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Bar and Bay Wreath
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Published Friday Feb 14, 2020 by Fitt

BARRE + bay wreath Is Your New Go-to for Fitness, Coffee, Flowers, and More

Fitness
Barre

Located in Sorrento Valley, BARRE + bay wreath is an Insta-worthy, minimalist studio that’s raising the barre for fitness and community. And while you can definitely expect challenging, ballet-inspired, total-body toning workouts, the modern wellness brand is so much more than that.  

 

Small, But Mighty 

BARRE + bay wreath is also connected to a bohemian floral studio, coffee shop, and charming retail boutique, making it the ideal spot to hang out with your barre besties after class or to stop in on a lazy Saturday for a latte and a fresh flower arrangement. 

 

If you're swinging by for a workout, you're in for a real treat. The classes at this boutique space feature exercises studied and approved by physical therapists and are all about small movements and big results. Think isometric movements that fatigue, elongate, and stretch muscles to build strength and flexibility. That might sound easy, but trust us — it gets intense, fast. 

 

Don't worry, though, they offer a range of classes for all levels, so whether you’ve stepped up to the barre more times than you can count or you’re a complete tuck and pulse newbie, you'll find something for you. Plus, between their quick, 45-minute express workouts and their extended, 75-minute sessions, you’ll be able to get into the studio no matter what your schedule looks like. 

 

Get ROOTED with a classic technique breakdown complete with tried-and-true barre moves. Or, slow things down and sign up for their RESTORE class, a barre-based series that includes restorative stretching exercises meant to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. But if you’re ready to kick things up a notch, you can’t go wrong with RISE, a challenging, cardio-based mashup that’ll push you to your edge. Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own a pair, the studio has you covered. 

 

Barre + Blooms 

While we can’t get enough of BARRE + bay wreath's full-body barre classes, it’s hard not to get distracted by the dreamy marketplace at the front of the studio. A picturesque space filled with flowers, retail items, stationery sets, and some  seriously good coffee, we don’t blame you if you find an excuse to stay all day.  

 

So, order a cold brew and catch up with friends, channel your creativity in one of their bouquet making workshops, or snag a pre-made seasonal bunch on your way out the door. One thing's for sure — whether you’re heading over for a solid sweat or a killer cappuccino, you’re in for an afternoon of fun and good vibes. 

 

This article was originally published on Fitt.co.
 
About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

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