Owner and Head Teacher
Lili has been a Pilates teacher for the past 15 years. Her first certification was through Stott Pilates. In 2013 she discovered Classical, or Authentic Pilates as it is also known, and instantly felt the difference. This system, rooted in history and handed down directly from Joseph Pilates, was much more challenging, comprehensive and athletic than anything she had ever experienced in Pilates before. She pursued her second certification through the award winning re:AB Authentic Pilates Teacher Training Program in New York City under the tutelage of 2nd generation teacher Brooke Siler. Lili is now enrolled in a master's teacher training program with 2nd generation teacher Chris Robinson at S6 Fitness in San Diego, CA.
Her newfound passion led Lili to open Toronto's first Classical Pilates studio in January 2014. She quickly garnered attention from celebrities in Hollywood living in Toronto while filming on location. Her original studio measured no more than 600 SF. Within just over a year of having opened her first location, the client base had outgrown the small space, and teachers had joined her in teaching the original system. In June 2015 she moved her studio to its current location, and within one year of having set roots there, the studio expanded by another two levels, bringing it to 3000 SF.
Lili is a wife, a mom to 3 kids and 1 dog, and a 3rd Generation Authentic Pilates Teacher.
Junior Certified Teacher
Julia has been in the fitness industry for 20 years. In 2000 she became a certified Aquafit instructor. Julia has a wealth of experience in the specialized areas of Water Running, Aquatic personal training, Aquatic post-rehab (joint replacements, arthritic conditions and general injuries).
She recently completed her 600-hour Authentic Pilates teacher training program and received her certification through Sean Gallagher's The New York Pilates Studio.
Julia feels that Classical Pilates has something to offer everyBODY.
Junior Certified Teacher
Originally from Ontario, Stephanie has been practicing Pilates for many years. She has recently moved back to Toronto from New York City to attend Chiropractic school. With her background in dance and kinesiology she has integrated her passion for movement into her Pilates teaching. She sees Pilates as a way to build a strong foundation to excel at any movement and has used Pilates herself to prevent and recover from injuries. With her Classical Pilates training, Stephanie uses the system of Pilates with her clients to adapt to each unique body to ensure a safe and effective workout. Stephanie hopes her sessions are fun, safe, and work toward individual goals. She feels accomplished when her clients leave feeling sweaty!
Stephanie has a BA degree in Kinesiology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario; she has finished a 600 hour Classical Pilates teacher training program with Real Pilates in New York City.
Abby has been teaching the Pilates method for over ten years. A former dancer, Abby began her Pilates teacher training in 2004 through Power Pilates in New York City under the tutelage of 2nd generation teachers Bob Liekens, and Susan Moran, and received her certification in 2005. In 2014, she completed her 2nd certification through the United States Pilates Association under the direction of 2nd Generation Teacher Brett Howard. Abby is pursuing her master's with 2nd generation teacher Chris Robinson at S6 Fitness in San Diego, CA. Abby is a 3rd Generation Authentic Pilates Teacher.
Abby enjoys being creative with her lessons while challenging her clients to push themselves. Outside her love of Pilates, Abby enjoys, fashion and make-up artistry.
Deirdre has been teaching Pilates in Toronto for over 10 years. Originally from Boston, she completed her classical certification through Peak Pilates in 2003. She has also completed workshops with many renowned 2nd generation teachers. Deirdre consistently draws upon and stays true to the original method developed by Joseph Pilates and strives to demonstrate that Pilates can complement other forms of exercise and prevent injury. Clients leave Deirdre's Pilates sessions feeling energized and invigorated.
In addition to teaching Pilates, Deirdre is a volunteer at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a cooking enthusiast, a writer, a wife, and mother to three college-age students.
Shareen is a fully certified Pilates teacher trained at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels on the mat, reformer, cadillac, stability chair, barrels and small props. She has additional training in injuries and special populations.
Shareen is also a renowned yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer. She has led retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs both locally and internationally. She travels regularly to India to study yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, sanskrit and chanting with the world's best teachers and gurus.
She was a former dancer and gymnast, as well as a varsity competitive swimmer at the University of Toronto. She has copious and various experience in the world of fitness and athletics including over 18 years as a competitive swim coach (NCCP Level 3), swimming instructor, lifeguard and aquafitness instructor.
Her approach to teaching combines all of her areas of 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.