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  • December 2021 | Llew RussellThe benefits have been many both spiritually and physically. Firstly, the friendliness of not only every member of staff but also so many of the members who attend the same classes.

    What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? My wife, Lorraine and I joined up in early 2018 as we were impressed with the wide range of yoga and Pilates classes on offer as well as the spin classes and the very friendly staff. We were new to the area having moved from a house on the North shore where we had lived for 34 years to a Unit in Lane Cove. We felt Soulful Fitness would help us integrate into the community here along with improving our health and wellbeing.

    What are your favourite classes? Initially we attended classes such as restorative yoga, Hatha and Yin Yoga, Basics Pilates Reformer and Pilates Mat fundamentals as well as a number of Kundalini yoga classes and made use of the exercise bikes. Subsequently, we attended Barre classes and embraced Tai Chi classes when they became available. I also kept up the Pilates classes and Lorraine attended Hatha and Yin yoga classes. These are all our favourites.

    What benefits have you seen? The benefits have been many both spiritually and physically. Firstly, the friendliness of not only every member of staff but also so many of the members who attend the same classes. The teachers make the classes so much fun and there is a great deal of laughter in all the sessions. As is commonly and correctly said, laughter is the best medicine. Secondly, another major benefit for me is concentrating on what I am doing and putting aside all those other thoughts that keep trying to intervene. The reduction in stress levels is palpable. Mentally I now feel more at ease. Thirdly, leaving aside the disruptions and serious problems we have all suffered from during the lock-downs as a result of the pandemic over the last two years, I feel so much better physically as a result of being a member of Soulful Fitness. Every part of the body is worked on and if I miss classes for a few weeks for whatever reason, I am aware I will have to catch up again to regain flexibility, balance and general strengthening. I do wish to commend management for arranging for so many of the classes to be available via our computer screens during the lock-downs.

    Challenge that you are working on? In February last year, I had a full left knee replacement which took longer than I had anticipated to recover. However, as a result of attending Soulful Fitness beforehand, I was both physically and mentally better prepared than I would otherwise have been and subsequently after a fairly long period of physiotherapy, I was able to resume classes which were also instrumental in strengthening my knee. Today, I give it no thought whatsoever except I can now run if I want to and do not limp when I walk. I am in what I call a transition to full retirement, and I am a Non-Executive Director on a number of Charity Boards as well as the Board of a Commercial Company. In addition, I am the Chairman of the Strata Committee in our Unit complex. I only mention this because it is a challenge at times to attend the classes I would wish to especially given my wife and I also like to travel. At least we did before COVID! Another challenge is to try out other classes and see how I like them. Given the easing of COVID restrictions, the opportunity now presents itself.

    Advice for people thinking of starting? My advice for people thinking of starting is to remember you are joining a welcoming community focused on improving your health in all respects. It is well rounded in terms of its offerings and I would urge those people to try out as many classes as they can. Class times are flexible to cater for the many different requirements of members. It is exciting and challenging but all at your own pace. During classes instructors are very careful to ensure you avoid any physical injury and remember there is no judgement by others regarding how you are coping. This is a case of being individually challenged and other members fully acknowledge that point. Give it a go and see what happens!

  • November 2021 | Kylee GislinghamI finally fit back into my pre pregnant clothes as I’ve lost 8kg doing daily online classes during lockdown as well as focusing eating a balanced healthy diet.

    What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I decided to join when I was 3 months pregnant as I wanted to find something that was low impact and easy to adapt as I got further along in my pregnancy. I was also looking to get involved in a community of positive like-minded people. I have met some wonderful ladies along the way who have been incredibly supportive. I’ve always walked past Soulful Fitness as I get my nails done a few doors down, so one day I popped my head in and met the beautiful Emma and I could not wait to star!

    What are your favourite classes? My favourite class is Pilates Reformer with Vanessa she is firm and always lets me know if I need to adjust my form. As well as Pilates Reformer and stretch with Imelda, she is always pushing me to hit new boundaries. I’ve recently started doing the 6am class as this is the only time my partner can look after bub. I’m not normally a morning person at all, but now I’m addicted. There is no better way to start the day! I also very much enjoy the online classes. Having a little one its not always easy to get up Lane Cove to do the classes in person. There are so many online classes to choose from I have picked a few favourites that are my go-to.

    OMG I absolutely must book every sound healing class that is available on the schedule. This is an incredible way to unwind, relax, let go of everything and focus on yourself. Most of the time I fall asleep, however I always leave with an overwhelming feeling of happiness, joy, and well-being.

    What benefits have you seen? Overall, I feel stronger and more confident. I’ve seen substantial changes with my core strength, pelvic floor as well as glutes and legs. I finally fit back into my pre pregnant clothes as I’ve lost 8kg doing daily online classes during lockdown as well as focusing eating a balanced healthy diet. I’m also in general a more positive person as my mental health has improved tremendously.

    Challenge that you are working on? At the moment I’m focused on slowly building up my core strength. I would love to be able to do a perfect plank without Imelda telling me to keep my hips in line. I’m also very focused on what I’m eating so I am loving Amanda’s delicious recipes!

    Advice for people thinking of starting? You wont regret it, challenge yourself, get your body moving and meet wonderful people!

  • October 2021 | Ledi HectorI'm stronger and fitter than I have ever been as an adult, which is pretty amazing as I'm in my 50s and never thought that possible!

    1. What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I live very close to the studio, and I would walk past the sign often, wondering what it was like. At the time I was seeing a personal trainer once a week but finding it difficult to motivate myself to do any other meaningful exercise or movement on the other days. I was having a lot of pain in my knees, which an orthopaedic surgeon confirmed was due to a congenital condition, and exercise was the only option (and knee replacements one day). I've never been a sporty person, and even though we had a crosstrainer at home (used by hubby), I tended to avoid it! I didn't think of myself as a "gym" person either so hadn't thought about joining Soulful Fitness as I didn't think it would be so different from your traditional gyms. I needed to build up my leg muscles to keep my knees working, and a cycling, Pilates and yoga combination looked like it might be a good place to start.

    2. What are your favourite classes? After finding that I wasn't really strong enough to hold yoga poses for very long (I needed to build some muscle strength) I concentrated on doing mat Pilates and some barre classes. I found I loved barre, even though I had never taken dance as a child. I was a bit scared of the reformer beds, but once I gave it a try, it's now my favourite class!

    3. What benefits have you seen? So many! Physically I am much stronger, especially my core, glutes and legs which has improved my knee stability and reduced my pain. I have more energy and am able to do my everyday tasks better. I'm more aware of my posture and I "listen" to my body. I've found that mentally I feel calmer and grounded, especially straight after a class and for the rest of that day. I'm more confident in my body and what I've been able to achieve. I'm stronger and fitter than I have ever been as an adult, which is pretty amazing as I'm in my 50s and never thought that possible!

    4.Challenge that you are working on? I am currently working on my back flexibility and strength and stabilising my pelvis. I would like to go back to yoga again, but my challenge is being able to relax so I will look at some gentle yoga and relaxation classes to slot in between the strength training.

    5. Advice for people thinking of starting? Making a commitment to your health and mental wellbeing is an investment in yourself. If you are new to exercise, make it as easy as possible to stay on track with your goals. If you find you run out of time at the end of the day, commit to doing your exercise first thing in the morning. Give yourself some recovery days so your muscles are not too sore. I'm so glad I found Soulful Fitness, as it has helped me change my body and life for the better!

  • September 2021 | Joyce Van AkkerenI recall always hiding somewhere in the back so no one would see my blunders. Now I try to get in early so I get to be at the front so I can observe better and not miss out on the subtleties.

    What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? It has been a few years now that I wandered into Soulful to check out what classes were offered. I had attended a seniors fitness program in Chatswood but felt I wanted more toning and more of a challenge. I was not shifting any weight and due to the nature of my work I was still doing so much sitting with desk work and driving to and from work. My lower back gave me grief and I needed regular physio to help me deal with the discomfort. A tear in my meniscus in my knee also let me know I needed to work on my body to strengthen my dormant muscles. On top of that my energy level was not great and I knew I needed a routine and a variety of challenges. I had experienced Yoga and Pilates before when I attended a community evening Pilates class and Bikram Yoga many years ago and did really enjoy the work out. I was looking for a local fitness place that could offer both and more.

    What are your favourite classes? Yin Yoga , Pilates and Barre. Yin Yoga is slower and for me the stretching really was a challenge as I don’t think I ever knew that so many parts of my body could benefit from these amazing positions. It was a challenge but I immediately felt a release and subtlety I had not felt for a long time . I also learned to actual allowing myself to be open to meditation. I never felt that I had the personality to do it as my brain just seems to keep chattering. I feel now that I am getting there and feel I can ease tension and through using the Nidra method do so by focusing and relaxing. Pilates gives me that feeling of strength, the forgotten muscles around my belly, those soft glutes, all so desperately in need of a workout. I found the reformer at first quite scary but then also a bit of a dare. Now I miss it and long to get on them again. Barre is exciting, It is the music, the pace, the feeling of being back in the ballet pose, which I so loved as a teenager. Barre really makes me feel I pour out the sweat and feel I have done a workout and actually made it through.

    What benefits have you seen? I not only feel fitter and so much more energetic, but I have noticed I am less floppy with those abdominal areas a lot tighter than they have been for decades. I also lost weight. Moreover it is also feeling of emotional strength I now realise must have come through the methods I have learned in Yoga, in meditation and through my general physical acuity. I know now I can manage better when things don’t go well and I am less afraid of uncertainties and disappointments. What I did not expect was the sense of community in Soulful. I have made friends and had some very meaningful conversations with team members, which I truly treasured.

    Challenge that you are working on? The challenge now in the lockdown is to actually keep a schedule going as a routine. How easy is it at home to just skip that exercise session that you booked yourself in for. Nobody checks. So now I have set a goal on the number of classes I attend a week. I do them early in the day before work. At times I know I have taken on too many in the day and that I actually should rest the next day. That is hard for me, as I have to admit to myself that at 74 I also need to know my limits.

    Advice for people thinking of starting? I remember in the beginning so many of the moves and positions were quite unfamiliar to me. I had to know the terms and phrases as well, but there was always the encouragement and the non judgment that made me settle in quite quickly. I recall always hiding somewhere in the back so no one would see my blunders. Now I try to get in early so I get to be at the front so I can observe better and not miss out on the subtleties. I still have many moments that are challenging but do not feel ashamed or judged, but I see it more as a new challenge that I will try to conquer or just let be as something just not for me. Do what you can and enjoy the practice and don’t force yourself as it is not a competition.

  • August 2021 | Reena Patel Having had many health issues and struggled mentally after some significant surgeries over the years, I am so grateful for all that you have given me

    Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Amanda and the team for allowing me to use the the studio, practicing my sequences and for sharing your knowledge so openly whilst I completed my Pilates training certificate! You guys are some of the best trainers I have ever seen and we are so lucky to have you in the cove. Amanda, the studio has always been my safe haven. Having had many health issues and struggled mentally after some significant surgeries over the years, I am so grateful for all that you have given me. I wanted to share that I have now completed Pilates teaching certification and I look forward to continuing my education. Long post, but I just wanted to say thank you!

  • July 2021 | Yalini ManomohanI can think the classes help clear my mind and I’m happier when I doing them regularly.

    What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I really enjoy both Pilates and yoga and when I tried Soulful Fitness I was delighted to find they had both a wide range of Pilates and yoga classes on offer.

    What are your favourite classes? It’s hard to choose - Barre with Emma, Pilates Matwork with Mickey, Ashtanga Yoga with Maggie, Reformer with Carole

    What benefits have you seen? From a physical perspective, I am stronger and I can feel my legs are getting more toned as is my core. But equally importantly, I can think the classes help clear my mind and I’m happier when I doing them regularly.

    Challenge that you are working on? I would love to be able to run longer distances and learn some of the more challenging yoga poses like inversions and crow

    Advice for people thinking of starting? Get out of your comfort zone and try something you wouldn’t normally choose - you might be pleasantly surprised!

  • June 2021 | Kerrie HowarthThe benefits for me have been building overall strength and having had two strokes I find yoga has been amazing in helping me with my balance.

    What made me take on Pilates and Yoga? In January 2016 I spent a month in intensive care due to complications from heart surgery, and I suffered 2 strokes whilst in intensive care.  Once I had regained my strength and completed my rehabilitation, I wanted to ensure I continued to improve my strength and work to improve my health. When I was in intensive care my husband suggested yoga could be a good thing to look into for me to take up as I got better. Fast forward to August 2016 and I decided to look into yoga.  I visited the studio and signed up on the spot.

    Favouirte Classes? My favourite classes are Hatha and restorative yoga, I’ve recently retired and have now tried Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. I have also attended the  retreats  in 2018 & 2019, which were a great break, very relaxing and an opportunity to meet other members.

    What benefits have you seen? The benefits for me have been building overall strength and having had two strokes I find yoga has been amazing in helping me with my balance.

    Future challenge? I am working on trying some of the more challenging poses like “crow”.

    Advice for people thinking of starting? I would encourage everyone considering taking up yoga or Pilates to simply begin, not only will you see benefits to your health and wellbeing, the studio is so friendly and welcoming. The staff and all the members make Soulful Fitness a community.