Choosing the Best Barre Class for Your Health and Fitness Goals

Barre Pilates classes have gained popularity in recent years, and with good reason. Barre Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise for building strength, flexibility, endurance and toning your entire body. Barre Pilates can best be described as Pilates that has been infused with various elements of ballet and other dance. It’s a complete body workout that leaves you feeling stronger, leaner and more energetic.

Unlike other forms of exercise, it can be difficult to learn Barre Pilates and develop an effective routine without the guidance of an instructor, especially if you’re just starting out. The only problem is that there are many types of Barre classes available and if you’re relatively new to the Barre philosophy, it can be difficult to know which class is the best fit for your fitness level and desired outcome.

To help you find the perfect Barre class, here is some information about 3 different types of popular Barre classes and what they offer.

Barre Bootcamp

If you want to get in shape fast and are willing to put in the work to make it happen, then Barre Bootcamp is the class for you. Barre Bootcamp features high intensity interval training using the ballet Barre approach. With a bootcamp class, you can expect plenty of lunges and squats along with planks to tone and sculpt your body.

It is always encouraged that you move along with the class at a pace that challenges your body but doesn’t put excessive stress on your muscles or cardiovascular system. Barre Bootcamp is best suited for individuals that have a moderate level of physical fitness and feel comfortable challenging themselves. If you’re looking for an introductory class that will ease you into Barre fitness, you might want to start off with either Barre Cardio or Barre Core before you take on the challenge of the bootcamp.

Barre Cardio

Barre Cardio is a class that is designed to get your heart pumping. This class features ballet Barre that has been infused with some of the high intensity aspects of the Barre Bootcamp to raise your heart rate and build up a sweat. Unlike other forms of cardio exercise, Barre Cardio is unique in how the movements not only increase cardio output, but also work to increase flexibility and strength.

Barre Cardio is a great class option for those who are ready to get moving, start sweating, and leave the studio with a glow that will last the whole day through.

Barre Core

Barre Core is one of the best Barre classes for anyone who wants to focus in on strengthening their core and toning their abs. While this class does feature some cardio elements, the routine is built primarily around floor work that targets the core. A strong core is essential from a health perspective, especially for reducing the risk of injury from physical exercise. This class is the perfect option for those who want to target their core and focus on strength building through Barre movements.

Sign up for a Class

Still can’t decide which Barre class is best for you? We’re here to answer your questions and connect you with the Barre class that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. Contact Yogacorefit to learn more about Barre fitness and sign up for a class today.

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Turn Your Workout Into A Party

There are few things better than spending time with great friends, but sometimes you think it would be nice if every now and then you could take a break from your standard lunch or wine dates or the monthly book club and try something new – bonus points if this something new supports your current health and fitness goals.

This is also true for those friends that are already part of your active lifestyle – like maybe the friends you take a run with every Saturday morning or the ones you meet at your workplace fitness center twice a week during lunch. Sometimes, you just want to try something new and fun with a group of people you enjoy being around that also nourishes your body as much as your spirit.

The next time you’re planning a day or night out with your friends, consider something entirely new – like a fitness party class designed especially for your group.

Fitness Party Class?

Granted, a few of your friends might think that combining fitness and a party is an impossible task. We’re here to tell you that not only can you gather some of your best friends to share a yoga class, but that you can also have an insane amount of fun doing it.

Customized party classes are held in the intimate environment of the studio’s party rental room. This isn’t just your typical rental room, but one that is designed with all the features you need to have a fitness-centered great time with your friends.

For example, some party rooms have disco lighting, black lights, amazing sound systems and laundry facilities so you can quickly wash the clothes you worked up a sweat in while you’re sipping on a post workout refresher and mingling with your friends.

Why Book a Party Class?

The list of reasons why booking a party class is great idea is practically endless. But if we had to sum it up, it would be that sharing in the experience is something that strengthens bonds, helps to keep everyone healthy and creates memories that won’t easily fade away. Also, if you’re lucky, your party class will be the first step to a lifelong commitment to focusing on healthy living with the people you enjoy spending time around.

While the focus here is primarily on strengthening friendships and trying new healthy activities together, it’s also worth noting that a workout party can be an interesting way to liven up an otherwise dull event – like a business or neighborhood meeting. Exercise helps to clear the cobwebs from you head, gives you an instant boost of energy and has a magical way of fostering teamwork. A yoga class followed by a brainstorming session can be the perfect solution for inspiring truly innovative thinking within a group environment.

Would you like to know more about booking a party class for your group? Our trained instructors will help tailor a class to your group and create an experience that you’ll enjoy. Contact Yogacorefit today to learn more about our party options, including private Pilates and yoga classes.

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How to Start and Stick to a Workout Routine in 2019

With the start of each new year, many of us take on a new, fresh perspective about our health. The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start and to refocus on making yourself a priority. We also know that even with the best of intentions, the responsibilities of daily life seem to find a way to sneak in and sabotage your best efforts.

Fortunately, we know a little secret – the key to maintaining success with your fitness goals throughout the year is by developing and committing to a workout routine as early in the new year as possible. This is the year that you’re going to make your health and wellness a priority, so here are few tips to help you establish a regular workout routine in 2019.

Working Out Isn’t Selfish

Before we start talking about things like how to fit a regular workout into your already busy schedule, we need to get one thing straight – taking the time to exercise on a regular basis, no matter what type of exercise it is, is never selfish.

Our society tends to respect people who are constantly pushing themselves to the limit and taking care of everyone else before they take care of themselves. If you really want to stick to your fitness commitment, you need to start by recognizing that the better you take care of yourself, the more equipped you’ll be to take care of everything else – from both a physical and a mental standpoint.

Try Something New

Have you always wanted to try a certain style of yoga or maybe sign up for a beginning barre class? If your answer is yes, why haven’t you? Trying something new is a great way to get you excited and energized about your new commitment to working out.

You might love it, or maybe not so much, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. Plus, each time you try something new, you learn more about yourself and how to nurture and strengthen your body in a way that feels natural.

Don’t Leave It Up to Chance

The surest way to commit a regular workout routine in 2019 is to schedule it in like you would any other important activity. For instance, if you’re planning on just getting up a little early and doing some stretching in the morning, you’re plans are going to crumble the first time a really hectic Monday morning rolls around. One missed workout leads to another and the next thing you know, you’re off track.

Would you skip a doctor’s appointment or a business meeting because you just didn’t feel like going? Probably not. So, schedule your workout for times when you know excuses won’t get in the way and stick to it like you would any other commitment.

Sign Up for a Class

Some of us like to work out on our own, while others enjoy the camaraderie of a class environment. If you’re the type that likes motivation, support and opportunity to meet new like-minded friends, we invite you to sign up for one of our classes. Contact Us at Yogacorefit today to learn more about our Pilates and yoga class schedules.

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Honoring Your Body with Yoga During Pregnancy

The body goes through a tremendous amount of changes during pregnancy, and after 9 months, it might be hard to remember what you felt like pre-pregnancy. With all these changes, it’s important to make health a priority – not just for a healthy pregnancy but also for the strenuous marathon of childbirth and the postpartum period.  Continue reading

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5 Simple, No-Excuse Ways of Making Time for Regular Workouts

Work, family obligations and a never ending to do list can make it difficult to find or prioritize even a little extra time for yourself. We’ve all been that person who just can’t find time for self-care. When schedules are tight, it’s almost always the fitness routine that gets sacrificed first.  Continue reading

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4 Reasons Why Flexibility Is Important for Your Health

Have you ever watched a young child play? It’s amazing how flexible their bodies are, and how they’re able to contort themselves into practically any position as they climb trees and playground equipment with ease? It can be hard to remember that most of us started out with that exact same level of flexibility, especially when it feels like every single muscle aches when you get out of bed in the morning.  Continue reading

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Healing Your Postnatal Body with Yoga

Pregnancy is a journey that completely transforms your body. After the nine months or so of gestating and creating a little human, the concept of reclaiming your body as your own and feeling normal again can seem inconceivable. Many women will attempt to jump right back into their pre-pregnancy workout routine in hopes of toning up and losing the pregnancy weight. But as any new momma can tell you, it’s something that’s much easier said than done.  Continue reading

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Creating a Yoga Environment In Your Home

It only takes doing yoga once or twice to realize how healing it can be for your body and your spirit. While regular yoga practice makes your body stronger, there are also multiple ways that it will support your emotional health as well. It only makes sense that you want to incorporate yoga into your life as regularly as possible.

The problem is that it isn’t always feasible to make a special trip to practice for a half hour, or maybe a session isn’t available when you want it. Does this mean that yoga will just have to wait for another day?

Absolutely not. You can create the perfect yoga sanctuary in your own home. Here are a few tips for creating a yoga environment you’ll love.

Claiming Your Space

For do it yourself yoga at home to be a success, you need a dedicated space that’s free of distractions – both physical and emotional. Believe it or not, this is possible no matter how limited you are on space.

Ideally, it’s great if you have an entire room to set up as your personal yoga sanctuary. However, this isn’t an option for most people, so instead look for a small area that you can call your own. This might be an area in your bedroom, a corner of the main living space or even a spot on your patio or backyard.

Having a dedicated space is important for feeling connected to your home practice. Your space doesn’t need to be elaborate. The only requirements are that there is enough room for you to practice comfortably and safely, that you can do so with minimal distractions and that the area is free of any clutter that might distract you during your practice.

Adding the Right Elements

Think about how you want your yoga environment to feel. Most people find that light colors and natural sunlight help to instill a sense of peace and positive energy in their area. Including natural décor items like rocks, plants or naturally scented candles can provide a nice balance of energy in your space.

Also, keep everything that you’ll need for your yoga practice close by. This includes the obvious essentials like a mat and yoga accessories, but also other things like your favorite yoga music, extra towels or even a trinket or two that help you feel focused and peaceful.

Let the Energy Flow

With the right equipment, lighting and décor elements you can create a yoga environment that you love. However, there’s no reason to confine the peaceful energy of yoga to just one spot in your home. the energy flow through your entire space by keeping yoga in mind as you create the atmosphere throughout your entire home. Decorate with light, peaceful colors and include as much nature as possible. Seek balance and serenity while keeping clutter at bay. Soon the energy of yoga will infuse your entire day.

Whether you’re new to yoga or someone who has been practicing for years, we feature classes that you’ll feel comfortable in. Come try out a session and learn more about living the yoga lifestyle, including building your own home yoga practice. Contact Yogacorefit today to learn more.

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Restorative Yoga and Physical Therapy – Perfect Partners for Your Path to Recovery

You may know that there are various forms of yoga – including some that can really have you working up a sweat. While most people understand that the range of types of yoga make it appealing to people of all ages and fitness levels, not as many are aware that regular yoga practice can also be a beneficial component to physical therapy.

For those who have suffered an injury or are working through physical limitations via physical therapy, one form of yoga – known as restorative yoga – can not only expedite the healing process but help you become even stronger through it. As dedicated yoga professionals, we’re committed to helping people become their best with an approach to physical and emotional health through focused yoga movements. If you’re undergoing physical therapy or are concerned about someone who is, here’s a bit more information about restorative yoga and how it can complement traditional treatment.

What Is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that focuses on relaxation and gentle movement with the use of props as necessary to aid in the healing of injured or fatigued muscles, bones and other supporting structures. The goal of restorative yoga is to slowly and gently build strength by doing fewer asanas but holding them for a longer length of time.

Restorative yoga triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which is involved in how your body perceives, responds to and heals from stress. So, as you’re practicing restorative yoga, not only are you healing and building a stronger body, but also addressing the natural stress responses to pain and injury.

3 Ways That Restorative Yoga Compliments Physical Therapy

There’s no reason to subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” philosophy when it comes to healing and recovery for your body. Restorative yoga is a gentle, effective form of exercise that can be adapted to an individual’s injury or current physical limitations. Here are 3 benefits that illustrate how well restorative yoga compliments physical therapy.

Improved Responsiveness of Muscular Tissue

Restorative yoga improves muscular response to exercise. The poses used stimulate a tissue that surrounds your muscles called fascia. This powerhouse of connective tissue has a significant role in how the muscles function, move and perceive pan. Restorative yoga stimulates nerve receptors in fascia and results in an overall increase in muscle responsiveness.

Build Body Awareness

Many times, the focus of physical therapy is solely on healing and building strength in the injured or affected areas. Of course, this is important but restorative yoga serves to also build a greater sense of awareness of how the body moves and responds to certain movements. For example, someone suffering from a knee injury can also benefit from a greater sense of balance and body awareness to prevent additional injury in the future.

Speedier Recovery

Anyone that has ever suffered an injury that limited their physical capabilities understands firsthand how frustrating it can be to put your life on hold during the healing process. Proper recovery requires baby steps and can take a long time. While there’s no magic cure for expediting the healing process, regular restorative yoga practice can help remove some of the barriers to healing by reducing pain and stiffness while increasing flexibility.

Let Us Introduce You to Physical Therapy Yoga

If you’re undergoing physical therapy or have an injury or condition that prevents you from a full range of mobility, we’re here to talk to you about solutions such as physical therapy yoga. Our experienced staff can work with you to develop a routine specifically for you. Contact Yogacorefit today to learn more.

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3 Easy Poses That Prove Yoga Is for Everyone

Do you have a yoga mat that’s just sitting in the corner, collecting dust? Perhaps you bought it with the best of intentions, but then when it came time to use it you began to doubt your own body’s ability to stretch and contort itself into some of the complicated yoga poses you’ve seen. Here’s a little secret – you’re not alone. Practically everyone who practices yoga regularly was once at that point where they wondered if yoga was right for them.

It’s time to put away your worries. There are various forms of yoga, which makes is a great form of exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels – and you don’t need to be flexible enough to bend yourself into a pretzel to enjoy it. Go grab that yoga mat, dust it off and try one of these poses that prove yoga is for all ages.

Child’s Pose

Before you ask, no it’s not just for children. Child’s Pose is a comforting yoga position that gently stretches out the lower part of the back, relaxes the spine and slowly warms leg muscles. It’s also a great default position for transitioning from one position to the next, or for when you find one position too challenging but don’t want to pause your sequence.

To put yourself into Child’s Pose, kneel on your hands and knees with your hands placed just in front of your shoulders. Slowly stretch lower buttocks until your mid-section is resting on your thighs. Then stretch your arms out in front of you along the mat until your feel a warm but comfortable stretching through the spin and lower back.

Tree Pose

Balance is a major focus of yoga, and there’s no better pose for building it than Tree Pose. Along with improving balance, this pose will also help to strengthen the core, spine and muscles of the thigh and calf areas.

To achieve Tree Pose, stand with your feet a close togethers as comfortable. Carefully shift your weight to one leg and then raise the other leg high enough to grab your angle and place your foot on the inner thigh of the opposite leg. An alternate method is to slowly slide the foot up the inside of the weight bearing leg to as close to the thigh as is comfortable. Lift up through the weight bearing leg and hold for a moment before releasing and repeating with opposite leg.

Cobra Pose

The Cobra Pose is a great, low stress position for strengthening and building flexibility in the back muscles and spine. It’s also great for building up muscles in the shoulders, chest and parts of the abdominal core. Cobra Pose is a good pose to use towards the end of your session because it can easily transform into resting poses, such as the Corpse Pose.

To get into Cobra Pose, lie on your belly with your forehead touching the mat. Place hands so that they are under your shoulders, keeping elbows tucked close to the body. Inhale and press your weight into the mat through your lower body while using your arms to lift your head and chest off the floor. Remember to breathe as you lower yourself and repeat.

We Focus on Yoga for All Ages

The poses here barely scratch the surface of yoga exercises that are suitable for all ages and skill levels. We offer a variety of yoga classes in Vacaville to fit your needs. Contact Yogacorefit today to learn more and begin your yoga journey.

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