Louise Fellows, Pilates teacher & YPP Founder
I’m Lou, founder of York Pilates People. I trained in Edinburgh and began teaching Pilates in 2016, but it was when I moved to York that I decided to take the plunge and open my own studio. I just love having this space, with everything at my fingertips to create varied and challenging classes.
YPP has also been an amazing opportunity to build a community of people who have made movement part of their life – I’m always learning from the huge variety of different bodies at the studio. At the core of my teaching is the idea that more movement (and better movement!) should be integrated into our daily lives, so I try to pass on as much information as possible that you can apply outside of the studio.
Liz Tiller, Pilates teacher
I have practised Pilates myself for many years, having first started due to chronic back problems I was experiencing. I had tried a number of different things which didn’t help before I ventured into a local Pilates class and haven’t looked back since.
I find the exercises we do in Pilates give me length, strength, mobility and confidence and I love the feeling of health and energy I get from doing a class.
In addition, I also find Pilates is excellent for my mental health as, for me, it’s one of the most effective form of mindfulness, keeping me fully ‘within the moment’ and focusing on what my body is doing throughout the different exercises, aligning both my mind and body together.
Maddie Reynolds, Pilates and yoga teacher
I use my grounding in sports therapy to provide an informed practice in Pilates and yoga where there will always be options to scale up and scale down allowing you to choose your level depending on how you are feeling on the day.
If you can’t find me teaching or practicing Pilates or yoga you’ll find me running with my dog, swimming (without the dog, he doesn’t like water) or studying occasionally. I’m so excited about teaching at York Pilates People and hope to see you all there soon!
Annalee Gibson, Pilates teacher
I am currently studying sports therapy at York St John university, but before I moved to York I was teaching Pilates on the Isle of Man. Pilates has always been a massive part of my life as I started at the age of 13! I qualified in Matwork Pilates with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute) in 2017 and have fallen in love with teaching the method ever-since.
Being from the Isle of Man, Pilates feels especially close to me as Joseph Pilates himself was interned there from 1915-1919, during this time he developed the Pilates method of exercise.
I love Pilates for its use of mind-body connection, it’s a great way to focus on yourself and your body, which I find a particularly important thing to do during lockdown. I can’t wait to get to know the YPP members, and hopefully teach in the studio again soon!
Karen Statner, Pilates & Somatic movement teacher
I’m Karen, I teach Somatic Movement and Pilates, and I’m a Clinical Somatic Educator (CSE) in training. I run Somatic Habit in York and offer online weekly movement classes, one to one sessions, introductory courses and mini workshops.
Like many people, I came to Pilates and somatic movement looking for a way out of pain and limited movement after suffering a fractured back from a riding accident. My injury initially led me to learn and teach Pilates, through which I then found somatic movement. I have personally experienced and witnessed my clients become empowered through practicing somatic movement, and this knowledge drives my passion for teaching. My understanding of how it helps you to connect with and understand your whole system, and how it enables you to make changes from the inside out means you can live and move with more freedom and fun. Through Somatic Movement, Pilates and CSE I am able to keep doing the things that I love and I am passionate about teaching others to do the same.