OUR INSTRUCTORS

SARAH DULEY

Proprietor Sarah Duley Sarah completed her teacher’s training course with Pilates guru Alan Herdman in 1996. Previously a professional ballet dancer, Sarah had practised Pilates throughout her career, both as a strengthening routine and during times of injury. On completion of the course, Sarah went on to set up her own ‘mat work’ classes as well as teaching in other London studios. The desire to teach in semi-private situations, and the lack of such a studio outside of central London, led to the opening of the Sarah Duley Pilates Studio, from her home, in September 1999.

During this time Sarah became a founder member of the Pilates Foundation, now one of the leading bodies of the Pilates world. When pregnant with her second child the necessity to move the studio out of home increased, and Pilates Plus was opened in St Margarets in October 2001. In September 2003 Sarah qualified as a GYROTONIC® teacher, followed shortly by GYROKINESIS® qualification.

In May 2012 Sarah opened Studio 117, a dedicated GYROTONIC® Studio where she also provides GYROTONIC® Pre-Training courses.

SUSANA JOSE

Susana has been teaching multiple exercise disciplines for more than 22 years. Her journey with exercise and Pilates has been driven by her joy of fitness and her quest for deeper understanding of the body and movement. Confidently working alongside physical therapists and doctors, effectively problem solving, Susana takes clients from pain to pain-free. She has great success with disc pathologies, scoliosis, and general body niggles. She also offers Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates training, ensuring that mums and mums-to-be are physically, mentally and emotionally supported throughout their different transitions.

GERALDINE RADEGONDE

Geraldine suffered lower back problems due to years of bad posture, working long hours behind a desk and which her pregnancy also aggravated. Since discovering the Pilates Method, she hasn’t looked back. Helping her to understand her own body, it also helped her find her vocation.

Qualifying as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Foundation in London, Geraldine is passionate and enthusiastic and a thorough and precise Instructor.

AILSA

Ailsa is professionally trained in classical ballet. With a hypermobility disorder she has had to work hard to strengthen and control her joints, working through injuries to her hips, ankles and spine; Pilates, GYROTONIC® and more generalised body conditioning have transformed her relationship with her body and her experience with it. Beginning teaching as an apprentice in Alan Herdman's studio Ailsa has since taught in Oxford, London, Tokyo and Berlin.

Ailsa says, "I have never seen a body without particular advantages and would encourage you to see yours as a unique asset and not as an obstacle. Perhaps you are a dancer or athlete with deep body awareness and specific goals, or perhaps you have never participated in any sort of physical discipline; I hope that regardless, you will feel able to come in to the studio and explore what movement means to you."

FUNG YI

Fung Yi grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Dance. She furthered her study in London Contemporary Dance School and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary Dance in 2005. A devoted movement specialist, Fung Yi began her association with Pilates and GYROTONIC® training while studying at the HKAPA. She obtained her Polester Pilates Studio certification in 2007, and completed her GYROTONIC® Level 1 course in 2008. She also completed the GYROTONIC® Applications for the Pelvic Girdle, Applications for Pre-Post Natal (legacy), and Application for Dancer Level 1. Fung Yi has more than 15 years teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® experience. She loves movement analysis and she believes that the quality movement could enable the body to move in harmony.