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Instructors2019-01-15T14:00:05+11:00

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.

Diana Brigham

I was born in the Czech Republic where I left at the age of 18 to live in London for 2 years. After living in London, I moved to Australia in 2000. I have been involved in many different sports throughout my life, mainly volleyball.

I have played indoor volleyball since I was 10 years old and switched to playing beach volleyball here in Australia. I became an elite beach volleyball player in 2003 when I was awarded a full-time scholarship in the Queensland Academy of Sport. My beach volleyball career highlight was representing Australia in a World Tour event in Adelaide in 2008.

After my beach volleyball career, I had two children and then moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. In 2011, after my second child was born, I was introduced to Pilates for the first time. Practising Pilates has helped me gain my strength back and eliminated all my hip issues that I had throughout my pregnancies.

While living in Emerald, I became a massage therapist and through this career I have realised how many people suffer from back, shoulder and knee pain due to sitting down at their desks or in their cars for too long. I believe that Pilates can help to fix these issues for many people by improving their strength, flexibility, mind and body connection and therefore their overall well being.

The greatest thing about Pilates is that anyone can do it, any age or gender and in any physical condition. It is a lifestyle that can be maintained forever! I am very excited to be able to share this knowledge with everyone in the Emerald community. I have been practising in Di’s studio for over a year now and I know that the clients are highly respected and cared for in Emerald Pilates, so becoming part of the team is a great privilege for me.

Steven – Pilates Teacher

I love the Pilates principles: Precision, Concentration, Control, Centring, Flow, and Breath. The principles have taught me to slow down and think about what I’m trying to achieve. I actually use this every day!

I come from a high intensity, Strength and Conditioning background; I love to lift heavy things. Since starting Pilates, I feel great in my body, I don’t ache anymore, and I can lift heavier things!

I actually became a Pilates teacher after my rehabilitation professor recommended Clinical Pilates training. He explained that it’s a great medium to manage patients with injuries. I went and did my first class, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

My dream is to help people get rid of their pain; that’s the primary reason why I decided to study Osteopathy. There’s still a couple of years until I graduate, but I am enjoying the journey. I love Science, so don’t let me get on my Science talks, they go for a while.

Outside of teaching and studying, I love the snow, am a bit of a sci-fi and comic book nerd and am serious at Chess. After high school I was very fortunate to be able to take time off and go abroad. Although my passport is almost full, there are still so many places I want to go. I was able to spend a few years in Europe, a couple of trips through South East Asia, a snow season in Canada, a trip through the US and Central America and worked on the Disney Cruise Line sailing around the world.

I am excited to work at Emerald Pilates because I love the Emerald community. I have known Di for a long time and am looking forward to working alongside her in something that she is so passionate about.

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.