Pepe wears Peached Tess Top and Peached Midi Pant in Denim



Tell us about your studio when did it open?
I opened Vela in December 2021. It’s a home studio space located in Lewisham, NSW where I run small group Pilates classes on my private residence rooftop terrace on Fridays and Saturdays as well as virtual zoom classes.


How did the idea come about?
The word Vela comes from the Tongan language meaning Hot/Burn. I’m half Tongan so that’s where I came up with the name Vela Pilates (Hot Pilates). I came up with the idea of opening a home studio in August 2021, during the lockdowns when home workouts were becoming an only option for most people at the time.


What was the idea behind the studio?

I love being out in the sun and I love hot yoga so when I moved into my apartment I wanted to offer something different on my rooftop terrace and decided to combine both ideas and create hot rooftop Mat Pilates in the direct sun instead of heated rooms so people would be absorbing vitamin D as well as getting fresh air.


What is your signature style of Pilates?
My signature style is definitely a modern contemporary style of Pilates. As much as I love vintage classical style, I believe that the Pilates method must continue to evolve as we move through time.


Why is it different?
My background stems from Rhythmic gymnastics, I spent 10 years competing as an elite gymnast and 7 years coaching the sport and have applied my years of knowledge from coaching professional athletes to design a totally different Pilates program which offers a fusion of Mat Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Stretching, Ballet, Strength and conditioning as well as a Rhythmic gymnastics twist all in one!


What is your favourite feedback you’ve received?
That my program has helped gymnasts and dancers gain strength and flexibility back again as well as mothers get rid of back and knee pain.


What do you look for in studio wear?
Comfort is a number one priority for me! Being a Pilates instructor, I am living in studio wear therefore, it’s important that I am feeling comfortable while working the job


How do you style your pieces from studio and beyond?
I like to get creative and mix match sets as well as dress to the weather if it’s cool and cloudy. I’ll wear more cool tones if it’s hot and sunny, more warm tones and shorts and crop.


Workout playlist … GO!
Call On Me Eric Prydz, Good At by Megan Thee Stallion, Hustlin’ Rick Ross, BREAK MY SOUL BEYONCE


Do you wear jewellery when you work out?
I always wear earrings when working out small gold hoops.


Lo or high-tops?
Definitely, low tops kind of gal!


One accessory you wouldn’t leave the house without.
My earrings for sure!


How would you describe your personal style in three words?
90’s, simple, black



Left – Pepe wears the Shakti Long Sleeve and Peached Midi Pant in Denim
Right – Pepe wears the Francisco Gigi Crop Tee