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Movement is POWER

Article by Barre  and yoga  instructor Sarah Schulman Don't miss Sarah’s Instagram takeover,  follow us here!

Article by Barre and yoga instructor Sarah Schulman
Don't miss Sarah’s Instagram takeover, follow us here!

Dreamers — Movement is Your Power

When was the last time you cranked the music up and just let loose? Shook you hips and let your hair down, I mean wildly down?  Been a minute? That’s ok, this blog will still be here, so go crank up your favorite throwback or Beyoncé song and just rock out for a minute. 

How good did that feel?

A little silly, goofy? Maybe, but did it also feel freeing and liberating? It probably did. 

 Here’s the thing, your fitness routine should be fun for you.  If you’re not enjoying it, it’s just another “thing” you “should” do.  And that “should” is what sets people up for failure when it comes to their health and fitness.  Taking the pressure of yourself to get in a workout will likely give you better results; like, feeling happy, confident and ready to just rock it - whatever that is for you, moving will help.  

Moving your body is and always will be powerful.

I choose to dance and shake my hips. It makes me feel sexy and confident. But most importantly I feel fearless.  Because at first what I really feel is silly and ridiculous but once I surrender and release my insecurities I have around how I may look, I understand how much power there is in that whole practice of move, shake, jump, release.  And that practice takes all of a 4 minutes in a song. 

How you move is like having a conversation with yourself, through yourself, for yourself. 

It’s allowing your hips to glide and take you into a hair whip. It’s about letting the inhale lift your arm and finding your own way into a forward fold.  It’s about hearing the beat of the music and getting lost in the rhythm of the movement and maybe for a moment all your fears and cares have faded from your mind. And at that second, maybe you can tiny dip a little more or sync deeper into your shape.

And damn, THERE. IS.YOUR.POWER!  

How do you communicate with yourself? Do you stand in front of a mirror and say “you’re amazing”! 

I sure do. I talk to myself in the shower and in the car, and I don’t know a single person who doesn’t do this.  And the expression of your body and the movement is an extension of this communication. How you move and converse with the world is going to be different from each day.  For this reason, don't put so much pressure on yourself.

You’re doing great.

You show up and have fun. And some days maybe that means dancing naked in the living room to your favorite 80’s pop song. 

Here’s the thing, and I emphasize this a lot, this movement practice I speak of is really all about being intentional.  It is not about moving to just simply lose weight or get ready to fit in a swimsuit. Those things might happen as a reaction to joy and fun you’re having while building community and sweating to the tunes in barre class.  But that’s because you are able to fully drop in and be present with yourself and the like minded people around you. The studies show that when you are happy and in a flow state, things like feeling good in your body happen seamlessly.  

So moving with intention, why do it?  

Why do you move? Why do you come to the studio for Barre and Yoga? Why do you take walks in your neighborhood? Why is it that when that one song comes on you just can't help but start to move and sway?  What physically action brings you joy or confidence? What is the one thing you can do daily to just feel like, I got this? Some people take a power pose before a big meeting or a big day to elicit confidence (watch this TedTalk on it). And these shapes can be made in any type of movement, be it yoga, tiny lifts in barre or just pausing during a walk.  

The things that feel good to you are the fitness activities that empower you.

And the empowerment is what makes you feel and embody your own personal strengths everywhere you go. And this is what we as instructors are striving to do for you as a community. So again, ask yourself what moves you and why, and keep on moving that way.

With love,
Sarah

pssst! Dreamers, the Summer Soulfood Challenge boards are UP in each studio. Feel free to write your name and track your attendance on the board. Achieve 4 classes in 9 weeks for an exclusive Bohemian class experience and entry into the raffle for 1 Year of Unlimited Barre & Yoga!



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Meet Sarah

Teaching Barre allows me to take my skills from dance and my musicality to create a fun and empowering class. I love watching the students on their journey, and that's what get's me up early for those 6am classes!

My two ambitions in life are to be happy and stay balanced, in what ever life throws at me. I hope to bring this to my community and grow from everyone around me.  I want to continue working with dancers, yogis, athletes, you name it and help them find their balance in their bodies with movement. 

Book a class with Sarah! click here!

5 Ways to Cultivate Resilience NOW

Article by Barre Bohemian instructor    Heidi Amirra    Don't miss Heidi's Instagram takeover,    follow us here!

Article by Barre Bohemian instructor Heidi Amirra
Don't miss Heidi's Instagram takeover,
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Dearest Dreamers, 

We made it. Again, we made it through the long grey months of our beautiful Pacific Northwest. We kept our heads held high and our eyes on the horizon, trusting the promise of yet another glorious summer. We obediently waded through the days and weeks in our Hunter boots and water-resistant parkers to drip dry as the clouds parted and we felt the warm rays of the sun fall on our faces once more. 

We are the living and breathing models of resilience. 

One might assume that resilience is the act of enduring. The presence of grit. And while that’s not inaccurate, defining resilience as a show of fortitude is not quite complete. It bypasses the most beautiful part of the word. Quite simply: Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. 

It’s not about how well we suffer, but how well we adapt and settle back into ourselves after being shaken up. 

The good news is that the playing field is level.

We are not born with resilience. None of us are. Which means we all begin at the same place and we all have equal opportunities to hone this life-affirming skill. 

Now, learning a new skill can be daunting. I mean, have you ever decided to work on your patience? Only to be met by the universe giving you every single chance imaginable to practice being patient?

Or how about choosing to watch less T.V. the week before the new season of your favorite show hits Amazon. Or when you opt to eat less sugar the day a coworker brings in donuts? And the good ones too, not just grocery store donuts, Mighty-O donuts.

Suddenly, it’s as though you’ve never made a tough decision before in your life. As if this moment is the first time you’ve ever had to take a stand for yourself. 

But a stand isn’t a stand unless it’s met with opposition, right?

Without opposition, we’re just hanging out, going about our business. Furthermore, a stand is not a stand unless you know exactly where your feet are. In order to begin a new journey, or learn a new skill, we must identify where we currently are. There’s a whole lot of talk about destinations and about journeys, but I think there is an incredible amount of power in taking a really good look at where you are and identifying the state of your reality. Once that’s clear, even the slightest step forward can be celebrated. 

So, here are a few ways to develop your personal brand of resilience: 

  1. First, acknowledge that resilience is fluid and can look different in each area of your life (another reason it’s important to identify where you’re starting). You may have a tremendous amount of resilience at work, but perhaps not so much when it comes to managing your health, or vice versa.

  2. Second, take care of yourself. Take care of your body, your heart, and your mind. It’s hard to bounce back if you were on shaky ground to begin with.

  3. Third, look at opposition through the lens of opportunity, and do your absolute best to avoid turning up the drama when there’s a crisis.

  4. Fourth, master your thoughts. Try acknowledging your strength or determination instead of dwelling on how hard a task was.

  5. And finally, practice gratitude. Any chance you get. You’ll find it so much more simple to bounce back if you envelop your labor with gratitude. 

All my love,
Heidi

pssst! Dreamers, the Summer Soulfood Challenge boards are UP in each studio. Feel free to write your name and track your attendance on the board. Acheive 4 classes in 9 weeks for an exclusive Bohemian class experience and entry into the raffle for 1 Year of Unlimited Barre & Yoga!



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Meet Heidi

I just love Barre. I love it hard. My first barre class was like meeting my soulmate after a string of bad dates. I realised then that I wanted to pay this practice forward.

My classes are fun and unique.  I believe in the power of being in a community and drawing from the strength of a team and my classes exemplify that. All are welcome, no matter your experience, your fitness level or knowledge.  We’re all here to sweat, engage our bodies and get stronger and we do just that.

Book a class with Heidi, click here!

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