Stephen Hahn, Owner and Instructor, initially became aware of Pilates in his late 20’s when a ballet dancer friend casually mentioned doing a 6 week stint of Pilates to get back to being “stage fit” before a tour. This intrigued him but he’d tried yoga and though they were basically similar so didn’t pursue it further. It wasn’t until his mid 30’s that Stephen took the plunge and tried Pilates for himself. After his first session he knew it was a “smart” way to work the body and the mind, that it was very different to yoga and that he wanted more. What followed was years of personal practice and training in all various styles, from Classical to Stotts and Polestar, covering Reformer, Mat, pre-post natal and Apparatus.
In early 2012, when still living and working in Bondi Australia Stephen and his partner made the decision to move to Tauranga to be close to family and open a studio. To ensure his training was as current as possible he undertook further qualifications whilst still in Sydney. After completing the training he relocated to Tauranga in April 2014. Stephen started working from the Reformer room at BodyZone Gym as well as taking Clinical Mat sessions for Mount Physio and Pilates and general Mat sessions for Pilates Fitness Studio in Papamoa, here he met Lizzy Saunders. Soon after he relocated from BodyZone to a small studio in Grey St. Together Stephen and Lizzy decided to create an outstanding Pilates space in Tauranga and hence The Pilates Loft on Devonport Rd was created. In November 2016, with an ailing mother and her own family to care for, Lizzy decided to focus on her family and withdraw from the business. It is hoped Lizzy will return to teaching Pilates in the future.
Mid 2018 Stephen began the process of Bridging his existing skills and qualifications into a Full Authentic Certification via Authentic Pilates Education International.
Andrea Lloyd, Instructor, was first introduced to Pilates after having children and quickly realised it was an efficient and effective form of exercise, which not only toned the body but created a mind-body awareness that was lacking in many other sport and fitness regimes.
Andrea has a slight preference for the Reformer, due to it enabling easy modifications of exercises to an individuals needs. Andrea enjoys incorporating new exercises as well as mastering the classical routine. A favourite quote is often uttered in her classes “if it’s easy, it’s not Pilates”!
Andrea also her own Private Studio in Papamoa. Andrea’s commitment to professional development has seen her recently complete additional training in both Mat and Reformer Pilates in an Auckland based facility.
Beth Domino, Instructor
Beth recently moved to New Zealand from the U.S. with her two daughters. A former ballet dancer, she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Harid Conservatory and the School of American Ballet where she performed with the American Ballet Theatre.
Beth became a Pilates student in 1993 to assist her recovery from a foot injury. She continued to include Pilates as part of her fitness routine while working as a professional ballerina in Centra Pro Danza in Cuba, the Milwaukee Ballet Company and Dance Alive in Florida.
In 2002, Beth decided to turn her passion for Pilates into a career. She completed her Pilates Inc Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska and since then she has taught Pilates at her own studio in Florida. For the last 15 years she has taught a wide variety of clients and is passionate about people reaching their potential.
Beth is recognised as an extraordinary and talented teacher by many professional athletes, including LPGA players and International Equestrians.
Kathleen is our cleaner, she maintains the studio and the equipment. We would be lost without her.