Kate Soule is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Holistic Personal Trainer. She is also a Biofeedback and Reiki Practitioner. Kate teaches Pilates at Be Well Studios and also offers Private Pilates and Private Yoga Instruction. Kate is passionate about fitness, outdoor recreation, and health and offers a holistic approach to helping you become your best and most vibrant self!
Kate teaches Pilates on Tuesdays at 8:15 AM
Kate’s power Pilates will leave you feeling stretched and invigorated from the core out. This Pilates class will focus on your abdominal strength, full body control, greater flexibility from the spine to the limbs, and overall mindfulness of the body. By performing many different exercises in a low number of repetitions, the muscles are strengthened and elongated without creating bulk. Total body concentration during each exercise emphasizes movement quality, coordination, and balance. The Pilates Method’s benefits include improved posture, flatter tummy, improved circulation, increased strength and flexibility, better balance and coordination, mind/body awareness, stress relief, emotional balance; exercise that’s fun and challenging!
Kate teaches Functional Yoga on Fridays at 8:15 AM
Movements or exercises are considered ‘functional’ if they support the movement patterns that are necessary for us to function in our daily lives. Functional Yoga merges yoga techniques and modern wisdom to identify imbalances and create a path to extended range of motion, muscle strength and flexibility.
In class we will be focusing on the intention of the postures rather than their appearance. Often in a yoga class, the cues given by the teacher focus on the shape of the pose rather than the intention of the pose. This is understandable because the postures are the tools we use. But the intention behind any posture should be to generate an effect in the body, rather than to simply perform the posture or look good doing so.
We don’t use the body to get into a pose—we use the pose to get into the body.
Realizing this simple fact can free us from dogma and images of perfection, allowing us to work with the body we have. We can then focus on what we are really trying to accomplish in our yoga practice. Not everyone can do every pose, and that’s fine; with a functional approach to yoga practice we’re allowed to avoid trying to achieve a particular shape if it doesn’t generate a benefit or could pose a risk, given our unique anatomical structures.