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 manger at MMS and a passionate instructor who is dedicated to promoting and providing outstanding services in health, fitness, entertainment and the arts. 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 instructor with many years experience teaching clinical mat Pilates. “I was initially drawn to Pilates through my dance injuries and used it to help rehabilitate my body. This insight and experience has given me a unique set of skills in delivering effective fitness programs, providing the client with positive results.”
Bec is also one of our passionate pre & postnatal fitness experts at the studio and believes there is nothing more rewarding than being apart of a client’s journey to wellness.

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!

CELIA HEPBURN

Celia Hepburn is a qualified Barre, Yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor. She also has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) from Deakin University, and works as an independent dance artist. With a background in Classical ballet teaching, she is attentive to detail, passionate about alignment, efficiency and bodily awareness in her clients. However, she was always the one laughing up the back in ballet class whilst working her butt off, so appreciates the importance of a good time with lots of laughter – she will make you sweat and smile, and has a deep fondness for 80’s pop.

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 enjoying 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, is certified by The Society for Holistic Therapists and Yoga Alliance.

ALISHA MLADENOV

Alisha is a passionate, relevant and motivational teacher. Her experience lends her the ability to work with all clients from injury rehabilitation, to pre and post-natal women or assisting in general wellbeing to make day to day activities easier.

Alisha has been a Certified STOTT Pilates Matwork, Reformer and ISP instructor since 2009. She holds a Certificate IV in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Alisha also loves Yoga. She has been practicing Yoga since her early 20’s and this is a major passion of hers. She completed her Akhanda Yoga teacher training in 2016 in the foothills of the Himalayas with Yogrishi Vishvaketu.  Integrating this ancient and enduring science into her life allows a deeper unification of the physical. emotional and spiritual self.

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.

GREEN PARK

Green interprets yoga as a creative flow of movements which has healing powers both physically and mentally. “I believe yoga has the power to change people’s lives as I personally experienced dramatic improvements on my health and relationships as a result of consistent practice”. Green’s teaching style is very energetic and focuses on each students’ body alignment. Students love her creative and fun sequences and she always encourages students to challenge their limits and boundaries. She also loves to do hands-on assists to guide students to experience a deeper connection with their body and mind.

 

Green is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher with extensive experience in Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga. She is also passionate urban dancer and currently practices break dancing. Be sure to look out for her Hip Hop Yoga classes at My Mama Said.

RACHEL 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!

Guest Instructors

KARLA TONKICH

Karla is a professional singer, dancer and actress who has spent the past 10 years travelling Australia and Asia in major musicals such as Grease, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You, High School Musical, Brigadoon and Vegas Circus Burlesque Show Absinthe. Karla has always had a strong focus on maintaining a healthy body for her dancing career. She has been involved with several National Bodybuilding Competitions and is constantly learning new ways to improve the human body.

 

Karla is a certified Barre and Pilates instructor. Her full body workouts are fun, energetic, and made for you to sweat. She aims to strengthen, tone and give you the results you want. She trains with confidence, positive energy, and empowers everyone to be and feel their best.