Written by Yung Ok Yoo
On November 25th, 2017 we hosted our studio’s Christmas Party for 2017 — the sense of community was well and truly alive as we came in celebration to toast the end of the year and more importantly to our Pilates community of clients and peers.
So often we get caught up in the day to day running of the studio — albeit as an instructor focused on teaching or as a client taking a session. We can easily forget as individuals ‘we’ are part of a community. It was lovely to see clients connecting over their dedication to Pilates, and for us as instructors — it was a great way to share more of ourselves without loosing focus and being a distraction during class time.
Instructors Sanja Ilic and Yung ok Yoo on the reformer — Elephant Arabesque
Instructor Yung ok Yoo demonstrating on the Large barrel — Scorpion
Instructor Pablo Comino on the Wunda Chair — Twist
Instructor Luke Cook demonstrating on the Cadillac — Candle stick
On top of the celebrations and demonstrations on the night, ‘we’ as the True Pilates Sydney Community also raised money for Charity to help the homeless by raffling off prizes donated by the studio and local businesses. We are so proud to be part of a community with a social conscience and regard in helping those who are less fortunate.
With the night being such a success, it has renewed our sense and resolve to work towards building a stronger community of clients, peers and instructors and to also celebrate it - so we don’t take for granted ‘we’ as individuals are part of something bigger than ourselves.
“My Passion for the True Pilates method stems from my own evolution in exercise. Pilates has given me strength and discipline in body and mind”
- Yung Ok Yoo, Owner & Instructor
My introduction to Pilates was one that was not unusual - I had an old injury and through a friend I heard about Pilates. I was skeptical at first, as my understanding of exercise was limited. After a few months I was hooked. Pilates was everything I wanted and needed in exercise - it was fun, dynamic, both physically and mentally challenging and disciplined. It pushed my boundaries in terms of strength and focused my control in Body and Mind. Through the discovery of my own strength, I was a believer of the Method. I was so inspired by the Pilates Method, I started my Pilates apprenticeship with Cynthia Lochard at The Pilates Method, Surry Hills - where I still have my weekly sessions. At that time I was managing a restaurant and ran a small Interior decorating business customizing artworks for different buyers - commercial, corporate and residential - so my move into the exercise world was one that was serendipitous and life changing.
I still maintain my weekly session with Cynthia Lochard and travel to New York regularly. In NYC, I continue my tutelage with Master teacher trainers Jerome Weinberg & Cynthia Shipley from True Pilates New York (TPNY), Anthony Rabara from The Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio in New Jersey and Peter Fiasca - founder of Classical Pilates. All of these trainers worked closely with the late Romana Kryzanowska (Joseph Pilates' protege). As well as NYC, I have travelled to Singapore, Paris, London and trained with various international teachers.
In 2013, I opened True Pilates Sydney Studio because I felt there were very few Pilates studios in Sydney that focused and honoured the True Pilates Method - hence I named my studio 'True Pilates Sydney'.
Through my own teachings I hope to inspire, train and educate others in the art of Pilates as I have been inspired in my own training and journey.
True Pilates Sydney Studio
3/ 96 - 102 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills NSW 201
0410 552 385