Wow, wow, whoaman!

This week I got to speak to the “woman”. This past week I missed a couple of calls from the same number on the same day. The call ID came with no details whatsoever and that usually…

Source: Wow, wow, whoaman!

 


B.T.Dubs. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you! Freedom and the sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we introduced Rancho Cucamonga to the barre! Your first trial class is only $15, or you have the option to try 3 Classes for $30. We’ll donate a portion of that to our partners who rescue women and children from human trafficking, so click here to reserve.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 😉

I had this great conversation with a guest ambassador (client) after Passion Barre class a couple of Mondays ago. We are thankful for the free world (as we insist on calling it that). People should be free to do whatever they want… But is it freedom if it enslaves another? It might be a touchy subject, speaking on social accountability. But during the Barre-a-thon for human trafficking awareness month, we did so because we have a community that cares enough to be uncomfortable.

We spoke of being aware of our surroundings with all there is to notice if people actually paid attention and concern. We even spoke on parenting both ours and other’s children, and bringing back the “it takes a village” mentality. With runaway youth being at a high risk of being trafficked in the United States, we encouraged families to allow their youth to be vulnerable with them so they didn’t have to be vulnerable outside. We talked about getting in their business and social media life, and not being afraid of not being “their friend” temporarily. I know, hard balance to keep, but possible, with love. And how about offering accountability to those who are old enough to do whatever they want? Because they account for much of the market that victimizes the trafficked.

During my interview with one of the investigators with the Exodus Road in SE Asia, the investigator shared that a primary way to prevent trafficking involved reweaving the moral fiber of the society. I nodded emphatically! You see, during the eighteenth century when English abolitionist William Wilberforce sought to abolish slavery, he had to start with reform – by restoring public manners and by influencing people to see how wrong and inhumane slavery was. Apparently it had been so engrained in society, people weren’t moved about it. As we say, freedom has often come, and can only come, as a result of the free becoming distressed by the captivity of the enslaved- and doing something about it. From there, they were then able to combat slavery. But the common form of slavery then was obvious. Today it’s a little hidden because it’s so much in our faces.

There is a freedom that enslaves. But then it’s not freedom at all. It’s licentiousness. It’s the type that says “I’m old enough to do what I want and what I feel; I’m a responsible adult; we’re consenting adults; no one would ever know; I shouldn’t have to answer to anyone; it’s harmless; it’s necessary; anyone who opposes me is just a religious freak; and why should I feel bad about this?” Or it’s the type that says “It’s not my business; I don’t want to seem judgmental.” It’s the type that engages or does not discourage cheap labor, pornography, prostitution, terrorism and so on – not realizing how often these behaviors are serviced by forced victims. The type is a person, and a behavior. They are the market, they create the industry. The $32 Billion industry. After all, you cannot sell what people won’t buy.

The purpose of moral standards isn’t to prove we’re better than anyone. It’s to protect one’s self and others, whether one know how far it reaches or not. That’s why it’s called a standard.

If you’re looking for opportunities to fight for freedom or give to the cause of freedom, start while your conviction is fresh. Click to read more on our passion, partners and projects in the rescue of women and children from human trafficking. Join us in a Passion Barre class as well because your attendance is a freedom point!


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is only $10 this February, and we’ll be donating that to our partners, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

Which made me ponder… What would you give for your freedom, or another’s? We had just opened the studio in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Rebecca, new to our barre classes at the time was lit up by the fit-for-free concept of stimulating freedom and rescue.

The freedom space, as I like to call the studio, was barely two and a half weeks old. We hit the ground running as I returned from a trip with the Exodus Road to get the place open. We were pleasantly surprised that our social enterprise model, “Fit-for-Free” was touching the hearts of clients as they walked through the doors and automatically become ambassadors in the fight for freedom. Their faces lit up as we told them about the trip to SE Asia with The Exodus Road; and the encouraging news that came to us while we were there- that a ring had been taken down, and more children had been rescued by members of the coalition. Again, rescue is happening.

Although about 27 million are estimated to be in slavery worldwide, rescue is happening, and there are unseen warriors on the field actively working to ensure the freedom of more! John, a co-blogger, who blogs at johnflurry.com and I had the privilege of meeting the undercover investigators who could care less about the glory – because they care so much more about the enslaved. They have given up their seen identity, recognition, comfort and safety… those things which are usually important to human existence.

So what exactly was it that Rebecca said? She came to me after a Barre class expressing what she does to get through some of the routines as the intensity increases and her body feels it can’t take it anymore. We usually tell our students to retain control of the core and breathe deeply through the most intense rounds, but Rebecca said she would picture a child trapped in slavery, awaiting rescue, and then decide that this was nothing in comparison to what they have had to endure… and so she would continue. Mmm.

Our clients know that every time they show up for Barre or Karingah! classes to get fit, they are helping someone get free- because we match their attendance with funds to send to our chosen partners – and that’s plenty of motivation. But Rebecca took it to the level that I hope for most – carrying them in our hearts, in our consciousness, in our prayers and in our giving… or giving up of something.

During our expedition to SE Asia, I saw things my imagination had not previously fathomed. I shared a bit of that experience in a previous post on the Think Again Blog“What are You Doing Here, Lord?”

Don’t get me wrong, my first impression as we landed was the breathtaking beauty of the land, temple architecture; with the serene, respectful disposition of the people; and of course, the merchandise! But then there was the dark contrast on the other side in the brothels that just didn’t add up. It didn’t add up that these young girls weren’t covered or protected anywhere. Exploited by those who held them in captivity as they blended in with the widely available prostitution activities. Exploited by sex tourists and locals who enjoy these services. Exploited by their own people who might have given them up sometimes knowingly to put the next meal on the table. And what about brotherly solidarity? That went out the window as even cab drivers presumptuously offered us portfolios of girls available for sex… you never knew where you would turn and run into the dark offer of poverty– and that was my clue. Poverty. Poverty doesn’t add up. It manifests itself beyond just the lack of money and grips the soul to wickedness, betraying its very self and others for the sake of survival. Poverty in this region offered a solution that pushed many to give up their freedom and conscience, or have it taken away forcefully.

So how can we be a part of the solution? One investigator emphasized the need for support in the target areas of counter-trafficking that need strengthening– Intervention for instance, because if crime is not confronted, it continues unrestrained. “We must equip and prevent, and we also must care and restore, but we must be bold to rescue the ones currently in the jaws of bondage.” Making the industry less lucrative and difficult to get into is a highly preventative solution.

Another investigator touched on a reality that our western world may find harder to swallow because of our increase in the “personal relativity” of moral standards: “Restore/bring change to the moral fiber of the nation” is what he said. “We must confront immorality for what it is and bring reformation to the souls of people by working in partnership with the church out there”. To take it a step further, it’s time to start getting in each other’s business again as a society. It’s not okay that “tourists,” travel overseas because of the widely available unrestrained sex market. Or that the U.S. for example is the top destination for the smuggled and trafficked victims. One person’s pleasure “feeds” knowingly or unknowingly into one another’s captivity or a child’s “stardom” into pornography!

Many reading this post may have never experienced poverty at this level but maybe battled with the mentality. But what would you give up to survive? Your possessions? Time? Dignity? Your kids? It may be hard to say if you’ve never walked in those shoes, and for that I’m thankful that you haven’t had to. So because of that, the more relevant question should again be “what would you give?”

What would you give for your own freedom? Would you give it for another’s?

There are opportunities around you to give… get involved somehow.


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this January 2015, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

Yeahhhhh! The Barre-a-Thon was phenomenal! We had a great turn out for the community barre classes, and you, our tribe gave above and beyond the suggested class donation! We’re excited to see the aftermath and online donations in reaching our total goal to fund two brothel raids ($1400 funds a raid).
We cannot thank our beautiful ladies and staff enough for everything you guys do!
Just by showing up, you gave freedom to women and children in need of rescue. It was a great and fun morning filled with talent, inspiring videos and everyone in one place for one purpose learning more about human trafficking and how we can stop it while getting fit.

We really got to see the effect human trafficking has on the world and the direct impact it has even in the Inland Empire itself. We are so blessed to have had this opportunity and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
If you could not make it, remember you can still donate! This is the beginning of our online giving challenge!

Also, If you haven’t tried a class yet, we’re still offering complimentary trials until the end of January, so click to schedule yours now.
Special thanks to Jordan, Tish and D’Marti for giving their time to teach class for this event, as well as the lovely Doris for giving her time to help at the desk! We love you all!♥

Be free, and check that upcoming email for prize winners!
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P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this month, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

What a DAY! Our hearts are were so warmed with the generous support of our Passion Barre and Karingah tribe as they walked with us last Saturday at the Terra Vista Farmer’s market to raise awareness about human trafficking.

A pivotal moment for us was when we witnessed the young, extremely shy, son of one of our ladies transform into a bold abolitionist right before our eyes. His mother had shared the issue of human trafficking with him along with it’s unfortunate exploitation of women and children. He showed up, asked to pick up the biggest sign and went on his walk to stand in the gap for fellow children. His youth and passion made an impact on many because he returned rather quickly to pick up more cards to share.

When captives are silenced, we speak twice as loud…

It was such a profound moment for me as I thought “with the quiet and shy ones, sometimes all you need to do is give them something that matters to help them find their voice.” Give them something worth talking about… something worth leaving their comfort zone for. When our young advocate heard that too many kids have been silenced, he could no longer remain silent. He spoke twice as loud.

You see, my voice found me too. I’m not a quiet person, but I’ve experienced being silenced on the inside. Yes, it’s the loud ones who lose their voice. My destiny got shaped by the passion and call to freedom. Freedom helped me regain my voice and made it clearer… and louder.

Passion Barre tribe walk at Terra Vista Farmers MarketAs the afternoon went on, we had other outstanding opportunities to share facts and solutions with the community. Several learned new things and thanked us for being there; some committed to showing up at the Barre-a-thon this Saturday to help raise funds; plus, we were able to spotlight our partners’ great work.

All this, and yet we were faced with some ridiculous opposition! And I mean so ridiculous you couldn’t miss it. Some were uncomfortable just by us simply being there… but of course. Empty barrels that tried to make the most noise. But we had already been heard.

And while I won’t bother getting into the details, the opposition actually made it exciting. It was a reminder for me, and I’m glad I caught it.  There’s always resistance when you’re gaining ground and doing something that matters! People vary, and reasons for opposition are as many as there are people on earth, haha. So you can’t always predict where the resistance will come from. In fact, you would be surprised. But this is not the time to get sidetracked. Focus. And just like we say at the Barre: resistance is necessary to build muscle. Stumbling blocks are useful as stepping stones for you to CONTINUE on your way to the top. Find or regain your voice, and speak up for what matters.

See you at the Barre for the final run on Saturday, the 24th! Register here to guarantee your spot at the Barre-a-thon, those classes are filling up! (:  Those who can’t make it are encouraged to donate here

 

P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Your first trial class is complimentary this month, so click here to reserve

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre

5 Reasons why taking a Passion Barre class could change your life (and why Tony Robbins might agree)

Fan or no fan, I always appreciate quick summaries of empowerment that we can share at the Barre! Here is a recap of a 2-minute video below on Tony Robbins’ 5 keys to changing your life/break through stress and how we see it tied in to the Passion Barre Experience (:

1. Feed your mind “the quality of your life is in where you live emotionally”
So take about 30 minutes to feed your mind (some healthy, life giving, sharpening encouragement every day). “Weeds grow automatically…” But the laws of sowing and reaping work with intention.
Experience inspiration during Passion Barre’s cool down and stretch as you are taught to Reflect, Think Again and Be Free. These powerful nuggets will help you understand and experience how transformation comes from renewing the mind.

2. Strengthen your body “It changes your biochemistry!”
You deliver the message that something has lifted and changed when you move, and then your body releases happy chemicals that deliver the same message back to you. It’s the way you were magnificently designed!
So, go for a power walk or run, or enjoy some dance inspired sweat and burn at the Passion Barre with supportive people that’ll leave you longer, leaner, and stronger.

3. Commit to something bigger than yourself.
This might seem easier in the society we live in, but real impact requires creativity and commitment!
Many women often neglect their needs for the needs of others and feel guilty when they do something for themselves. This guilt is still unproductive.
We are nurturers by nature, so, what if we didn’t have to give one up for the other?

With Passion Barre’s Fit-for-Free program, whether you have your faith, giving, sacrifices and activities, or you’re looking for “it”; every time you show up for class, your attendance is a “Freedom Point” which stimulates the rescue of a woman or child from human trafficking/modern day slavery. How awesome is it that your health and freedom offers freedom for another? The program is our way of keeping you motivated while raising awareness on the issue of captivity, and shining the spotlight on our amazing partners who do the reformative work of rescue in several communities in the United States and globally.

These last two are simply a matter of being in the right environment to get these, or to feed you the reminders:

4. Get a role model…
Because you mirror what you look at. Again, it’s simply the way your mind and brain were designed, therefore, what you focus on grows. Get the inspiration or accountability to help you set a goal, get a plan and take action. It’s always an honor for us to mentor and coach even outside of our Life Coaching and Lifestyle Plan members.

5. Take note of someone or something worse off than you or your situation, and get a new perspective.
There’s nothing like listening to a story about a sex trafficking victim or a major lack of good health to help reshape our attitude into one of gratitude… and hope.

While this article is somewhat of a shameless plug, haha, our student ambassadors will agree – it’s true. So why not share it and inspire some confidence in what you do. Go ahead, share it 🙂 And after that? All you have to do?

Just Show Up.

First classes are complimentary this month. Click to try a Passion Barre class.

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 🙂

Here’s a reminder list of 14 of the top reasons to exercise, whether it’s at the barre or elsewhere. Numbers 13 and 14 get us pumped! The good news is, a lot of these are not a secret anymore. You can find variations of these everywhere. So pull out this list and read it when you need a reminder of why exactly what you do is worth your precious time…

1. To Ward off Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.

2. To Look and Feel Fabulous
Exercise firms your body, balances your body composition, improves posture and even makes your skin glow.

3. To Lose Fat and Keep It Off
Exercise burns fat and prevents future fat storage. If you want to have a leaner, healthier body, exercise is the answer.

4. To Gain Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic, less easily irritated and are more peaceful.

5. To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out.

6. To Slow the appearance of Aging
You’re going to get older. This is a GOOD thing. But exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight the appearance of aging. When you age your body could lose muscle and bone density, but the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise.

7. To Relieve Back Pain
In most cases, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles and improve your posture- and you know we won’t let bad posture slip in a Passion Barre class. Consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance.

8. To Ease Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce depression. Just chalk this up as yet another amazing benefit to exercise. And remember those thoughts we share on the floor? Show up to learn what to do with toxic thoughts!

9. To Reduce Aches and Pains
By strengthening muscles around damaged joints you’re able to use exercise to reduce joint pain and overall aches.

10. To Sharpen your Brain
Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard University researcher called exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”

11. To Reduce Sick Days
People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work.

12. To Boost Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence.

13. To Enjoy Your Lifestyle and Fulfill Destiny
Whatever your passion is in life – your family, travel, sports, work, fashion—it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body.

14. Particularly at Passion Barre and Karingah – to Stimulate Freedom
Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you’ve seen from the above list. And how much more a Passion Barre class designed exclusively to lift the booty; firm up the abs; define the arms and thighs; and strengthen the heart and mind?
All this while making life changing connections with other great ambassadors like yourself; and making your freedom and attendance count toward the rescue of women and children from sex slavery/human trafficking. This just lights our fire!

If you’re in the area, come visit or get started on a program that will breathe life into you.

The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! Click here to reserve your trial class.
In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 🙂

Human Trafficking Awareness Barre-a-thon

Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery is an issue that you might have started to hear about. But more than just a buzz, the shocking reality is that there are estimated to be 27 million in the world who have been forced into labor and sex. This is an estimated 32 billion dollar industry, and the average price of acquiring a slave is $90!

We are passionate about Freedom and Inspiration at Passion Barre and Karingah; and we believe that:

Freedom has often come, and can only come, as a result of the free becoming distressed by the captivity of the enslaved.

Individual freedom is still being threatened, and we want to raise louder voices this month with other abolitionists worldwide.

Many thanks again to all who came on Saturday, January 24, 2015 for a free community barre class during the first ever Barre-a-thon for human trafficking awareness month. Your presence made it impactful and we got to learn so much with conviction. Thank you for filling up the classes and going above and beyond the suggested class donation. Thanks to all who shared 24 cards and held 7 conversations with their communities about the Barre-a-thon as well. And thanks to all who committed to attending 24 times in these 7 weeks!

Here’s to your health, and their freedom!

In the meantime, if you missed the Barre-a-thon event, you can still donate!

Please click here to read our story and give; or drop off your cash or check donation at our Terra Vista location:
10582 Foothill Blvd., Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
We’re located at the Joy Fountain Courtyard between Target and Hobby Lobby.

Proceeds from our Barre-a-thon and overall Fight for Freedom 24/7 Giving Challenge go directly to empower our partners’ work in rescuing women and children from slavery. So to Give freedom, Just show up 🙂

This time, we’re focusing our giving efforts on projects by A21 Campaign and The Exodus Road through our partner, Pearl Alliance.

Also, if you’ve never heard of Human Trafficking; or you have heard, but didn’t think it was possible to make a difference; please reflect on this short clip on top 10 human trafficking facts and how you can help end slavery in twenty five years!


P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre classes yet, we’d love to host you in class. The sweet after burn has been spreading like a wildfire since we brought the barre to Rancho Cucamonga! You get to try your first class for only $10, so click here to reserve 🙂

In Southern California, we serve Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Fontana, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, Corona, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Riverside, Pomona and other surrounding cities. See you at the Barre 🙂