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Despina has over 20 years of teaching experience, and can teach beginner to advanced level classes in Bellydance, Pilates, and Yoga. If you're not in Sydney (Australia), classes can be taught via Skype. Go the Contact page and call or email Despina for a chat.

 

Private Classes

Despina teaches private Bellydance, Pilates, and Yoga classes for one or two people. She caters for all ages, and all fitness and flexibility levels.

Why Private Lessons Are So Effective

One hour of private tuition is the equivalent of having four group classes. In other words, you progress much more quickly in private tuition than when learning in a group.

And remember you don't have to do weekly private classes - they can be fortnightly or monthly. As long as you're diligent about practising at home, private lessons are definitely worth the money as they provide quick and successful learning.

Private tuition is most suitable if:

  • You're a motivated learner who will practice at home.
  • You learn better with the teacher's undivided attention.
  • You're a serious student already attending group classes but would also like private tuition tailored to your needs in order to improve rapidly.
  • Specifically for dance:
    • You're not a confident dancer but are required to dance at an upcoming function.
    • You'd like to do a Bellydance performance at an event you're holding.
    • You'd like to become a professional Bellydance performer.

Private Class Fees

  • 1 hour private classes in my home are $50/class.
  • 1 hour private classes at your home start from $100/class.

Private Class Terms And Conditions

There are no refunds for class fees.

While all care is taken it's the student’s responsibility to adjust their level of exercise in accordance with their own limitations to ensure no injury occurs.

Despina reserves the right to reschedule classes if she's unwell or due to unforeseen circumstances. All effort will be made to avoid cancellations/reschedulings, but if the occasion does arise as much warning as possible will be given.

Get In Touch!

For more info contact Despina via the Contact page.

 

Group Classes

Despina teaches beginner-friendly group dance classes for most types of events. For example: hen's parties, corporate team-building workshops, and wedding party rehearsals. In fact, any event besides a buck's party.

Despina's specialty is Bellydance, but she can also teach the basics of: Greek dance, classical Indian, Bollywood, Southern African, and Latin (Salsa, Merengue).

Despina teaches a flowing style of Yoga and Pilates that caters for all ages and levels of fitness.

Fees For Group Classes

  • A single 1 hour group class starts from $200.
  • A cluster of 1-hour group classes starts from $100/class.

Group Class Terms And Conditions

If Despina turns up and class is cancelled, the cancellation fee is half of the agreed price.

There are no refunds for class fees.

While all care is taken it's the student’s responsibility to adjust their level of exercise in accordance with their own limitations to ensure no injury occurs.

Despina reserves the right to reschedule classes if she's unwell or due to unforeseen circumstances. All effort will be made to avoid cancellations/reschedulings, but if the occasion does arise as much warning as possible will be given.

Get In Touch!

Call or email Despina via the Contact page to chat about your requirements.

 

FAQs: Bellydance

Why Bellydance?

Simple: because Bellydancing is the most fun way to trim down and shape up!

Even better, Bellydance is suitable for any age, shape, and fitness level. Also, being low impact means it's a very safe form of exercise. Bellydancing is great for toning and strengthening your whole body: you'll find that Bellydancing is fun yet challenging, and kind to the body while still giving you an excellent workout.

Remember:

  • The focus of Bellydance classes is enjoyment.
  • All shapes are welcome - so whether you’re slim or curvy, tall or small, you are the perfect shape for Bellydance class.
  • All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

How Will Bellydance Benefit Me?

Doing regular Bellydance classes will mean you’ll look and feel better. But the best thing about Bellydance is that it’s 100% fun and, let’s face it, who couldn’t do with more fun in life?

What Are The Bellydance Classes Like?

My Bellydance classes are fun and there’s no pressure to compete with anyone. We work hard to ensure an increase in fitness, but you can reduce the intensity to suit your needs.

What Experience Do I Need To Do A Bellydance Class?

No experience at all. Just bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a smile!

What you’ll discover quickly is that Bellydance isn’t necessarily as easy as it looks. The good news is that, while it’s not always easy, it’s always fun. Remember there's no pressure to get everything right immediately - like anything new it takes time to improve, but with persistence you will most certainly progress. Stick with it and you will get better and better.

What Can I Expect In A Bellydance Class?

It really depends on the class plan for that particular course, but overall my classes focus a lot on technique. This gives students a very solid foundation in Bellydance.

Should I Be Fashionably Late To Bellydance Class?

No, it’s highly unfashionable to be late to any fitness class for two reasons: one, it’s discourteous both to the teacher and your fellow students; and two, you don’t want to risk injury by missing out on the warm up.

What Should I Wear To A Bellydance Class?

Wear comfortable exercise gear - whatever you’d normally wear to the gym is fine.

Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Uncoordinated?

Don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet - your coordination will gradually increase as the weeks go by.

Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Overweight?

People of all shapes and sizes attend Bellydancing classes so, yes, you can do Bellydancing if you’re overweight. Don’t be worried about being overweight - no one will judge you on your body shape. My classes are very friendly, non-jugdemental, and all-inclusive. I guarantee you’ll be greeted with smiles no matter what you look like.

Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I’m A Late Starter?

It’s never too early or too late to start Bellydancing. So,no, it doesn't matter what age you are.

Can I Still Do Bellydance If I Have An Injury?

As long as your health professional gives you the go-ahead, you are most welcome to come to Bellydance class, injuries and all.

On the topic of safety please note that, you, the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you’re physically and medically fit for class. During class you must, at all times, take care of your own personal safety - and that includes listening carefully to my instructions. Note also that Bellydance classes - like all physical pursuits - do involve some risk of personal injury and, while I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during class.

Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I'm Pregnant?

If you were Bellydancing before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem dancing throughout your pregnancy. What you must do, however, is let me know that you’re pregnant, as there are some moves that should be done gently if you are pregnant.

On the other hand, if you haven’t Bellydanced before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start. Even if you're active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy. While it’s unlikely that anything bad will happen, it’s best not to take the risk.

What If I Hate Exercise? Should I Even Bother With Bellydance?

There tend to be a lot of exercise-haters attending Bellydance classes. The reason is that they find that - unlike other forms of exercise - they enjoy Bellydancing so much that it doesn’t really feel like exercise at all.

So, yes, definitely bother coming to Bellydance class if you generally hate exercise. You'll not only be in good company, but you'll no doubt find that you love Bellydancing despite the fact that it's exercise.

And Finally…

If you have any more questions you can get in touch with me via the Contact page.

I hope to shimmy with you some time soon - see you in class!

 

FAQs: Yoga

Why Yoga?

Because the physical and mental benefits of Yoga are countless.

Yoga involves low-impact movements and postures which increase flexibility, and tone and strengthen your entire body. In my opinion, Yoga will benefit you more than any other physical pursuit - least of all for its physical payoffs which are plenty, but for its mental benefits.

Yoga Is:

  • Great for toning the muscles and improving flexibility.
  • A challenging workout where you're also encouraged to rest when you need to.
  • Not just a physical workout, but includes meditation and relaxation techniques that will enhance your life and reduce your stress levels.

Regular Participation In Yoga Classes:

  • Increases fitness.
  • Strengthens your muscles.
  • Reduces overall stress levels.
  • Enhances your psychological well-being.

Remember:

  • All shapes are welcome.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • All fitness levels are welcome.

How Will Yoga Benefit Me?

With dedicated practice of Yoga, you’ll not only feel better physically, but also mentally.

And that's because Yoga is not just a physical exercise - it supports your psychological health through meditation and relaxation. It’s the meditation and relaxation aspects of Yoga that help to ease stress, clear the mind, and develop a more positive and loving attitude to yourself and the world around you.

What Are Yoga Classes Like?

My Yoga classes are welcoming and pressure-free. There is no competition between participants, and you can reduce the intensity of the practice whenever you need to.

Like anything new, Yoga can be a little daunting at first, but with persistence you will learn - and the immense benefits of Yoga are worth pushing through the difficult first stages. In time you’ll be pleasantly rewarded seeing your body and mind improve.

What Experience Do I Need To Do A Yoga Class?

None at all.

But remember to give yourself a chance: don’t just try one class and decide you can’t do it - of course you can’t do it, you’ve only just started! Give it some time and give Yoga a good go.

What Can I Expect In A Yoga Class?

I try to use a variety of poses week by week so that students are constantly challenged. Although all classes aim to be challenging, the choice is yours as to how hard you feel you should work that day based on your needs at the time.

Should I Be Fashionably Late To Yoga Class?

No, absolutely not.

Being on time is a courtesy to your teacher and to your fellow students. Being late means that you miss out on some or all of the warm up. which is not a safe way to practice Yoga. Preparing the body is all-important to reduce the risk of injury in Yoga (or any type of physical activity), so be there for the start of class.

Do I Need Any Equipment To Participate In Yoga Classes?

You’ll definitely need to invest in a good quality Yoga mat.

What Should I Wear To A Yoga Class?

  • For the bottom half: NO to skirts, dresses, jeans, baggy pants. YES to dance pants, fitted track pants, leggings, shorts.
  • For the top half: NO to anything big and baggy. YES to fitted t-shirts or singlets, tank tops, leotards.
  • For the feet: NO to any type of shoe. YES to bare feet (ideally, bring socks to wear during the relaxation segment of the class at the end).

NOTE: The preference for fitted clothes is for safety reasons. I can clearly see what you’re doing and fix incorrect technique. You’ll also be able to move more easily wearing fitted clothes - baggy clothes an ride up and down and can get in the way of movement. And for the feet, being barefoot means you can take advantage of the stickiness of the mat to execute the Yoga poses well.

Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Uncoordinated?

Yoga requires no coordination.

Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Overweight?

People of all shapes and sizes can attend class, so there’s no need to worry about looking a certain way - my classes are very friendly and no one will judge you on your body shape.

You’ll see the difference in your body quite quickly by coming to class every week. Not only that, you’ll find that the positive mental attitude fostered through Yoga will mean you’re feeling better psychologically too.

Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Not Fit?

You don’t need to start off being fit as you’ll attain fitness through regular practice of Yoga. In fact, if you come to class week after week, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid getting fitter.

Yoga works all your muscles, plus it will help you make improvements to your mental health through the relaxation and meditation techniques that are practiced during class. Improving the health of your mind will unquestionably help improve the health of your body.

Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m A Late Starter?

It’s never too early or late to start practicing Yoga and enjoying the vast benefits a dedicated Yoga practice brings.

Can I Still Do Yoga If I Have An Injury?

You can still participate in a Yoga class if you're injured IF your health professional has given you the go-ahead to do so.

On the subject of safety, please note that Yoga classes - like any physical pursuit - do involve some risk of personal injury. While I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during class. You, as the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you're physically and medically fit to safely practice Yoga, that you listen carefully to my instructions, and that you take care of your own personal safety during class.

Can I Still Practice Yoga If I’m Pregnant?

If you were practicing Yoga before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem practicing gentle Yoga all the way through your pregnancy. A modification you must make, however, is to completely avoid backbends and twists.

On the other hand, if you haven’t practiced Yoga before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start classes. Even if you are active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy.

Yogic Mythbusting!

There are many myths and misconceptions about Yoga. One is that it’s just about stretching. Another is that you have to be flexible to attempt Yoga. And, last but not lease, that Yoga’s easy.

Let’s look at those misconceptions one by one to give you an idea of what not to expect in class (which will ultimately give you an idea about what you can expect in a Yoga class!).

Misconception 1: Yoga’s Just About Stretching

I should point out first that Yoga is about stretching - but, it’s not just about stretching. It’s about strength too.

Dedicated Yogis and Yoginis are extremely (and sometimes mind-bogglingly) strong. So if plain old stretching isn’t your thing, Yoga might be just what you’ve been looking for: because it combines stretching with strength work, making it infinitely more challenging and beneficial than a basic stretch class.

Misconception 2: You Have To Be Flexible To Attempt Yoga

You needn’t be flexible before starting Yoga in the same way that you don’t need to lose weight before joining a gym. It works the other way around! With dedicated weekly practice, Yoga will - without a doubt - make you more flexible.

Misconception 3: Yoga’s Easy

Let me assure you that Yoga is not easy. Don’t expect to just roll around on the floor, breathing through your navel, and meditating on your ovaries. No, my friend - there’s much work to be done in a Yoga class and you will find it a challenging and rejuvenating experience.

So What Is Yoga In That Case?

Put simply, Yoga is the ultimate workout of both body and mind.

And I say that not as a Yoga teacher, but as someone who’s a big fan of many areas of fitness. You’ll find me participating in a variety of physical pursuits: happily punching away in a boxing class, pitting muscle against metal in the gym, walking my dogs, riding my bike, et cetera. I love it all!

But as a teacher and participant of a variety of physical disciplines, Yoga has to take the cake as the workout of workouts because the added meditation and relaxation develops the most important ‘muscle’ in your body: your mind.

Time To Try Yoga!

You’ll find that Yoga will increase your strength, and stretch your muscles, but - best of all - it will also decrease your stress and ease your mind. Meet the Yoga challenge - your body and mind will love you for it.

And Finally…

If you have any more questions please get in touch with me by phone or email via the Contact page.

I hope to meet you some time soon - see you on the mat!

 

FAQs: Pilates

Why Pilates?

The physical benefits of Pilates are incredible. Pilates involves low-impact exercises which will tone your body and strengthen your muscles. Pilates will enhance your abilities in other sports you do and in the daily activities of your life.

Pilates is:

  • Awesome for toning and strength.
  • A challenging workout, but you can work at your own pace.
  • Ideal for when you’re rehabilitating from injury.
  • Excellent in strengthening the all-important pelvic floor muscles.
Regular Participation In Pilates Classes:
  • Strengthens every muscle you’ve got.
  • Shapes your body.
  • Will reduce or eliminate lower back pain.
  • Will make your stomach flatter.

Remember:

  • All shapes are welcome.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • All fitness levels are welcome.

How Will Pilates Benefit Me?

Firstly, Pilates can radically change your body shape, and your body-confidence will skyrocket as a result.

Secondly, the activities in your life - be they work or play - will be improved immeasurably by Pilates. Whether you’re an elite athlete, a homemaker with kids to chase after, a sedentary office worker, a labourer, or whatever, no matter what you do Pilates will help you do it better.

What Are Pilates Classes Like?

My classes are non-judgmental, beginner-friendly, with a non-competitive and welcoming atmosphere. You are invited and encouraged to rest or reduce the intensity of any exercise whenever you need to.

What Experience Do I Need To Do A Pilates Class?

None at all. Just come along and give it a go. But please, don’t just try one class and decide you can’t do it - of course you can’t do it, you’ve only just started! Persist with Pilates and you'll be greatly rewarded.

What Can I Expect In A Pilates Class?

If you’re looking for a soft, relaxed workout, then you’ll need to look elsewhere as I teach a dynamic, challenging class. Having said that, you're encouraged (no matter how experienced you are) to use common sense, listen to your body, and rest whenever you need to.

Should I Be Fashionably Late To A Pilates Class?

Two words of advice on this: don’t be.

It's courteous, both to your teacher and the other participants, to be on time. And being there for the entire duration of the class is the safest way to do Pilates, so be there for the start of class.

Do I Need Any Equipment To Participate In Pilates Class?

You’ll definitely need to invest in a Yoga mat. And I say a Yoga mat rather than a Pilates mat, because a Pilates mat tends to be too spongy for my liking. It will also mean that if you get into Yoga too, the mat can serve two purposes.

What Should I Wear To A Pilates Class?

  • For the bottom half: NO to skirts, dresses, jeans, baggy pants. YES to dance pants, fitted track pants, leggings, shorts.
  • For the top half: NO to anything big and baggy. YES to fitted t-shirts or singlets, tank tops, leotards.
  • For the feet: NO to any type of shoe. YES to bare feet.

NOTE: The preference for fitted clothes is for safety reasons - I can clearly see what you’re doing and fix incorrect technique. You’ll also be able to move more easily - baggy clothes can ride up and down and can get in the way of movement. And for the feet, being barefoot means you can take advantage of the stickiness of the mat and perform the exercises to the best of your ability.

Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Uncoordinated?

Pilates requires very little co-ordination, so yes, being uncoordinated is not a problem.

Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Overweight?

People of all shapes and sizes can participate effectively in a Pilates class, so there’s no need to worry about looking a certain way. Not only that, my classes are extremely friendly and no one will judge you on your body shape.

Best of all, you’ll be seeing the difference in your body very, very quickly if you come to class regularly, so the feeling of self-consciousness will reduce as your body improves.

Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Not Fit?

Pilates doesn’t miss a muscle - and I’m not just talking major muscle groups here, I’m talking about all the other little ones in between the big ones too.

Through Pilates your whole body gets an overhaul. In fact, if you come to class week after week, it will be impossible to not to get fitter. In other words, you don’t need to be fit to start doing Pilates: you'll get fit (whether you like it or not!).

Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m A Late Starter?

It’s never too early or late to start doing Pilates and enjoy the improvements it brings into your life.

Can I Still Do Pilates If I Have An Injury?

You can still participate in a Pilates class, as long as your health professional has given you the go-ahead.

While talking about safety and injury, it's important to note that Pilates classes - like any physical pursuit - can involve risk of personal injury and while I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during classes. You, as the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and medically fit for the class, and that during the class you take care of your own personal safety.

Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Pregnant?

If you were doing Pilates before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem doing Pilates all the way through your pregnancy (with the exception of exercises which involve lying on the tummy as your baby bump gets bigger).

On the other hand, if you haven’t done Pilates before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start classes. Even if you are active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy.

And Finally…

If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch with me via the Contact page.

I hope to meet you some time soon - see you on the mat!

Class Testimonials

Bellydance class testimonials

"How good are theses Bellydance classes!

We have sooo much fun and come
out of it feeling like we've really
achieved something worthwhile."

- Maria G
 

 

"I have been looking for a Bellydance teacher
since 2011 who could instruct me in technique
and choreography. I tried a couple of places
and had no luck, until I found Despina.

She combines both aspects in her lessons
making the learning process fun and
enjoyable. It also makes it easy to learn.
You gain awareness of your body and
develop a connection with the music
while having a great time and getting
an excellent workout of your whole body.

Despina is very friendly, warm, and always
willing to share her knowledge. I'm really
happy to have her as my teacher!!"

- Julia R
 

 

"I've been enjoying our Bellydance classes!

We are very lucky to have you as teacher.”

- Mio C
 

 

"I have explored Bellydance as a form of fun
and fitness, and as an anti-depressant
for at least the last 15 years.

I have enjoyed classes with Despina
and found that she is a great teacher.
There is emphasis on good
technique and musicality, but the
atmosphere is always relaxed.

 Dance enthusiasts have opportunities to
accelerate their learning while others are there
simply to get a little time out from their routine.
But whatever a person aims to gain from
coming to class, we all fit in together.
"

- Esther E
 

 

"All your fantastic teaching paid off
at the wedding!

I knew exactly what to do and could dance
with confidence - it was just awesome!
"

- Jane K
 

 

"Dear Despina,

 Well, I did the first Bellydance performance of
my life at the reception of my own wedding.
I was so nervous that my maid of honour
literally had to push me out onto the stage!

It was lots of fun though and, you were
right, everyone was up and cheering.

 I can't thank you enough for you teaching and support, it really helped make the night.
I don’t think Tim will ever forget it,
and he also thanks you deeply!
"

 - Moneera M
 

 

"Authentic, sensual Bellydancing
is what I learn from Despina.

 Her technical teaching style had me
moving gracefully and with ease
immediately. Despina's lessons focus
on specific areas each week and help
me put together smooth routines.

 The classes are highly enjoyable, and
Bellydance is such a fun way to exercise
and socialise with friends!"

- Liliane C
 

 

"I got my groove back through Bellydancing!

 I’ve always been active doing distance running,
but six months after my surgery from breast cancer I was struggling to get back to
full fitness. I suffered from sudden slumps
in energy and dizziness. I was getting
frustrated and thought I would never
get back to my energetic pre-surgery self.

 Then I started Bellydance classes with Despina!

Learning the isolated movements of shimmies,
slides, and bumps allowed me to slowly get my
groove back! My energy level is up. Now I am
back to running again, though not the full
distance but I know I’m going to get there.

 Bellydance is a fun activity and a total-body
exercise. My husband encourages me to
keep on doing it as he directly benefits
from my rediscovered energy!” 

- Maria A
 

 

"I really look forward to your
Bellydancing classes each week!

You're a great teacher!"

- Sarah B
 

 

"Bellydance is very fun but challenging.

It is easy to shake your body but requires
strong discipline to control your moves,
isolate parts of your body, and
perform well-defined movements.

I have been taking classes for almost
one-and-a-half years with Despina,
and as a result my technique
has improved super-quickly.

 Despina is great instructor. She is very precise
and her technique is supreme. On top of that
she has very nice sense of humour and
her classes are very fun and affordable."

- Rima R-K
 

 

"Despina, I was looking for something to help
me get my groove back after a difficult breakup.

I found your Bellydance videos on YouTube
and I can't thank you enough. I feel more confident than ever and I'm truly grateful.

Keep up the good work!
You are a blessing to me.
"

- Cindy C
 

 

"Hi Despina,
Thank you so much for all the lessons.
Sunday went perfectly! Everyone said I
danced really well and didn't make a
fool of myself (haha!). Thanks again."

 - Rachel N
 

 

"What I really enjoy about Bellydance is that
even though it strengthens your body it's also really gentle
too. I have quite a few injuries,
but I've found that I can do Bellydance without
a problem. It's also a heap of fun
!"

- Lalita S
 

 

"I got pregnant after starting Bellydance
classes, and danced right until the baby
came - well, not quite until the very
moment baby came, but close enough.

At a certain point in my pregnancy I had to
stop some of my other fitness activities like cycling and running, so it was great to have
a fun exercise that I could continue.
"

 - Amanda G
 

 

"When I started Bellydance classes with
Despina
I'd never danced a step in my life.
And especially at 53 years old, it was a little daunting. But Despina's step-by-step
teaching style really made Bellydancing
really accessible to me.
She was never
judgemental, and always encouraging."

- Lyndall G
 

 

"Seriously, everyone should try Bellydance
at least once. It's such a blast!
"

 - Carla D
 

  

Pilates Class Testimonials
 

"I love your detailed descriptions.
It really
makes a huge difference in how
effective the Pilates exercises are."

- Brandon C
 

 

"I really like the welcoming atmosphere
you create in your classes. I'm not very fit but I always feel okay working at my own pace."

- Miread M
 

 

"Hey Despina!

I just wanted to say that I can't believe
how quickly regular Pilates classes
increases strength and flexibility in just a
few short weeks. I'm recommending doing Pilates with you to all my family and friends.

Thanks for everything!
Can't wait for the next class!”

- Shane K
 

 

"The very first Pilates class I did I was
shocked at how hard it is. But, wow, the
results are amazing! I particularly like doing
the occasional private class to make sure
I'm really on top of my technique.
"

- Emily W
 

 

"The great thing about Despina's
Pilates classes is all the one-on-one
you get - even when the class is packed.
"

- Jorge P
 

 

"I think what I enjoy most about your class
is the mental focus you encourage us to
have. It does exactly what you say it will do,
which is give my mind a holiday.
"

- Chantal R
 

 

"Whoever says Pilates isn't a tough workout
is kidding themselves. I've never worked
so hard in a fitness class in my life!"

- Goran L
 

 

"Private Pilates classes with Despina
has really helped me manage the chronic
lower back pain
I've had for a number of years.
It's easy to give in to the pain and just give up. Don't give up - try Pilates!"

- Lily R
 

 

"I've found that a couple of Pilates
sessions a week has made all the
difference in my marathon training.

My trainer actually noticed a big change
in me and asked what I'd been doing.
She wasn't surprised when I said I'd
started doing Pilates exercises.
Thanks, Despina, for all your help!"

- Freya A
 

 

"I've been coming to your Pilates classes
for about a year now and I don't think I've
ever been to a class that's the same. It's
amazing to me how much care you take
to keep the classes varied. Love it!"

- Rita Y
 

 

"It's a treat learning with you, Despina.
You're such a skilled teacher.
"

- Robert C-J
 

 

"I always look forward to your Pilates class
every week. I love how you work us hard
but at the same time create a relaxed and calming atmosphere. I particularly like how
you encourage us to listen to our bodies:
to work at our own pace, according to our
physical abilities and energy levels.
"

- Annette A
 

 

"There are a lot of things I like about
your class. But probably my favourite
thing is
the way you always make
everyone feel so welcome
."

- Shae C
 

 

"I remember my first Pilates class with you.
I was so nervous because I'd never been to
ANY type of exercise class before in my life.
I was overweight and unfit, with zero flexibility.

I was particularly worried that I would get
way too much attention from the teacher
because I was inexperienced, and end up
feeling singled out. But I had nothing to worry about because you give everyone in your class equal attention, no matter what their level.

So despite my nerves, I felt at ease from the
very first minute of class to the very last. And
that's never changed in the six months I've
been coming to your classes.

On top of that, my strength and flexibility have
increased, and I've toned up a lot. I look forward
to the next six months of Pilates with you!"

- Jill N
 

 

Yoga Class Testimonials

 

"I began Yoga to improve my flexibility.
What I didn't know was that it would
benefit me in so many other ways - and
more than just on the physical level."

- Vincenza R
 

 

"I'm a footballer, and my team mates
laughed when I told them I was starting
Yoga. Now I'm the one laughing because
of how it's improved my game.
"

- Jason L
 

 

"I have a really high-stress job and tend
to work very long hours, so Yoga is essential
for my mental and psychological health.
Doing weekly classes really helps me
keep my stress under control.
"

- Julia S
 

 

"Thank you, Despina, for making my first experience with Yoga so positive!! I'm
looking forward to my second class soon.
"

- Nia G
 

 

"I got dragged to my first Yoga class by
my girlfriend. I did NOT want to go. But I
persisted (ah, the things we do for love!)
and soon started to look forward to it.
Then I freaked my girlfriend out when I
said I wanted to do a second weekly class.
Now we're doing three or four classes
a week and really feeling the benefits."

- Adrian V
 

 

"Despina is amazing!

She's everything you'd want in a teacher:
she's enthusiastic, always willing to
answer questions and, most of all,
you can tell that she loves to teach. And
that makes the world of difference to me
as a student.
There's nothing like learning
from someone who loves to teach."

- Maggie W
 

 

"Love Yoga.

What else is there to say?"

- Angelina F
 

 

"I suffer from anxiety and depression
and I cannot tell you how much Yoga
has helped me with both. I've been able
to reduce my meds significantly and can
cope so much better with life. "

- Kayla C
 

 

"I have a few injuries, so I particularly like
the way Despina works from the basic to
the more complex versions of each posture.

It helps your body ease into the more
challenging variations and, as Despina
always reminds us, you can rewind at
any time and do one of the more basic
versions if the more challenging
posture proves to be too much."

- Pete R
 

 

"For some reason I had the preconceived
notion that Yoga would be easy. Not sure
where I got that idea, actually - if I'd
researched it even a little bit I would have
quickly seen that Yoga can be very difficult.

Anyway, after I joined a gym I tried each
style of class they offered including Yoga.

Even though I couldn't even do half of the
poses I really enjoyed the post-class
relaxed feeling of my muscles having got
both a good stretch and a good workout.

It's been a couple of years now since my
first class and I can honestly say that I
couldn't imagine life without my Yoga."

- Cynthia G
 

 

"I began Yoga to get a weekly dose
of much-needed stretching, but ended
up getting so much more. Yoga
doesn't
just give you flexibility, it also develops
your strength - and not just strength
of body, also strength of mind."

- Noel N
 

 

"I've been to a lot of Yoga teachers and,
as with everything, some are better
than others. The ones who are best
are the ones who
really care, and
how much a teacher cares shows
in the way he or she teaches.

Couple how much you care with your
many years of
teaching experience,
and what you get is phenomenal
classes week after week after week.

Thanks Despina - can't wait
until the next class!"

- Amy E
 

 

"My favourite part of Yoga is the
meditative aspect. Life is so so busy,
and meditation helps to keep me sane!
"

- Richard M
 

 

"What I love about your classes, Despina,
is that you include Yoga philosophy as
part of the class. There's profound
wisdom in the Yoga texts and I've been
able to learn so much from the
thought-provoking quotations that
you read to us each week.
"

- Susi A
 

 

"Yoga is a tremendous method of
stress-reduction, but has a myriad of
physical benefits too. It really is great
all-round and I recommend it to everyone
."

- Anna Y
 

 

"I'm always impressed with how much
thought you put into each and every class
you teach. As a student, it makes the world
of difference. Thanks for being such a great teacher. We're really lucky to have you.
"

- Kim N
 

 

"I love the variety of your classes!
Each week there's a different focus,
and I never know what to expect (except
that it won't be something we've done
before). Keep up the good work!"

- John M
 

 

"Yoga has everything you need: it makes you strong and flexible, it challenges your mind,
and teaches you how to de-stress and relax
."

- Gina F
 

 

"I enjoy how Despina manages to keep
the class flowing while at the same time
giving all the important details of the pose.

It's quite a feat of teaching, and gives us
a challenging but safe workout!"

- Eddie S
 

 

SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!

Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi

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