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What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I had always be interested in taking up yoga and seeing what it involved. The idea of being able to use breathing techniques and relaxation techniques in day to day life really appealed to me.
What are your favourite classes? Yin Yoga and the spin studio
What benefits have you seen? I’ve noticed that I’ve become more self aware due to the emphasis the classes place on relaxation and breathing. If we feel good in the classes we should also be able to use the techniques we learn to feel good even when we are at work.
Challenge that you are working on? I’m working on improving my fitness. The spin studio will help with this.
Advice for people thinking of starting? Set yourself realistic achievable goals. Self improvement is not going to happen quickly. These things take time. Going to a studio is a good step, but there are many additional steps involved in achieving a goal. Be kind to yourself - you can still have cheat days
What made you take on a Pilates / yoga programme? My son, William, encouraged me to try out Soulful Fitness. Pilates had been recommended by a physiotherapist following arthritis in my left hip, a frozen shoulder, and a history of back pain.
Which are your favourite classes? I love the Pilates reformer classes, the yoga classes and the bike riding. They are all great!
What benefits have your seen? I have had improvements in body and mind. I am more confident of ably undertaking heavy jobs in the house and garden. Also, I have an improved sense of well-being, greater flexibility and enjoy a more correct posture. In addition, and most importantly, I have less discomfort from my arthritic hip, my frozen shoulder has increased mobility, and I have been free of back pain. And my wife tells me I have complained less about my aches and pains!
Challenges that you are working on? Each class has its own challenges! I am working towards increased mobility and strength to maintain a high standard of physical health for day to day enjoyment and to prevent recurrence of past ailments.
Advice for people thinking of starting: It’s an investment in your body and your life. Like going for a swim in the ocean, the first few steps into cool water are the hardest, but once you are in you will feel better, won’t regret it, and won’t want to leave.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I went on holiday to Bali in 2018 with a lot of doing nothing in mind. I was constantly exhausted and unhappy. Ubud was my first destination and my hotel happened to be right next door to the Yoga Barn: a movement, yoga and meditation centre. I was curious about the place that looked so beautiful from the outside. I did a class of Hatha and found it incredibly hard. Long story short, I cancelled the rest of my travel plans and practiced at the Yoga Barn for the rest of my stay. I started feeling relaxed and incredibly peaceful and obviously wanted to sustain that feeling on my return to Sydney.
What are your favourite classes? I love all the yoga classes full stop. Hatha teaches me patience, Vinyasa gives me strength and Yin calms me down. I appreciate the fact that we have some many great teachers at the studio. Over the last year and a half, I learnt a lot from each of them.
What benefits have you seen?
I would rather rephrase this question to ‘What benefits have you felt’? Becoming focused, committed, disciplined and self-respecting are just a few of them. What people can see on the outside is that I lost a huge amount of weight and managed to sustain it. For me, the physical benefits of a daily practice are not as important. However, 9 years ago I was a passenger in a high-speed car crash. After the accident, I was terrified to use my body that was so badly hurt and fragile. I was worried that with any movement it could fall apart afresh. Yoga helped me regain confidence about using my arms and legs again.
Challenge that you are working on?
Balance…in all its aspects. But like with everything one must practice something to become better at it. It will eventually improve, I know it.
Advice for people thinking of starting?
Consistency brings results. If you exercise once or twice this will not lead to any progress. If you do not exercise for a little while, this will also be quite irrelevant to your overall fitness outcome. If you continue either, you will start noticing the effects. Good or bad - the choice is yours.
My name is Hanneke. Since June 2018, my husband and I have lived in Lane Cove. We’re from the Netherlands and because of my husbands job we’re so lucky to live in this beautiful country for a few years. I don’t have a job here in Australia so I looked for things to keep me busy and to meet new people. During my whole life, I have loved sports. When I was young I played field hockey and recently, before we left for our big adventure, I did lots of walking and twice a week an hour of Pilates mat.
While exploring Lane Cove “village” I saw the entrance of Soulful Fitness and went inside to have a look. 2 years later I’m still a very happy member. I had never done Pilates reformer and yoga before, so I just tried it and love it.
My favourite classes? Difficult question. I like all classes, sorry I can’t chose one. I love Amanda’s “Pilates Mat Fundamentals” It makes me more aware of my body, what muscles to use, the music is nice and Amanda is fun, although sometimes it’s hard for me to understand her Aussie slang! I really like to do Yin Yoga. Every teacher brings something different and it’s a gentle practice. The 2 Pilates reformer classes I go to every week are more of a challenge for me, but I like a challenge now and then too. Using the reformer bed make the exercises less difficult and it makes you stronger.
The benefits I have seen; My body has became stronger and more flexible. I also have increased my knowledge about my body and yin yoga has taught me to relax a little bit more. Last but not least, I have met some beautiful people.
Challenge you are working on? A big challenge for me is to look for a good balance. I always try very hard, which creates a lot of tension in my body. My challenge is to be more relaxed while exercising.
My advice for people thinking of starting: Just walk in, have a chat with the girls and try some classes.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? When looking for a gentle but still strong form of holistic exercise, I received a timely introduction to Soulful Fitness. I knew very quickly I had found "my people" and the perfect place to practice mind, body and soul disciplines.
What are your favourite classes? My favourite classes are Yin and Hatha yoga, as well as guided meditation.
What benefits have you seen? The benefits for me have been improved physical strength, mindfulness, flexibility, and inner courage.
Challenge that you are working on? Medical setbacks recently interrupted my program, now I am challenging myself to build physical fitness, make progress with Pilates, and improve aerobic capacity.
Advice for people thinking of starting? For those thinking of starting yoga and Pilates, I cannot recommend Soulful Fitness highly enough. From the expert professionalism of the teachers and administrators (with special mention to Amanda and Emma) to the warmth and personal support of everyone there, Soulful Fitness is the ultimate destination for those seeking a fulfilling fitness experience.
What made you take on a Pilates and Yoga program? I started with clinical Pilates, 1 on 1, ten years ago due to 3 blown discs due to all the lifting in my work over the years. In the first 5 years, I built my core and strength back to overcome the injury. After working 1 on 1 for that time, I needed a studio, with an experienced teaching base, with a regular and varied program and small class size, with a guided and demonstration teaching method.
What are your favourite classes? My favorite classes are Power Pilates with Charell Berg, they are strong, and the content varies. I feel like I have challenged all parts of my body with each class.
What benefits have you seen? I turned 60 this year and feel fit and strong. I am a long distance walker, and feel Pilates has played a big part in my endurance. My core strength has continued to grow, as well as my overall body strength and flexibility. Pilates and having a strong core, played an important part in keeping me alive in the past year, when I was in a horrible accident as well.
Challenge that you are working on? I have been training to walk the Coastal Portuguese way of the Camino (280K). This is now postponed until we can resume travelling overseas, but I am still walking daily.
Advice for people thinking of starting? For anyone starting Pilates, I think it is important to have a 1 on 1 session to begin with, to understand the reformer bed and how to set it up properly for your body. I think it is important to watch the instructor and listen to carefully as they demonstrate each set of exercises, and start at the level 1 option, but as time passes be sure each class to give the next level of the exercise a try. Pilates is a slow but steady path, that is sort of like learning a new language.
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!