Meet Joy!

You've seen her name on the schedule the last two months. You've thought about possibly coming to Pilates & Barre on a Thursday night, but something else came up. Maybe you've come to Joy's classes before, and you've loved them - but you don't know much about her. 

We are bringing Joy to YOU! Learn a little more about our instructors on our blog every so often as we interview and introduce them to you in a different way! You may learn something about them you wouldn't have expected! :)

1. How long have you been a Pilates and barre instructor?

I've been teaching Pilates for almost 5 years.  I always used many Barre moves in my Pilates classes, but just recently began teaching Barre.


2. What brought you to teaching Pilates?

I fell in love with Pilates over 10 years ago.  Fitness was just becoming part of my life and I broke my foot.  As I was healing I began doing different Pilates videos at home to just get moving and somewhat active again.  I couldn't believe how long and lean it made me feel.  Over the course of a few months I noticed the strength in my core and everywhere else and my flexibility was remarkably improved.  I also loved the feeling of finally mastering a move I never thought I could and that I always had to modify.  I always explain to my students how important the modifications are...they truly make you stronger.  I simply had to share my love of this practice with others and that's why I decided to get certified.  

3. How has Pilates and barre changed you? Physically and/or mentally. 

Pilates has certainly changed me both physically and mentally.  Physically I am so much stronger than I was before I starting practicing.  The strength I built in my core as a result of Pilates, made so many other types of fitness doable for me.  I am also much more confident and I am very happy and proud of my body.  Before I discovered my love for Pilates, my weight was a constant struggle.  Pilates changed that.  In addition to the physical benefits I reaped many mental ones.  I learned the importance of patience. 

Next, I learned the importance of consistency  and perseverance.  I needed all those things to practice Pilates at the level I do today and that carries over to daily life.      

4. What intrigued you about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre?

After taking a few months off from instructing I was so excited to join the team at Home Yoga & Barre.  I couldn't wait to get back and share my love of of yoga, barre and Pilates with others.  I absolutely love the way the studio is so involved in the community that it is located in.  I think that's so important.  Of course, I also looked forward to working with Jonelle and Alyssa and meeting new friends in fitness.    

5. What's your favorite post class meal or snack?! 

This is a tough one!  I usually make protein shake that combines protein powder with frozen berries, spinach, almond milk and flax-seed.  Currently I am also obsessed with Quest protein bars, the chocolate peanut butter is my favorite!    

6. Complete this phrase..."On a typical Saturday you can find me..."

On a typical Saturday you could find me spending time with my husband, our families, or our friends.  I normally get up and get my workout done in the morning so I have the rest of the day to do what I need to.  My husband and I are big football fans, so during football season you could find us watching Penn State!  

Join Joy this Thursday evening at 7pm for Pilates & Barre! Why not try something new and get ready for the weekend?! 

Barre 101

So you've seen our posts on our daily schedules, and this class that keeps popping up - "bear-ie".

We've heard this a bunch of times since we have opened and think it is time to let you know what Barre ("BAR") really is!

If you're looking for a basic description of this class and its benefits, check out this post!

Barre is a very underestimated workout, and it is MORE than "just a workout"! Both, Jonelle and Alyssa - owners of Home Yoga & Barre - are no strangers to lifting heavier weights in traditional gyms. 

"I was surprisingly sore for a few days after my first few Barre classes," says Alyssa.

We often hear that people want to become more "toned" and want to get back into shape - well this will help with that!

The light weights used in barre provide enough resistance to really pump up your muscles, but also elongating and stretching them in some of the movements of Barre. After each "pump" movement, classes usually involve some variation of yoga and elongation - bringing blood rushing to the area that was just working to lift the weight. This is what provides that "toned" look.

Barre is very low impact. Can't run or jump? Have knee issues? This workout may be for you. It is actually a great rehabilitation exercise that incorporates a good sweat and flexibility training all in one!

Barre is also more than a workout, in the way that our teachers encourage you to breathe throughout. Every movement is accompanied by an inhale OR an exhale, which will help you to relax the mind and release tension just like in a regularly scheduled yoga class.

Never tried Barre before? Join us! Our classes are small and intimate, so the instructor can properly help each and every student if they need to be corrected during movements, and all classes are appropriate for beginners.

Have more questions about Barre? Call us at 570-406-6030 or Email us at


What is Barre?

Barre is a popular fitness class that is making women all over the country feel beautiful and strong. Barre is founded on the principles of disciplined movement that include a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, and strengthening. Depending on the instructor Barre includes traditions and movement from ballet, yoga, pilates, strength training, and cardiovascular exercise. During most Barre classes a barre is used to help maintain balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Most classes are 55-60 minutes long and start with a warm up and a sequence of upper-body exercises, which target the biceps, triceps, chest, and back muscles. Next, you will use the ballet barre and your own body weight to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Followed by an abdominal series and then stretches to help increase your flexibility and muscle recovery.

Our instructors design their own style of classes, so pay attention to the class descriptions to see which class suits you. We guarantee you will enjoy them all and notice benefits from all that our Barre classes and instructors have to offer. 


  • YOU: your own body weight- (the most important piece of equipment in a Barre class) 
  • Yoga mat
  • Ballet barre
  • Light hand weights
  • Pilates balls


  • Better posture
  • Weight loss
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Better balance
  • More flexibility
  • Awareness of your mind and body
  • Increased strength
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Increased bone density
  • Improved cognitive functioning


  • Do I need to wear socks? Most classes are done in bare feet, however if you would like to add some traction there are many options for barre socks out there. We will be selling some at the studio for anyone interested. 
  • Is Barre cardiovascular? Of course it is! Your heart rate will go up and down, and up and down again. : )
  • Can I take Barre classes if I am pregnant or recently had a baby? As always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. 
  • Are private sessions available? Yes, we do offer private sessions if you would like to get a better feel of the positions. We also offer private “theme” classes for children’s birthday parties or bachelorette parties. The possibilities are endless. Contact us for more information.
  • Are prior dance skills required? Absolutely NOT! All types of people take our classes. We offer modifications and our instructors will make sure you are in the right position.
  • Will Barre classes help tone the body? Yes! Barre helps burn your muscles to the fullest potential and stretches and elongates that same muscle group. You may end up with some of these amazing results: smaller waistlines, thinner thighs, lifted, stronger seats, and flatter abs. Come check it out for yourself- what do you have to lose? Besides maybe some of those extra pounds ;)

*Private and semi private Barre sessions are available upon request. 

Did this help you learn what Barre is all about?! Suggestions are welcomed!