This is SALA – a new boutique gym located in a refurbished factory in the heart of Ponsonby, Auckland. The journey to opening SALA began when yoga instructor Sarah Lindsay, who has moved from London to make New Zealand her home, couldn’t find a ‘home’ for her practise.
For Sarah, a lot of Auckland gyms seemed hyper-masculine and intense, with a work-harder-be-your-best-self-8-week-challenge sort of culture. That wasn’t for her. Sarah wanted to find a place that embodied her desire to be healthy and to take care of but more importantly to enjoy her body, and her desire to surround herself with like minded people.
So she designed SALA as an antidote – a place where you can come and feel at home, and where no one expects you to be any better than you already are. I love that. There’s also no contracts locking people in, and with 12 different types of classes, there really is something for every body – whether that body wants to feel stronger, fitter, or more flexible, just dance, feel in flow, or be restored and grounded.
Of course, it was the design that caught my eye. Minimal, and modern, simple and serene, and with lots of little details that you can’t see in these sexy pictures, like natural hair and body care products waiting for you in the bathrooms, and thick rubber Lululemon mats so you don’t have to bring your own. And I just love a story of shaking up a category, especially when its done by a young woman who puts design as a priority.