Open Gym


This class is taught by:

Lili Viola

Lili has been a Pilates teacher for the past 15 years. Her first certification was through Stott Pilates, a contemporary derivative of the traditional system. In 2013 she was introduced to Classical Pilates and instantly felt the difference. She spent the next 18 months apprenticing under 2nd Generation Teacher, and best-selling author, Brooke Siler at her award-winning studio, re:AB Pilates, in NYC. In the spring of 2014 Lili became a 3rd Generation Certified Authentic Pilates Teacher. She also completed a 9-month intensive program with 2nd Generation Teacher Chris Robinson at his studio S6 Fitness in San Diego, CA. Lili continues to deepen her understanding of the work through lessons and workshops with some of the industry's most renown teachers, among these: Peter Fiasca, Sean Gallagher, Sam Cotrone, Benjamin Degenhardt, Saul Choza, and 1st Generation Teacher Jay Grimes, who studied under Joseph Pilates himself.

At the time Lili opened her studio in January 2014, it was the only studio in Toronto teaching Classical Pilates on Gratz apparatus. In June 2015 the studio moved to its current location to gain more space, and in September 2016 the studio expanded to occupy the full building, spanning 3 floors. Lili is in high demand, and even Hollywood celebrities have sought her out while filming in Toronto.

When not at the studio, Lili enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids, and dog. She loves to travel and experience the great outdoors.

Shareen Woodford

Shareen is certified in Stott Pilates but has been working through the classical system with Lili Viola. She is bridging to the classical system through our Teacher Training program.

Shareen is also a renowned yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer, having led retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs locally and internationally. She travels regularly to India to study yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, sanskrit and chanting with the worlds best teachers and gurus.

Formerly a dancer and gymnast, as well as a varsity competitive swimmer at the University of Toronto, Shareen has copious and various experience in the world of fitness and athletics. Her approach to teaching combines all of her areas of experience and expertise. She shares with her students a genuine enjoyment of breath and movement, mind-body connection and always encourages safe and correct technique and athletic precision.

 
We encourage our students who are at an intermediate level to come in and take themselves through a workout and tackle the exercises that are challenging them.

Self-practice makes perfect!