Neighbourhood Feature: SoulCycle YLTN

With a New Year kicking off, there is no better time to dive into goals (new and long standing!) and all of us at SoulCycle would be honoured to be a part of your journey to a passionate and healthy life.

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Daniela Dib, and I am a former professional dancer, and current SoulCycle/Yoga instructor as well as a Wilhemina model. My love for fitness sparked upon discovering SoulCycle in LA over two years ago after my first class. It was love at first ride! Upon becoming an instructor I taught between New York City and Los Angeles before moving back to my hometown of Vancouver to open our first SoulCycle! I could not imagine a more vibrant community to have set up in than Yaletown.

For those of you who have had the chance to ride with us at SoulCycle, yayyyyy we are so excited to have met you! If you have not jumped into a class yet, let me give you a quick rundown about what we do. Our class is a 45 min full body workout, which incorporates a weighted segment for the upper body. The room is dim, music is turned up (with a new playlist every class) and we allow ourselves to be pushed; all while encouraging mental strength. We ride to the rhythm of the music as a pack, and YES, SoulCycle is for EVERYONE! My riders include everyone from cardio novices like my mother to more seasoned types like professional athletes. Everyone is welcome (and everyone benefits)!!

A huge part of being a fitness instructor/motivator is about leaning into daily inspiration, diligence and purpose. It is impossible for instructors to half-ass our jobs, or to show up and not give our all.

Sometimes on our journey to change, we struggle to take those first steps. Whether it be a new workout routine you want to try, bolstering your career or personal life, staying MOTIVATED and truly INSPIRED is a daily practice.

With that in mind, I decided to interview each of my fellow instructors (Abbey, Bridge, Francesco and Tori) to discover some of their tricks to staying healthy, well rested, fueled up and inspired to always give their all!

Abbey Ashley 

“How do you ensure you are sleeping enough for the demands of your job?”

 Discipline. I know my body, and I know for me to function and perform at a high level every single day I need to get a good nights sleep. I also am a NAP QUEEN. I truly believe that even just a 20-30 minute is a game changer for my body and also my mind. Sleep is so important not only to train at your highest potential but it is also so important for recovery. Your muscles recover, your mind resets and you even burn calories will catching those z’s.

“Who is someone who motivates you to work harder every day?”

My Mum. Two years she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. As soon as she and my family got the news, she flipped her mindset and approached this challenge to not only kick cancer but by referencing this obstacle as “just a detour” in her journey. So now, when big or small obstacles arise in my life, I listen to my strong Mum, “it is just a detour.”

“What advice would you give to someone who feels like they have plateaued in life?”

Shake it up! I believe that in life, we won’t change unless we make a change. Not just in fitness, but our careers, relationships, and really our overall happiness. For me trying new things, or doing things that make me step outside my comfort zone make me feel inspired. This can be anything from picking up a new book, going to a new work out, getting outside or taking an improv class. Change + facing challenges = progress.

Tori Katongo

“What is your favourite post-workout snack?”

Body energy smoothies.

“What artist are you obsessed with?”


“If you could leave someone with a phrase or mantra that resonates with you, what would it be?”

Wake up and commit to being the best version of you!

Francesco Ciano

“What is your favourite kind of smoothie?”

Best combination; absolutely my favourite: Blueberry, almond milk and almond butter. I also add dates instead of sugar to boost my energy levels a little.

“What artist are you obsessed with?”

David Guetta got all the feels but honestly, I have always been a huge fan of Jennifer Lopez, that latin vibe pumps blood through my veins. Her latest “Ni tu ni Yo” gets me out of control as well as the original “On the floor”… Ay Dios mio, I just want to dance RIGHT NOW!

“If you could leave someone with a phrase or mantra that resonates with you, what would it be?”

Stop worrying about what can happen in a month or in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do your hardest to get closer to where you want to be.

Bridge Hudson

“What is your favourite pre workout snack?”

When I’m feeling run down or low energy, I reach for something that’ll give me a natural sugar kick with a carb boost – bananas, raisins, grapes, apples and dates are my usual go-to sources.

“Who inspires you and why?”

My dad has always been a big inspiration in my life, particularly in terms of maintaining a positive attitude to life’s challenges and staying healthy and active. He has early onset rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that basically turns the immune system against the host, eating away at the cartilage in the body and causing a loss of mobility and a lot of pain and discomfort.  He’d always been active, he was an avid snow and water skier and played basketball and hockey throughout his life. By 35 he had to stop playing most sports and by 40 he couldn’t walk unassisted. He’s never complained – ever – about his “lot in life” and remains extremely positive and cheerful about life – all while raising and supporting 9 children and 19 grandchildren. He’s undergone several surgeries, most recently he had a titanium plate put into his wrist to help maintain use of his hand, and I still can’t think of a time he has ever uttered a negative word about it.

“How do you stay motivated to keep pushing through when you are physically tired?”

When I’m feeling particularly run down physically, I do something a little crazy. I’ll look into the mirror first thing in the morning and smile at myself. The act of smiling (even fake smiles) releases endorphins and often makes me laugh because it’s a funny thing to do. That little bump in endorphins   I also let myself indulge in an extra cup or 2 (or 3) of cold brew coffee or green tea on those days I feel really sluggish.

I believe sincerely that real change can start the moment you decide to make a new choice. The instant when you determine that there is real value in chasing goals despite setbacks or detours.

The last 6 months have been incredible, and we have been blessed to get to know so much of the community. I have felt particularly motivated by the amazing riders I have met. So much so that I started a blog of my own to highlight riders, inspire people and hold myself accountable for reaching new goals ( We hope to have the chance to sweat it out in a dark room with you soon!

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