Fitness Files: Gina Soni Founder of The Happy Yogi

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Gina Soni is the founder and creator of Gina the Happy Yogi. Gina is the perfect example of how you can train your mind and body to create a fit and healthy lifestyle. Similar to myself she turned her passion of fitness into a career! Keep reading to learn more about Gina and her philosophy for realistically staying on track! 

NMFIT: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Gina Soni (GS): I was always a high achiever at school when it came to sport.  Hurdles, Netball, Women's Football, Hockey, anything competitive and I was there.  It’s a shame I did not push myself further for me to develop my skills at school but certain home factors got in the way, which lead me, further into studying a different field. I soon realized that I could keep the balance between work, life, and sport and then joined a gym near my house.

Patrick a kick arse teacher inspired me tremendously and I always looked forward to attending his classes because they were fun, energetic, wicked music and there was a flare about him.  He certainly was the one for me to take the next step in starting my fitness journey.  As well as attending university, keeping a part-time job I decided to study part-time for my fitness diploma and gained an accolade of qualifications.  Scott Pilates, Personal Training, Les Mills Programs, Boxercise, Schwinn Spinning.   The list goes on.

My parents were not excited with me teaching as they are a little conservative but they soon supported me when my reputation grew with my teaching and the knowledge I had acquired. Always follow your passion; my passion always lied in fitness and regardless of which avenue I took it came back to my passion.

Now the interesting part is, how did I find YOGA?

Even though I was always into fitness I was never into Yoga because I liked to sweat and do a lot of cardio, and if I was going to spend any personal time for myself it was going to be at the gym working out. My father became extremely ill and the gym was just not doing it for me. So I tried something different, Hot Yoga!

It met all my needs with a total transformation, so I then decided to embark on a new journey. YOGA!  Yoga helped me mentally to come to terms with my mental balance.

Gina Soni

Gina Soni

NMFIT: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

GS: I always make sure I have fruit in my bag and home.  Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts with cranberries for the sugar fix are always packed in portion size and in my bag.  This stops the instant craving one gets throughout the day and after the gym.  I have tapped into a few diets as being a trainer you have to try them all for you to be able to give them advice.  I have never followed any set diet, but have always eaten healthy.

What does healthy mean?  You can follow all the diets and read follow the celebrities’ food plans but the truth is you have to find what works for YOU! Most of it is common sense

  • Eat little, but often.
  • Balance your diet.
  • This took me a long time to find out.
  • Until now.

I always steered away from fast food and only consumed.  Vegetables, water, nuts, Yogurt, fresh juice’s, and when I did eat fast food I felt so guilty afterward or I would overeat.  Now I do not deprive myself I still eat very well but also eat fast food too sometimes but I make sure I keep the balance.

If I have a naughty day I make sure I also have a few good days thereafter supplemented with exercise.  This is the key!  It takes a lot of effort, mindfulness and most of all DISCIPLINE.

NMFIT: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?

GS: As well as my food I balance my exercise routines.

  • Weights
  • Boxing
  • Yoga
  • Classes
  • Spinning
  • Walking

I read a lot and try to stay focused, it's not easy. My spiritual practice keeps me on track and positive people around me.


NMFIT: How do you change your body? 

GS: Self-discipline, this is the secret to success, I battle with this most of the time.  But you have to train your mind to stop and not carried away.I try to surround myself with healthy people and recite mantras. Do whatever works for YOU!

Additional go-to tips include:

  • Drink lots of liquids
  • Move your body first thing in the morning
  • Enjoy indulging
  • Eat in the afternoon.
  • Plan on three meals with freedom to snack
  • Make healthy choices for late night meals.
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Find a partner to work together with
  • Make the end goal fun
  • Cook at home

NMF: What are your fitness favorites?

GS: Everyone has their own favorites, depending on training style and preference, and I’m stoked to show mine. Let’s kick off! 

  • Running
  • 100 squats
  • 100 sit-ups
  • and 50 push ups a day

Divide them up but do them and it works for ME ! FIND YOUR FAVORITE and then switch it up every month.

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