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Alana Robinson - Owner/Director/Pilates Instructor

Alana has been working for Pilates New Plymouth for nearly 3 years and in 2018 took over ownership of the business.

She previously worked as a Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer for 11 Years in Wellington. Alana is trained in Stott Pilates, & is experienced not only in Matwork & Reformer, but also other Pilates equipment, Tower, Stability Chair & Ladder Barrel. She also holds a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise with a major in Exercise Prescription.

Alana has a keen interest in sports & athletic conditioning, so will be specialising in running Athletic conditioning Pilates such as the Advanced Reformer class.

She is vey good with rehabilitation exercise, and health & fitness in general. She is passionate about helping clients achieve and surpass their goals!

Alana's Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise- Massey University
  • STOTT PILATES® Trained Comprehensive & Advanced Matwork Instructor
  • STOTT PILATES® Trained Intensive & Advanced Reformer Instructor
  • STOTT PILATES® Pre/Post-Natal Trained
  • STOTT PILATES® Fascial Movement and Release Trained
  • STOTT PILATES® Athletic Conditioning Matwork Trained


A professional rugby player in France with the USA Perpignan Rugby Club. Passionate about athletic training and exercise, to keep at peak fitness for the Top 14 rugby competition.

George's Rugby Resume:

  • Wellington Development
  • Manawatu Turbos
  • All Black Sevens
  • SUA Agen Rugby Club - France
  • Bordeaux Begles - France
  • USA Perpignan - France

Juliet McLean - Cover Pilates Instructor (Polestar)

Juliet stepped into a Pilates studio over ten years ago and began her training with Polestar Pilates a few months later. "I loved the movements and felt the benefits immediately and knew this was something I wanted to share with others." She trained in both mat and studio at Lifesync Studio with Isla Griffin and Richard Wilson. "Working with physio's was great as they used the equipment for patient rehabilitation and I was able to observe as well as run my own studio and mat classes."

Juliet also completed a Yoga certification and has worked consistently in New Plymouth but is really excited to be teaching again in a fully equipped Pilates studio. "I got back on the machines for the first time in a number of years and my body felt like it had come home."

Juliet's Qualifications:

  • Polestar Certified
  • Yoga Certified 

Peggy Preston - Pilates Instructor (Polestar)

Peggy Preston is thrilled to be joining the team at Pilates New Plymouth. Peggy has had a career in fitness for the last 20 years and loves guiding and helping people to transform and progress. Her background began in Yoga at age 23 and she went on to become qualified in Bikram and studied the 8 limbs of Yoga (including yoga therapy). Peggy opened up a successful and still running yoga studio in Queenstown in 2007. Mat Pilates became a foundation for many beginning, injured and advanced students who wanted to fine tune their understanding of the core, breath and integration of the two. 

Peggy has taken a sabbatical after moving back to New Plymouth and is now super excited to get back into the studio and connect with the community.

Peggy's Qualifications:

  • Polestar Certified
  • Bikram Yoga Certified 1999

Paula Ratahi - STOTT PILATES® Instructor

10 years ago Paula made a New Year's resolution, this was to find something that she could be passionate about. The first time she pushed out the reformer carriage, she knew that this was it!

"The principles of Pilates resonated strongly with me and I found not only my body responded well to this form of exercise but also my mind, breath and posture. I achieved results with the Reformer that I had never achieved after many years in the gym."

Paula left behind a 20-year career in Business and Finance and trained in STOTT PILATES®, she continues to learn about the anatomy of the body and after expanding her family is excited to share her passion with you!

Paula's Qualifications:

  • STOTT PILATES® Trained Intensive & Advanced Matwork
  • STOTT PILATES® Trained Intensive Reformer
  • Total Barre 

Asha-Lee Edwards - Pilates Instructor (Body Organics)

Asha found Pilates through a physio rehabilitation recommendation after a hip injury. Pilates quickly turned from a pain management modality into a lifestyle choice for Asha as the unique feelings of spaciousness, strength and flexibility were addictive! By the end of 2018 Asha had completed her full studio Pilates training in Darwin, Australia, which included comprehensive hands on training with a multitude of injuries, demographics and levels.

Passionate about holistic health Asha believes her purpose is to help empower people through wellbeing, starting with ensuring that our physical bodies are a comfortable place to come home to. She wishes to educate in her classes and through her example how maintaining alignment in the body can create a true pillar of strength for all of life's challenges.

Asha looks forward to bringing her skills and experience home and contributing to New Plymouth's progressive health culture. When she is not at the studio you will find her either in nature, enjoying good food and drink or connecting with other like-minded souls passionate and self-development and living life to the full.

Asha's Qualifications:

  • Body Organics Australia Certificate in Reformer and Mat-work
  • Body Organics Australia Certificate in Proficiency - Upper limbs, lower limbs, spine, neck and jaw
  • Body Organics Australia Certificate in Proficiency - Wunda chair, barrel and arc, tower, cadillac, spine corrector
  • Polestar Pilates Certificate of Attendance - Scoliosis
  • Pilates International Training Centre Certificate in Physiology and Anatomy
  • The Neurological Rehabilitation Centre New Jersey Certificate of Attendance - Pilates for Neurological conditions
  • Registered Yoga School 200hr Hatha Yoga Certificate of Completion