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Our Team

Penny Jones

Our Team

Penny Jones

Penny set up the studio at the Suffolk Food Hall in 2010. She trained for three years under the Pilates Foundation, first with Hanna Jones, Suzanne Lahusen and Sonia Noonan at The Place and the with Anne-Marie Zulkahari at Pilates Yoga Movement in Clerkenwell. Penny has a BA(Hons) in Politics and Philosophy from Manchester University. She joined BBC News as a trainee after graduating and worked as a reporter, producer and programme editor for twenty years, always enjoying Pilates classes before transferring her skills to teaching and managing the studio. Penny and her husband, Tim, came back to their home county of Suffolk to bring up their two children.

Tarina Stocks

Tarina Stocks is our Studio Manager and is in reception five mornings a week. The studio wouldn’t work without Tarina organising everything. You can call, email or see her in person to book and swap classes, and to hire the studio space for your own classes and workshops. Tarina was a Senior Nurse at Ipswich hospital for ten years, specialising in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Bobby Robson was one of her patients. Her knowledge is excellent when it comes to placing people in a class that suits them best. Tarina has benefitted first hand from Pilates when she suffered a whip lash injury. Tarina’s love of reading resulted in our excellent and popular book swap service, she’s always on hand for a recommendation.

Sarah Doherty

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Sarah has been teaching Pilates since 2001, training with Hana Jones and Anne-Marie Zulkahari. She is a fully comprehensive member and accreditation examiner of the Pilates Foundation and a co-director of PYM Training Ltd (training future Pilates teachers). A passionate movement practitioner, she maintains a small, busy teaching practice in Suffolk. When not teaching, Sarah can usually be found with her husband and children somewhere  outdoors, or on a climbing wall enjoying the benefits of vertical movement!

Joanna Leigh

Having always enjoyed an active lifestyle and with 3 young children to run around after, Joanna turned to Pilates when back and neck pain started to impact everyday life. The improvement Pilates brought, along with greater body awareness and an overall feeling of wellbeing led to Joanna deciding to train with the Pilates Foundation to teach matwork classes.

Gay Dann

Gay qualified as a Pilates Foundation Mat Work Teacher in 2016, in 2018. Gay completed her apparatus teaching with Pilates Yoga Movement. Gay teaches in Essex, Suffolk & London studios.

Lara Pepper


Lara first became interested in fitness and health when she was diagnosed with a muscle weakness condition at the age of 17. Since then she has developed a passion for Pilates and nutrition, offering a holistic, whole-body approach to health. After making the decision leave her job in banking, Lara trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and moved back to Suffolk to teach Pilates, helping to promote the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle to others.

Tina Engelmann

Tina has been practicing Pilates for more than 15 years, after completing Pilates Foundation accredited training. She loves to share her passion to help people fulfil their potential. Tina is fascinated by bodies – anatomy and biodynamics and how they impact on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. In her classes you’ll discover muscles you didn’t know you had. You’ll tone and define muscles you haven’t been able to see results with before, and release tense muscles providing more length and flexibility. Tina aims to make all her lessons enjoyable, challenging, informative and effective.