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Wellness
Published Monday Mar 02, 2020 by Mindbody Team

#WomeninWellness: Sadie Lincoln, Owner of barre3

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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! 
 

You started barre3 in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, and now it has grown to include more than 158 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs, plus an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98+ countries. What inspired you to start barre3? 

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.  
 

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What started as a workout has blossomed into a full-blown movement made up of millions of people focused on body positivity and being empowered. How has barre3 shaped what success in fitness means?  

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.   
 

To someone who has never been to a barre3 class, what can they expect? (How can they prepare/what should they bring/what are the classes like?)  

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.  
 

You’ve been featured on Inc.'s Female Founders 100 list and on NPR's How I Built This, you speak regularly on the topics of mindful leadership, and the power of body wisdom. So, what’s next for you?   

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!  

Sadie Lincoln and her daughter


You're a business owner, a global spokesperson, a wife, and a mom. How do you have time to practice self-care and wellness yourself?  What’s your go-to wellness routine?  

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.  
 

What does wellness personally mean to you? How can we (the public) start on our own wellness journeys?   

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!
 

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Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

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Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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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.