Looking to increase flexibility, boost metabolism and lengthen your muscles?

Looking to increase flexibility, boost metabolism and lengthen your muscles?

Yoga Barre is unlike any other class out there. Created by Nancy Norby, who has been a Barre teacher for over three decades and dancer for even longer. The focus of this class is about having a solid center and allowing your core to guide and uphold you throughout class. Similar to our other classes, Yoga Barre is held in a heated room, which leads it to have profound and cohesive muscle conditioning, along with being super detoxifying. The first time I tried Yoga Barre was with Nancy a few years ago. I remember thinking “this is the hardest class I’ve ever taken” and admittedly I was a bit intimidated. Then I came back and made sure I took the class at least 3 times a week during Hot 8 Yoga’s 30 Day Challenge. After 3 classes I already found myself becoming so much stronger at the Barre & on the mat. I was able to get past my edge and the muscle fatigue that seemed unbearable at first. Now I even have teachers telling me that they didn’t realize I was so flexible! Well neither did I! I’ve always had very tight muscles from being a long-distance runner and not stretching properly. Not only was Yoga Barre giving me strength in muscles I didn’t even know existed, but I was able to stretch deeply during class and felt balanced when I would leave. The unique combination of isometric movements to target specific muscles and yoga to elongate those muscles, create a harmonious relationship which has the power to transform your body. With the addition of light weights and resistance balls you begin to promote targeted muscle toning to heighten the workout. The secret is in the repetition, the goal is to fatigue the muscle — and that’s where the magic happens. The best part about Yoga Barre is it is 100% accessible to all, by focusing on proper alignment and all of the exercises being non-impact, it enables you to strengthen your body in a safe and effective way. Many people working through injuries have turned to Yoga Barre to help them rebuild mobility and strength in those injured areas. Don’t let the word barre fool you either, this isn’t just meant for dancers. Yes, you use the barre as a tool to balance or deepen stretches but it is essentially just an additive prop to help you dive deeper into the Yoga Barre practice. The use of asana, in addition to cardio and stretching, gives the class a meditative quality in the midst of the fast-paced sequences. Downward dog may be practiced to warm up the hamstrings, child’s pose to rest and plank for arm and core...

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Yoga Barre – A Yoga High & Lifted Booty

Yoga Barre – A Yoga High & Lifted Booty

Before coming to Hot 8, I was jumping from LivingSocial to Groupon fitness deal. I just couldn’t find any place that was worth the regular membership price. When I first started at Hot 8, I thought I would only be there for the intro month deal. However, through those first 30 days, I found that I was in the best state of being than I had been in a long time. With the stresses of a 50+ hour work week and various other activities, Hot 8 had become my sanctuary to escape from it all. Through my practice, I became more positive, the quality of my work got better, and I was just all around happy. Finally I found a place that had amazing teachers, a great community, and made me commit to bettering myself. Yoga barre quickly became one of my favorite classes as it would kick my butt yet give me a sense of calm. After a couple of months of my yoga high and lifted booty, I knew that I had to find a way to spread the benefits to others. When I saw the flyer for teacher training I decided to take a leap and go for it! Doing yoga barre teacher training was one of the best decisions I ever made. Yes, 4 weekends of Saturday/Sunday 12pm-6pm was tough but the benefits made it beyond worth it. I not only lost 4 pounds, but I gained heaps of confidence, more flexibility, knowledge of how the body works, and 10 amazingly beautiful new friends. Next up, I’ll be teaching community classes (only $8!) for the remaining Saturdays in February at 12:00pm and after that who knows!? The possibilities are endless! – Michelle...

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