What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine developed by Joseph H Pilates in the 18th Century.

Pilates increases strength, balance, and flexibility. It also improves spinal/pelvic alignment and with controlled breathing techniques, calms your nervous system and improves mental focus.

Our approach

At Village Pilates, we take a contemporary approach to Pilates. Our focus is on how Pilates improves more than just fitness by bringing a sense of balance, harmony, and empowerment to your everyday life.

Our ‘fit body, healthy mind’ mantra ensures your health journey is fulfilling not only physically but mentally too.

Our mission

Village Pilates unleashes your potential by inspiring wellness through movement, education, community, and connection.

We work with you to bridge the gap between your expectations and what’s possible and continually innovate to find the best options to support the unique person you are rather than a cookie-cutter approach.

Our studio

Our St Ives studio offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere to students of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities. Our bright, spacious studio is fitted with state-of-the-art Pilates equipment and is open 6 days a week, offering group and semi-private sessions.

We’ve made some changes to ensure your safety during Covid-19. Please see our Covid-19 protocols for more information.

Our team

Lisa Simpkinson

Founder/Director & Studio, Mat, Reformer, and Barre Instructor

Why Pilates?

Coming from a dance background, Pilates has always been a part of my training - I love it!

Your inspiration

Seeing people achieve their goals and never give up.

Quote to live by

"Don’t complain about things you're not willing to change"

Qualifications

  • Level 4 Pilates Instructor, (APMA).
  • Grad. Cert. in Pilates Method Training (UTS).
  • Certified Booty Barre Instructor (Flex & Flow, PLUS)
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance, (London Contemporary Dance School).
  • Certified Whole Woman Practitioner

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Jana Pires

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

It makes me happy! Pilates helps me move better, makes me feel focused and connected.

Your inspiration

Nature, beautiful places, and kind people.

Quote to live by

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ― Dr. Seuss

Qualifications

  • Dip. of Professional Pilates Instruction (Polestar).
  • Cert. IV Mat Instruction (Polestar)

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Robyn Goldin

Studio, Mat, Reformer, and Barre Instructor

Why Pilates?

I have always done Pilates as part of my dance training. It was a natural progression to move from teaching ballet to teaching pilates.

Your inspiration

As a mum to 3 young boys, I am inspired by their endless energy and I hope to be able to always be fit and strong to keep up with them.

Quote to live by

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Qualifications

  • Cert. IV Polestar Pilates Matwork Instruction (Polestar).
  • Assoc. Dip. Cecchetti (Ballet Australia).
  • Diploma of Professional Studio Pilates Instruction (Pilates ITC)
  • Certified Booty Barre Instructor (PLUS)

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Monica Taylor

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

After a neck injury rendered me useless, I was rescued by Pilates and just couldn't stop, I had to do more.

Your inspiration

My Mum. Integrity.

Quote to live by

"Fortune favours the brave."

Qualifications

  • Dip. of Professional Pilates Instruction (Polestar).
  • Cert. IV Mat Instruction (Polestar)
  • Cert. IV Classical Dance.

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Rita Barbosa

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

Being a Physiotherapist and former Ballerina, Pilates came to my life as a movement enhancement.

Your inspiration

Seeing people move with freedom and a better quality of life.

Quote to live by

'Love what you do. Do what you love.'

Qualifications

  • BA Physiotherapy (Brazil).
  • Dip. Professional Pilates Instruction: Rehabilitation (Polestar).
  • Cert. IV Fitness (Aust. Institute of Fitness).
  • Tai Chi Instructor (Dr Paul Lim).
  • Post Graduation in Respiratory Physiotherapy (Brazil).
  • Degree Classical Ballet (Municipal School of São Paulo, Brazil).

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Fiona Singleton

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

I love the way it works the mind as well as the body, that it is accessible to everyone and can provide profound physical results.

Your inspiration

Anyone who comes through adversity with a kind heart and a lust for life.

Quote to live by

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr Seuss

Qualifications

  • Cert. IV Studio Pilates course (Pilates ITC).
  • Dip. Professional Pilates Instruction (Pilates ITC).

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Tassia Tromboni

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

Because of the understanding of the body and its movements, giving us all a much better quality of life!

Your inspiration

Family, friends and perfection and greatness of nature.

Quote to live by

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Qualifications

  • BA Physiotherapy (Brazil).
  • Equipment and Mat Pilates (Brazil).
  • Remedial and sports massage (ACNT, Sydney).
  • Neopilates (Brazil).
  • PIlates for spinal dysfunctions (Brazil).

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Peta Bayfield

Studio Manager and Creative Advisor

Why Pilates?

I wanted to support my sister, Lisa, when she started Village Pilates - but now I'm hooked. Such a new way of thinking and holding your body. Things that look simple are really not! After 11 years of Pilates I have never had a repetitive session and always walk away with a smile on my face.

Your inspiration

Beautiful friends & family.

Quote to live by

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”

Qualifications

  • Dip Fashion Design (Whitehouse School of Design).
  • Professional Life Coach (Australian Institute of coaching).
  • Advanced Theta Healing (Theta Healing).

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Sharn George

Studio Manager

Why Pilates?

It's something different from the gym. Pilates is calming & relaxing for the mind but at the same time hard work - even for a gym junkie! It's challenging & fun plus I get to work with an amazing team & talk to lots of different people which I love!

Your inspiration

My family.

Quote to live by

“You attract the energy you give off. Spread good vibes. Think positively. Enjoy life.”

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Maria Langeland

Studio Manager

Why Pilates?

From a young age gymnastics was my passion and choice of sport. Since having four kids I feel the core strength I built from my years of doing gymnastics needs to be rebuilt and strengthened. I love how Pilates enables me to do so, through focusing on the mind, breathing and body movement. To top it off, I get to work with an awesome team!

Your inspiration

My husband and my family.

Quote to live by

"Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." – Buddha

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Nitzan Jacob

Studio, Mat, and Reformer Instructor

Why Pilates?

It doesn't matter how I feel going into a Pilates class, I always feel better coming out.

Your inspiration

Human Nature. Our ability to adjust, adapt and create.

Quote to live by

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in'. Leonard Cohen

Qualifications

  • Comprehensive Studio Certification (Polestar Pilates).

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Brittany Blandford

Mat, and Barre Instructor

Why Pilates?

I am fascinated by the body in how it moves and correlates with the mind! As well as feeling the benefits of diligent practice.

Your inspiration

Seeing the progress of others experiencing freedom and ease in their daily movement. Also gaining knowledge and better understanding of their bodies.

Quote to live by

"Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)

Qualifications

  • Cert. IV Mat Instruction (Polestar Pilates)
  • Currently studying the Studio / Rehabilitation Course at Polestar Pilates

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Why others
choose us

Love the instructors and love the barre classes. Been coming for over 6 years now.

Annika Wood

I've been coming to Village Pilates for a few years now and have loved it since day one. All the pilates instructors are so lovely and friendly and make each class the perfect balance of challenging and fun, whilst tailoring the exercises to suit your individual needs. Their knowledge and passion is what makes Village Pilates so special! I'd recommend Village Pilates to anyone and everyone!

Olivia Hodgkinson

Have been with Village Pilates for many year. The staff are very helpful & amazing. Love my Mat classes with them.

Susanne McKenzie

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