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Instructor Trainer bios

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance, and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Yi-Ling Lai
Floating
Taipei City, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, Swimming Coach Level 1 Certificate, Infant and Toddler Swimming Coach Certificate, Aqua Fitness Instructor Certificate

Bio

During her university days, Yi-Ling’s swimming coach encouraged her to explore Pilates to improve her swimming performance. She was impressed by the significant progress she made as a result of adding Pilates to her training regimen.

That success piqued her curiosity and interest. And so, after graduating from university, she took all the STOTT PILATES® Level 1 courses and the ISP course. In 2015, she passed the Level 1 Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels exam.

She credits STOTT PILATES as helping her relieve her low-back and knee pain caused by car accidents. In 2013, she started teaching Pilates at Alignment Fitness Studio in Taipei, Taiwan.

She completed all the STOTT PILATES Advanced courses and successfully passed the Level 2 practical exam at Merrithew’s Toronto Corporate Training Center to get her full certification in 2016.

She became a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer in 2020. Sharing her enthusiasm for STOTT PILATES with her clients, she helps them improve their health and wellbeing.

Yoko Yasui
Floating
Tokyo, Japan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Yoko graduated from Yokohama National University with a degree in Health & Physical Education and has been a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2007. Yoko has a passion for aerobics and has over 20 years experience teaching instructor courses, has competed in national and international competitions, and currently acts as a judge at such events in Japan. Yoko particularly enjoys working with the aging population, integrating post-rehabilitation techniques and coaching and conditioning athletes to help them achieve success.

Yu Lan
Yulan Pilates Studio
Guangzhou, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor, STOTT PILATES® Specialist, Pre and Post-natal

Bio

A former personal trainer of 10 years, Yu Lan graduated from Henan Sports University with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 2004, specializing in aerobics dance and artistic gymnastics. Yu Lan was introduced to the Pilates method and started teaching Pilates in 2012. She founded Yulan Pilates Studio in 2014. After taking many different brands of Pilates training over the years, Yu Lan set her mind and ambition on STOTT PILATES®, and applied for her studio to become a Merrithew® Host Training Center in 2016. She trained to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor after that. In 2019, she completed the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer courses in Mat and Reformer at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto, Canada, becoming a member of the prestigious Merrithew Instructor Trainer team.

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Yu-Chen Huang
Alignment Fitness Studio
Yilan County, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels; Total Barre®

Bio

Yu-Chen Huang was born and raised in Taiwan. She graduated from National Taiwan College with a Master of Physical Education in Dance Theory before going on tour with Ku & Dance group. She learned about STOTT PILATES® in 2012, after looking for a way to reduce the chances of injury from long-term high-intensity training. The benefits she realized through the method inspired her to share STOTT PILATES with more people. She was honored to become a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2015. She is currently working at the Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Taiwan, the National Yi-Lan University and St. Mary’s Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management as a certified instructor/ lecturer and also provides professional coaching at government facilities and private sports centers.

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Yujung Jeong
TRNT Trinity Pilates
Seoul, South Korea

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PMA, TRX, YOGA

Bio

Yujung got introduced to various types of mind-body movement methods, including dance and the Stanislavsky Technique while in university, majoring in film and theatre in Korea. Her interest in mind-body movement led her to become a yoga instructor after a trip to India in 2008. Yujung lived and worked as a yoga instructor in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and so on for almost 10 years, continuously learning and sharing various mindful movement practices with people.

Yujung discovered Reformer Pilates workouts while in Melbourne and decided to enroll in a Pilates course. Yujung enrolled in STOTT PILATES® Education courses at the Merrithew® Corporate Training Center in Toronto. Credited as one of the best choices ever made, Yujung became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2018 and an Instructor Trainer in 2021.

Since her return to Korea in 2019, Yujung has been teaching Pilates and interpreting STOTT PILATES courses at Trinity Pilates, a Merrithew Host Training Center in Seoul.