October 18, 2019 Service

A wide range of classes.

Tracy Boland was a truck driver. Now she runs a Yoga & Barre studio. How did she get started? What is Barre? And where does infrared come into this dream job?

Tracy had been made redundant after working at Prominent Hill where she drove dump trucks for 5 years. Through all that time, Tracy had dreamed about opening a hot yoga studio in Port Lincoln. “When I was made redundant from my driving job, I began to put my plans into action,” explains Tracy. “ A friend who had just started up his own plumbing business, told me about the NEIS program and I decided I had nothing to lose by making a phone call. I spoke to Vicky from Auctus Consulting – she encouraged and supported me through the whole process.”

“Once I signed up for NEIS training, it was so comforting to know I had support, both financially and in the form of mentorship,” says Tracy.

Tracy’s plan was to provide a serene nurturing space, where absolutely everyone would feel safe and welcome to explore their own personal heath, happiness and wellbeing goals. A large space was found and fitted out as a beautiful, contemporary studio, offering a wide range of classes.

Solfit Yoga & Barre opened in December 2018 and the momentum has continued to grow. “I am so excited and looking forward to where the studio will be in the next 12 months. I am still pinching myself really. Our client base continues to build and I am now looking ahead to what other services I can offer, as I still have space at the studio I can utilise,” Tracy explains. “I have 3 wonderful, local yoga teachers who feel a sense of belonging to the studio and represent it in exactly the same way I had always envisioned.”

There was a lot of business planning needed in a lot of areas for Tracy to get to this point. Her NEIS trainers were invaluable. “I think for me it was the depth of their knowledge, in everything you need to know about starting a new business. Then the ongoing support offered – knowing there was advice available at anytime. Very comforting,” Tracy explains.

“Before I joined the program, I was very apprehensive and almost gave up, but once I joined, even though it was scary I felt so much more confident.”

The website reflects this confidence. A clean, contemporary site offering Hot Yoga to detox and build strength; Yin Yoga for flexibility and stillness, Warm Flow for a gentle, nourishing yoga practice; and Barre.

Barre classes mix elements of pilates, dance, yoga and functional training. It offers an energising, targeted workout, using a ballet bar, your own body weight and various equipment to sculpt, tone, slim and stretch your entire body – all to some upbeat tunes. Barre is low impact; hard on muscles but kind on your joints. No dance experience is needed for this total body workout.

The Hot Yoga section of the website, begs the question ‘Why infrared heat?’ That arrangement of those three words is hard to go past. The explanation: The frequency the heating panels emit, allows the human body to absorb 98% of this heating energy, providing exceptional deep tissue penetration and therefore a deeper detox and increased flexibility during and after your practice.

Solfit Yoga & Barre offers a well planned out range of options with all the reasons you might like to try them. This good communication is part of the process of building confidence with clients.

We wish Tracy and her team all the very best in the building and expanding phase of this dream come true.

Do you have a great new business idea for a dream job? NEIS is an Australian Government sponsored new business training program, to assist with self-employment. Use the postcode finder for your local provider and contact them for a chat.

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