Post Natal Journey With Studio Pilates

Written by Alice Bingham

@studio_pilates

I received an email from Studio Pilates on Thursday stating that I had completed my 50th class. I was quite proud of myself that I had achieved this as looking back on the last 10 months, it has been quite the journey. I had an Emergency C Section with our third daughter in January and have transitioned to be a mumma to three young children. Getting to class was sometimes a challenge as the old silly “mum guilt” can creep in, however it is just what I need. The classes are not only supporting my body and helping me to regain strength, they are helping my mental health too. 45 minutes of pure concentration, deep breathing and connecting with my body and seeing what it can achieve in that time. I have really enjoyed the community at my local Studio Pilates – Wellington Point, every client is so encouraging and I always leave with a smile on my face. The instructors are fun but are so professional too. I look forward to my next 50 classes and seeing what I will achieve.

My Post Natal Journey 

I started my Studio Pilates journey at 4 months postpartum, I wasn’ quite ready to return to heavy weights or high intensity cardio just yet, however I wanted to do something that would not only support my body, but help me to rebuild my strength slowly and carefully in my abdomen. I was guided by my Women’s Health Physio to wait to 12 weeks before doing anything to crazy. So when she stated I was ready, she suggest Pilates to me. I was so glad to see I had a local one near my house. Once I started I became in love with reformer. I cannot imagine not having it in my life now. You can read about the first part of my post natal journey (the first 25 classes) with Studio Pilates here, in my first blog I wrote.

Since I last wrote the blog for Studio Pilates, I have now seen some amazing transformations in not only my training at the studio but my body as well. My core is getting stronger and so is the rest of my body. I am able to push deeper in the leg workouts in class and have taken away the head pillow in the abdominal section at the beginning of class, this is a huge win for me. I can now wear ankle weights and feel my Tzone is more engaged during certain moves like”circles” or “bicycles” and I can also hold a plank position for 1 minute 11 seconds on my feet.

I have also seen drastic changes in my posture. My shoulders are back more, when I am performing simple tasks like picking my my kids, I hold in my tummy and switch on my T-Zone. I also do some gentle pelvic exercises with my abdominal workouts (from the Studio Pilates FREE newsletter) too. I am really noticing a huge change within that area.

These are the goals I have for my postpartum body and it is not about weight loss for me. Sure I fit in my old jeans now but I haven’t weighed myself since I was pregnant and I do not plan to either. This is of course my personal journey with Studio Pilates. I would highly recommend giving it a go, try one of their starter packs ( 2 weeks, 6 class passes) to really see how you find it. It took me a few weeks but like I said I cannot picture my life without it now. I have loved the new strength it has given me.

At my local studio (Wellington Point) they have Pregnancy and Post Natal Classes twice a week. You can check the app or call your local studio to see when they have these on. They would be amazing to check out if you are pregnant or recently had a bub as they are suited to support the women’s body during this time.

To read more information about Studio Pilates and Pregnancy you can read this blog. For post natal information call your local studio to help meet your individual needs.

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Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl #showtherealyou

This weeks #showtherealyou feature is the beautiful Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl. I was blessed to cross paths with gorgeous soul earlier this year at a @babesandpicnics event here in Brisbane. Since then we have exchanged numbers and remained in contact. Lisa is so refreshing to chat to, she is oh so pure and natural, and has a calm ora that surrounds her that totally rubs off on you (even if she texts me I feel it).

I know you will enjoy reading Lisa’s interview, she shares her love for her new business, her #mumlife moments with the beautiful little Indi and opens up about her new passion for pilates. Ladies put your feet up and enjoy your 10minutes with Mrs Lisa Hanlin…

Favourite hot drink? 

Black Coffee. No sugar, no milk just pure coffee bean goodness.

Can you tell me who the REAL Lisa Hanlin is?

I’m the girl who sees things with a different perspective. I always find the positive in any given situation. I see beauty in the rain, tears and dried out flowers. I feel for those who regret decisions. I don’t judge, I’m never jealous. I live a balanced life, sharing my time, giving my heart and prioritising my health. I’m at peace that life isn’t forever and that everyday we are given a new opportunity. Some might say I’m also a wife, a mother, daughter, sister, friend.. they are all roles. The REAL me is me!

Lisa with her gorgeous little tribe. Image by @salty_see
Tell me about a day in the life of Lisa as a mumma?

Since settling into motherhood I have found how important it is to have a morning routine or ‘me time’ before the day actually starts. I’m up at 5am and give myself a good hour to set up for the day ahead. Meditation, exercise, lemon water and some quiet time.. When India wakes I’m ready to put on my mama shoes and devote quality time to her. Boobie, books, playing and more books. Followed by breaky outside, listening to the birds and some morning vitamin D for me! 9/10 times we get out in the mornings – whether it’s swimming lessons, a bush walk to the local park, wondering the shops (especially the pet shop), mama met ups or just lots of exploring around the house and playing. India usually has her daytime sleep from 11:30-2:30 (key word usually – as a mum you learn to be flexible). This gives me a window to explore the world of business, get creative, educate myself, send emails and tend to anything that needs my attention. Afternoons are spent hanging out as a family. Lots of chatting with Pete and playing with India. If Mumlife has been a tough day, Pete will encourage me to go and have some time to myself while he starts India’s bedtime routine. Dinner, bath, book, boobie & bed. Then it’s our time. Usually consists of us having dinner, talking for sometimes hours, prep for the next day, teeth and bed.

Lisa & Indi
What drove you to create your Instagram account/business @indi.girl?

Creating my @indi.girl Insta account has been fuelled by my love for my daughter and my drive to share, help and inspire others. It’s been quite the journey and I’m learning more each day about who I am, where I want to be and my strong passion to help others. The product side of Indi Girl is my unique, handmade Baby Comforters to give other mamas a tool to comfort their little ones. They are practical, safe, universal and super stylish. Since creating Indi Girl I have a profound desire to share my personal experience through motherhood and life. I may not have the most perfect pictures, and beautifully worded stories but I have a big heart and a love for video and that’s where I come to life. For now I’m enjoying the journey, documenting my experiences, thoughts and feelings. I can feel big things ahead.

@indi.girl newest product, made with love “the comforter”

What do you think attracts women to your site?

I think it’s because I care, I genuinely care about people – all people not just mums.. and if I have an experience that I can share, good or bad and it helps someone else out, I feel happy. I have this energy of wanting to always better the people around me in a natural way. An old friend only messaged me a few days ago and she said ‘I want to say thank you from all the mummas out there that struggle to have a voice, I watch your page and read your posts and it gives me sense of belonging, knowing that a real person that actually exists has some real thoughts and feelings on motherhood. It’s probably the hardest thing we will ever do in life raising children, I’m just thankful I have somebody like you who is making things like motivation a little more easier to take on. People like your posts and pictures, but I just honestly wanted to say thank you. Your making a difference your making my time as a mother easier. Thank you for your beautiful look on life xxxxx’.

“awww thanks Lisa that is so kind of you to say…blushing”

Lisa & Indi

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’. – Eden Ahbez. 

Can I do 2 pretty please? ‘If you are not in a state of either acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find your creating suffering on yourself and others.’ – Eckhart Tolle.

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Daily. Even if it’s squats while brushing my teeth before bed… everyone does that right? Haha.

“Yes girl I do it too haha”

You recently started Pilates (and killing it babe) please tell me what gave you the courage to start something new?

Yes I completed a 6 Week Reformer Pilates Challenge at @pilates.place the end of last year. Pairing it with morning walks, Intermittent Fasting and eating for my Ayurveda doshas, I received great results. The courage to try something new stemmed from that voice ‘I’ve had enough’. I didn’t want to use ‘the baby’ excuse anymore. I literally whole heatedly just wanted my body to be healthy. The time will pass you by anyway – we all have the power and the choice to make healthy decisions and it’s through consistency.

Completion of her 8 week Pilates challenge! You Babe!

Favourite activewear?

Favourite active wear would be Lululemon, Lorna Jane and Pure Dash. I live in active wear so the investment to feel sexy & comfortable at once is worth it!

Go to healthy recipe?

My bestie in the kitchen is my Vitamix. My go-to recipe is my fav green smoothie.  Spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, ginger, lemon, water, ice. I often add Chlorophyll or matcha green tea powder as well.

Lisa has a love for green smoothies, check out her page for inspiration.

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/Instagram page?

Hmmm if I’m super honest – don’t put pressure on yourself to post the perfect picture, at the perfect time with the perfect hashtags. It can be time consuming – just let it all come naturally.. In saying that I can’t help but admire the prettiness, well worded and structured pages I follow. Haha. Just do what makes your heart happy, some people are more visually creative then others, some write really well and some of us well.. we just have a go, keep it real and hope for the best. 

What is something you practice every single day?

Everyday I meditate. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, on my walk, or going to bed.

What does self love mean to you?

Self love to me means to be present and conscious in your body and to love all of you. Love your thoughts, love your actions and love your body and they will love you back.

Perfect date night with your man?

Aww the perfect date night with Pete – straight up I have to say we’re not massive ‘date night’ people. However the perfect time shared together would be a ‘day date’ haha. We would get up early, jump in the car and head to the coast. Brekky + coffee first and then hit the beach with our surf boards, grip ball and beach umbrella. There would be lots of tan time, reading, chatting, listening to music and swims. If we’re talking a real day date (before babies) it would include a cheeky beach beer, a late lunch and a quick skate board.. actually it would probably turn into a random night away!🙌 Oh Lordy I would loveeee this right now… 

Lisa and Hubby at their baby shower.

Can you share with us a perfect #mumlife moment you have had with your gorgeous Indi?

Perfect #mumlifemoment.. I’ve got tears in my eyes thinking about this. When India Rose came into the world it was the ultimate #mumlifemoment. Time had completely froze, I remember her scream and then pure contentment when she hit my chest. Her wide eyes locked on us, staring intently from mummy to daddy and back again. It still gives me goose bumps! Becoming a mother has been the ultimate gift and has opened my heart more than I thought was possible. 

Indi 2 weeks old.



One struggle you would like to share as a mumma?

My biggest struggle since becoming a mama is the early days of breast feeding. I read Tahlia’s #showtherealyou and could really sympathise with her experience. Breast feeding is soooo much harder then I ever imagined as a first time mum. My milk was flowing nicely, we had ‘great attachment’ and India was putting on weight… but that did not stop the excruciating pain every single time she fed- and wowza does a newborn feed a lot! My pain thresh hold must be through the roof because I sucked it up for way too long thinking it was ‘normal’. It is not normal to be in incrediable amounts of pain and for your baby to be vomiting blood… I am so passionate about spreading the word to seek help, get a second or third opinion if you need too. Use a pump, bottle or formula if you need to, whatever it takes. I remember feeding India in tears cringing in pain… missing out on that mother/baby feeding bond that I so longed for. After 6weeks we seen a specialist and India had a tongue tie. Problem solved with a very tramatised mama. Anyway, how does that saying go – acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm.. I accepted it, healed and let it go. I’m proud to say India is 13months old and is still brest fed. However to all the mamas out there FED is BEST!

Lisa breastfeeding Indi.
Thank you Lisa for sharing a fragment of your beautiful life story with us. If you wish to get to know Lisa a little more check out her Instagram here. @indi.girl 💗🙏🏼