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Published Wednesday Jul 17, 2019 by Studio Barre

Studio Barre Owners Bust These 4 Barre Myths

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Is this a workout, or ballet? Am I in good enough shape to take a class? What the heck is “tucking”? 

These are all questions that have raced through your mind when scrolling past a barre class in your area. Some of these unanswered questions may even stop you from booking, or trying a new workout. Let’s change that. 

With help from the coolest women owners of all four Studio Barre locations, here’s a breakdown of some of the most common myths and misconceptions, and what really goes on during a barre class. 
 

You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

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You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

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People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

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Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar