Samantha Mace (Leyton), founder of The View Studio
Sam is passionate about providing a tranquil setting for fitness, where clients can feel inspired to lead healthy lives. This is what led Sam to set up her own studio in such an inspiring location.
In 2009 Sam qualified in Level 3 Mat Pilates at the Energywise Training Academy, Edinburgh, under the guidance of renowned Pilates trainer Fiona Brown. Sam enhanced her Pilates qualifications with a specialism in Pre/ Post Natal Pilates and most recently with Exercise With Referral. Sam knew she wanted to be able to provide a complementary selection of fitness activities at the studio and therefore also qualified as an Exercise to Music instructor and Nordic Walking UK instructor in 2010.
Claudia Ortiz, Chill Out Yoga Instructor
Claudia loved yoga from her first class in 1986 at Uni, it soon became a lifestyle choice. In 1999, whilst living in Canada she came across Kripalu yoga, with its active use of sound and breathing to promote the body’s own movement flow.
In February 2003, Claudia stayed at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, USA and became qualified as both a Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy Teacher, before returning to the UK.
Claudia has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with The Nilupul Foundation and is a teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Claudia finds that Mindful Movement whether it is Yoga, Tai chi, Pilates, walking and meditation can support both physical and mental health and well-being. The slowing down, stretching out and turning in can be the best for both mind and body.
Favourite quote – You must face annihilation over and over again to find what is indestructible in yourself.” Pema Chodron
Favourite food – Soups – from hearty broths to silky smooth creams
Favourite track – Vangelis – Memories of Green from the film Blade Runner.
Favourite word – Play
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.
Sarah Green – Barre & Stretch Instructor
Sarah’s lifelong passion for health & fitness reflects her simple philosophy for wellbeing; eat well, move more & relax often.
Sports, fitness & Yoga have been part of her daily life for over 20 years alongside a love of food. As a mum of 2 its only recently that she has been able to turn her passion into a career; first by achieving the AFN Certified Level 4 Applied Nutrition & Supplementation qualification followed by Level 2 Fitness Instructor (accredited by Active IQ), Barre Instructor (Accredited by The Energywise Academy) & Indian Head Massage Diploma (Accredited by The Guild of Beauty & Holistic Therapists) and is currently a trainee Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance with CYS (Classical Yoga School) run by June Mitchell.
Her holistic approach to health & fitness is reflected in her varied range of qualifications and her belief that wellbeing should be open to all within a friendly, relaxed and fun context. She will be teaching Barre & Stretch Classes that combine strength, mobility & relaxation.
Favourite quote – ‘Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her.’ – Lao Tzu
Favourite food – ‘I love curry – I’m from the West Midlands, curry capital of UK!’
Fave track for class – She Wolf – Shakira
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.
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.
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.
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
Chiara is originally from St. Andrews and will be providing maternity cover for our Founder Sam Mace before heading back to London in the New Year for her regular job as a performer(singer, dancer and actress)! Chiara is extremely excited to be coming to teach at The View Studio and bringing her own style to our barre classes.
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!
Mari-Claire has always had a lifelong love for dancing, sports and fitness. Having studied PE teaching at university and spent time teaching, coaching and volunteering home and abroad, she is passionate about inspiring others to live healthy active lives.
She is currently working in the higher education sector, as a development co-ordinator for student sport. At present, she is qualified as a PE teacher (GTCS), level 2 fitness instructor (Active IQ) and Barre fitness instructor (Energywise Academy). Combining this with working towards her level 3 personal training (Active IQ) and applied nutrition courses towards the end of this year Mari-Claire aspires to provide a well rounded and energetic approach to fitness.
Mari-Claire’s enthusiasm for adventure and dancing means her approach to instructing is always energstic and fun, challenging muscles you didn’t know you had, ensuring you leave Barre class with a spring in your step!
Favourite food:- Avocado, goats cheese, marzipan and dark chocolate.
Favourite track for Barre:- Single Ladies by Beyonce.
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
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
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!
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
Favourite quote – Not all those who wander are lost
Favourite food – Anything out the sea – well nearly anything. Oh and cheese!
Favourite track – Everything on Late Night Sessions III, Farley and Heller
Favourite word – Simple
Judith lives in Elie, has a dog, called Poppy and works in a Michelin star restaurant. A trained sommelier, art curator, horticulturalist and marketeer, she is a graduate of The Classical School of Yoga. She has been taught to teach Ashtanga, or the eight limbs of yoga. These include breathing techniques, focused concentration, meditative absorption and moral duties and observances, along with a set series of asanas, or postures that flow from one to another, following a five breath sequence, thus creating a ‘moving meditation’. Judith also appreciates Yin Yoga, a cooler practice that balances out the warmer Yang of Ashtanga. In Yin, one holds postures for longer and ends feeling fully relaxed.
As well as yoga Judith swim, grows flowers, lets out a cottage, likes to climb mountains, paint, dance to loud music and appreciate the natural world.
Favourite quote – ‘no man is an island’ – John Donne
Favourite food -lobster (and champagne)
Favourite track – Pretty Vacant – Black Grape
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!
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