Body Mind Life founder Philip Goodwin thinks his new Pilates and yoga studio in Kirrawee, in the Shire, is his best one yet. It’s the fifth to join the family – other centres are in Surry Hills, Potts Point, Redfern and Bondi – and he says as the brand has developed over its 17 years, the studio’s design and ethos has too.
“Each studio we’ve created has evolved as we’ve learned more about how students use the space and how architecture, and the whole studio experience, impacts [their] practice. My wife Ferique is the architect and design-mind behind each of our purpose-built studios, and her passion in life is to create spaces that heal.”
Goodwin – who grew up in the area and who traded in his suits for yoga gear in 2003, saying goodbye to investment banking – says despite its size the Kirrawee studio feels intimate. A soft colour palette was used to create a sense of calm, and it incorporates a number of energy-saving features such as motion-censored lights and an energy efficient infrared heating system. “It’s so beautiful I’d like to live in it,” he says.
The new studio has more than 75 yoga, reformer Pilates and meditation classes each week – from yin to vinyasa flow and prenatal and postnatal yoga, with parents-and-bubs class options too. The two yoga rooms have energy-efficient infrared heating panels and an air-purification system for a super-fresh experience.
The Pilates space has state-of-the-art reformer machines and expert teachers from around Sydney to lead the classes. If you’re new to the world of Pilates, Goodwin says, “As we get older our bones and joints become more brittle and we lose muscle tone, most of us succumb to back pain and other injuries that limit our ability to do the things we love in life. Reformer Pilates offers resistance training that builds muscle definition, core strength and bone density in a safe way.”
If you’re not one for getting stretchy but instead want to get sweaty, there’s a tranquil far-infrared sauna. “The infrared heat produced by our sauna is totally safe as there are none of the harmful rays of sunlight, just natural healing heat. In fact, this heat is so safe it’s used in hospitals to keep newborns warm.”
People can have a 25- to 45-minute session, with meditation or music playing. Goodwin says it’s not dissimilar to when you’re outside on a partly cloudy day and all of a sudden the clouds move and the sun appears. “A rush of warmth comes over you. This warm feeling is the infrared band of sunlight warming your body.”
For the launch, Body Mind Life Kirrawee will host free yoga and reformer Pilates classes, workshops and talks on Saturday March 16.
South Village, level 1, 580 Princes Highway, Kirrawee
Mon to Fri 6am–9pm
Sat & Sun 7am–5.30pm