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Member Spotlight

 

  • December 2019 | Isabelle PylakMy strength, fitness and mental clarity has dramatically improved. I have so much more energy and am able to handful stressful situations

    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.

  • November 2019 | Ms Australia Krystal DawsonI 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

    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

  • November 2019 | Sally BaksaI have seen marked improvements in my cardiovascular fitness and my core and upper body strength is better than it was

    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.

  • October 2019 | Roland IllyesI have calculated the pros and cons and made one of my best choices in my life.

    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!

  • September 2019 | Mimi BermanReformer 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.

    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.

     

  • August 2019 | Dr Linda MacKayImproved mental, physical and spiritual health

    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

  • July 2019 | Karl FergusonFor the 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.

    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.