Our team is truly what makes us unique! Not only is our team highly trained having experience across many platforms of treating and teaching but they practice what they preach, walk the talk and a living examples that movement, nutrition and mindfulness matter.
Each teacher structures their class to reflect each ones unique personality and creative background and most of all we all share a deep passion of helping students become the best version of themselves.
Each practitioner genuinely cares and listens to each person that walks in our clinic, focusing on management and true follow through of any condition even if that means referring to specialist or practitioner we make sure each person gets to health and vitality.
Dr Angela Baklis B.App Sci (Comp Med) .M.Ost
Dr. Angela Baklis is the founder of The A Life. After 8 years in clinical practice treating a broad range of conditions and teaching rehabilitative pilates Angela noticed her patients needed more than just hands on treatment to target the root cause of her patients’ conditions. Today Angela is also a qualified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and now uses all these avenues to help chronic pain and complicated conditions. Angela has an integrative approach Osteopathic treatment, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle factors to treat the root causes of why the disease or problem has developed in the first place. By educating patients on the amazing healing capabilities of the body when it is fed good nutrition, it moves with ease and is stress free – Angela has had amazing results with patients who have been dealing with pain, hormone imbalances and inflammation for years. Having completed further study in Obstetrics and Osteopathy as well as Urogenital Osteopathy Angela also loves supporting women through their pregnancy and recover. Whilst living living in Paris, Angela taught pilates to many dancers and since has taught around Melbourne. She is also a qualified Strala Yoga Guide. In her spare time Angela loves researching the latest studies in integrative medicine and continues her obsession with creative movement and dance.
Hana is a certified Yoga and Pilates teacher with a background in competitive artistic gymnastics and ballet. Her interest in Yoga and Pilates began after completing full time dance training. At first her goal was to loose weight and maintain flexibility but she soon realised the importance of self love and a mindful practise for overall wellbeing. After exploring yoga all over Melbourne she decided to go to India, the heart of yoga, to learn about the philosophy, history and way of life. Since becoming a teacher Hana has worked with people of all different levels, backgrounds and goals. Her classes cater for different levels with an emphasis on mindful movement, alignment and play. Her main intention is to guide students to connect with their bodies and get out of their heads. Outside the studio you will find Hana performing with Melbourne based dance companies, choreographing her own work and going to strong yoga or acrobatics classes.
Strength, Movement & Hand-balancing Teacher
Joe has a background in Karate, Japanese Jui Jitsu, rock climbing and various other sports. After several years training himself and friends for outdoor and competition climbing as a hobby, he made the move into coaching as a full time profession in 2014. Joe has always had a passion for learning and developing new skills and discovered the Ido Portal Method and the world of “movement” in 2013. Ido’s teachings have inspired him to develop his own unique movement practice and approach to teaching. Joe has worked with people from all walks of life, from fighters and competitive climbers, to troubled teenagers and the elderly. – Ido Portal Movement X, The Corset and Online Coaching – Handbalancing with Yuval Ayalon – Movement Archery with Tom Weksler – Poliquin Group Program Design and Periodisation – Movement Camp 2017 Ido Portal
Martin De Jesus
Co Founder of The A Life
Marty has a diverse experience when it comes to movement. Having danced for over 10 years, then further studying Natural Movement with a MovNat Certification. Currently Marty trains with Juan Rueda under the method of Ido Portal.
In his spare time Marty loves to cook healthy desserts, brewing specialty coffee and moving creatively in our studio.
You will catch Marty at The A Life behind the desk ensuring our community receives a great experience with us.