When I was little I remember going to Ballet class every Saturday morning. Mom would have to drag me to class, up a steep and very narrow stairway and the old lady teacher that smelled like cigarettes and coffee, would put us all in a line against the wall and where we would hang on to “The Barre” while we practiced Plie’s in different positions and the crotch of my tights would always be sagging to my knees. I hated it, I was never going to be a dancer.
So yesterday when my favorite Yoga instructor said “We are going to go to The Barre” I hoped she was talking about drinks, but once I realized what she meant, I got nervous and remembered those positions that my feet were never be able to do from when I was a kid and hoped she wasn’t going to make us do “Ballet”
It wasn’t “Ballet” at all but strength training moves that kicked my ass, but also made sense to me. Maybe it’s because I am older and wiser about my body now and I know how it feels when I am really strengthening my body and getting stronger, or maybe it’s because I have better yoga pants now, whatever the reason, I feel longer and stronger and my yoga practice has gotten better too. We worked glutes, quads, calves, arms and even abs and not once did I feel like I was back in ballet class.
So do not be afraid of The Barre, it’s a whole new Barre than the one from Ballet class. It’s a little Yoga, a little Pilates and a whole lot of strength training. After any of the Barre classes, Yoga/Barre or Pilates/Barre, my body feels so much smarter, if that makes any sense….and then I go to a real bar.
Let’s say you’ve only got one hour to work out, so you need to use that time as effectively as possible. Your workout regimen should include cardiovascular training, muscle toning, and stretching: Cardio has all that, and gets you in and out in an hour. The class is athletic-driven, and incorporates sports drills, calisthenics, weights and resistance tubes to push muscles to fatigue, and also includes ab work and stretching. Class ends with ab work and stretching. Burn fat and tone your entire body, and still be on time to your meeting, or date, or piano lesson, or talk show, or wherever life leads you..
And anyway, eventually you’ll enjoy yourself so much you will look forward to checking “workout” off your daily to-do list!
All of our Yoga classes are taught in our brand new heated yoga studio, for the record, I said “Heated Yoga” and not “Hot Yoga”, which means we keep our temp, ( around 85-95 degrees) which is less than a traditional Bikram Yoga class. But plan on getting sweaty anyway.
The Firm has 7 Yoga instructors that bring over 34 years of combined Yoga Teaching experience whose certifications include 500 Hour+ E-RYT Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher and National Educator, Certified Astanga, Bikram and Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Reiki Master, and CorePower L1, In a Firm Yoga class (Y) we teach Vinyasa or Power Yoga, which is a continual flow of Hatha yoga poses to create internal heat in your body, which in turn produces a cleansing and detoxifying effect. It’s intense, educational and vigorous. There is no chanting, no sage-burning, no angry militant instructors. There is an emphasis on breath, strength, stamina and flexibility. You will find your core strength, eventually be able to lift your own body weight, challenge your flexibility and balance, work on inversions (which are cheaper and better for you than Botox or plastic surgery), and learn meditation and breathing techniques to help you in a stressful world.
In Firm Yoga Barre (YB) or Firm Yoga Weights (YW) each class is different, you might use hand weights or the ballet bar, but they all integrate variations on standing series, balancing series, floor work, core-strengthening, and tons ofglute andbutt work. These classes are designed to make your muscles longer and stronger while the yoga portion improves your flexibility. You will have a great workout in all of these classes but not feel like you got run over by a dump truck afterwards….maybe just a Prius. If you want a pure Barre class check out the description for Barre.
At The Firm we want you to relax and focus on your practice not logistics, this starts with The Firm’s easy freeway access, plenty of free parking, lots of showers, full juice bar, and convenient Yoga Classes in Downtown Minneapolis. We also schedule many of The Firm Yoga Classes and Yoga Barre or Yoga Weights classes to be sandwich between other classes so you can take an awesome spin class or cardio training and then a yoga class afterwards. Easy as Savasana. Namaste.