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As we celebrate International Women's Day, we want to acknowledge the wonderful, badass women making an impact in their industries and on the world. International Women's Day is more than just one day a year to recognize strong ladies; it's a celebration of those who deserve to be celebrated. In this installment, we are talking to Sadie Lincoln, owner of barre3. Her accomplishments include growing a single studio into a women-powered franchise, inspiring other female entrepreneurs with mindful leadership, and developing a full-on fitness movement. Here's everything you need to know about this awesome woman!
Barre3 was inspired by many long, philosophical conversations with my husband about what was preventing us from living fully in our bodies and being present in our lives. We felt lonely as a couple and longed for a career that felt connected, because instinctually we knew community was the foundation of our wellbeing. We kept asking ourselves, "Is it possible to create a company that doesn't feel like ‘work’ because it is truly human-centric, and the financial model depends on being kind to one another?"
I had been in the fitness industry for over a decade, with many of those years teaching group exercise and silently struggling with negative body image and shame around my chronic lower-back pain. Fitness became a chore and a fight with my body to the finish line—to an imaginary ideal that I was conditioned to believe equaled success. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a profound shift in my fitness mindset. I began working out to be fully present, compassionate, and alive in my body—just as it was. And I fell back in love with moving and with my body.
But I was only successful with this strategy with my at-home yoga practice. I wanted to bring this empowered way of exercising into a group-exercise environment. So, my husband and I created a class that delivered a challenging workout that balanced the body and empowered all people from within. Shedding the external motivations is incredibly rewarding. We reframed modifications from something you do when you need an easy way out to something you do when you are confidently standing up for what your body needs. And lastly, we wanted a workout that honored new parents. We were in that stage of life with two babies in tow. That's why we have childcare in most of our studios to this day.
We see our classes as more than a workout. Every single class we teach is a practice of letting go of external measures of success. By focusing on the present, we practice letting go of striving for ideals that are based in the future and, frankly impossible to reach because they are either an image of someone else or an imagined version of who we think we need to be to in order to be worthy, winning, sexy, and successful. At barre3, we have reframed success in fitness to be about being honest, empowered, and deeply connected to our bodies just as they are at this very moment. When we practice moving in alignment with our authentic truth, we build a healthy and rewarding relationship with exercise. I dream of a world where future generations are born into a new conditioning that celebrates and honors our bodies just as they are. Our clients are a part of this movement, and it is really exciting to see it take hold across our whole platform and beyond our company.
First, let’s go over what NOT to expect. You don't have to be fit, flexible, coordinated, or fluent in barre or any other exercise modality. We keep it simple and give you permission each and every step of the way to make choices that challenge you just enough. Barre3 combines strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness all in one. What I love the most about our class is our very specific way of teaching that gives you full permission to modify moves and get exactly what you need out of the workout. Expect infectious music and great group energy in balance with autonomy and taking care of yourself.
I am getting out in the world, connecting with other people and organizations who resonate with our message. One of my favorite things to do is guide our Experience B3 retreats. The next one is in April and at one of my favorite places, Brasada Ranch, in Bend, Oregon. Beyond retreats, I am focused on joining forces with other organizations and thought leaders who are aligned with our mission and vision. We are more powerful when we come together!
For me, it starts with reframing wellness as something I practice on a daily—and sometimes hourly—basis. It can be big things like going on a retreat or small things like taking three giant breaths before walking into a meeting. Wellness is about moments when I become compassionately aware of imbalances in my life and body and then take a step toward a more balanced state.
I define wellness as simply paying attention on purpose to what I need. Listening and honoring my authentic and truest self. As for a tip, I will borrow a question we empower our barre3 clients with each and every class: "What do I really need right now?" Listen closely to your answer, and proceed with purpose.
Want to try it for yourself? Find a barre3 near you and book a class!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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