Company Registered as Claire Sparrow Pilates Ltd. Registration number: 09932277
Registered address: 90 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4LZ United Kingdom  

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MEET THE TEAM

Our team of teachers have been hand selected by Studio Director, Claire Sparrow. They are all Polestar Pilates certified, and have extensive training and certification with other schools and complimentary subjects, such as advanced functional anatomy. Each teacher goes through a rigorous apprenticeship process where they observe, assist, cover-teach and are observed teaching by Claire Sparrow. We have three tiers of teachers based on certification, training and experience. 

Claire Sparrow

studio director

 

Claire is a straight-talking and inspiring Scottswomen with an inclusive yet exacting and rigorous approach. She has an absolute passion for all things Pilates but her manner is enabling and supporting and she maintains a sense of humour and humility throughout all her client interactions.

 

Claire's strongly empathetic nature allows her to decode complex issues and create bespoke opportunities for change in a private or large-group setting. She is mindful of her audience, ensuring that no matter how timid, confident, injured or intact a person is, she will go the extra mile to help.

 

Claire is the living embodiment of “you are the architect of your own happiness.” After discovering Pilates in 1998 as a young dance student when it resolved her debilitating knee injury she has been evangelical about the benefits ever since. Teaching since 2002, Claire has a wealth of qualifications and never stops learning - training & certifying with Pilates Institute, Fit To Deliver, APPI, STOTT, Natural Bodies and of course Polestar, and most recently, becoming a Second Generation Teacher graduating from the Lolita San Miguel Master Mentorship Program 2019.

 

Claire opened her first home studio in 2005 then took the leap and opened a large fully equipped studio in partnership with another passionate local teacher for 8 successful years from 2010. In 2016, after having her third child, it was time for another shift and following her belief in serving her local community and a mission to walk to work she opened Chapel Allerton Pilates. Claire is a Polestar Educator and host for Polestar in the North of England and runs an apprenticeship program bridging the gap between training and teaching.  In 2018 Claire expanded on an existing venture and founded Hosted By Movement Education as part of her mission to build awareness and participation locally and globally.

SARAH STONIER

Pilates teacher

I am passionate about movement and helping people achieve their movement potential. 
I have been involved in fitness for over 25 years coming from a background in Martial Arts and Personal Training. I first discovered Pilates around 25 years ago when I sustained a back injury. Pilates was not only a huge factor in my recovery but I was also stronger more balanced and could move so much easier than before.

Gaining my first Pilates Certification in 2003 my educational journey has continued since then. Gaining various qualifications in all the Studio Equipment; Reformer, Chair, Barrel and Cadillac. Plus keeping up to date with all the new developments in Anatomy and Movement and I have no intention of stopping that journey anytime soon. I believe Pilates is for everyone and we can all achieve a more balanced, fluid and functional body through Pilates and Movement.

RIA SLADE

Pilates teacher

I am an absolute believer in the life changing, mind-body benefits of Pilates. My classes
are very much focused on helping to restore natural, fluid movement to the body and encouraging a sense of wellbeing into our fast-paced, modern lifestyles.

 

I believe that everyone should feel great in their own bodies no matter what their age or fitness level. My aim as a teacher is to encourage more awareness of how we move and to ultimately create a freedom of movement that is not only effortless but also intuitive, making for a happier body inside and out. A real foodie, out of my Pilates life I enjoy cooking and love staying active through outdoor pursuits along with other movement techniques such as contemporary dance, the Ido Portal method and Feldenkrais. 

nancy STANILAND

pilates teacher

I believe that everyone can move and we get a little stuck in our busy lives, Pilates can help rediscover functional movements, make us stronger, stay young and also give a bit of focus too. I have been practicing Pilates for 15 years after being referred to pilates classes as part of recovery from a back injury in my early 20's.  I found pilates to be hugely beneficial and it has helped to keep me mobile ever since, I re-trained as a Polestar Comprehensive teacher in 2016 and enjoy sharing the benefits of Pilates with others.


I work a lot with athletes and enjoy bringing Pilates movements to their training to help improve the sport, keep them injury free and improve daily movements. I’m a huge outdoors fan and love being out cycling, running or hiking with a bit of Time Trial racing too. 

whitney vauvelle

pilates teacher

Whitney truly believes in healing through movement and that Pilates should be a positive movement experience that makes you feel better than you did before. 

Whitney has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years and a fitness and yoga aficionado for as long as she can remember. Life changed when she suffered back and neck injuries from a car accident that ultimately led to a spinal fusion surgery. Pilates became a new way of life and a key ingredient for her own pain management. 

 

Whitney is American and moved from Miami to Harrogate with her Harrogate-native husband her boy-girl toddler twins in 2018. To prepare for the demands of twins, Whitney retrained as a comprehensive rehabilitative Pilates specialist with Polestar Pilates Education. She learned that she loves helping others heal and find a better quality of life. She trained on all apparatus including the reformer, trapeze table, chair, barrel, spine corrector and Oov.  

jenny turner

pilates teacher

I have been practising Pilates for over a decade but have been teaching since September 2014, after completing Comprehensive training with Polestar Pilates earlier that year. I am a certified Polestar Pilates instructor, trained in mat work, studio equipment, Oov and Pre & Postnatal Pilates.

I don’t come from a fitness background, so my approach is not about “breaking a sweat” or “feeling the burn". Instead I will work with you to identify what your body needs to move well, avoid or recover from injury and enable you to move in the most efficient way possible - both in class and in your day-to-day life.
 

julie cater-seville

pilates teacher

I’m a great believer in the benefits that Pilates can bring to our every day lives, enabling each and everyone of us to live fulfilling, functional lives that enhance our sense of well-being though the connection with our mind and body.
As a busy Mum of a very active 5 year old, I can certainly advocate many of these benefits.

Although I am not from a fitness background, I have always enjoyed taking part in movement based activities and qualified as a group fitness instructor in 2004. I took up  Pilates more than 10 years ago to complement  my interest in running. Most of this has been under the dedicated guidance and support of Claire who encouraged me to go one step further, so a couple of years ago I decided to take the next step and train with Polestar Pilates to become a Pilates Mat Instructor to enable me to share these benefits with others. I’m still on this learning journey and currently teach mat classes for all abilities.

CATHARINE ROSENTHALL

pilates teacher

I began my journey into health and wellness 25 years ago when I started training as a nurse, this led to me working in women’s health and my passion for women’s wellbeing. I now have 15 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner caring for women. It was around this time after my third pregnancy that I began to attend Pilates to aid postnatal recovery. I was immediately hooked and after experiencing the benefits firsthand I then went on to train to teach Matwork Pilates and have now been teaching for 12 years. I am also qualified to teach pre and postnatal Pilates. I have since trained to be a yoga teacher too.

I am a true movement addict and Pilates enables me to move well. I feel privileged to share not only the benefits to the physical body that Pilates offers but also the much needed opportunity for “me time” and  time out from our busy lives.

Due to this interest I have recently trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, my practice focused solely on treating women and issues related to women’s health and wellbeing specialising in hypnobirthing and fertility.

NATALIE SOWDEN- CARR

Apprentice Pilates Teacher

Being obsessed with fitness I have found my love of Pilates just growing by the day. I truly believe that if you look after your body, your mind will follow. Mindfulness, training and meditation are what nourish the soul and keep your spirit aligned with who you are.

Working previously as a Personal Trainer I know the importance of being responsible for your own body and also the importance of being trusted as a teacher and coach.

louise cooke

Apprentice Pilates Teacher

I’m a firm believer that Pilates is the antedote to our busy lifestyles and everyone can

benefit from it. I have been practising Pilates for the last 7 years, beginning with pre-natal

Pilates when I was pregnant, and have been hooked ever since. I love the fact that even

the simplest of exercises can be a whole body event and have exerienced first hand how

the mind-body connection of Pilates can calm the mind during stressful times.

 

I am from a Physiotherapy background, specialising in Respiratory Care for the past 5 years but really missed rehabilitation. I have loved completing the Poletar Comprehensive Pilates training

course, which has a strong emphasis on normal movement patterns, biomechanics, anatomy and tailoring a programme to an individuals goals and needs.

Liz Eastwood

Apprentice Pilates Teacher

I started Pilates over three and a half years ago as part of my recommended rehab following neurosurgery on my spine. At this point I would have described myself as ‘exercise-phobic’ and spent every day in some level of pain from the mild nagging toothache to the debilitating can’t get out of bed sort of pain. I approached the initial session with a certain level of scepticism and fear that the exercise would increase my pain levels. At session one I was intrigued by the approach to teach you to move well within your own limitations and did my homework religiously. By session three I was hooked. Pilates has given me the power to understand my own body and take control over what I am capable of doing. I’m still learning but already this is far more than I would have ever of dreamed. 

SCOTT SPARROW 

studio coordinator

I don't teach Pilates, but I do just about everything else in terms of co-ordinating the studio!
Contact me with your enquiries and I'll do my best to help.
 

Are you interested in training to become a Pilates instructor? We partner with Polestar Pilates to provide our teacher training. If you would like more information please speak to Claire or enquire via our Education page.