Meet our amazing Suna Pilates Instructors!
At Suna Pilates we put a lot of effort into ongoing pilates training for our team of pilates instructors, and we know they put their heart and soul into taking their pilates classes. A Suna Pilates instructor wants to know your goals, so they can help you reach them. We believe that our pilates instructors are the best in the field, and we know they are fantastic people. Read on to find out more about what makes them unique!
Susie - Master Trainer, Kinesiologist & Nutritionist
Susie is the Co-owner and Master Trainer at Suna Pilates, which she created in 2000. She is also a holistic lifestyle coach, a nutritionist and Kinesiologist.
Susie is a well known authority on all things fitness and wellness. She is the Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport fitness expert, a regular on the Leighton Smith show, and was featured by Judy Bailey in her Australian Woman's Weekly series on 'Inspirational Women'. Called ‘a one woman powerhouse’ by Judy Bailey, Susie is viewed by the thousands of people she’s helped over the years as a Guru of positivity, inspiration and motivation.
Susie is also very real and authentic – her learnings have come from her own experiences, working on her own health and the very real demands of juggling a successful business and her role as the mother of two young boys.
Susie’s goal is to ‘fix and help’ everyone she comes into contact with. She has a completely holistic approach to wellness that came about gradually over a number of years. The more she studied the more she came to realize the body and mind are inextricably linked and that for true wellness you can’t address issues in isolation - only by prioritising ourselves and working to align our thoughts words and deeds can we achieve real wellness.
Susie started out in the wellness industry as a Pilates instructor – primarily to fix her numerous injuries from snowboarding. She successfully used pilates to alleviate her own pain and fix her body and then set out to spread the word and fix as many people as she could by founding Suna Pilates. But years of experience showed her that even the best and most natural exercise in the world couldn’t fix everyone on its own.
So she trained as a Nutritionist and Holistic Lifestyle coach - becoming an accredited Paul Chek Holistic Lifestyle Coach and completing her internship with America’s Dr Cliff Oliver a number of years ago. After many more years helping people she realized that although the combination of exercise and nutrition is vital and powerful it still couldn’t fix everyone and how important our thoughts are in achieving good health. This led Susie to kinesiology and she is now a certified Kinesiologist, having qualified under Dr John Kaye in Australia.
Susie takes a limited number of one-on-one training sessions, by appointment only, at $250 per session. Kinesiology sessions start at $65 - click to find out more. Phone the Studio to book on 09 4891987.
Libby Jeyes - Suna Pilates Head Trainer & Kinesiologist
Our Head Trainer and longest employee, Libby Jeyes, has been at Suna Pilates since 2006. We feel extremely lucky to have such a sincere, talented, upbeat and vibrant Leader in the Suna Team.
With her dedication to Suna and her natural passion for helping others, Libby was handpicked by our Directors, and has completed numerous Pilates training courses. We are proud of her many professional achievements and awed by how her talent just keeps on growing.
Master Instructor: Trained in sports rehabilitation and has the ability to fix people
Instructor Trainer: Qualified to teach courses for people who want a career in pilates
Head Trainer: Trains all Suna Pilates Instructors and ensures all our trainers meet our very high expectations and have a personal drive to excel.
Touch for Health Kinesiology
With a diploma in performing arts, Libby danced professionally overseas for many years. She has combined her dance skills with pilates to further improve her form, and to help prevent injuries. Libby says she has personally experienced many benefits of Pilates training. On returning to NZ, Libby realised she wanted to share her passion for Pilates with others… and here she is. Going strong, doing what she loves, and sharing her love of fitness, wellness and pilates.
A natural cheerleader and leader, Libby is naturally bouncy, energetic and encouraging. It is natural for Libby to be like this all day, every day - and we love having this energy at Suna. It is contagious and an essential ingredient for our positive environment!
Obviously, Libby is a big believer in Suna Pilates:
“At Suna, we are dedicated to helping people with their physical function, health and wellbeing. It is so nice knowing that we make such a positive difference in people’s lives. It’s also super fun. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!”
Libby is passionate about dancing, fixing people, drinking wine and having an abundance of fun. She lives a happy, adventurous and outgoing life, and she believes that her greatest achievement is her daughter. Libby is super proud of her gorgeous daughter, and has an enormous amount of love for her.
Libby says if she could be anyone in the world, she would choose to be herself. “I am the best person in the world at being me – no one else could do it better”. We think that’s a pretty great answer! Her super power would be to heal people with just the touch of a hand but “X-ray vision and flying would be pretty cool too”.
We love seeing Libby driving and motivating our Trainers to be the best Pilates instructors around. Go Team Suna! Come and see our lovely Libby teaching SunaFit, SunaForm, SunaJump and Express classes as well as SunaSolo sessions in the studio!
Gabby Redpath - Suna Pilates Instructor
Gabby brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm and dedication to the Suna team. She is hard-working and constantly strives to be the best she can be. With many years of experience in the sports industry, Gabby has always wanted to help athletes excel in their field.
With a huge passion for volleyball, she has represented NZ internationally. She loves both being a Coach and a player, and says she absolutely loves the thrill of improving her own game, just as much as seeing a student improve theirs. This thrill and passion for fitness is a formula for one amazing trainer!
Gabby was inspired to become a pilates instructor because it fits with her passion for helping people become the best version of themselves. She was captivated by how good she felt after her first Pilates session at Suna, and wanted the opportunity to help others to feel the same way.
We love having Gabby on the Suna team. Her drive, determination, humour and hardworking mentality are just a few of the things we love about her. You will see these qualities in her classes - she wants you to get results too, and will do her best to see that you achieve this.
Gabby feels she fits in with the Suna Pilates team and mentality:
"Suna has given me endless opportunities to extend my knowledge of what the mind and body need to stay happy and healthy. Everyone here is so supportive of each other that for me ‘having a bad day at work’ no longer exists!”
As well as being passionate about volleyball, Gabby loves to travel, and told us that her greatest achievement so far was surviving South East Asia for over seven weeks, going to remote areas, living life on the edge, exploring and experiencing new things…. “What a ride!”
Gabby said that if she could be anyone in the world… she would be herself. She is happy being who she is, and we can see why. We love having this vibrant, upbeat and strong person in our team of pilates instructors. Look for Gabby teaching SunaForm, SunaFit, SunaJump and Express classes in studio!
Vini Rodrigues - Suna Pilates Instructor
Vini is our enthusiastic, energetic Brazilian Trainer who brings with him a lot of knowledge to our team. He co-owned a Pilates studio in Brazil and has been in the fitness industry for 11 years.
Vini was inspired to become a pilates instructor as he wanted to have a strong core to protect his body from sporting injuries, to improve his range of motion on movements, to have a great posture and look more presentable. We can vouch for him that he has done this exceptionally well.
Vini is a real asset to our team, with his amazing energy and drive for a cohesive team. One of the best things about Vini is his genuinely caring nature. He told us “I want to grow up with everyone on my side”. How beautiful is that.
Vini told us why he loves working at Suna Pilates:
“I love the environment - everyone is happy most of the time and ready to help each other out. I really feel accepted and welcome!”
Outside Suna, Vini loves nature and how life is constantly evolving.
Vini has many skills outside of pilates. He has various qualifications in the fitness field and has also been trained to look after the elderly. He believes that his greatest achievement so far is constructing a life in NZ. He left his family and friends behind to follow his goal of creating a better life for himself. The path has been really challenging for Vini, but he isn’t a quitter!
Our driven, loving Brazilian instructor said that if he could be anyone in the world… he would be himself. The only thing he wants is to travel the world more, meet more people and speak more languages so he can communicate with more people. His superpower would be to make peace in the world. And this is truly our Vini. We see this every day with his kind heart and beautiful smile. He wants everyone to work together and eliminate all the problems in the world. Let’s hope one day we can show him this is possible.
We’re lucky to have such a warm, genuine, caring guy in our team of pilates instructors. Look out for Vini teaching SunaForm, SunaFit, SunaJump and Express classes in studio!
Ange Pooley - Suna Pilates Instructor
Starting in the fitness industry at 17 years old, Ange has a Diploma in Fitness Training and a wealth of professional fitness knowledge, as well as a deep love of Pilates. Ange has a long history with Suna and has been with us for 8 years, when she achieved her goal of becoming a qualified pilates instructor.
Ange’s dedication to helping people with their health and fitness shines through in all her classes. Following her natural drive to take care of people, Ange has recently completed a course in massage.
Her ability to instruct a high energy Pilates class, in combination with her caring, empathetic, positive and fun spirit make her a wonderful person to have on our team. She is passionate about what she does and has a natural energy about her that makes us feel great.
Ange says that Suna Pilates is her ideal place to work:
“I love working at Suna as I am doing something I am passionate about. I love being able to help and inspire people. The team of people I work with are all amazing people and make every day fun - and the clients are amazing too!”
Ange also loves dancing, cooking, yoga, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Her family supported her to be the first one in her family to go to University and get her qualifications. Everyone is so proud of this achievement - Go Ange!
Ange says if she could be anyone in the world she would be Scarlett Johansson, because she is so talented and stunning. Her super power would be teleportation so she could follow her love of travel and be anywhere in the world she wanted to be. How great would that be! “I’m popping over to Paris today then I might have a coffee in Barcelona. I’ll be home later tonight.”
Having such kind, caring Trainer in our team of pilates instructors makes Suna a great place to be. Come and see Ange teaching SunaFit, SunaForm and Express classes in studio!
Andre Kini - Suna Pilates Instructor
Andre is a true team player, bringing his positive, can-do attitude to the studio every day, and providing us with lots of laughs along the way - his energy and enthusiasm are infectious.
One of newest Suna Trainers, Andre says his wife Jeanette inspired him to become a pilates instructor, encouraging him to take the Suna Pilates Mat Basics Instructor Course - and talking him down off the ledge after the first day of training! Andre names Suna Master Trainer Libby Jeyes as a massive inspiration, and says her incredible instruction and professionalism over the years has helped him become the pilates trainer he is today and set his standards extremely high.
Andre told us why he loves working at Suna Pilates:
“Being able to share the benefits of what we do and how it can literally change someone’s life is amazing. Having been a Suna Member for several years before beginning instructor training, I saw and felt the benefits Suna offers first hand. Now I'm loving being a pilates trainer and helping people to realise their goals. And my team-mates, well, they rock, which also helps make 'work' actually fun!”
Outside Suna, Andre is completely passionate about his family, who he loves to bits and credits as being his 'center' and his ‘rocks’.
He has always been passionate about sports, and has played anything and everything, from Rugby and Touch to Athletics and Volleyball. A dream of becoming an All Black was prevented at a critical point by a serious injury – but Andre has achieved some great accolades along the way in various sporting endeavors. He says his greatest sporting achievement was representing the New Zealand Men’s Touch team and touring Australia in the early 1990's. Singing the national anthem in front of thousands of Aussies was amazing then scoring the last-minute touchdown to draw the game and series against the World Champion Australian team was an experience he will never forget.
He’s a man of many talents outside sports and fitness too – Andre has a Diploma in Policing and worked as a policeman in Auckland for eight years. He then re-trained in Computer Graphic Design and 17 years later is the Art and Production Director for a publishing house producing magazines.
Sporty, talented and… just a little intellectual, Andre says if he could be anyone he would choose Barack Obama, as a leader and one of the most inspirational speakers he’s ever heard, and if he has a super power he would choose time travel – “How amazing would it be to be able to visit some of the most incredible times in our planets history?”
We’re lucky to have such a positive, warm and well-rounded guy in our team of pilates instructors. Look out for Andre teaching SunaForm in studio!
Miles Regal - Suna Pilates Instructor
Miles became a Suna Pilates instructor after being a client for a number of years. Miles loves a challenge, and was keen to accept the challenge to train as a Suna Instructor when our Founder Susie Cleland tapped him on the shoulder.
Susie wanted Miles on our team because of his obvious talent and great attitude. We love having Miles on our team and he brings great energy to the Suna team with his go-getter attitude, confidence and humour.
Miles is a DIY problem solver and says he wants to help people and assist their bodies to deal with any problems.
Miles explained why he loves working at Suna Pilates:
“I am interested in seeing what I can push my body to do, so I aim to challenge people to do things that they may have doubted that they could do!”
In his life outside Suna, Miles is extremely passionate about surf life-saving. He has sacrificed precious life-saving time to be in the studio on Saturdays - that says a lot about his drive to be a committed member of team Suna! Miles is also loves modifying and playing around with motor vehicles. With a ‘day job’ as a qualified carpenter and builder, surf-lifesaving, modifying cars, Miles uses his only spare time to come and work our clients at Suna Pilates… and get tattoos! His body is a canvas in more ways than one!
Miles says if he could be anyone in the world he would be Jason Statham, which fits with his love of cars and powerful persona! For a super power, he would choose shape shifting. Hmmmmmm, this got us thinking! Those muscles on him… did we create those at Suna; or is he shape shifting? We will take the credit for it regardless.
We’re stoked to have this fun, multi-skilled, genuinely nice guy in our team of pilates instructors. Come and see Miles teaching SunaFit, SunaForm, and SunaJuniors in studio!
Anthony Viana - Suna Pilates Instructor
As well as being a Suna Pilates instructor, Anthony is a qualified Exercise Consultant and Personal Trainer. He became pilates instructor to expand his fitness instructor repertoire, and to share his love of pilates and fitness as a whole.
Anthony is a true team player, bringing a shiningly positive, can-do attitude to the studio every day. He takes our policy of no frowny faces literally, and smiles all the time. We love this about him.
Anthony told us about his motivation for working at Suna Pilates:
"I wanted to work with Suna Pilates because of the overall positive atmosphere - and the great energy of the clients and staff!"
In his free time, Anthony loves riding motorbikes and playing the guitar, and told us that his most satisfying achievement is skydiving. Anthony says if he could be anyone in the world he would be Bruno Mars so he could accompany his guitar playing better – That man can sing! For a super power would love to have blazing super speed like The Flash.
Having this happy, warm and naturally caring guy in our team of pilates instructors makes Suna a better place. Look for Anthony giving great postural guidance in our SunaFit pilates classes!
Renske van den Braak - Suna Pilates Instructor
Despite being one of newest Suna Trainers, Renske is no Pilates newbie! She learnt basic Pilates and functional exercises from her Dad, who is a Physiotherapist. As a dancer, Renske was driven to learn more, as she knew the benefits of Pilates for Dancers. At the end of each dance class, she would teach her dance students Pilates, to make them better dancers, to help with their core strength, prevent injuries and so much more.
Having moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands, Renske saw our Suna Mat Basics Instructor course and signed up straight away! We fell in love with her drive, ambition, and natural instructor ability - so we invited her to be part of our Suna Team.
Renske says “I’m SO thankful for the warm welcome the Suna team gave me, from the first moment I came in. I do miss my family back in the Netherlands, but I think I found a second family here in New Zealand”.
Renske has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Management and brings her experiences as a Dance instructor in kids dance, hip hop, street dance and Zumba to her understanding of how people think and move. Renske is hard working, determined, open minded - and a bit of a perfectionist - but we love that about her, and Renske is a strong addition to the Suna Team.
We asked Renske why she loves working at Suna and she said “People here care, and there are a lot of happy and loving vibes”.
Outside of her family here at Suna, Renske loves dancing, playing basketball, hiking, exploring and camping in New Zealand’s beautiful nature, as well as reading. She names her decision to follow love, move to New Zealand and to just go for it as her greatest achievement!
We asked Renske what super power she would choose, and in typical Renske style, she said turning sad faces into smiles :). We know when you meet her, she will turn those frowns upside down even without a super power… try her classes and you will see.
Renske said that if she could be anyone in the world… she would be herself. “I’m actually really happy being me!”
We are so lucky to have such a hard-working, caring, warm and determined person in our team of pilates instructors. Look out for Renske teaching SunaForm, SunaFit and Express classes in studio!