Why Do Yoga

You've seen more businesses popping up with this word "YOGA" very prominent in the names. The first you heard of this was on the 90's TV show, "Sex And the City". Since then, you've wondered what yoga is, and why - mostly - women like it.

If you're not aware, September is National Yoga Month. We won't get into the history of yoga just yet, since that is enough for a whole other post, but I will tell you that there are a whole slew of reasons you should try yoga!

  1. Exercise. Yoga is relaxing AND it is a form of exercise. Search YouTube and you will find yoga practitioners effortlessly flowing through a yoga practice - except they aren't effortlessly doing anything. Yoga is more difficult than it looks, mainly because our bodies are so tight! Which leads me to our next reason.
  2. Flexibility. You lift weights alot. You run. You also sit at a desk everyday and drive a car to get to that desk! This all leads to us being tight AND weak - regardless of what you may think - a tight muscle is NOT also a strong muscle. Yoga improves our range of motion, which improves all of these other activities and also our comfort level and strength while doing them!
  3. Stress Relief and Better Breathing. These two are tied together for good reason. While practicing yoga, you will learn to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth, usually. This is because inhaling and exhaling through the mouth actually increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Nasal breathing increases your lung capacity and circulation of blood throughout the body, making it able to detoxify itself, and this way of breathing increases performance during runs and other activities! Try it and see!
  4. Weight Management. We aren't burning a whole ton of calories in most yoga classes, but we all know that when we are stressed out, aren't sleeping enough, overtraining or not getting enough water - our body is in a state of stress. Therefore, our body secretes a hormone called cortisol. This is something that bloats a majority of us and stores belly fat. We are "off balance" in some way when this happens. Well, yoga regulates this hormone. It brings us physically and mentally back to balance. Yoga also helps us to be more mindful of our body and mind, which also means being more thoughtful about what we are eating, which often comes with the side effect of losing weight.
  5. Present. A good asana (physical yoga) and meditative practice will help bring you to the present moment. It encourages us to accept things and people as they are. It changes our perspective and allows us to enjoy just "being" rather than always moving forward.

These are only a few of the ways yoga can improve your life. If you'd like to learn more about yoga, join us for our Beginner's Workshop this October! Click here for more information.

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. 

Equipment:

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

Benefits:

  • 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

FAQ’s:

  • 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!