The True Pilates Sydney Studio Team
Yung Ok Yoo - Owner & Senior Instructor
“My Passion for the True Pilates method stems from my own evolution in exercise. Pilates has given me strength and discipline in body and mind”
Yung Ok's background is in Fine Arts and hospitality. She started Pilates in 2007 as part of her strength training program after injuring her lower back.
In 2008, Yung Ok started her apprenticeship with 2nd Generation Master Teacher trainer Cynthia Lochard at The Pilates Method Training centre in Sydney for Romana’s Pilates. She completed 1000 hours of training before certifying in January 2009. Since then, Yung Ok has taught in many of Romana's Pilates Studios around Sydney - teaching at The Pilates Method Sydney in Surry Hills, Powerhouse Pilates in Lillyfield and Balmain Pilates Studio in Balmain. During this time, Yung Ok also ran the Pilates classes in a boutique gym 'Hips' in Summer Hill as well as Redfern Community Centre. In 2013, Yung Ok opened 'True Pilates Sydney Studio' because she felt there was a poor representation of 'true' Pilates in the fitness world. With True Pilates Sydney Studio, she aims to deliver high quality teaching of the Traditional (Romana's) Pilates Method experienced and professional Pilates teachers.
Yung Ok keeps up her own personal Pilates training with her weekly sessions with Teacher trainer Cynthia Lochard. She also regularly travels to New York for intensive training at True Pilates New York (originally know as Dragos). While in NYC, she continues her training with 2nd Generation Master teacher trainers; Cynthia Shipley and Jerome Weinberg from True Pilates New York (TPNY), Anthony Rabara from The Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio in New Jersey and Peter Fiasca - founder of Classical Pilates.
Yung Ok is also a Level 3 Professional Practitioner member of Australia Pilates Method Association (APMA).
Pablo Comino - Resident Instructor
Since childhood, Pablo has always been interested in Sports and Exercise. His passion was heightened when his football idol got seriously injured. Following the news, Pablo became interested in Sports rehabilitation.
In 2004 - after graduating from College Pablo specialised in Rehabilitation in Sports Injury at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP).
After three years of experience in Orthopaedics Rehabilitation, it became clear to Pablo that injuries were often due to imbalances in the body. Wanting to explore exercise methodology as a prevention to surgery, Pablo became interested in Pilates... and it changed his life's trajectory.
In 2007, Pablo started his apprenticeship with second Generation teacher Master teacher Inelia Garcia at “The Pilates Studio Brazil” in Brazil, São Paulo and became certified in 2009.
In 2014, after seven years of teaching Pilates, Pablo decided to extend his knowledge in Physiology and Exercise and completed his post graduate studies specialising in Physiology and Exercise Prescription: Rehabilitation to Training at University City of São Paulo (UNICID).
In 2017, with ten years of Pilates teaching experience under his belt Pablo decided to move to Australia and immerse himself into another culture. While in Australia, he continues to teach Pilates and is working towards becoming a licensed physiotherapist.
We are please to have him join the True Pilates Sydney Studio team!
Yusun Oh - Associate Instructor
A former Athlete and professional soccer player - Yusun was a semi professional playing for Japan in 2013. In 2015, she returned home to Korea and played for in the Professional league.
Yusun discovered Pilates when Pilates was incorporated into the team’s soccer training to help strengthen and improve players physicality. It also proved very effective in the prevention of injuries for the players.
Inspired by Pilates, in 2016 Yusun started her Pilates apprenticeship in Lolita Pilates Method, Yusun was later introduced to Romana’s Pilates Method and decided to become to become a Romana’s Pilates Instructor. She moved to Sydney to finish her apprenticeship at Cynthia’s Lochard’s Pilates Method Studio, Sydney Australia - a Romana’s Pilates Training Centre.
In August 2018, Yusun certified as a Romana’s Pilates Instructor and is now also teaching at the Romana’s Pilates Training centre. Yusun is also a certified soccer coach and physical education instructor.
Yusun was so inspired by the positivity that came from Pilates she hopes to share this with her clients and also take Romana’s Pilates back to Korea and teach Pilates to athletes.
Vivian Jung - Guest Instructor
We are delighted to welcome Vivian Jung from New York as a Guest instructor. Vivian Jung is a 3rd generation Romana's Pilates Method (Pilates lineage - Joseph Pilates > Romana Krysanowska > Sari Mejia Santo Romana’s Pilates> Vivian Jung).
Certified at the Romana’s Pilates training program at True Pilates New York, Vivian also has a certificate from the Physical Mind Institute in NY. Vivian is also Pilates Method Alliance Certified Teacher.
Vivian continues to train and study with Master trainers; Sari Mejia Santo, Cynthia Shipley, Cynthia Lochard and Jerome Weinberg among other teachers. She also studies anatomy and Kinesiology with Kate Cianella and Irene Dowd.
Vivian has a diverse background that includes art, media production, writing, dance, martial arts and aerial arts. Vivian is inspired to help people of all levels of health and fitness to achieve balance, strength, flexibility and increased vitality through the Pilates Method.
Currently Vivian teaches part time at the Lifespan Pilates Studio - Romana’s Pilates Head training centre in Manhattan alongside Master Trainer Cynthia Shipley. She also owns and instructs at her own studio - Port Jefferson Pilates Studio in Long Island.
All the best to
As of April 2018, we are sad to say Good bye to Instructor Luke Cook as he embarks on his move to England for the next chapter in his life.