Pet Name: 2 Dogs - Cha Cha and Lola. And a cat - Mikki
Favourite Food: Italian
Lisa Stephens owns and operates BodyLife Brisbane which commenced 3 years ago. Fitness & inner health has always been a huge part of my life. From my early career as a physical education teacher to my ‘latest’ career as a part-time F45/BodyLife owner, I feel strongly that a wholistic approach is required to keep us all looking and feeling great. My mantra is “We’ve all just got to keep moving & as simplistic and cliched as this may sound, it’s true! It’s as hard & as easy as that!"
Pet Name: A Cockatiel named Sir Lancelot
Favourite Food: Thai food and everything Italian
"I’m a late starter in this industry. My curiosity for Pilates began in my 40’s because I was looking for a form of exercise that I would enjoy and stick to. I knew I had to move my body soon. Once I started, I became addicted to the DOMS – the delayed onset muscle soreness. I have a special interest in women 40 years+, seniors and exercising for the sense of belonging and a healthy mind. Hormonal changes in women, anxiety, depression, financial loss can all reap feelings of uncertainty and cause isolation. Let’s be brave and have courage together."
Pet Name: I have a farm of pets, Dogs, Rupert & Tucker. Cats Cooper. Tuxedo & Shotgun. Guinea Pigs, Gabl, Cupid & Twig, and 7 fish!
Favourite Food: Chocolate
"I began my wellness journey & second career 12 years ago. At 38 years old I found myself overweight & riddled with guilt over spending so little time with my family & suffering from consistently high blood pressure which my doctor wanted to treat by prescribing lifelong medication. Something had to change - and it did. One chapter closed & another seamlessly opened as I started participating in aqua aerobic classes. I loved the strength my body developed , and very shortly thereafter trained as an instructor. This allowed me to actually feel like I was making a positive difference to peoples lives! What a blessing!!!
I have continued to add fitness programmes to my portfolio. I did my Certificate 3 in Fitness, qualified in all 3 Pilates disciplines - Mat, Barre & Reformer, as well as Les Mills Pump. I LOVE what I do - what a gift - & every day is different! I strive to always have my clients leave a class feeling stronger, more energised and happily positive."
Pet Names: Plants are my pets!
Favourite Food: Burritos
"I have been in the Yoga industry for 6 years now and I love it! My passion is to bring joy and balance in to people’s lives. My main goal in teaching yoga is to help release tension from the body and increase overall well-being to manage emotions, pain, discomfort and alleviate stress as well as to guide you and nourish your nervous system with breath awareness.
My classes are open to all levels of practitioners. I usually give options for members to choose from, and I encourage everyone to listen to what their body needs at the moment of practice and give it exactly that. Respecting your limitations and working with what you’ve got is so important! One of the main focuses of my classes is breathing. I always incorporate breath training exercises & breathwork to support the nervous system. This is especially helpful for those who experience anxiety, chronic stress and depression. When I am not in the studio, I love to go to botanical parks, mountain bike riding, edit Yoga videos for Youtube and play my ukulele. I enjoy listening to music and going on road trips and travelling!"
Pet Names: One fur baby names Ivy
Favourite Food: Pasta
"I discovered Pilates almost a decade ago during one of my old classic ‘new year, new Bre’ fad diet and exercise plans – but ‘fad’ no more, I was instantly addicted! After experiencing the abundance of benefits that Pilates had to offer both physically and mentally, I just had to learn more and share my love for Pilates with others. So here I am today, now just with a fur baby in tow (named Ivy) and often a fully belly of pasta, but nevertheless ready to help you feel stronger and happier."
Pet Names: Two Basenjis Shelby and Scooby-Doo
Favourite Food: Blueberries
"I was first introduced to yoga when I was 5 by my dad, but it was not until later when I made yoga a part of my daily life. Besides yoga, I “play" Capoeira and have a background in dance. I have always loved movement and body awareness, which led me to pursue a career in Osteopathic Medicine, deepening my understanding of the human anatomy and biomechanics. My focus is on integrating practical experience and knowledge to help others grow their inner connection with the body on their everyday journey."
Pet Names: A dog, Milo, 10 years old
Favourite Food: Hot Pot
"I began to learn dance at the age of five and have more than 20 years professional experience. Since then, I have been teaching Les Mills classes for 20 years as a Senior trainer including Les Mills body balance, Les Mills core and Les Mills tone;
I have been teaching mat and reformer Pilates 15 years and am certificated by Basi and polestar. Movements are medicine for me 😅."
Pet Names: Two Goldladors - Febe and Izzy
Favourite Food: Chocolate
"I have been teaching in the fitness industry for 28 years now. I trained in the UK, first teaching aerobics, with all those grapevines, box steps and star jumps. It was a lot of fun and my love for fitness and people's enthusiasm grew. After about 8 years I heard of this new type of exercise "Pilates" which was much more controlled and really concentrated on "core strength" and "back care". My family all suffer with bad backs, so it got me very interested. I immediately started my training and I have continued to learn and attend various courses and workshops over the last 20 years. I absolutely love what I do and it is so rewarding when people feel and see the benefits, especially when their backs and bodies start feeling stronger, and aches and pains disappear."
Pets Names: Zion, our family dog in PNG
Favourite Food: Chocolate
"My intention is to support students with their yoga journey, whether that is through building strength in a strong yoga flow class, increasing flexibility, or inviting stillness with a gentle yin yoga class. It gives me great joy to see members find the gifts of yoga through regular practice. I started practicing yoga in 2004 inconsistently. This changed in 2013 when I developed health issues and began to embrace a more consistent yoga practice. A consistent yoga practice enabled me to work through my health issues, develop physical strength, increased flexibility and calm my body and brain through breathing exercises to help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. I became a teacher to share this practice and meet students where they are. I am a Level 1 Instructor and became a yoga teacher in 2018. I have completed yoga teacher training in Brisbane, Byron Bay and Bali. I am a trauma informed yoga teacher and yin yoga teacher. I teach Hot Yoga, Vin Yin and Yin Yoga."
Pet Names: No pets
Favourite Food: Thai food
"The majority of my working life has been in the travel and tourism industry which afforded me the opportunity to indulge in my lifelong passion to see as much of the world as possible. In 2019, I kickstarted my own little travel business, taking travellers beyond the hub-bub and high tourism in Bali, blending this with almost daily yoga classes. Then a certain virus introduced itself to our world. What was I to do?? The only logical thing was to move to my next favourite passion.....fitness, mainly in the realm of yoga. I've been practising yoga for over 13 years and am almost addicted to this wonderful form of movement that gives such great benefits to both the body and the mind. I've recently joined the BodyLife family, working behind the scenes at home with the BodyLife admin team and a few days a week at the studio, on reception. It's a pleasure getting to know the BodyLife members and instructors. It's inspiring to see members so committed to their fitness through regular pilates and yoga practice."
Pet Names: No pets
Favourite Food: Chocolate
"My name is Angie, I am a mum of two kids. I haven't done exercise for many years due to the busy schedule that I have with work and family. I realised I needed to look after my health and I found yoga two years ago. Yoga has helped me calm my mind and cope with a stressful, busy life as well as helping me build strength of body from dedicated practise. I love to share how important a presence of mind is to navigate the many joys and challenges of busy life."
Pets Names: No pets except a pond of fish
Favourite Food: Love all food but not a fan of Vegemite!
"I'm a certified Power Yoga Instructor, Certified Restorative Yoga, Certified Kids Yoga and I'm currently studying into a 650hrs Yoga Therapy at BIYOME! I absolutely adore yoga - it has taught me so much about myself and has created an amazing shift in my way of living life! I always love doing sports or activities to keep myself in focus and in connection with others. I played ice hockey from the age of 3 (being Canadian I guess I had too 😉), did gymnastics in my early years, martial arts and gym work when I was slightly older. I came across Yoga in 2006, but it took a few trials until I found the right practice. Yoga has been life changing for me. I'm also a mum of 2 gorgeous twin girls and as a family we love going camping and travelling!"