The Heart Of Pilates | Instructors
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The Heart of Pilates Angels

Nicole Bourke

Pilates, Barre, Fitness + Clinical Angel 

Nicole is the founder and director of The Heart of Pilates Studio.


Nicole initially started out in the Health & Fitness Industry in 2008 as a Personal Trainer, over the time training thousands of clients ranging from children to older adults. Specific training for disability, rehabilitation, athletes and actors encompassed her skills. This was delivered through 1:1, 2:1, small group classes, boxing classes, HIIT sessions, running groups and bootcamps.


It wasn’t until she tried her first Pilates class in 2011 and fell instantly in love with this beautiful form of movement, that she knew this was her passion and she had to share it with others. Nicole completed her Pilates Matwork Instructor certificate with Studio Pilates in 2012, Level 2 (100 hours) with Essence of Living in 2014, Barre Attack in 2014, and is currently studying Certificate IV and Diploma of Clinical Pilates with Breathe Education. Throughout the past 9 years in the industry, Nicole has received a number of certificates, completed short courses, workshops and seminars to enhance her skill-set, knowledge and mindset.


For Nicole, Pilates is more than just a physical practice. She fell in love with Pilates for its holistic approach to a healthy and happy Mind, Body and Soul.


Her love for life shines through in her teaching. With her bright and positive energy, dynamic, creative, challenging and, of course… fun classes, Nicole shares the enjoyment with her students! Through Pilates, Nicole wants to demonstrate her love, knowledge and passion, with the aim to cultivate, inspire and empower her students to be happy and spread happiness. She wants them to experience a feeling of complete wellness after each and every class.


Nicole’s Barre classes are jam packed with energy, fun, laughter, and of course sweat, where her clients feel like a princess and warrior simultaneously! Matwork classes are a combination of centering, lengthening and toning while encouraging a challenging, low impact full body workout, leaving clients feeling vibrant and energised with a sense of fulfillment and contentment.



Pilates + Barre Angel

Rochelle is a Fitness Instructor, Pilates Matwork Instructor with ‘Polestar Pilates’ and trained in ‘Booty Barre’ with Tracey Mallett. She is a Hairdresser of 19 years, and a very proud mother of 2 beautiful children.

“I was first introduced to Pilates over 15 years ago, when I was given a book called the ‘Pilates Method’. I became very interested, started classes and fell in LOVE with the practice, so much, that I decided I wanted to become an instructor.

Booty Barre is the latest addition to my ongoing learning and development. Designed to sculpt your booty combining all the benefits of Pilates, Dance, Fitness and Yoga; expect lots of smiles and sweat!

I love Pilates for its holistic approach to Mind, Body and Health and its unique system of stretching and strengthening exercise – a full body workout.

For my own body Pilates has improved my posture, given me strength and flexibility after two cesarean births. I have gained the internal strength that I craved, and an overall sense of well-being.

I love to teach and am passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life through movement and educating them to incorporate this into their everyday life. I love seeing my clients achieve their goals.

I look forward to sharing my passion for Pilates and inspiring and empowering others to move, have fun and smile.

Look forward to seeing you on the Mat and at the Barre.




Pilates + Yoga Angel

Having a love of participating in Pilates classes and seeing the benefits to her own body is what attracted Kara to learn more about Pilates. She followed this interest and completed her Cert IV in Pilates through Breathe Education. She absolutely loved the course and is excited to continue her journey of learning through working in this industry. Kara has also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course through Power Living. The practice of Yoga gives Kara daily inspiration. Kara is a qualified Primary Teacher and loves working with children and never has a dull day doing so. In her spare time Kara enjoys keeping fit and healthy, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, travelling, learning and experiencing new things. For Kara, practising Pilates and Yoga is a healthy and creative outlet, it helps her feel grounded, more aware and able to be her best self, living her most authentic life. She looks forward to sharing this with you.

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Pilates, Barre, Fitness + Nutrition Angel

A holistic nutritionist and plant-based food blogger, Laura’s passion for healthy living extends throughout several facets of her life. With her fitness roots in her 15 years as an avid long distance runner, Laura started barre and pilates as a way to compliment her run training, improve strength and reduce her injury risk. Today, she maintains it for the same reasons and has combined these benefits with her  love of teaching and helping others to complete her Barre and Pilates training. Laura uses her health and fitness background along with her vibrant energy to conduct a fun, active class that is focused on healthy results to help you reach your lifestyle goals.



Yin Yogi Angel

Ruhee has a Bachelor of Business Management and is an established yoga teacher with more than 900 hours of intensive theory and practical studies. After graduating, Ruhee decided to join The Yoga Institute in Mumbai – the oldest organized yoga centre in the world, established in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji.

During her first week as a trainee Ruhee had a blast. She quickly came to the realization that yoga fulfils her and teaching this technique is the only passion she wants to pursue in her life. After 18 months of training, Ruhee graduated as a Yoga Instructor in 2011.

Ruhee’s love for yoga developed at an early age when she regularly accompanied her mother to Yoga classes in her native city, Mumbai. Born and raised in the midst of the madness of India, Ruhee witnessed the transforming power yoga had on her mother’s mind and body while being inspired and motivated to pursue her own yoga adventure.

Before moving to Australia, Ruhee taught Yoga as a way of life to primary school kids and postgraduates at IISM – India’s premier Sports Management Institute.

Having lived in cold Canberra for two years, where she studied Certificate III in Fitness Training from the Australian College of Sport and Fitness, Ruhee had spent the rest of her time working as store supervisor at a chocolate bar (since Yoga and chocolate are the only two things in her life which make sense).

Ruhee specializes in Hatha style Yoga – but her expertise (she has also been practising Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Aerial, and Vinyasa Yoga) has allowed her to creatively combine different yoga styles to suit her students’ needs and capabilities. With an aspiration to learn and grow each day, Ruhee has been collecting all the good karma the world can give out.

With a positive energy and a smile on her face, Ruhee will welcome you to her classes with her motto, “I believe Yoga is not about becoming a contortionist. It should be fun, simple to understand yet growing and developing at the same time!”