about us

"Affordable, professional Pilates providing dynamic, small group classes for a stronger, fitter, more flexible you."

Welcome to Wellington's newest inner-city specialised pilates studio - thank you for stopping by! 

Thrive Pilates does things differently. Respecting the key pilates principals  (core control, alignment, precision, axial elongation, breathing, concentration, and  movement integration), Thrive will enhance your pilates experience with a CONTEMPORARY twist.

Our skilled instructors incorporate a background of circus, health science, aerobic training, and passionate work ethic to make you stronger, leaner and more flexible.


We have something to offer EVERYBODY, from those new to exercise to professional athletes. Beyond the basics, be prepared for challenging, full-body workouts that will wake up those dormant muscles! 

One class will sow the seed but CONSISTENCY is key for best results. A recommended minimum of two to three sessions per week is achievable with Thrive's attractively-priced small group classes.  

Thrive Pilates also has an adjacent floor studio offering mat pilates, yoga, mobility classes and conditioning & handstand classes in a warm, safe environment.



The team


Anna cochrane


Thrive Pilates Owner, Studio Pilates Instructor (Polestar), BHSc (Paramedic), Guinness World Record Holder.

Rarely one to "do" life conventionally, Anna's first career was within the skydive industry, gaining her skydiving license at 16 years of age. In 2006, her passion for sport and movement led her to undertake the Polestar Pilates qualification while living in Perth. On completion in 2008, Anna became an instructor at Movementor Pilates in Christchurch and has now taught at numerous studios across Australia and New Zealand. Anna has been instructing in Wellington since 2013 and also works as a Paramedic for Wellington Free Ambulance.

Anna has also performed and taught circus aerial silks since 2008. She is well known for her high flying aerial stunts including performing the world's highest aerial hoop routine (suspended from a paraglider) and holds a Guinness World Record for the Highest Static Trapeze Act (performed below a hot air balloon).


Arnel gaviola

Arnel is a Fine Arts graduate major in Advertising. While practising his profession, he heard a different calling after discovering the benefits of Pilates. He took his first certification under Lawrence Biscontini and was motivated to become a Pilates teacher himself.

Arnel is a Stott Pilates trained instructor gaining certification in Singapore at the internationally recognized, Physical Mind Institute. This was where he mastered standing Pilates, strengthened his mat work routine and took a one year apprenticeship teaching Pilates using the reformer, cadillac, barrel and spine corrector. Arnel also attended workshops taught by Pilates master Michelle Larson and Eric Franklin (Eric Franklin Method). Arnel was instructing for various studios in Hamilton before coming  to Wellington to join the Thrive Pilates team. Pilates for Arnel is a never ending conquest. He still continues to learn and master the pilates method.

In his spare time, Arnel loves to swim and was a swimming teacher when he first arrived in New Zealand in 2010. 


Laura deave

Laura is an enthusiastic and dedicated Pilates Instructor from the UK. She came to Pilates after many years of classes taught by her mother who is also a physiotherapist.

Laura is committed to restoring normal natural movement patterns, enabling my clients to live a more pain free and balanced life while allowing people to take control of their bodies and explore what it is to move consciously and conscientiously.

Being a cyclist and runner Laura is particularly interested in how Pilates can make us perform better in these disciplines as well as every day life.


Alex Buchanan

Pilates Instructor (bio coming soon…)




Aaron'background is in rock climbing and circus. He has trained and performed across New Zealand, Australia, China and the U.S.A focusing on Chinese Pole and Hand Balance. He is one of the few performers in the world to specialise in Swinging Chinese Pole; a demanding aerial apparatus. His interest in movement led him to an internship with Jeff Willoughby; a respected Muscle Activation Therapist and strength trainer in Europe and now in New Zealand.  

Aaron's focus is on doing what is needed to stay healthy and functioning long-term rather than short-term fixes. This means he works to correct imbalances and prevent injury. For the past eight years, Aaron has been teaching handstands, movement, stretch and conditioning classes to groups and private clients who want something  even more individualized and specific to their needs.




Dayna is a South African arts graduate who realised her love of yoga in her stressful final year of university. She found herself turning to yoga to calm her mind and release endorphins after tiring and draining days, and soon decided to leave behind the stressful life of a producer and to travel to India to complete her RYT200 in 2016.

A year later, after teaching privately in South Africa, Dayna returned to India to complete her RYT300, and began teaching at studios in Dubai in 2017. She completed a personal training certification in 2018 and plans to expand her knowledge on plant-based nutrition in the future.

Her favourite styles to teach are yin, for its restorative nature, and vinyasa, for its freedom in choreographing and theming flows. However, she also has experience in ashtanga, hatha, and hot yoga.

Aside from health and fitness, Dayna loves to travel, and can’t wait to explore more of beautiful New Zealand.


Lara Wood

Lara is originally from the north east of Scotland but has found a home in the heart of New Zealand.

She started her yoga journey in her late teens, after a knee injury sustained snowboarding. Seeking sport and movement but unable to run or snowboard Lara found yoga was the perfect remedy to safely move with awareness, uniting body and breath.

Lara has a true passion for Yin Yoga. Seeking mindfulness in a busy day to day life, Yin offers stillness, nourishment and restoration of body and mind. She is a registered yoga teacher, completing her 200 hour teacher training with Hot Yoga Wellington and extended her skill set with advanced Yin Yoga training in March 2019.

Lara's intention is to spread the gift of yoga and all of its wonders, with as many people as possible through her love teaching Yin Yoga - the gift that keeps on giving ❤️


Emma Hough

Yoga Instructor (bio coming soon…)



Both Pilates and yoga have played an important in Caroline’s life from a young age. Caroline’s background in dance introduced her to yoga as an important tool for building resilience and balance. Taking a holistic approach to health, Caroline sees keeping active as essential for both mental and physical wellbeing. Caroline completed her RYT200 training in yin, vinyasa and hot yoga (Hot Yoga Wellington) and is the owner and director of Evolve Wellbeing, a company offering corporate fitness and mindfulness services. Caroline focuses on combining strength and mobility training, enabling clients to improve their lifestyles and prevent injury. By becoming aware of physical habits, Caroline uses yoga to help individuals identify more clearly the habits of the mind, which either promote or prevent optimal states of wellbeing and ease.