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On Stealing Your Own Peace

I have what you might optimistically call a high threshold of tolerance for clutter.

It’s a running joke in our house that once a thing–a stack of papers, a stray chapstick, a stapler, a scarf–has been in a certain spot for more than a week or two, that’s just where it goes now. It truly becomes invisible to me. My husband, who conversely can’t stand clutter, is constantly fluttering around straightening up and moving my things.

“Babe, where’d you put my chapstick?”

“What chapstick?”

“The chapstick that was on the kitchen counter.”

“I probably put it away. Why was it on the counter?”

“I don’t know! BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE I KEEP MY CHAPSTICK NOW.” Continue reading “On Stealing Your Own Peace”

Here’s a beautiful reflection from Barre Beauty Morgan, on discovering her worth and strength deep within her own heart…Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.09.54 AM

I took my stretching outside to soak up tonight’s beauty. As I was stretching I noticed how many bruises and scars I have covering my very tired legs. Though they definitely aren’t pretty, they are strong. When my head told me that I should give up, my legs and heart have always worked together to push me forward, even when I wasn’t nourishing them to do so. Continue reading “You Are Strong, You Are Worthy”

A brief reflection to get your mind right today from Barre Tender Amanda…

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Sitting on my own two hands would make the simple task of enjoying this breakfast much harder. I think we can all agree on that.

In the same way, self-doubt cripples me too. It’s no different than sitting on my own two hands really.

When self-doubt takes a grip on me, I am held back. I cannot be stable because I’m constantly in a state of confusion and uncertainty. Self-doubt broods anxiety and makes even the most simple daily decisions nearly impossible!

While confidence will destroy your self-doubt, self-doubt will destroy your confidence. Don’t let it cripple you and hold you back from a life peace. You were not born to be a prisoner to yourself nor anyone else.

Go in confidence today knowing that you can always recover from a mistake and that grace is right there, like a pool, waiting for you to dive in.

2015 Year in Review

As 2015 winds down, we can’t help but marvel at what a ride it’s been at B Present Studio. It’s hard to believe that at this time last year, our team and our studio were about half the size that they are today. The new year brings with it a chance for both reinvigoration and reflection; as we look ahead to all the promise that 2016 holds, we also look back in gratitude for all that 2015 had to offer: Continue reading “2015 Year in Review”

Barre is NOT…

A question that comes up a lot when you tell people that you take barre classes is, “What exactly is barre? It’s like ballet, right?” Admittedly, barre is one of the harder forms of exercise to explain. Spinning? Easy peasy: “Stationary bike, dark room, music.” Weight lifting? No problem: “Pick up heavy thing, put it down. Repeat.” Running? No brainer: “Run. Because you’re a crazy person, apparently. Because running is allegedly a normal, healthy thing to do even when you’re not being chased by a bear.”

Continue reading “Barre is NOT…”

7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Barre Class

Ask any “barre beauty” about her first experience at B Present and chances are, she remembers those first few classes in vivid detail…excruciating, sweaty, shaky, vivid detail. I’ve been a “barre addict” at B Present for almost a year now, but still remember my first class like it was yesterday. If I could go back in time and tell myself what I know now, here’s what I would say…

Continue reading “7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Barre Class”

Barre Beauty Stories: August 2015

Check out Crystal Halfman’s barre story, featured in our August 2015 newsletter:

“As I walked through the doors of B Present Studio for my very first class ever and, all by myself, I was a little nervous. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. As the class started and Tammy introduced herself, I remember thinking, “What did I just get myself into?” I tried  to talk myself into leaving class, but I knew that wasn’t my purpose.  I couldn’t leave, I was here for something. That is when I heard Tammy say, “Why are you here?  What is your why?”  I thought for a brief moment she was talking directly to me.  How did she know what was running through my head? Tammy’s class was so inspiring and positive.  I knew I was getting more than just a workout that day.  As the sweat poured off me, I knew I couldn’t leave.  That was the beginning of my journey at B Present.

Continue reading “Barre Beauty Stories: August 2015”

Barre Beauty Stories: July 2015

Check out Lindsey Forsyth’s barre story, featured in our July 2015 newsletter:

“For the last 15 years, I have been nursing a bad back.  I’m 31- that’s almost HALF of my life.  I suffered a stress fracture to my L4 vertebra playing soccer, and since then my back has seemed to be a downward spiral of dysfunction.  After seeking help from a series of doctors throughout my high school and college years, I came to accept that back issues would likely be a part of my life forever.  By January, 2014 the ongoing nuisances had become pretty severe pains that began to affect my quality of life and my ability to be an active mother to my three young children. Every afternoon, like clockwork, I got a persistent tension headache that wouldn’t let up until I slept at night. I almost always went to bed with aching legs and the mobility in my neck was worsening weekly. Sometimes I couldn’t stand up straight for a week.

Continue reading “Barre Beauty Stories: July 2015”

Barre Beauty Stories: April 2015

Check out Aleta Marquez’s barre story, featured in our April 2015 newsletter:

“I started attending B Present Studio almost two years ago!  I was doing Insanity at the time and thought I could easily do this class.  BOY WAS I WRONG! The class was TOUGH!  Even so, I fell in love with it! I was hooked after the first class and became a monthly member and have been ever since.

Two years ago, when I was just getting into working out, my main goal was to control my weight and tone.  I think most people have physical reasons for why they may want to start working out. B Present will give you physical results quickly, but what I did not realize I would get was results in many different aspects of my life.

Continue reading “Barre Beauty Stories: April 2015”

Barre Beauty Stories: March 2015

Check out Stefanie Foster’s barre story, featured in our March 2015 newsletter:

“I remember taking my first class at B Present Studio with Tammy thinking “well, if this workout doesn’t change my body, nothing will”.  That was in July of 2013 and I can honestly say today that I am in the best shape of my life and the smallest I have been in over 20 years.  I have done so many other workouts and nothing compares to Tammy’s method.  In addition to the workouts, I love the fact that the atmosphere at the studio is so welcoming and supportive of each other.  Tammy, I hope you know how special B Present Studio is and what you and all the “barre-tenders” have done for me and so many others.

Continue reading “Barre Beauty Stories: March 2015”

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