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The A Life

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Published May 9th 2017
If you are looking to ease your mind and calm your spirit, wander down the Carlton North end of Nicholson St and you will find the perfect spot.

Opening in November 2016, The A Life is all about moving with ease, celebrating your body and relaxation.

the a life carlton springboard pilates
A subtle location on the quieter end of Brunswick St

Founder Dr Angela Baklis has an integrative approach to treatments utilising her knowledge in Osteopathy combined with a focus on lifestyle factors.

the a life carlton north
A minimalist waiting area (image courtesy of The A Life website)

The A Life offers osteopathy appointments, naturopathy assessments as well as classes such as yoga and pilates to complement this focus on self-healing.

I was curious, so gave Springboard Pilates a try, having never even done pilates in my life.

the a life carlton springboard pilates
First time experiencing Springboard Pilates

Pilates is not a fast-paced training session, it's about stretches, flexibility and breathing. The addition of the springboard allows some extra challenges, incorporating the resistance of the springs with leg and arm exercises. Exercises range from lying on your back on the mat to sitting up with whilst you pull on the springs.

A class of maximum 6 people allows Angela to assist individuals with fixing their posture or technique, as she did with me as a beginner.

We finished the class on a very relaxing note, focusing on positive things and inhaling and exhaling.

You know you've had a good workout if you're a bit sore afterwards and my core definitely felt a little tense. If you're after a coffee afterwards, there are several cafes on the same block. I decided to continue the healthy morning with a cold-pressed juice from Babajan a few doors down.

fresh juice babajan
Pomegranate and apple juice from nearby cafe Babajan

If you are interested in trying Springboard Pilates, I would definitely recommend it for something different. You will leave feeling relaxed and accomplished - but book in early as there are often waitlists for these limited classes.

The A Life also offer yoga, mat pilates, movement workshops and more. Find out about them here.
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Why? To relax your body and mind, improve your posture and flexibility
When: Various times, visit
Phone: 03 90413332
Where: 699 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Cost: $26-$40 per class or try your first 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $30
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Looks like a good way to unwind
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