It poses quite the challenge for a fitness studio to achieve equal parts welcoming environment and equal parts utter coolness. One usually wins out in favour but Ponsonby studio SALA have confidently nailed the balance. An open space that both embraces all fitness levels as well as ensures a calm and quietly challenging workout, it's the perfect retreat for mind and body. Remix caught up with Sarah Lindsay AKA the beauty and brains behind the coolest fitness spot in Auckland.
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Sarah, tell us a little bit about SALA...
SALA was really born from my homesickness. After spending ten years in the London boutique fitness scene, arriving in Auckland was a bit of a culture shock. I didn’t feel as though there was a space that encompassed the things I valued from fitness. As I searched for my home away from home, I decided rather than complaining, to just open it myself!
Immediately SALA began filling up with these awesome people who had lived or were from overseas, who like me had been feeling a little lost and I felt as though I had brought everyone home to me. When I opened those doors, I not only started a business but I made my life here. Almost all my friends are through SALA and I really can’t imagine how my life in Auckland would have been without this family.
I think anyone that knows me will agree I have a ‘be kind but take no shit’ attitude to life. I am creative and fluid but have a very strong vision of who I am and what I want to create. I am not easily influenced by the opinions of others. I’ve always been like that, I have school report cards from as young as 5 with teachers writing that I was born to lead - or maybe that I am just bossy and stubborn...
A lot of our community are creatives of some sort, from artists to musicians, designers to store window merchandisers. We have people of all fitness levels, people who have never done a fitness class in their life to people who just felt like a change. I think people’s fitness levels are irrelevant. You can either do something at that time or you can't. It’s that simple. Everything is impossible, until it’s possible. I know in my own experience, my fitness levels have been through so many ebbs and flows, and long as you’re moving in some way, that’s all that really matters.
Right now I’m really passionate about sleep as meditation. We really value the waking world over sleep, and we often lie in bed scrolling the internet or leaving sleep until the last moment. Invest in your bedroom. Make it a sanctuary. Make it look and smell like a place you want to escape to. Buy great sheets. Make your bed every day. Place a few objects of significance near your eye line, so you fall asleep seeing pictures of loved ones or trinkets of travel. Make your bed a magic carpet you can escape on.
I wasn’t a sporty child. I wasn’t in any teams or clubs. So when I finally started working out to deal with my university induced anxiety I found myself in those dark, endorphin pumping workouts which really smash your body. Being competitive by nature they really fed into what society had taught me. Work hard, be successful.
It wasn’t really a lightbulb moment. More a conversation. I said to Josh, ‘I think I’m going to open my own studio’ and he just smiled and said, ‘as if you’d ever do any less.’ Less than a year into living in Auckland SALA was open. It was actually a very organic and easy mental process.
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