Frequently Asked Questions
The Soul Vida Fitness Method
Who created the Soul Vida Workout Method?
Soul Vida was created by Makita Gabriel.
What is Soul Vida?
Soul Vida is a unique fusion of yoga, pilates and martial arts inspired workouts.
Each Soul Vida ® Workout will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling, giving you both mental and physical benefits, mixed with a powerful dose of positivity and empowerment.
The Soul Vida ® Method creates a toned, strong, flexible and relaxed body by incorporating core strength, flexibility and endurance with ‘whole body’ transformation.
Why is Soul Vida a SMART Workout?
Soul Vida ® Delivers Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits as a ‘SMART’ Workout.
EACH WORKOUT Delivers 4 levels of Fitness:
Physical – Whole Body muscle conditioning and body balance
Emotional – Emotional Intelligence and Resilience
Mental – Mental Calm, Clarity and Focus
Spiritual – Inner Peace andMeditation
Why is Soul Vida ® Intelligent by Design?
Soul Vida Delivers whole body fitness:
Soul Vida works on an Inside Out Approach to fitness
•• The warm up prepares the body to detoxify, dissolving muscular tension and stress.
•• The breath synchronised movements support body balance, strength and co-ordination, while promoting stress reduction.
•• Each workout finishes with a lying down meditation, promoting emotional resilience, mental calm and ‘whole body integration’.
What are the foundations for Each Soul Vida Exercise?
The 4 Foundations to each Soul Vida Exercise are:
Relaxation & Meditation
Why is breathing so important in a Soul Vida workout?
Soul Vida’s signature breathing technique focuses on a conscious breathing approach, whereby breathing deep into the body, helps the mind to relax and awaken energy flow throughout the body.
One of the most significant changes in the body when we become stressed is the frequency and the quality of the breath. Science tells us that slowing the breath down and connecting the in-breath and out-breath has a dramatic effect of calming both body and mind turning on the Relaxation Response in the body.
What a Soul Vida workout is not ?
A hard core fast paced adrenaline fuelled, push yourself beyond your limits exercise program. A number of current fitness trends only serve to age the body and deliver short term goals instead of sustainable health benefits. At Soul Vida we’re in it for the long haul, so we’ve designed our fitness strategy on what the body, mind and soul needs to THRIVE rather than SURVIVE.
Is Soul Vida beginner friendly?
All classes are beginner friendly.
Each workout can be modified to meet your individual needs.
Gentle for Beginners and Dynamic for Intermediate to advanced.
What are the Benefits of Soul Vida?
A whole body workout helps to tone every part of the body.
Soul Vida is low impact and it improves core strength and postural alignment.
Many athletes use Soul Vida for training purposes as it helps to strengthen muscles and joints whilst increasing relaxation, mental clarity and inner awareness
Soul Vida allows the spine to move freely in all directions enhancing correct body alignment, freeing the energy around the joints, and allowing freedom of energy flow through the body.
Soul Vida activates muscles close to the bone and is a natural form of weight bearing exercise which improves awareness of the ‘core’ strength of the body, improves bone density, builds and strengthens the muscles and provides a firm grounded base of support for the spine. You’ll look and feel great on the inside and outside.
Regular practice of Soul Vida will lead to improved physical balance and co-ordination.
Soul Vida will help create a more central, symmetrical body that reduces stress on the spine and tightening in the muscles.
Cardio – Vascular Fitness
Soul Vida improves conscious breathing, strengthening the heart, increasing oxygen uptake and increasing lung capacity.
The standing postures, increase body heat and tone the heart as it supplies oxygenated blood to the working muscles and increasing core strength and body alignment.
It reduces overall stress levels on the physical, emotional and mental level.
What are some of the physical effects of the body releasing stress and detoxifying that I may experience whilst doing Soul Vida?
Some of the common signs and symptoms of energy moving through the body are:
Sensation of heat, coolness, tingling, gentle shaking, pulsing, body awareness, deep relaxation and inner calm.
Who is Makita Gabriel?
Makita Gabriel is a pioneer in the field of Body, Mind, Spirit Well-being and the Founder of Soul Vida.
Makita is a Qualified Nurse and Counsellor, with over 27 years in the health and wellness arena as a Wellness Entrepreneur, Body Mind Fitness leader, and Transformational Life Coach.