Watch this short video of Yvette’s long and commited journey to success. 

About Yvette ~ The Journey

Yvette Oriana Hershaw Background

Born and raised in a family of 6 on a game ranch in Rhodesia by Syd and Joan Gibbons. Syd represented Rhodesia in Swimming at the Olympic Games. Joan represented Rhodesia as a ballerina. My sister Nyretta Boshoff, represented Rhodesia in Swimming and founded and heads up CRC Church Worldwide with her husband Atta Boshoff. My brother Boyd represented Natal as a Swimmer and Kirk has produced his own saxophone albums.

About me: 

After matriculating in 1988 from Eunice Girls High School. I was selected to attend Old Mutual University.  After several years I joined the NBS/BoE group heading up the National Corporate Saver Money Market Sales Division. I was fortunate to have travelled the world with the group and was awarded the top female producer for the group in 2000.  After 20 years of service, I was headhunted by Investec Private Bank doing same. Whilst I was with them I studied for my BASI Pilates Certification. I retired from Investec to open my first studio and to raise my two beautiful boys Luke aged 18 and Zach aged 15.

I am a very passionate homemaker and gardener. I love nature and feel very privileged to live in this beautiful village called Hermanus which boasts the mountains, the sea and the lagoon. 

Notable achievements:

  • Awarded the Chairlady award as the Top Female Producer for the BOE Group 2000. 
  • Top Female Producer for Corporate Investments for the Investec Private Bank 2005.
  • Placed 1st Freestate Aerobic Sports Championships 1988
  • Placed 2nd South African Championships 1988
  • Danced Professionally and was selected and sponsored by Total Sports presenting brands such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas 1995 – 2000
  • Elected by Totalsport as a body model participating in TV adverts and magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Fairlady Magazine 1995 – 2000
  • Won Miss Amamzimtoti and placed in the finals for Miss South Africa.
  • Founded House of Pilates in 2008 successfully selling the studio 15 years LATER

Life Mottos:

  • It is not what you say it is what you do
  • Live your life as a testimony to your beliefs.
  • Just do it
  • Lead by example
  • The exercises don’t get easier they get better
  • A man is as young as his spinal column
  • We retire too early and we die too young
  • Breathing is the first act of life and the last
  • Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit
  • Civilisation impairs physical fitness
  • Fall in love with taking care of your body
  • In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty sessions you will see the difference and in thirty sessions you will have a whole new body
  • Observe safety protocols at all times
Pilates Qualifications and Certifications
  • BASI Comprehensive Certifications
  • BASI Advanced Education Certification – Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies
  • Reebok Advanced Aerobic Teachers Certification
  • Reebok Hip Hop Teachers Certification
  • Reebok Step and Slide Teachers Certification