Trainer Leah Simmons on Empowering Women to Improve Their Lives


What does it take to be really fit? Leah Simmons rewrote the rules for how we view health and fitness forever with KAAIAA; a fitness program to help people unleash the courage and strength in them to go beyond what they think is possible… and ultimately transform their lives. A certified Pilates instructor, PT and Kundalini Yoga teacher, Leah was achieving her fitness goals in the gym – yet something in her life was still missing. Physically, the training had made her strong and lean, but she still felt miserable. She found herself pondering the question, “If you look good, aren’t you supposed to feel good?”

An overwhelming feeling that there must be more drove Leah to a turning point in her journey. After moving to Bali with her family, she simplified her philosophy and created a transformational workout that trains four pillars of health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual through a combination of breathing work, body work, meditation and healing. integration. From there was born KAAIAA.

Marie Claire: Tell us more about the four pillars of health and why is KAAIAA focusing on these specifically?

Lea Simmons: I wanted to create a fitness program that not only changes your body … but could change your life as well. A real training of the mind, body and soul. So I did. And you can train your whole life in under an hour. We are made up of four pillars of health – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual – and “true physical shape” comes from looking after the health of ALL. Training our “physical” pillar is something that society seems to spend most of its time on, because it is the one where we can achieve tangible results… that is, results that we can “ see “. But more and more, we are seeing the effects of neglecting our other pillars – increasing rates of depression, anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicide. The training of our other pillars is so important to your overall health.

MC: How have you had to pivot your business since the last lockdown?

LS: Containment obviously forced me to close the door to my studio… but where one door closes, another opens! I was forced to embrace the online space fairly quickly, so I promised my community that I would be doing a free zoom class every day during the lockdown. I just finished day 72! I’ve stepped back slightly now – only offering 3 a week – still free. But what has been amazing to watch is the growing community. What started with 20 people in the zoom class has now grown to over 550 each day and continues to grow. I realized that both spaces (physical and digital) are important ways to connect with people.

MC: Stella and KAAIAA both have a common goal which is to empower women through education and support, how important is this overarching goal for you personally and for the KAAIAA network?

LS: KAAIAA aims to empower women to turn in on themselves to find the strength, confidence and courage they need to weather any storm. This inner self-confidence begins to manifest in their willingness to improve their own situation – through education, by addressing the things in their life that are potentially holding them back, to come out from behind their own shadows. And what’s beautiful is that it happens. These women are running away and it is incredible to witness it.

MC: Now hopefully the world comes out of pandemic life and looks to a brighter future, what are your plans for 2022?

LS: “It’s about growing the business and the community. KAAIAA’s vision is to ‘Transform the world … one workout at a time’ and that’s our goal. We will develop the online platform, create a virtual studio, organize online retreats and workshops and just broaden the vision! “

MC: Why do you think companies like Stella are so important?

LS: Being able to provide an experience where women feel seen and heard is so important in today’s climate. Women want a safe space to ask questions, receive information and seek help if they need it. They also want to feel like they’re not being exploited because of their gender, so offering a level playing field is a great place to start! Companies like Stella empower women to make decisions on what is right for them.

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