I opened the doors of Papillon Pilates in August 2012 after a corporate world career, two wonderful children, and an 11-year stint as a group fitness instructor. A passion for health and fitness has always been at the center of my being. I am an athlete at heart, having played both rugby and soccer. Though I enjoy all types of fitness, Pilates is by far the most comprehensive workout I have ever experienced because it develops the body uniformly, lengthening and strengthening muscles from your neck to your toes, grounded by a strong, powerful core (abs). I am inspired by Joseph Pilates, the so-called father of “Contrology”. It is the complete coordination between the body and mind. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, and elevates the spirit. It is my goal to teach my students how they can take this method from my studio and put it into use in their everyday lives. My hope is to not just be your trainer, but your friend and life-teacher, helping you use Pilates with everything you do from running a marathon to driving your car. Pilates has helped me transform my body and spirit – and I can’t wait to see it do the same for you. Call me, email me, or stop by the studio anytime you need additional guidance through your amazing journey of transformation.
Originally from San Antonio, TX, Lily started dancing at age three. She studied all styles of dance which led her to Los Angeles in 1997 to pursue her dance career and has enjoyed working and traveling as a dancer and choreographer’s assistant. She first learned about Pilates in her modern dance classes as a fun and challenging way to strengthen her body and lengthen her career as a dancer. Lily continued to explore her passion for Pilates and received her Classical Pilates certification through Core Pilates NYC in 2007. Since then, she has taught in many Pilates studios in both Los Angeles and San Antonio and has worked with all types of people including athletes, celebrities and clients with various injuries. As a Pilates instructor, Lily is excited to share her passion and inspire others to reach their health/fitness goals through the Pilates Method.
Tania was introduced to Pilates in 1998 in Northern California. Like many others, she fell in love with it after her first class ! As she became stronger in her core and was taught how to use her Powerhouse correctly for all forms of movement, Tania began trying different styles of Pilatess ranging from Classical to Contemporary. After moving to San Antonio, Tania was introduced to the Peak Pilates method with Sarah Cho. Tania practiced under Sarah for several years and finally decided to share her passion for Pilates with others and become a certified instructor. Tania has since become a Level 2 Peak Pilates Trainer and teaches both levels at the studio. Tania Enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience to help clients become stronger, more in tune with their bodies and more flexible. Her favorite quote from Joseph Pilates is; "You're only as old as your spine."