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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
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, 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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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.