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Team

Alana Robinson - Owner/Director/Pilates Instructor

Alana had 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 very 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
  • NeuroKineticTherapy Level 1 Trained

Owner

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

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

Asha-Lee de Graaf - 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

Nicole Ritchie - Pilates Instructor (Stott Pilates Fully Certified)

Nicole has been an avid mover since she was young and competed in multiple sports. She discovered Pilates at the age of 22 while working and living in London. From her first reformer class she realised the depth that Pilates provided her by developing her body awareness through breath and conscious movement. She is a fully certified instructor and trainer with a love of all things movement and was blessed to have trained with some of the most incredibly talented master trainers in different cities including Sydney, Hong-Kong, Dubai, and Toronto.

Her dedication and passion for all things human-being lies within her love to constantly educate herself about many aspects of the human body, mind and self. She believes there are links that connect us to our wellbeing and how we nurture ourselves is an ongoing adventure. Currently she is studying Yoga and Psychology and wishes to continue to lead clients through developing a deeper connection to their physical-self. Nicole has come home to Taranaki to reconnect and is thrilled to be teaching in her own community to aid in guiding others' to grow their own body-mind-soul connection she believes we all possess.

Nicole's Qualifications include:

  • STOTT - Fully Certified Instructor (All levels - Mat, Reformer, CCB -Cadillac/Chair/Barrels)
  • STOTT - Certificates include: Fascial Focus, Pre & Post-Natal, Scoliosis Management, Osteoporosis, Injuries & Special Populations, Athletic conditioning.
  • TOTAL BARRE Instructor - Including Pre & Post-Natal.
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion Certificate (Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains concept)
  • Trigger Point Programming
  • CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Natalie Holm - Pilates Instructor (Polestar Reformer Certified)

    Natalie is passionate about a holistic approach to health and assisting her clients to make profound changes in the way they feel, think and move. Her favourite ways to stay active are dancing, hiking, HITT training and of course practising Pilates. She completed Polestar Pilates courses in Mat, Reformer and Comprehensive, which includes all apparatus and is a Certified Polestar Reformer teacher.

    She moved from Auckland with her husband and left her corporate career to dedicate her time to helping others move and feel better. Her goal is to help people fine tune all their systems so they work in harmony instead of 'fixing' their bodies or their mind. When she is not teaching Pilates, Natalie is working with her clients as a Health & Wellness coach.

    Natalie's Qualifications:

    • Polestar Mat trained
    • Polestar Comprehensively trained - Ladder barrel, Chair, Arc barrels, Cadillac/Trapeze table, Tower/Wall units.
    • Polestar Reformer Certified