What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? A few years back I started my yoga journey with on-line classes, short ½ hour classes I could do at home and usually before I went to work in the morning. I noticed a difference in how this made me feel, physically and mentally but the online classes had limits and I was eager to learn so much more. In 2019 when I retired from work I started looking for external yoga classes. I wanted to be in a group environment and learn with others. That’s when I noticed a “special” on at Soulful Fitness and with the added bonus of Pilates and Barre classes. After signing up for my first class in August 2019 I have not looked back.
What are your favourite classes? They are all favourites; I get so much out of each class I do. No matter which class I have booked in to, it seems to be right for me on that day and in that moment. Each teacher brings something individual and they can be very amusing, I have learnt so much but find it is the small “tips” that have made huge differences to me progressing in some postures.
What benefits have you seen? Mental health has improved, stress levels decreased, flexibility and strength increased and a general feeling of good health. Simply living and loving life!
Challenge that you are working on? Still trying to open the hip flexors! (a lifetime pursuit after years of running ) and working on the boat pose using my core, not my neck muscles!
Advice for people thinking of starting? Time is too precious, make a commitment, be kind to yourself when starting out, lose self-doubt and before long you will feel a positive difference. Soulful Fitness is a friendly, welcoming Studio offering so many benefits, classes, workshops, retreats etc. Just do it!
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I won a 30 day pass and yoga mat at a Trivia Night at my kids school. I was wanting to start exercising more regularly and had previously done a little yoga but didn’t know anything about Pilates. I bumped into Amanda (studio owner), trick or treating with my kids and she encouraged me to come into the studio to give it a try. I went in the next morning to try out Hatha Yoga with Phillippa (coincidentally her first day too) and I haven't looked back. Soulful Fitness is my HAPPY place. I will have been here 5 years this coming October.
What are your favourite classes? I love Pilates Reformer, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga & the Sound Healing and Family Yoga workshops. My all time favourite classes are an Imelda double header on a Saturday morning with Reformer and Stretch then Hatha Yoga. My kids enjoy the kids yoga classes with Phillippa.
What benefits have you seen? At first, my fitness and flexibility improved slowly as I was only attending one or maybe two classes a week with breaks in between. In December 2018 with my brother’s wedding coming up I decided to do more classes regularly and make a dedicated effort to get fitter and stronger. I aim to do 4 or more classes a week. Since then I have seen a huge improvement in my strength and flexibility. I have lost weight and my body shape has changed. Mentally I am in a happier place too, I notice a difference when I haven't been in for a little while.
Challenge that you are working on?
In Yoga, I am working on being able to bind and to continue to increase my flexibility. In Pilates Reformer, I am working on strengthening my core so I can do roll overs and pikes better.
Advice for people thinking of starting? Go for it! Take it one class at a time and enjoy it, have fun. I found the more I came to classes, the more I wanted to. The teachers are great at offering the same exercise with different options for each level of ability, from complete beginners to experienced yogis. The community is wonderful and welcoming. You will not regret it.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? Following a couple of injuries, tennis was no longer an exercise option and, about that time, I was fortunate to be in the mall when an enthusiastic member of the Soulful Fitness team was handing out promotional material. The timing was right and part of the appeal was the opportunity to join and meet a group of like-minded people committed to Personal fitness.
What are your favourite classes? My favourite classes are Pilates in the various formats although many in the group also take advantage of the other classes on offer, including yoga.
What benefits have you seen? Pilates is working for me. I am stronger, more flexible and have lost several kilograms, mainly from my waistline. A “six-pack” was never a goal but avoiding developing a “muffin-top” certainly was. Accordingly, I am more comfortable and confident in my appearance.
And it is clear that Pilates and yoga have the potential to maintain and improve cognitive capacity, hopefully postponing the possibility of dementia which happened to my dad (in his mid 90’s). An additional benefit for myself was weight loss without having to resort to liposuction - Soulful Fitness offers disciplines which, by comparison, are non-invasive and much more fun.
Challenge that you are working on? The areas that I plan to focus on include cardio fitness and balance, both of which which I find challenging.
Advice for people thinking of starting? For anyone considering joining Soulful Fitness I would strongly recommend it. I have investigated alternatives but not found one that offers any advantage. The staff are personable, professional, efficient and the friends I have made make me feel like part of a family. So, just do it....
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I had spent eleven years caring for my husband who died of cancer in 2018. At the end of 2018 I realised that I was myself incredibly unfit as a result of my caring responsibilities for my husband, as well as responsibility for our four children and for my aged father. I needed to get moving.
What are your favourite classes? After getting a bit up to speed (for an old broad!) I feel most comfortable with Hatha Yoga. My favourite teacher is Kathryn West.
What benefits have you seen? Wow. I honestly think Soulful Fitness saved my life. With all the tragedies last year I could very easily have gone under. I prefer yoga but have practiced Pilates also. Utilizing both practices I have worked towards balance, strength and peacefulness.
Challenge that you are working on? I want to continue to improve my sense of ‘centredness’ particularly through breathing practice, within yoga practice and throughout my day
Advice for people thinking of starting? DO IT!! Soulful Fitness classes work for everyone. All ages, all stages. No competition. No stress. Just do it!
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program?
I have been doing Pilates and Yoga since 2008 and joined Soulful in 2015 because I wanted to make some changes and start a fresh fitness journey. I wanted to have balance within my weekly exercise program in a safe/supportive space, try something new and challenge myself and reach/ maintain the personal and physical goals I had set. I immensely enjoy the best of both and all the benefits received by tailoring my choice of classes to my needs.
What are your favourite classes? I love each of the classes I attend on regular basis. I specifically have chosen Pilates Reformer, Cardio Bounce, Barre, Hatha/Vinyasa/Yin Yoga because each of them are different and I get so much out of having a variety. I love to add in a couple of Spin sessions and look forward to an extra long Yin class on Friday and Sunday night to kick start my weekend and finish my week whilst setting positive intentions for the week to come.
What benefits have you seen? I have seen so many benefits, particularly in the past year when I changed my routine. My strength, fitness and mental clarity has dramatically improved. I have so much more energy and am able to handful stressful situations or the stressful nature that life presents at times differently and in a more positive way. I am at my physical best and feel better overall due to the routine I have established at Soulful.
Current challenges? I am building my upper body strength to help being able to master some of the harder asanas within my Yoga practice and challenging myself each week to try things and give them a go whilst building my confidence in my abilities. I am also working on building up my bicep and tricep strength to better support some of the series in Pilates Reformer.
Advice for people thinking of joining? My advice is to join or start, try something new maybe outside of your comfort zone or normal routine and to push yourself in a safe way. Lock in a few classes at the same time each week as your base and you can always add on additional classes or change things up defending on your needs or how you're feeling. Most of all the benefits received far outweigh anything and will positively impact your life for the better. Soulful is the most supportive, safe and mentally/physically nourishing community I have the pleasure of being a part of and will positively guide you in whatever your physical journey or goals may be.
Congratulations to Soulful Fitness member Krystal Dawson on her Ms Australia win last week. What an incredible honor and she is off to Las Vegas for the World Titles in 2020. Krystal states "Soulful Fitness is really a remarkable community of kindness and caring souls who just want to be better in this world! I come to escape the stresses of my day and come out floating! I have suffered from anxiety for over 5 years now and yoga is honestly one of the most effective tools that harnesses all of the excess energy my anxiety would normally take up and replaces it with skills that enhance not only general fitness but flexibility, strength and meditation skills. When I’m on stage, I can get inside my head as I’m usually screaming at myself running through all of the ways I could fail. After doing yoga it’s more like having an outta body experience watching myself on stage and really just trusting myself enough not to be a complete flop hahahaha. I am super overwhelmed with all the support you guys have shown me and am very grateful “A little bit of kindness never goes to waste.” This is something I live by. Leaving quote “Everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle” Marilyn Monroe 💋"
Kindest regards, Krystal
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program?
I was at a point in my life where I had been running around after kids and had been really busy but not doing any regular fitness. I wanted to improve my strength and general fitness as well as my mindset and how I dealt with stress.
What are your favourite classes?
I love all classes as each different one has something unique to offer. At the moment I am mainly attending barre, Pilates reformer and yoga. I also try and get a session in on the bike once a week.
What benefits have you seen?
I am definitely stronger and more fit. I have seen marked improvements in my cardiovascular fitness and my core and upper body strength is better than it was. I feel that I am better at concentrating and being able to focus using different breathing techniques I have learnt through yoga.
Challenge that you are working on?
I am always working towards being as fit and strong as I can be – I am trying to up my intensity on the bike at the moment. Yoga always provides balance challenges that I have varied success with!
Advice for people thinking of starting?
Find an exercise that you enjoy – it makes it so much easier not only to start but to be able to keep it up. Try different classes to see what works best for you and then make a routine to maximise your ability to attend.