Emerald Pilates Instructors

Di – Instructor/Studio Owner

My name is Di Dall ’Oglio. I live in Emerald with my hubbie Mark and three children who are growing up way too fast!

I have been teaching fitness/movement for half of my life, starting as an “Aerobics Instructor” in the early 1990’s! I have been teaching Pilates since 2003, but required a detailed understanding of the method.

In 2014, I studied a higher level Pilates and gained qualifications recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Throughout my whole career I have loved teaching and Pilates the most. I believe Pilates is the fountain of youth, It makes me feel flexible, strong, tall and mobile in my body, as well as clear minded, calm and happy.

It has always been my dream to have my own Pilates Studio, and to help others discover the magic of Pilates and the way it can be life changing.

As a teacher and student, I am completely passionate about the Pilates method.

Sarah – Pilates Teacher

Name: Sarah Foss

I have been in the fitness industry for 10 years; working in customer service, gym instructing, personal training and group fitness instructing.

As a qualified Exercise Physiologist I have also worked in clinical exercise prescription, in the management of chronic disease and illness. This includes heart and lung transplant rehabilitation and chronic lung disease management at The Alfred Hospital.

I am passionate about exercise and physical activity as a means of medicine. I am working towards opening referral pathways with local GP’s for physical activity, exercise and health behaviour management.

Personal achievements:
Ironman Cairns
Ljubjana Marathon, Slovenia
Hokkaido Marathon, Japan
Numerous Half-Ironman distance events

I have two beautiful dogs, Roger the Weimaraner and Molly the German Short-hair Pointer. They are spoilt rotten & practically human. Ask me any day and I’ll show you a photo of them!

I love travelling and exploring international culture. In 2013 I explored Europe on my bike for 8 months including chasing the Tour De France on the French island of Corsica.

“Smooth seas never made a skilful mariner”

“We always tend to fulfil our own expectations of our self”

Wendy –Pilates & Barre Teacher

I was born in South Africa, have danced since the age of 10, and became a dance teacher 25 years ago. Pilates was always very central to my dance training, always working towards to the mid-line of the body.

After moving to Melbourne, I became mum of two, and devoted myself to my family. I live in Selby & love the peaceful lifestyle of the hills.

Always having had a passion for movement & exercise, I became a group fitness instructor once the kids started school, teaching Body Balance and Pilates, and more recently, Barre Attack.

I also practices Irish dance (with my daughter), as I am unable to stop dancing!

I am excited to begin a new journey with Di & Sarah at Emerald Pilates.

Laura – Pilates & Barre Teacher

As a registered holistic nutritionist with a passion for health and wellness, over the last year, I have come to really appreciate the place that Pilates and Barre play in my life: a place of more control and precision, finesse and elegance; a new way of centring, a new way of movement, a new way of body awareness.

Fitness and exercise have been a part of my life since I was a young child, mainly in the form of long distance running.  Today, I continue my journey as a competitive long distance runner, but have seen first-hand the balance and benefits that Pilates and Barre can add to this passion.

I see wellness as a complete, holistic ensemble and love teaching others and helping them find all the components to create the best version of themselves.  As such, I spend my time as a freelance writer, contributing to health and wellness sites and maintaining my own food and health blog.  In addition, I consult clients; teach workshops and present at corporate wellness events.  Together, with educating, teaching, creating food and practising my own fitness, I seek to embody and demonstrate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that anyone can make into their own.

If you don’t find me in the kitchen, I’ll be out running on the trails by the ocean, engaging in my passion for travel as I explore a new part of the world, or taking on a new crazy challenge and adventure. I’m all about trying new (hard) things.

Join me, or any of the other amazing instructors at Emerald Pilates, and you will be taking the first step towards achieving your own healthy, sustainable lifestyle.  And I can’t wait to help you reach your goals.

Tara – Pilates Teacher

As a student of the Pilates method, I was amazed at the positive benefits this discipline provided for both my Body and Mind. The improved flexibility, balance and strength gave me a new confidence to approach daily challenges with a clear view. These benefits were the reason I decided to become a Pilates Instructor.

I strive to ensure all my students receive the same benefits as I do and to empower them through Movement and Mindfulness so they can achieve their own personal goals with confidence.

I feel extremely lucky working with Di at Emerald Pilates for the genuine and inviting atmosphere of the studio, instructors and students.

I have a passion for aviation, including holding a commercial helicopter pilot licence and having also spent time as an international flight attendant. Outside of work I have a great love and appreciation for nature & animals; with my best friend Willow (pictured) always by my side.

Sally Draper  – Yoga Teacher

I come from a creative Visual Merchandising and sports background but have always had a great interest in self-care through mind, body and spirit, which lead me to Yoga.

I enjoy reading and educating myself, playing basketball, travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures, snowboarding and brunching with my beautiful friends and family. I also have two adorable dogs that are treated like little kings.

After feeling the benefits of regular yoga practice, I began experiencing incredible health benefits such as improved energy levels and motivation, increased cognitive brain function, reduced stress levels and I also started to see my improvements in my skin quality.

My passion lies within the philosophy and anatomy of yoga and its amazing health benefits. As a yoga teacher I wish to share my experiences and continue learning from my students and mentors.

I’m super excited to be part of the Emerald Pilates team and embark on the yogic journey with all of the local community. I look forward to meeting you on your mat.