What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program?
My first answer was when I joined to the program: I want less pain when I die. This attitude has been changing during the program. I started to enjoy the physical and the mental fitness.
What are your favourite classes?
The Saturday meditation and slow flow yoga with Olivia.
Lauren’s Friday Stress relief Yin yoga and the Tuesday’s core and balance
Mickie’s reformer Pilates classes
What benefits have you seen?
Better spinal posture, stress management and mindfulness. And yes, now I can step on my palm with straight legs after 10 months
Challenge that you are working on?
I am suffering with a left shoulder injury over a year. It holds me back in several posture. It would be great to beat that constraint but the last 10-11 months active training has not been resolved the issue (yet)
Advice for people thinking of starting?
Don’t hesitate, just do it! You will feel the difference after short time - like few weeks - and you can always have room to improve, so it will not be getting boring. The weekly membership fee is not cheap, but let’s convert to the everyday expenses: half of a personal trainer’s session, a meal with a drink in the pub, two bottles of average wine, 23 litres fuels. But, any of those wouldn’t give you good quality sleep for all night in the week, tools to manage your work related stress or reduce the pain in your joints. I have calculated the pros and cons and made one of my best choices in my life. PS: also the way of dealing with the midlife crisis is more acceptable for your environment than buying a yellow Porsche!
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I have been doing Pilates and Yoga on and off for 20 years- often with significant stops and starts. I started with Soulful fitness in the opening week in 2015 with some friends, and have been coming pretty consistently ever since.
What are your favourite classes? My favourite classes are the power Pilates reformer classes. I love the balance of cardio, strength and stretching in a safe and easy going environment.
What benefits have you seen? I tried F45 and hurt myself within 2 classes. Reformer has helped me stay fit, and build my core strength. This has helped me to shake a lower back injury that was bothering me for years. I could really feel the benefit of consistent exercising when I went hiking in Alice Springs with some friends this year. I was able to keep up fairly easily, and had very little muscle pain or fatigue after some pretty challenging hiking.
Challenge that you are working on? One challenge I have is building my upper body strength. I have always struggled with that and have never managed a hand stand or cartwheel! I am stronger in my shoulders now than I have ever been, but I still don't think I'd like to challenge many people to an arm wrestle.
Advice for people thinking of starting? I recommend Pilates reformer to anyone wanting to safely increase their fitness and strength. I think my biggest piece of advice would be to lock in a couple of specific classes to come to every week at the same time. You can always take extra classes when you can, but having an achievable minimum exercise routine has kept me coming back for years now.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? My awareness of my lack of flexibility as I entered my late 50s and desire to give my body the opportunity for achieving optimal health now and in the future.
My commitment to using these programs to reduce my own stress levels given I work long hours, knowing too that exercise creates new neural pathways, even as we age.
Yoga and exercise have been shown to provide trauma symptom relief and to reduce the need for prescription medication and this has been my experience…. I work as a therapist with many clients who suffer from complex PTSD so I decided I needed to practice what I preach and teach both my clients and my uni students.
What are your favourite classes? Hatha with Phillipa on Friday mornings (not the 6 am start!) Dynamic Hatha with Lauren on Wednesday evenings and Pilates with Kathryn on Sunday morning.
What benefits have you seen? !!!!
Challenge that you are working on? Regaining some flexibility after nearly 3 months away due to a severe hand fracture involving surgery….. but I can now do a downward dog again, so all is well!!
Advice for people thinking of starting? Having a yoga buddy has really helped (thanks Kate Levett!) as this has meant when I haven’t felt like going, knowing I can look forward to a coffee after with a after with another yogi has been an added incentive.
Persevere…. If you don’t feel like going, just try to go to something that seems easier, such as Yin…. This will still keep you focused on stress relief and maximize health and an overall sense of well-being through the practice.
Stay focused on your own practice…. Even though other participants may have younger, slimmer, more flexible bodies (especially compared to an old grandma like me), the satisfaction of holding a pose a little longer and feeling the prana flow through you is worth gold!
Namaste from Linda
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? To be honest, Yoga and Pilates was not on my radar as a health program as I had always gone to the gym or done quite physical sport (Rowing, Rugby and Running) however my mum had a serious brain injury occur out of the blue in Jan 2018. During this time, I ceased any physical training and in Jan 2019 I decided that it was time to get back into things. The problem was that mum needed to work on her coordination and strength and knowing that she had done Yoga in the past, I decided to bite the bullet and start on my yoga/Pilates journey with her.
What are your favourite classes? Candle Lit Yin, Vinyasa and Cardio Bounce Reformer.
What benefits have you seen? First time I’ve had a glimmer of a 6-Pack in years. Flexibility is off the charts and my overall strength feels more solid, natural and healthier.
Challenge that you are working on? When I started the challenge was just to get my mum back out of the house and training again, which was only possible because of the care of the Soulful fitness staff.
Now that I’ve been consistently training I’ve challenged myself to be able to do the splits by the end of the year and to feel better about my physical health.
Advice for people thinking of starting? Do it and get obsessed with the practice, it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done for your health.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? My wife was the catalyst for joining. But I had been needing a physical outlet for awhile.
What are your favourite classes? I love the Yoga stream. I always have to do a couple of Vinyasa per week then I'm open to anything. I'm not going to call out a favourite teacher!!!
What benefits have you seen? I"m not as grumpy. I'm hungrier. I sleep better. And if I sleep really well and do the early class then I feel like a super hero all day - kind of.
Challenge that you are working on? I'd like to do wheel. And also a hand stand. That would be cool. My daughter could look up to that. She'd look down at my face though.
Advice for people thinking of starting? Don't take yourself too seriously. You can start at any point in your journey. Sticking with it is the thing. And don't expect it to get easier.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I wanted to get fitter, stronger and more flexible also working on relaxation for mind and body
What are your favourite classes? My favourite classes are Hatha and Yin Yoga and Pilates mat. I also enjoyed attending the yoga retreat so much I went back for the second one just a few months later.
What benefits have you seen? I have seen great benefits I am stronger and more flexible and Yoga helps to relax me.
Challenge that you are working on? I have just completed a 4 day walking tour in Tasmania (Bay of Fires) and was totally amazed by my fitness to complete the walk and enjoyed it very much. I have done the same walk in Melbourne (great Ocean Road) 3 years ago and certainly was not able to walk it all and felt very unfit.
Advice for people thinking of starting? My advice would be to take up a Yoga and Pilates and keep going at least 2-3 times a week and you will certainly see the benefits mentally and physically.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I was involved in a motor accident many years ago that resulted in several surgeries over a 4 month hospital stay, including a total hip replacement. I think one just appreciates one’s health so much more when you are faced with the very real possibility of never walking again, so I have always tried to keep my weight in check and keep up muscle tone to support my damaged skeletal structure. Obviously anything involving impact is out of the question for me, so I always struggled to find something that I could do that would not put me at more risk. My Osteopath recommended I try Yoga, which was the start of my journey with Soulful, but I have subsequently found that the combination of Pilates, Yoga and Barre is just perfect to cover all the different aspects of my physical health and fitness, and the practice of yoga forces me to check in regularly to make sure I am mentally well-adjusted too.
What are your favourite classes? Impossible to choose – we all go through phases, and I find that different classes energise me at different times. And there are always plenty of variations to choose from!
What benefits have you seen? I'm fitter, stronger and more flexible than I have ever been! In addition to the physical benefits, attending classes relieves tension and stress, and boosts mental energy.
Challenge that you are working on? Trying to keep up with the fabulous instructors!! Not stopping the particular exercise before the countdown ends, and getting the technique right
Advice for people thinking of starting? Just do it! Sorry for the free kick for Nike, but it really comes down to not over-thinking the decision and making the commitment. I guarantee you wont regret it!