Meet the Team

Orla McGuire

Founder & Owner Of Living Live Active
Orla qualified in health & fitness over a decade ago. She quickly found her niche in functional fitness, helping people who were unable to train as they once had due to injury or illness. She had practiced Pilates on & off for many years, particularly as her mode of rehabilitation exercise after many sporting injuries. Pilates quickly became part of her strength routine prior to falling pregnant with twins. After their birth, and as soon as was feasible, she engrossed herself back in the world of Pilates, gaining her Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork with Polestar Education.

Orla loves and enjoys instructing mat Pilates and guiding her clients to a life of increased alignment, mobility, and wellness. She is a believer in proactive health and has a keen awareness of holistic health, nutrigenomics, nutrition and aromatherapy. Her other interests include walking, cooking and

We welcome Polestar Mat students to participate in our classes and when they are ready, to perform practice teaching. Our studio is one of the few in the Hills Shire offering a large number of mat classes weekly. Enquire to find our more.

• Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia
• Provide First Aid HLTAID011
• Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Matwork Series Certificate (Certified Practitioner of Pilates Mat)
• Certificate IV Personal Trainer
• Certificate III Group Fitness
• Bachelor of Arts Honours – Business Information Management

Karen Scanes

Pilates teacher
Karen began Pilates mat classes as a mother of two young boys who was looking to regain her flexibility, core control and a little bit of sanity! Within a few short months, not only did she notice an improvement in her body 'age', but also a noticeable difference in her mood, mindfulness and ability to manage stress. After years of practice and becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of Pilates for all walks of life, Karen set out to share the joy of Pilates with others, enrolling in
accredited Pilates teacher training to learn how to teach mat Pilates. Now qualified in mat as well as studio Pilates through Polestar Education, Karen's teaching is motivated by successfully helping others feel better by finding improvement in flexibility, range of movement, lengthening and strengthening - whether this be for general health and well-being, or targeted exercise to support functional movement (e.g. for injury recovery or lifestyle athletic pursuits). Mat Pilates is where it all began for Karen, who loves to offer classes on the mat (particularly to novices starting their Pilates practice), catering for all levels of experience and ability.

• Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia
• Diploma of Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method (10828NAT)
• Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Series Certificate (Certified Practitioner of Pilates Studio)
• Provide First Aid HLTAID011
• Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Matwork Series Certificate (Certified Practitioner of Pilates Mat)
• Bachelor of Science Honours - Botany
• Bachelor of Science - Natural Sciences
We are members of Pilates Alliance Australasia


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