About Just Believe Fit

Our new home down the side laneway at 4 Gooch St is the next stage of a dream to create a place where people can exercise without pressure or fear of judgement. Originally running out of a ballet studio in Gadd St, Northcote we knew that to reach more people with our unique offerings we had find a space that had the scope to truly reflect our vision.  In January 2018, we found the Back Room of the old Camelia Reception Centre and with the support of our neighbours AWF set about creating a real 'home' for our JBFit family.

This beautiful historic building which dates back to early 1900 s has many stories to tell.  We love its quirkiness and embrace the cracks and uneven surfaces. Like us, as it ages, it gathers experience and if you are willing to take the time to be still and quiet it will whisper wisdom into your soul. Its high domed ceilings and freshly painted walls create the perfect backdrop for a stunning art installation by local artist. Liliana Barbieri. 155 handcrafted butterflies adorn the walls sweeping upwards and flying individually and as a group to embody the title 'They believed they could ... and so they did".

Accepting all that this unique building has to offer marries perfectly with our vision is to provide a warm welcoming environment where you can let go of the outside world.  We invite you to come and take time to do just that; to nurture the best version of you, whatever that might be on any given day.

Read on to find out more about our talented and dedicated staff and what skills they bring to our shared table.


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Founder and Director Marisa Lawlor

Marisa loves to draw upon all disciplines in helping people understand the way their bodies move and empowering them to take control of their personal wellbeing. A very experienced secondary school teacher and fitness instructor, Marisa has a passion for helping others delight in moving with freedom and awareness, understanding their bodies and simply feeling good! With over 30 years of experience facilitating dance and fitness classes for a vast range of participants, Marisa’s teaching is now focused on the multiple health benefits of Pilates, Stretching, Barre and Yoga.

From an early age, Marisa trained in classical ballet to Advanced level and has her Associate teaching certificate with ISTD (Cecchetti method). After a move into Contemporary dance in her early 20’s, she gained a Graduate Diploma in Dance and Movement in Education to add scope to her B Arts and Dip Ed in English and Humanities (Melbourne University). This opened up the opportunity to teach senior school level dance in both London and Australia. As an adjunct to her dance training, Marisa also holds certification as a Group Fitness and Gym Instructor, Barre Attack, Les Mills Body Balance, Body Jam and Body Pump Instructor, Pilates Mat 1&2 and Pre and Post Natal Instructor.


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Our Staff

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Cat Lane

Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Studio Administrator
Initially drawn to yoga when seeking respite from intense bouts of anxiety, Cat completed her first teacher training in the Hatha Yoga tradition at the Mindful Yoga Academy in Spain in 2014. 
Since then Cat has completed further study in Trauma Informed Yoga practices, Spinal Health, as well as a Certificate III in Thai Yoga Massage, and now considers movement a lifelong contemplative practice.
Cat's teaching style is compassionate and inclusive with a central focus on anatomically informed movement practices that inspire curiosity, and are emotionally supportive.
Every class is designed to help create space and invitation for an energetically balanced practice of self care, offering the opportunity to develop a more embodied experience from which to live your life both on and off the mat.
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Dimi Phisa

Pilates , Fitness and Stretch

Dimi has been formally teaching Pilates since 2003. Trained in Pilates Mat level 1&2, Pilates Props, Pilates Reformer, Pilates on the Swiss Ball

As a trained dancer Dimi understands the desire to be strong, flexible and enjoy the way your body and mind respond to each other. Teaching Pilates at 3 gyms across Melbourne as well as running a successful Pilates Personal Training Business Dimi loves to create interesting, fun, challenging sequences that keep her clients motivated for more. Movement, Technique and Breath are the 3 cornerstones to her Pilates Philosophy.

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Jess Ivers

Vinyasa Yoga

After many years of personal practice, Jess has recently completed her Level 1 Vinyasa Flow teacher training at Radiantly Alive Ubud. In addition to teaching at Just Believe Fit, Jess also runs her own online and private teaching business Plant Powered Yoga    www.plantpoweredyoga.com 

She believes that yoga is so much more than being flexible on a mat, it’s about stretching your mind open to new opportunities, and of course, remembering to breathe when things seem to hard.


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Phoebe Thomson

Vinyasa Yoga

Phoebe Thomson completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification at Radiantly Alive in Bali with Daniel Aaron in 2016 and has been teaching at Just Believe Fit since that time.

Phoebe sees yoga as a training ground to practice life in. It is a safe place for grounding and nurturing and ultimately for self enquiry.

For 12 years she has been a Prosthetist and Orthotist and her passion for anatomy, alignment and biomechanics is illustrated through her love of yoga. She is excited to share her passion of yoga with others and to assist them to find inner peace, balance and harmony.

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Suze Male

Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Yoga Therapy

Suze Male believes yoga is key to mind and body wellness, allowing us to discover our true selves and connect to everyone else in a positive way. She discovered yoga’s power to provide a pervading sense of calm in life in 2000, but it was only when dealing with the death of her mum a few years ago that it became more central to her life. A search for a healing retreat led to teacher training with iFlow Yoga. She now feels privileged to be a conduit for others to discover the life-enhancing benefits.

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Margarita Gallego

Vinyasa and Yin Yoga

Margarita has been a student of yoga for some 15 years but admits falling out of the practice at times of compounded stress or injuries in the past. What she loves about yoga is that it always brings her back to her strength, on so many levels. She acknowledges the mind body connection. In 2014, Margarita suffered a debilitating attack of MS. She slowly recovered her mobility through a combination of physiotherapy and pilates then weight training and yoga. Every detail of her previous lifestyle was rearranged into one of wellness. With gratitude for her illness and much new found knowledge of the human body, Margarita embraced a commitment to yoga. Now a Les Leventhal trained teacher of Vinyasa Yoga she comes to us with the experience of having led classes of all levels in Dubai and Bali. “I love opening people up to the possibilities of magic on the mat. Sometimes it’s physical and other times it’s emotional or spiritual. Sometimes it’s ever so subtle – but there’s a shift in a blockage of energy and it is always magical!”

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David Mejia Canales


Dave has been teaching fitness classes since 2013. He is trained in Body Jam, Body Pump, Body Balance, CX Works, Spin and Aqua just to name a few and is absolutely passionate about getting people moving. He is inspired by the fact that people are so busy in their everyday lives and yet they give a moment of their time to come and join him in his classes.

When not in a fitness studio, David is a Lawyer and when not doing that you may see him on his bike cruising around Thornbury or with his partner looking for new places to go for a hike, swim, or walk. David's next goal is to add Yoga to his teaching skill set.


Paulie Daniele

Yoga, Pilates and Qigong

Paulie Daniele brings a broad range of skills and experience to Just Believe Fit. He specialises in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga, Contemporary Pilates, Functional Movement and also Mindfulness. He is looking forward to bringing Qiqong to the timetable in 2018.

Find out more about Paulie and the work he does at www.bemindfulnow.com.au


Paul Bourke

Qigong and Fitness

Paul Bourke is a certified Fitness coach and Qigong Instructor with a strong background as a physical theatre performer teacher and director, Paul specialises in coaching and researching movement and fitness practice’s which are sustainable and improve each clients strength, flexibility, functionality, fitness and quality of life.

Paul has a certificate 4 in fitness a Master Functional Trainer Certification, level 2 Qigong instructor certification as well as trainer certificates in GMB, Animal Flow, Metafit and Original Strength


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