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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 05, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Career Advice from 8 Female Bar Method Studio Owners

Motivation
Personal Growth
Expert Advice
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Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

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Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!