Pilates Instructors

Gillian Foks -  Member Pilates Institute of Australia  - Level 3 Instructor

 For all enquiries   E-mail: abfabpilates@gmail.com

The Pilates Studio— Warragul

 Qualified to teach  -

Level 1,2 and 3 Mat / Level 1 and 2 Reformer / Level 1 Ball / Arc Barrel / Foam roller / Wunda Chair / Pregnancy / Cadillac


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Gillian is both a qualified school and dance teacher and has worked in primary, secondary and  tertiary institutions both in the dance and education fields.  She has been involved in  the dance industry for 60 years as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and  lecturer. Her interest  in Pilates started as she realised the benefits for her dancers and also experienced these benefits for herself. Retiring from Dance Teaching, but still wanting to be involved in physical fitness, lead to her desire to expand her knowledge of the  Pilates method and to her decision to qualify to teach this form of exercise, which she is now passionate about. Her dream was to establish a studio in the heart of town and this has been achieved with the establishment of The Pilates Studio and she has now been making a difference in the lives of many people, at the Studio, for over 16 years. She is still passionate about this amazing system and plans to continue working in her own life and those of others for as long as she is able to.

She is delighted to be joined by younger , qualified instructors this year and hopes to expand classes at the studio offering varying focus. Exciting times.


Conella Veldhuijzen  - Certificate IV in Pilates—Tensegrity Training


Teaching—Mat / Reformer / Small Equipment

Conella moved to Gippsland from Brisbane. She has a background of teaching, as  a Primary school teacher for 16 years in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Needing a change she worked for the Federal Government for 8 years  However, after her 4th and youngest child left home she decided to follow her dream of working in the Holistic Health field.  Conella has completed her Certificate 1V and is finalising her Diploma of Pilates with Tensegrity Training . At the same time she is studying , full time ,to be a Naturopath . She is happy to be at this place in her life and is very excited to be sharing her enthusiasm for life and Pilates with like minded people.

She has now been a member of staff of The Pilates Studio for a year and her competence,  passion and enthusiasm have been greatly appreciated by us all.

We welcome her back after a term away and the bonus we hoped for of her early return  is greatly received by staff and clients.

Diana Trzaskoma - Certificate IV in Pilates— Breathe Education


Teaching -  Mat / Reformer

Diana has recently returned to Warragul and is keen to share her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for movement. Over the years Diana primarily trained extensively in dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher and manager / owner of a dance studio. Her dance experience extends over 30 years, during which time she qualified as a dance teacher gaining certificates through RAD and CSTD. During a hiatus from dance she discovered Pilates. With this discovery  her love for movement was revived and a desire for further understanding of the Pilates method was sparked. She has completed her Certificate IV in Pilates with Breathe Education  and  is continuing to focus on obtaining her diploma to hone her skills and understanding, in order to better serve her clients.

Her mission is to work diligently with clients, assisting them in achieving their body goals, therefore enabling them to effectively move with ease through daily life.

Diana is thrilled to have joined the staff of the The Pilates Studio and looks forward to working with and alongside other staff members.

Adriana Costa  - Brazilian qualifications as a Studio Instructor

                                 Certificate IV in Pilates—Tensegrity Training


Teaching—Mat / Small Equipment /all large studio equipment

Adriana, is from Brazil, where she graduated in Physical Education and has over 20 years experience in that field. She is also an International Belly dance teacher, having performed in many Middle Eastern countries. Adriana qualified as a Pilates Instructor in Brazil and is certified on studio equipment including chair, barrel, reformer , wall unit and Cadillac. Previously she taught mat in Bahrain and Thailand and moved to Australia in 2014 to Traralgon, where she teaches at present. 

She is completing her Certificate 1V with Tensegrity Training to upgrade her skills and to refine her teaching.  Her focus is to help people to improve their fitness level and mind-body connection through movement. She believes that when we become more mindful of and present in each body movement it can enhance awareness, creating proper control and correct form leading to an improved lifestyle for longer. She has been attending the studio as a client and we now welcome her as an instructor and  her vibrant personality, calm approach  and worldly experience will be an asset to the clients and the studio.

Anita Wise  - Certificate 1V and Diploma - Breathe Education

Teaching—Mat / Small Equipment /all large studio equipment

Anita is a qualified Nurse and Midwife with a strong passion for health and well-being. She loves Pilates because it focuses on the whole body, including the mind. Anita always looks forward to encouraging clients to find enjoyment thrtough movement, with a particular passion for pre and postnatal Pilates. She has been teaching mat and reformer Pilates since early 2019 after completing her Certificate 1V and has since completed her Diploma of Pilates. Anita hopes to combine her love of Pilates with her knowledge and experience of the health care  system to enable people to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Anita moved to Drouin in 2019 with her husband and son Liam (8mths) . She enjoys walks, coffee, listening to music and catching up with friends an family. She is excited to be welcomed into The Pilates Studio staff and community and cannot wait to get to know all the wonderful clients.