Samantha Mace Pilates, Barre and
Barre, Pilates & Pre/Post Natal Instructor
Sam’s classes are fun, suitable for all and hot on correct alignment. Her passion to provide a tranquil setting for movement, where clients can feel inspired to lead healthy lives led Sam to set up her own studio in such an inspiring location.
In 2009 Sam qualified in Level 3 Mat Pilates. Sam enhanced her Pilates qualifications with a specialism in Pre/ Post Natal Pilates, Exercise With Referral and most recently Reformer Pilates with Michael King.
Sam has a dance background and always wanted to combine ballet with Pilates which led to her completing Exercise to Music level 2 and creating her own Barre program. To advance this expertise Sam has also trained in the Michael King Barre programme.
Expect to feel energised and calm after a class with Sam.
Julie starting taking Pilates as a way to improve her level of fitness and overall sense of well-being and it quickly became an important part of her life.
When not practicing Pilates, Julie works in the School of Management, University of St Andrews, where she is the Director of the Masters programmes and oversees a large group of international students. As part of her work, Julie is a lecturer and educator with more than 10 years of teaching experience.
Julie completed her Pilates Teacher Training in Matwork at The Brigid McCarthy Studios in Edinburgh. She is an affiliate member of the Pilates Foundation and has recently completed CPD courses in Pilates for Seniors and Osteoporosis from Polestar Pilates and a one-day course focused on the Psoas muscle.
Favourite quote – ‘The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Favourite food – Anything with avocado.
Amanda’s classes are energetic, relaxing and positive
Amanda originally entered the world of fitness as an aerobics teacher incorporating body conditioning and toning, and holds OCR Exercise to Music and KFA certificates. Focusing on a variety of yoga disciplines, vinyasa flow, free style fitness and power chi yoga providing a breadth of experience.
An aqua diploma swiftly followed and then a variety of yoga qualifications including Freestyle fitness, Powerchi and Vinyasa style yoga and now Barre. Amanda’s style of yoga and Barre targets flexibility, stability and strength. Her classes incorporate deep stretch and yoga postures performed with the fluidity and aesthetic qualities of contemporary dance.
Amanda has been teaching yoga for ten years and combines her classes with work in the Alumni Relations department at the University of St Andrews. Amanda believes that yoga and Barre helps her clients manage their lifestyle in a better way, improve physical shape, balance the mind and body and help with overall well-being. Her classes are choreographed to smoothly transition from posture to posture allowing class members to walk away feeling worked out with an improved body alignment.
Expect to leave Amanda’s class feeling energised, calmer and happy!
Favourite quote – ‘Carpe Diem’ – seize the day!
Favourite food – My husband’s signature dish, sea bass in a leek carbonara sauce.
Fave track for class – ‘Shake it Loose’ by Dolphin.
Yoga & Stretch Instructor
A San Francisco native, Phoebe fell in love with yoga as a lifestyle and practices daily, integrating yogic philosophy and movement into both her university life and emerging acting career. Phoebe trained at YogaTree back home in the Bay Area and believes first and foremost in yoga as a method to connect with the body and mind in a positive and nourishing way. Her classes focus on enjoying and exploring the challenges of simple sequences in a welcoming and positive environment, providing time away from your daily routine to destress and re-connect with your breath.
Favourite Quote: ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something is more important than fear; the brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.’ – Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries
Favourite Foods: over-easy eggs, fresh fruit, scallops, chocolate chip protein pancakes
Barre & Stretch Instructor
My favourite quote is definitely; “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible!”- Audrey Hepburn
My favourite food is one hundred percent steak!! You can’t beat it!
And my favourite class tune would be anything by Jessie J as I love her writing and songs and will be using quite a few in classes!
Yoga & Barre Instructor
Jo has always had a passion for dance. Growing up in Holland she did classical ballet, jazz ballet and contemprory dance.
A few years a ago, while living in South Africa, she came across yoga and was instantly hooked to the practice. She explored different kinds of yoga; mainly hot yoga, power yoga, ashtanga, vinyasa and yin. In 2017 she went to Risikesh (India) to complete a 200 hours teacher training course in vinyasa and hatha yoga. Jo’s yoga classes focus on connecting the breath to movement and having a strong flow throughout the practice. She offers variations in class so everyone feels challenged at their own level.
Reconnencting to her dance roots, Jo did a barre training course at The View in 2018. In Jo’s barre classes she creates an upbeat atmosphere and aims to let her students ‘feel the burn’ with a smile on their faces.
Favourite quote: ‘Live isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain’ – Vivian Greene
Favourite food: Pancakes
Favourite track yoga: River flows in you – Yiruma
Favourite track barre: Beautiful light – Uppermost
Yoga and Pre/ Post Natal Instructor Instructor
Favourite quote – “Live the questions” – Rilke & “Be the change” – Gandhi
Favourite food – Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
Favourite track – “The Harmonious Song” by Amirali for savasana
Favourite word – Love
Yoga & Barre Instructor
As a result, Jamie started teaching yoga in 2016 after training with the British School of Yoga in Hatha Yoga. She began her journey teaching Power, Hatha, and Vinyasa Yoga with a focus on positive mental health, blending the 3 styles together and practising different meditation and relaxation techniques.Jamie’s particular passion for yoga is found in arm balances and strengthening, and believes that the power of yoga to strengthen our bodies is very underestimated!
Jamie recently added her passion for drumming out a beat and trained with Sam in Barre.
Expect to leave Jamie’s classes walking to the beat, feeling lively and feeling the burn!
Favourite quote: “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” Eckhart Tolle
Favourite track: Since I’ve Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin
Favourite word: Dawn
Carlyn’s classes are creative, light hearted, beautifully sequenced with a focus on strong dance inspired postures.
Carlyn trained as a professional dancer, and ballet was a big part of that training along with jazz, tap, highland, contemporary and lyrical and she enjoys perfecting her arabesque, as it takes a lot of balance and core strength!
Expect to leave Carlyn’s classes with beautiful pointed feet, lengthened legs and a smile for days.
Favourite quote- sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory
Favourite food – lobster
Favourite track – Christina Aguilera – Lady Marmalade
Favourite word – fabulous