Written by Yung Ok Yoo
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After 4 years in this community, True Pilates Sydney Studio wanted to formally introduce itself and Romana’s Pilates to the community. With so many Pilates methods available in an around the area, we felt it was important to explain our point of difference as a Romana’s Pilates studio. We are proud to be part of the Romana’s Pilates community in delivering the best Pilates training method.
“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.