Barre classes combine the principles of ballet, pilates and yoga into a full body, low impact workout. The class breaks down lower and upper body exercises into components and focuses on isometric movements through repetition. This allows focus on the muscle engagement and avoids the use of momentum to perform each sequence. Upper body combinations are included in the classes and can be done with or without weights. Floor barre work is incorporated into the classes which is ideal for those that wish to avoid pressure on the joints. Moving the workout to the mat, shifts the focus to pelvic stability, proper turnout and breaks down leg positions in detail.
In many ways, floor barre is more challenging because there is less tendency and opportunity to transfer weight into the supporting leg during the movements. In floor barre, students cannot rely on or lean on the barre, and therefore the focus is on technique. This prepares the body for standing barre work.
Barre classes offer the following benefits:
• Improves posture and balance • Increases body awareness and proper alignment • Strengthens the gluteal and thigh muscles • Improves turnout or external hip rotation • Isometric movements increases strength in the smaller muscle groups - the idea of lift, tone, shake. • Stretching is an important component done at the end of class, to improve flexibility over time. • Challenges concentration during movements
Each class will be different - there is never the same class twice! There are endless possibilities with barre, to challenge the body in a different way each time you attend the class. I change up the music to keep classes fresh and creative.
No dance experience is necessary to enjoy this class. It is suitable for everyone. It is a great class for anyone returning from an injury (modifications provided) and ideal for pregnant women. Please inform the instructor before class if you are returning from an injury or if you are pregnant. This will allow for a discussion regarding which exercises to avoid or modify based on the class plan.