Once upon a time, not so long ago, a hen’s party meant only one thing: lots of drinking and lots of dancing (very possibly on board a stripper booze cruise). These days, however, bride tribes know just what their girl-of-the-moment wants: to feel gorgeous and to enjoy a beautiful, meaningful time with her girlfriends before the big day. Preferably one that she can remember the next day (#nohangover). And put on Instagram.
That’s where SoBa steps in, toes perfectly en pointe. Offering a genius range of barre (hence the toes reference), mat and mindfulness classes, the super-woke studio also offers a brilliant offsite option for pre-wedding girlie get-togethers.
Choose your favourite beach, park or spot in the rainforest anywhere from Noosa down to Byron Bay, and SoBa will bring a ‘Healthy Hen’s party’ to you. You and your squad will soak up the good vibes – and a healthy and delish fresh-fruit breakfast – after taking a morning class of yoga, pilates, meditation or a combination of all three, with nature providing the backdrop and the soundtrack, augmented by a personalised music playlist from SoBa.
Back in Brisbane, membership to SoBa is an inspired wedding gift.
A team of highly trained (and utterly lovely) instructors presides over 75+ classes each week across three studios, in West End, New Farm and Northside. It’s a place where you’re encouraged to be mindful, not mind-full, and where self-care and inner peace are the goal. Take the signature ‘Create your State’ mindfulness class and you’ll be halfway there.
Real bride advice
“My amazing bridesmaids organised the most perfect hen’s weekend for me in beautiful Noosa. All of the activities planned were a surprise and defined me perfectly, involving all things I love.
One of those experiences was a group barre class on Noosa Main Beach, run by the lovely girls from SoBa. I was almost in tears arriving at sunrise to find the beautiful setup on the sand. The girls from SoBa worked closely with my bridesmaid Yolanda to design a fun and interactive barre session that everyone would enjoy. The class ended with a relaxing meditation session – it was the best way to start the day!” Yasmin, happy bride.