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Pure Living Pilates Korena James Polestar qualified Pilates Instructor



Hello there, my name is Korena James and I am the owner and principal Pilates Instructor at Pure Living Pilates in Burleigh on the Gold Coast.  I thought I would tell you a little bit about me, how I came to be a Pilates instructor with my very own studio and why I am so passionate about Pilates and the Journey that it can take each and every one of you on.  There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to exercising and we each have different needs and goals so I think it's important to know who you are coming to see and that you feel confident in who you see.

Our studio space is a small, warm, welcoming environment where people of all ages, sizes and physical capabilities can feel safe to come and exercise.

It is important to me that everyone who comes to the Studio feels special, nurtured and that their individual health and fitness needs are met.  There is a wonderful sense of community here and all of my beautiful clients feel very much at home when they visit so it's the perfect place for them to take some time out for themselves, give back to themselves and in some cases to heal themselves.


In my previous career, I was an Interior Designer and worked very long hours. I used to run every morning along the beautiful Gold Coast beaches, living a very active lifestyle to keep the work-life balance.  It has always been very important to me to look after myself, and exercise for both my physical health and mental health to help keep stress levels down and the feel-good endorphins running.

However, I ended up with severe pain and injury to my hip flexors that rendered me completely inactive!!! It was absolutely debilitating and I really had no idea how I hurt myself or why I was feeling this pain. I went to see many various Practitioners and Specialists over the course of 6 months and had no progress, and still no idea what was causing my pain.

I eventually tried Pilates through a friend’s recommendation, and what astounded me was how little I actually knew about my body. What I didn't realise is that I am a super hypermobile (flexible) body type and I came to realise that my body could only take so much high impact activity before I showed up with injury.  Pilates helped me to understand areas of my body that were so so tight and other areas that were lazy and rendered inert from working a desk job.  Pilates guided my body through these changes and helped me to correct these imbalances in my body and I was back out running again in no time.   It was the perfect rehab option for me to get me moving again and was also the perfect complement to my running.  It helped me perform better when I was exercising and of course in everyday life, even just sitting better at my desk at work.


My own personal journey with Pilates affected me so much that I decided to quit my career as an Interior Designer (of 12 years) to discover Pilates further.  I have always loved helping people and I knew I wanted to know more, to be able to share this amazing experience with everyone!!  So, in 2013, I pursued my Diploma in Pilates with Polestar, which is an international authority in Pilates education and is best known for their holistic and science-based approach to functional movement.  It was perfect for me and the vision I had for my future of helping others and so began my journey to be here talking to you!!

After working for other Studios throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast I had a little baby girl, who obviously kept me occupied for a while. When she was 7 months old I started my own business from home!  In October 2016, I moved the studio to where we are now in Burleigh Waters.  Everyone who comes here feels comfortable and they each have their own specific reasons for coming to Pilates.  My soul purpose in opening the Studio is to ensure that everyone's individual needs are met.  We all have our own fitness goals and /or injuries to overcome so each of the sessions is designed to suit what your body needs.  There is a maximum of 4 people per small group class so we can guarantee that you get all the attention you need to get you healing through movement!  I absolutely love our Pure Living Pilates community and I know anyone who comes through our doors will feel the same way.


  • I am so passionate about Pilates and how intelligent movement can honestly help everyone!
  • I believe in whole body wellness, healing through movement and the mind-body connection.
  • I love helping people on their journey to overcome their injuries and just generally helping them to discover their body and its capabilities!

Whether your goals are to tone up, increase strength, gain better postural awareness, increase flexibility or enhance your sport performance, then Pilates is for you! Start by checking out our Classes & Prices for more information.

Pilates is for everyone. I believe we all need it in our lives and I love seeing everyone progress as their mobility, flexibility and strength increase in ways they didn't think they could!! It's the most rewarding career ever!!

Sam Partner - Polestar qualified pilates instructor


Meet Sam, she is one of our amazing Pilates Instructors at the Pure Living Pilates Studio.  Sam qualified first as a personal trainer and then also attained her qualifications as Pilates instructor in the year 2000.  She has a diploma in remedial massage and is also a Bio-mechanics specialist.

Sam takes great interest in the physiological root of our health issues and is a firm believer that Pilates is for everybody who wants to stay mobile, flexible and toned with a strong core foundation. .Sam understands the changes our bodies struggle with as we age and has a passion for exercise prescription for older populations (over 40's)  She prides herself in attention to detail with your safety and back care being of utmost importance to her!

You will feel safe and encouraged in Sams’ classes, she will guide you through your classes and progress you according to your physical abilities.  Sam has a wonderful warm and welcoming way about her as well as a great sense of humour!

Chris Ure - Stott qualified Pilates Instructor


Chris has always been keen on being active & Healthy, influenced by both her Grandmother who did Yoga and swimming most days of her life and her mother now in her 80's who walks an hour every day and also does Pilates.

Chris was a fitness instructor for over 15 years before having a break to have children and pursue a career in sales.  A back injury lead Chris to discover Pilates and she was so impressed by the resulting benefits that she decided to train as Pilates Instructor.  Chris then opened her own Pilates Studio in New Zealand shortly after becoming qualified through Stott Pilates.

She really loved the positive influence that Pilates had on her own clients in her NZ studio and seeing the results was fabulous to see!  Whether they were wanting decreased pain, increased mobility, improved posture or better sports performance, they all found improvement in the area of their goals.

A recent opportunity for her husband and herself lead to the sale of her studio and home in NZ to make the move to Palm Beach so she is able to teach Pilates here in Pure Living Pilates Studio.  "I am loving it here in the Gold Coast and loving teaching Pilates here'

Lisa Massingham - Polestar Qualified Pilates Instructor


Lisa has always lived an active lifestyle of dance, netball and being outdoors. This fuelled her passion for movement and integration of strength and mobility. Lisa was introduced to Pilates after suffering a back injury in 2008 and has been an active pilates client ever since.

Lisa commenced her work with the human body when she studied a Certificate IV of Massage Therapy in 2013.

In 2014 Lisa started her journey has a Pilates instructor enrolling into the Comprehensive Studio Pilates course through Polestar Education.

Lisa has been working in clinical Pilates for five years and always brings her bright, bubbly and energetic personality with her and applies a very passionate approach in her teaching style.  Lisa strives to educate her clients on what is going on in their bodies explain correct movement patterns and techniques that they can adapt into their everyday lifestyle.