Client of the Month: Dana H.

Meet Dana H.!  Dana, a regular client of our Edina studio, is truly an inspiration when it comes to dedication, commitment, and her positive attitude she brings to the studio.  You may see her regularly at those early 6am classes with a smile on her face ready to get her shakes on!

How long have you been coming to the barre and what inspired you to try it?
Jenna taught my first barre class 2 1/2 years ago. I was more than a little intimidated at first, everyone seemed so young and fit and I thought it was really hard. But I saw Jenna and other instructors doing the classes too and still challenging themselves and it seemed to work for lots of different fitness levels so I just kept coming back.

Tell us about yourself! Work? Hobbies?
I am a psychiatrist and I am trained as a geriatrician and I still work 3 days per week. I plan to retire completely in the next 1-2 years.

What are your favorite barre benefits, mental and/or physical? Challenges?
Barre has been a great way to counter aging and to stay ready for biking, hiking, and skiing. I feel much stronger and I have more endurance.

I hope all the younger women who do this work out realize how important it is to keep it up even after they don’t care so much about how they look in a bathing suit anymore. It’s just so critical to have that core and upper body strength as well as the legs and hips as you go into your post-menopausal years. Data really supports that exercise is even more important the older you get.  I do feel my age and limitations, some days more than others, but I remind myself how much better I feel now than I did 2 1/2 years ago.  I like to see more older women showing up and I want to encourage them to just keep coming back. But I really like the mix of ages, fitness levels, post-partum, post-menopause, dancers, athletes, and not so athletic. I appreciate that the instructors can be challenging but not judgmental and the workout can still be just as hard as it was when I started.

I forgot to mention, too, how supportive my husband has been. He’s seen me start work out programs over the years and not stay with them and he’s been really impressed with how I have stayed with this one – and he likes the results, too. He thinks I look great but he sees also how I can keep up with him better when we bike or ski and how I have more energy.

How do you balance work, family, hobbies, etc. and still have time for barre?
I try to be disciplined and get to 3-4 classes per week which seems to be the magic number for me. I’m in 2 book clubs, travel, have a lake home in Wisconsin that I want to get to on the weekends.  Both of my sons are in their mid-20’s and they’re pretty independent now.  In the past it was all about getting to their games and tournaments, so I try to channel that into time for me. I think kids should see their parents setting that example so at least I’m doing it now. They think it’s great and my son with his first job gets to the gym regularly which makes me happy.

Do you have a favorite class format or instructor?
I don’t have a favorite instructor and I enjoy that they each have a different style and each class is different, you know what’s coming in general but you don’t get bored. I typically do the regular barre classes because I like the stretching and cool down built in.

What does “barre strong” mean to you?
Barre strong means I can try new things, like a bike trip, or a ski race, or a hiking trip, and look forward to it now because my body and mind are ready. It’s great to be able to wear sleeveless dresses, too!

Barre-dio Buzz

Have you heard what the (barre-dio) buzz is all about?  We are so excited to announce even more barre-dio class time offerings so you can fall in love with our newest class format, too!  If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s the scoop.


What is barre-dio?
Get ready to burn, shake, and sweat! We have combined all you love about our classic open barre class with a heart-pumping cardio blast to give you the best of both worlds! Each class will consist of a super-charged 30 minute barre strength session designed to chisel and define your upper body, thighs, seat and core (classic barre, at a quicker pace) and a 30 minute cardio blast that focuses on bigger movements at a faster pace designed to rev your heart rate, and engaging multiple muscle groups at a time for maximum efficiency.



How is barre-dio different than HIT The Barre? 
Barre-dio has two separate 30 minutes sections — a super strengthening barre session followed by a fast-paced cardio focused section, whereas HIT mixes in the muscle-focused strength work with cardio in a sprint-based format.  Barre-dio is 65 minutes of hard but rewarding work. 60 minutes working out followed by 5 minutes of a cool down stretch.


When is it offered?
Monday, 9:15am
Thursday, 10:30am (starting 3/9!)
Friday, 9:30am
alternating Tuesdays at 6:00am


Coming soon to a laptop near you!
You’ve probably heard us talk about our new(!) online class streaming.  We are continuing to add more new and exciting classes to the library and will have barre-dio in the line-up in early March!  Stay on the lookout for your at-home barre and cardio burn.


Why you should try Ashtanga Yoga

Not flexible?  Can’t do a handstand?  Don’t worry about it and don’t feel intimidated!  Yoga is a practice, not a performance (and there are modifications for everything!), so if you have been trying to muster up the courage to try it out, this is your cue to sign up!  All that is required is a willingness to show up to your mat!

There are many reasons you should practice yoga in addition to your barre routine.  It is a tool that can help alleviate stress.   Every practice is different and it teaches us acceptance.  It is humbling and eventually allows us to experience freedom in letting go of what we think we should be doing or what we think we should look like in a pose, which can translate over to our hectic and busy lives.

Another reason to practice yoga is to just breathe.  The postures of Ashtanga yoga are specifically there to challenge our breath.  As we move and breathe, the mind and body are both purified.  A result of this breathing technique is a heat that forms within us, creating fire to cleanse and safely stretch our bodies.

There are countless reasons to engage in a yoga practice like Ashtanga yoga as a supplement to your barre routine, but these are just a few.  Take some time for yourself to slow down, unwind, and just breathe.

Ashtanga Yoga is offered at 12pm (noon) on Wednesdays.

Yoga at the barre: Meet Catherine!


We are so excited to announce that beginning Wednesday, May 4, we will be offering a yoga class to supplement your barre regimen!  Long time barre regular Catherine L. will be leading a 60-minute Ashtanga yoga class at 8:00am each Wednesday and she is so excited to bring her love of yoga to you!

Meet Catherine

Catherine has been teaching yoga to kids, teens and adults for 11 years. She was trained by Ashtanga Yoga Senior Teachers; David Swenson, Manju Jois, David Williams, Tim Feldman, Kino MacGregor and Michael Gannon.

Catherine is blessed by her supportive husband Mike and her personal guru and son, Caden. This yoga has been a huge and positive influence on Catherine. She lives with her family in Minnetonka.

“I love to share this amazing life practice for daily living, growth and personal acceptance. To teach compassion and respect for the Ashtanga tradition by providing a safe, open and tranquil learning environment. Most importantly, to inspire others that a commitment to practice can positively impact our families, our communities and our world.”


What is Ashtanga yoga?

Yoga can act as a tool for daily living. It is a time for you, which in turn positively affects all who are in your life. In times of stress, yoga can act as a calming balm as we pause and take time to just be, without judgement of ourselves or others. Each time you step on your mat, it is an opportunity to realign, sweat, cleanse, stretch, strengthen, focus and meditate.


Ashtanga is an energetic form of yoga that focuses on a series of flowing body movements combined with attention to a specific breathing technique. Anyone can do yoga. Any age, any ability. All that is needed is a willingness to practice and breathe. Catherine will be teaching a modified short form of Ashtanga yoga at the barre.


What you need to know

-Although the barre does provide mats for barre classes and you are more than welcome to use them for yoga, we do recommend bringing your own mat as they are less slippery.

-No socks are needed.

-Sign up just as you would for barre classes on MindBody.

-Class is $22 and any packages/unlimited months can be used!