled.
Prior to this, Joann was in the banking industry. She discovered Pilates accidentally when she joined a friend for a trial class. A former gymnast and swimmer, she had her fair share of injuries. In her exploration of different exercises to stay active, she realised Pilates caters to everyone in different capacities. She was further convinced when she practiced throughout her 3 pregnancies and was impressed with how it helped with prevention and strengthening of the body.
Beyond the physical, Pilates brought along mindfulness and body awareness which she could expand into her daily life.
As an instructor, Joann likes to focus on strength, endurance, mindfulness and awareness. She hopes to journey alongside her clients in the quest for mindfulness and mobility.
Before taking up Pilates, Amirah worked in the education industry. She enjoys teaching and nurturing people of all ages. Amirah brings her bubbly persona to every class she teaches. In 2019, Amirah discovered Pilates after a visit to the doctor for her lower back pain. It was through Pilates that Amirah gained a deeper understanding of body awareness and movement, which led her to improve her body posture and strengthen her body. Since then, Amirah has fallen in love with Pilates and is motivated to share its benefits.
Amirah decided to train as a STOTT PILATES®️ instructor to combine the two things that bring joy to her life: teaching and Pilates. She truly believes that everyone can benefit from Pilates.
As an instructor, Amirah aims to share her knowledge of Pilates to help clients who are looking to improve their strength, body awareness, and mobility through mindful movement. She looks forward to seeing you in the studio.