Emma Collins is the owner and manager of Pepilates. She oversees the running of both the Clapham and Wimbledon studios. Emma is very ably assisted by her hard working and knowledgeable team of receptionists – Julia, Eniko, Anna and Hannah – and her team of experienced teachers.
All our instructors are fully qualified in every aspect of the Classical method of Pilates and the equipment used; each bringing their own personal style to the work. The studio provides and encourages ongoing training among our instructors with in-house training. We also offer workshops from overseas Master Teachers to ensure that everyone remains at the top of their game!
Pepilates also provides training for new instructors in The Pilates Center Method (Boulder, Colorado) - click here for further information.
If you are a classically trained Pilates teacher please get in touch with us, as we are always looking to update our cover teacher list.
You can find more on all the team below.
Chiara completed her BSc Sports Therapy Degree in 2012 and has been registered with The Society of Sports Therapists ever since. Chiara graduated from The Pilates Center Advance Teacher Training Program in 2015 at Pepilates. Chiara has extensive experience working with runners and rugby players as well as treating patients involved in RTAs and accidents at work. Having always been active all her life Chiara truly believes that movement is at the base of a healthy life style, whether you are recovering from an injury, trying to correct a movement pattern or just simply wanting to work on your posture. Chiara's passion for the pilates method is contagious, after a class with her you will feel more energised and most definitely motivated to develop your own practice.
Elisa was a professional dancer qualified to S.P.I.D. dance academy of Milano in 2012. Pilates was an integral part of her development as a dancer and due to a serious injury experienced at a younger age, Elisa started to focus her attention specifically on Pilates after seeing first-hand the benefits during rehabilitation for arthritis on her hip.
Elisa started her approach with Classical Pilates using Power Pilates and is a certified CovaTech Pilates teacher. Having travelled to Australia and Dubai, Elisa has developed a diverse understanding which enables her to approach each clients injuries, strengths and/or weaknesses.
During her travels in Australia, Elisa obtained her GYROTONIC trainer Level 1 which is a unique approach that applies both Pilates and Yoga fundamentals with an emphasis on breathing. Elisa is also a certified Yoga instructor, having recently completed over 200 hours in Bali.
She truly loves her job and believes Pilates is a great way to find the right balance between physical, mental and overall wellbeing. By creating a strong mind-muscle connection you will develop proper posture, reduce injury, a conscious use of the muscle and an overall better relationship with your own body.
Harvey has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years and teaching for over 10 years. He completed The Pilates Center's Advanced Teacher Training Program in Boulder, CO, after a 20-year career as a classical ballet dancer.
Harvey's approach to teaching is sensitive, rigorous, and fun. He aims to help bridge the gaps towards what is possible, to help his clients achieve more within their bodies.
Harvey is an advisor on The Pilates Center's Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pepilates, and also a graduate of the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program. He is dedicated to passing on the tradition of Pilates, and continues to take part in educational courses because he believes that you must be proficient in all aspects of Pilates to fully understand how it can enhance a student’s movement and health.
Jennifer first started practicing Pilates in 2000 - and was immediately hooked. She found it complimented her movement studies as an actor, helped her to recover from an injury, and was also just plain fascinating. Jennifer trained to become a classical Pilates teacher at LA's Whole Body Method and taught in LA and Maine before settling in London. She is continually studying Pilates and how it may be tailored to suit every body's needs. She believes Pilates is both therapy and education for the mind and body. Her teaching style is energetic and aims to compliment her clients' needs while challenging them to find deeper connections to the movements. She hopes you leave a lesson a tad wiser, a touch exhausted and definitely happier.
Jung-Hwa is a classically trained teacher from South Korea who graduated from a comprehensive training course with Pilates Center, Boulder graduate Linda Zurak. She is also a graduate of the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program. She has a background in drama and corporeal mime, graduating from Ecole de Mime and continuing with post-graduate studies. Her love of movement led her to discover Pilates. She is also a qualified sports massage therapist, studying at St Mary’s University in London. Her individual style of teaching is sure to help you improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles and give you a great workout.
Katherine received her classical training under Pilates Center, Boulder graduate Linda Zurak in 2011 and is currently enrolled in the center's masters program. Coming from a performance background in physical theatre and aerial circus, she has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. Katherine is also certified in Spiral Stabilisation and Yin yoga. She believes Pilates is an excellent way to access the limitless potential within our bodies.
Larissa is originally from Australia but has been living in London since early 2006. She has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years and teaching for over 10 years. Originally a professional contemporary dancer Larissa began Pilates in the hope of rehabilitating a serious back injury. She not only fell in love with the method but returned to dance stronger than before and with a deeper understanding of her movement potential. This experience and her love of teaching led to her decision to certify with the Australian Pilates Method Association. Since that time she has taught in many studios here in London as well as in Australia and Canada. Continuing her education, in 2010 she Graduated from the Pilates center's, Masters program. She is also a graduate of the Kathy Grant heritage training under Cara Reeser. Larissa is a highly committed, experienced and enthusiastic teacher who is eager to share her passion of the Pilates method with others.
Lorna Magee was first introduced to Pilates as a young dancer, which sparked a lifelong enthusiasm for the grace, athleticism, and inherent wisdom of what Joseph Pilates termed ‘Contrology’.
Lorna is originally from the USA, but after pursuing a degree in Economics and spending a couple of years teaching English in Madagascar, she landed in London and decided to return to her movement roots – completing her 950-hour Pilates teacher training through The Pilates Center at Pepilates, London. Since becoming a full-time teacher, she has guest-taught in Dublin, Hong Kong, and Bangalore, as well as assisted and advised on The Pilates Center’s training programs. Lorna has continued to be inspired by the great teachers around her, and has been very lucky to take part in regular workshops and trainings throughout the years. She has recently completed her Master's Certification through The Pilates Center, which comprises an additional 116 hours of continuing education and mentoring.
More than anything, Lorna loves to move, and to share the joy of movement with her students. She believes that the Pilates workout is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life – and that it is the ideal complement to all of our other pursuits. In her classes she strives to give her clients the joy of deep, strong movement, and to share the amazing potential that Pilates unlocks in every body.
Natasha is a graduate of The Pilates Center’s Advanced Teacher Training Program.
She began her Pilates journey over 15 years ago when she moved to the UK from Jersey to train as a dancer. She has a compassionate and intuitive teaching style. Her classes are rooted in Joseph Pilates’ philosophy and supported by an avid curiosity of movement.
Natasha’s teaching is inspired by the impact the modern world has on physical and mental well-being. Her classes are a chance to tune-in and re-connect. Through teaching Pilates, Natasha aims to shine a light on your true potential by building deep strength within the body and focusing the mind.
“No man or machine can correct or create vitality, power or health for you. Everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.” JH Pilates
Natasha trained as a Dancer at Elmhurst Ballet School and studied Acting at both LAMDA and ALRA.
After a 10-year background in ballet and contemporary dance, whilst searching for a form of exercise that would make a difference to her body and soul, Myrto finally discovered what she was looking for, through Pilates, in 2008. After 4 years attending Pilates classes and after having completed her BSc in Nursing, she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor in Athens, Greece. With the guidance of the Master Trainer Evita Iliopoulou, she completed her training in 2013 and has since then been teaching the classical Pilates repertoire, always staying true to the fundamental values, as described by Joseph Pilates. Her strong appetite for knowledge and new experiences, led her to London where she will continue getting deeper knowledge into the method, while sharing her passion.
Rania MA, BA(Hons) LRAD, ARAD, RTS originally from Cyprus, has been practising Pilates for the last 10 years. Body conditioning for ballet and rehabilitation from an injury is what introduced her into Pilates and eventually into following a career as a Pilates Instructor. Rania’s passion for precision and clarity in movement as well as the biomechanics of the body led her to complete BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates Mat Teacher Training and Comprehensive (Equipment) Teacher Training Program in January 2011. Rania is also a ballet teacher registered with Royal Academy of Dance as well as a freelance dancer and choreographer. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Education (First Class Honours) and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, Rania chose to further her studies at Roehampton University where she obtained a Masters degree in Performance and Creative Research.
Sabrina graduated from The Pilates Center's Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pepilates in 2014. Prior to that, she danced professionally in Europe for five years. Like many dancers, she came to Pilates injured - and was amazed by the instant pain relief Pilates provided, along with the feeling of lightness and calm it fostered. Whilst working on reception at Pepilates she took regular classes, which inspired her to become a teacher. “I am fascinated by the history of Joseph Pilates and I love the connection to nature and organic movement. It feels good to just move. I believe that Pilates holds the key to changing your mind, body and sprit if you are dedicated to embark on a journey..."
Steph first discovered the benefits of Pilates eight years ago whilst recovering from a knee injury sustained from kickboxing. This inspired a passion for the method and tradition of Pilates and eventually led her to complete The Pilates Center Advanced Teacher Training Program in Spring 2016. Steph also works as a television lawyer and therefore has an understanding of the pressure that a corporate environment can put on the mind and body. She believes that a regular Pilates practice will strengthen and free both body and mind, as well as challenging a person's perception of what their body is capable of. Steph likes to help clients explore their own movement potential in a safe and fun environment. Steph has now hung up her boxing gloves and instead enjoys cycling, hiking and yoga. She also continues to regularly attend Pilates and movement workshops as part of her ongoing investigation into the body and healthy movement.
Emma acquired the Pepilates business in April 2017 from Charlie and Lucinda. Previously she had been a dedicated Pilates client having been going to classes for the last 10 years. Emma worked in the property business for 12 of years after qualifying in Veterinary Anatomy at Bristol University. Whilst at Bristol she was on the university lacrosse team as well as being a county runner in the 800 and 1500m. She came across Pilates when she was on the British Junior and then Senior Dressage Squad, as the importance of strength in your core whilst being flexible and balanced was key, so Pilates was brought in to the team training. When Pepilates came up for sale, she jumped at the chance to combine her love of business with her love of fitness and overall health of the body.
Starting from his early childhood, Serkan had a passion to sports and movement. He started playing handball when he was 13 and had 10 years of experience as a professional player.
When he discovered his passion to outdoor sports during his university years, he attended the courses of Turkish Mountaineering Federation and became a certified mountaineer. He has high altitude and rock climbing experiences in several spots of the world such as Kirghizistan, Uzbekistan China and Turkey. Besides, his interest in the deep blue pushed him to be an advanced open water diver to discover the world under the sea.
Pilates has been in Serkan’s life for the last 10 years, 8 of which is as a professional trainer. He is a comprehensive instructor certified from Balanced Body University and has particular interest to clinical pilates. His clinical pilates certifications include: Anatomy of Movement and Cadaver, Anatomical Plans, Functional Anatomy and Diseases of the Spine, Spine Biomechanics, Spine Diseases and Pathomechanics, Scoliosis, Pathomechanics of Scoliosis, Osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Diseases in Daily Practice, Shoulder - Elbow - Wrist Functional Anatomy and Diseases, Functional Anatomy of Upper Extremity, Upper Extremity Biomechanics, Upper Extremity Diseases and Pathomechanics, Functional Anatomy and Diseases of Hips and Knee & Foot Wrists, Functional Anatomy of Lower Extremity, Fascial Systems, Basic Features of Fascia, Fascia in Our Daily Life, Fascial Training. He has extensive sports and anatomy knowledge.
He also has particular interest in cycling. By blending all his sports experience with pilates, he is preparing custom and effective pilates lessons for sportsmen who do individual or team sports.
I am a fully qualified Pilates instructor with five years’ experience of teaching and coaching clients. My experience cover both one to one and group sessions in matwork and apparatus and I have been training dancers, athletes and special population such a pregnant, elderly clients and children. I aim for a strong client-centric approach in which each participant develops their own understanding of the techniques involved and so put these into their daily activities outside of the teaching sessions, in order to improve body and posture.
My teaching style is to constructively challenge whilst supporting and encouraging clients.
I love creating an environment that is relaxing, fun and within which clients feel safe and confident to learn and explore their movement further.
I continue my professional development though workshops and training.
Carly began practicing Pilates over 10 years ago, in order to address recurring back pain caused by posture and lower body tightness. She was immediately amazed by the results and was later inspired to pursue a comprehensive qualification in Classical Pilates, through the Equinox Pilates Teacher Training Institute. She has been teaching full-time in London for over a year and continues attending courses to further her understanding of how the body moves and how to correct imbalances. She especially loves seeing the results in her client’s bodies and hearing how Pilates helps them achieve their lifestyle and fitness goals.
Natalie began her Pilates journey 10 years ago as a passionate dancer competing in classical ballet at an international level. She found Pilates to be immensely beneficial in helping her achieve her dance and fitness goals particularly in rehabilitating injuries and maintaining muscular balance.
Pilates became a love of Natalie’s which inspired her to train and work with Peak Pilates and Physiotherapy in New Zealand before coming to London. She aims to give back to others the benefits she herself has experienced through Pilates.
Natalie thoroughly enjoys what she does and in particular loves the adaptability Pilates has on offer for those of all levels and abilities. Whether she is teaching ballet or Pilates, Natalie strives to always create a positive and motivating environment in every class.