LISA MINETT

Owner & Director

Lisa has worked as a professional performing artist and educator for over 20 years. Having worked extensively in Australia as a dancer and choreographer, Lisa headed to the USA to take up a full acting scholarship. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Performance) from the University of Florida, graduating with Highest Honours. Whilst in the USA, Lisa performed in Broadway regional theatres, choreographed numerous musical productions, and began working as a university lecturer in acting and movement.

Her desire to help actors find creative enjoyment and physical freedom through a greater understanding of the physical body led her back to Australia where she became the Head of Movement and Dance for NIDA. Her approach to the physical body has been through her dancers discipline and her yoga philosophies. She now embarks on a journey to share with everyone the importance of a strong physical presence in achieving their professional goals. She is an experienced and dedicated Yoga teacher, inspiring personal trainer and renowned dance teacher.

BEC BAINGER

Studio Manager

Bec Bainger is the studio manager at MMS and a passionate instructor who loves educating and inspiring clients to move in a way that feels great and works for their bodies. With a background as a professional stunt woman for television and film and contemporary dancer, she holds a Bachelor of Dance Performance, Performing Arts Diploma and is a qualified Pilates, Barre and Pre and Postnatal Specialist Trainer. Bec has over 15 years of experience teaching and believes there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of a client’s journey to wellness.“I was initially drawn to Pilates through my dance injuries and used it to help rehabilitate my body. This insight and experience helped give me a unique set of skills in delivering effective fitness programs, providing the client with positive results.”

CELIA HEPBURN

Celia Hepburn is a qualified Barre, Yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor. She has a Cert IV in Pilates from Breathe Education, a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Certificate from Power Living and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) from Deakin University. With a background in Classical ballet teaching, she is attentive to detail, passionate about alignment, efficiency and bodily awareness in her clients. As a teacher, she appreciates the importance of a good time with lots of laughter and aims for an inclusive and informative environment for her clients.

NATALIE BRIGGS

Natalie studied and trained in ballet and contemporary dance for over twenty years.  Taking time out to work and start a family, she rediscovered her passion, for dance again.  Loving the high intensity of dance style fitness, Natalie soon discovered Zumba. The Latin choreography was addictive and extremely effective in keeping her fit and motivated. She quickly went from attending classes to running them as a sort after instructor. Natalie is also a certified Barre Attack instructor and is excited to be a part of the My Mama Said team and looks forward to seeing you in her classes. Zumba: let it move you!

ERIN RAINEY

Pilates Instructor

Erin found Pilates as a way to compliment her training as an amateur competitive Powerlifter. After injury setbacks (and a lot of Pilates later) Erin fell in love with Pilates seeing the improvements in her everyday life.

 

Whilst her unitard and belt wearing days are behind her, Erin brings an athletic perspective to her Pilates classes combining her passion for strength and conditioning with her dry sense of humour!  

VIRGINIA ANNESE

Virginia has a background in dance and classical ballet. Discovering dance at 3 yrs old, she studied full time profession ballet at The National Ballet school Melbourne as a teenager.

She discovered Pilates through a knee injury during this time at 14 and has practiced Pilates ever since including through two pregnancies and beyond.

Virginia holds a Cert IV in reformer and mat Pilates from Breathe Education and has taught Pilates locally for the past two years.


LAUREN JOHNSON

Lauren is a graduate from the Australian Ballet School where she obtained her Diploma of Classical Ballet and Performing Arts. A professional dancer, she has worked with local classical, contemporary and corporate companies in both soloist and principal roles. Lauren is a qualified Pilates, Ballet, and Barre instructor, as well as physiotherapist assistant. She is currently completing her yoga qualification, whilst undertaking studies in biomedical science. (As you do!) It brings her great joy to share all she has learnt to help her clients achieve their wellness goals and dreams.

YVETTE MICHAEL

Yvette discovered the practice of Yoga in 2015 as a tool for healing both my body and my mind. She has a deep love for Yogic Philosophy and in 2019, took the plunge and decided to delve deeper into her spiritual practice and completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Flame.

Yvette’s loves to challenge and strengthen her client’s mind-body connection and help them to find their edge with a playful curiosity. Her classes will help you connect to your true self  and feel rejuvenated with a sense of accomplishment. Yvette welcomes everybody from all different walks of life, varying levels of experience unto the mat, to sweat, melt and hold space for each other.

Yvette also has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Applied Science from La Trobe University. Her favourite food is Kimchi Ramen Noodles and guilty pleasure KPOP music.

KATHRYN KEMP

Kat has been teaching pilates and personal training for over 10 years and is passionate about teaching Mat, Reformer and Clinical Pilates. Kat’s specialises in  pre and post natal care, pelvic health, shoulder health, injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Her qualifications include Certificate III & IV in Fitness, qualified Mat and Clinical Pilates Instructor with Breathe Education and STOTT Pilates. She also holds a  Diploma of Languages, Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching.

Guest Instructors

RACHAEL FRASER

Rachael originally trained and performed as a contemporary dancer in the UK where she gained an MA in Dance Performance. It was during these years that she was introduced to pilates as a form of injury prevention and rehabilitation and became totally hooked!

Since becoming qualified to teach Pilates and Barre in 2011 Rachael has gone on to become an instructor trainer and regularly delivers workshops, masterclasses and courses for Pilates and Barre trainers in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

She takes pride in being able to deliver a creative class whilst focusing on finding the joy in movement and empowering you to feel great!

TARA BUHAGIAR

Tara Buhagiar has been a student and teacher of yoga for nearly twenty years. In 2008 she expanded into meditation. She practiced various traditions until finding her love for mindfulness meditation. Tara’s classes explore how mindful movement, stillness, pranayama and meditation can cultivate healing and transformation. She enjoys holding space for students to dive deeply into their own practice. Tara is grateful to guide students on their yoga journey. She is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and certified in Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.  Tara is passionate about teaching mindfulness workshops and courses and feels privileged to also be a Yoga Teacher Training Facilitator. She has a BA in Communications and is certified by The Society for Holistic Therapists and Yoga Alliance.