5 May 2019

My Experience with Barre Balance

Since January, my Sunday mornings have been spent at Barre class. Which incorporates ballet, pilates and yoga to deliver a strong body and balanced mind. And in just 4 months I have noticed such a positive impact both physically and mentally.

The classes are held by Natalie, founder and instructor of Barre Balance, who is quite frankly, a ray of bloomin' sunshine. It takes a lot for me to jump out of bed on a Sunday morning, but Natalie is always happy and ready to go. Her energy radiates throughout the class and boosts your mood as soon as you walk through the door.
The morning classes refresh any stress I've been carrying with me that week, help to set me up for the rest of the day and reset ready for the week ahead. We start by setting the intentions for the class - then after the barre and pilates workout we practise yoga and meditation - we reflect upon our intentions and think about something we are truly grateful for, and carry that throughout the rest of the day.

Barre is essentially a total body workout that efficiently sculpts a strong, lean, dancer's body. The technique blends ballet-barre inspired movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. However bad it burns or how much my legs tremble, we always leave the studio feeling happy, fit, and balanced.

Self Love
Possibly the most surprisingly pleasant result from Barre Balance is the community of wonderful, lovely and welcoming girls Natalie has created. As someone who has suffered with social anxiety since I was a child, I get really nervous starting new experiences with new people, and find it difficult to be open and communicate. But seeing happy and welcoming familiar faces each Sunday morning has eased my worries. We are all friends, regularly go for coffee/brunch after class and keep updated with each other via social media in between classes. We support each other, celebrate our accomplishments and most importantly appreciate the time we allow ourselves to love our bodies.

Barre class is the best thing I have ever done for myself, my body, and my mind. If you're interested in joining you can find out more info: here.


1 comment

  1. This sounds like such an amazing class. It's more than an exercise class, it's a wellness class. I love the sound of this and would be really interested in giving it a go.

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