Laughter, that is. It simply is contagious, and one of my favorite things to at the barre during a workout 🙂
So we’d like to share a bit more on the power of what you’re experiencing and sharing when you laugh.

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. –

Many of us might be familiar with the quote from the book of Proverbs 17:22 that says “A merry (or joyful) heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones” especially as we discover more on how literal this is.
And as much as we appreciate the truth about it, what many struggle with is how to get that merry heart. I mean who doesn’t want a merry, healthy heart, and strong body?

At Passion Barre and Karingah! we sometimes talk about laughing at all costs, even when you don’t feel like it. During a Barre workout class, for instance, we might say, in the middle of a burn, “smile, instead of grimacing… it’ll send stronger signals that something good is happening to your body, haha!”

And in a Karingah! class, during all the shaking and sweating, we call it the Shake and Laughter theory: Laughing naturally causes your body to shake; and shaking on purpose causes the silliness to make you laugh – especially with a bunch of people. So you can perk up your day or moment by laughing on purpose.

But seriously, what happens when you’re really feeling down or neutral? The presence of those feelings could make it really hard to make that switch. The good thing to remember is that switches (changing your state) are very possible, but first with a value statement and focus. How important is it for you to feel better, be healthier, flourish in your gifts, or be the leader in the room that can bring a life-giving change to others around you? Also remind yourself that feelings are followers. They follow the strongest influence at the time. Influence is created by thoughts, decisions and actions. Are you willing to lead, change your mind and take action by doing something as simple as focusing on a new thought and smiling?

Another quotation on laughter infrequently used in this present context is found in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:4 “[There is] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”

All things being equal, this line is quite self-explanatory… except for those times when it seems like weeping and mourning could go on and on; or some situations present no hope. So you can decide that although it doesn’t seem like it, it a time to laugh instead. You can start with a smile 🙂

Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. –

Do visit this page here for a list of benefits to your health when you laugh, and also a list of things to do, to trigger laughter.

And in the spirit of “sharing” and “like buttons,” go ahead and share good health, and laugh! it’s contagious.

P.S. If it’s been too long or you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre class 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! Click here to reserve your trial class, still complimentary this month.
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 🙂

FRIENDS REALLY DO COME WITH BENEFITS, and working out with the people you love can be so much fun (:

We have exciting things going on this month with the continuing Dance Series, Throwback Thursday, Girls’ Night Out and New Trampoline class times to jumpstart (no pun intended) your energy and fitness level or weight loss. So it’s time to spread the joy.
Refer three of your friends, family and co-workers and get a complimentary massage when two of them sign up for a Membership!
So bring a buddy and you could enjoy a massage.

Current clients with Unlimited Memberships, bring one complimentary guest per class 🙂 Just ask us for your guest passes.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of an Unlimited Lifestyle Membership

Join us for a beginner Salsa class, live music, and a chance to show off what you’ve learned in the Salsa part of our current Dance Series. Meet us September 19 at the beautiful Cuban Cocopalm Restaurant in Pomona.
You don’t have to attend the Dance Series on Thursdays to come out with us, but you still can. They’ve been so much fun!
Our Girls’ Night Out is open to everyone 21 and up.

Time: 8:00PM;
To Carpool, meet at the studio at 7:30PM
Cost: $15 to get in. $5 Valet
Venue:1600 Fairplex Dr, Pomona, CA 91768
Shoes: comfortable shoes/heels with flex, that won’t slip off your heels; or ballroom shoes.


As requested, join us on 9/25/14, the last Thursday of this month at Passion Barre for Throwback Thursday. It’s amazing what great music and memories can do. So come dressed in your favorite decade and join us in a blast from the past.
Here are links to our Passion Barre blog ( and Facebook blasts.
Be sure to snag a selfie in class and share your favorite moment.
Hashtags: #passionbarre #karingah #fitforfree #throwbackatpassionbarre
And no, you don’t have to be dressed up to attend class, haha!

Haven’t taken a class at Passion Barre yet? Try your first class for just $10, and give us a call at 909.276.5442 to get on a Passion Barre program that will breathe life into you. Or email us at and let us know if you’d like us to reserve a spot for you.

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Telling Tales and changing your story… read more

Click to learn about combating human trafficking. Learn more about one of our partner’s projects, and the powerful rescue stories.

Enjoy this video and try it at home:
How to do a ballet Relevé properly in a simple sequence to get a low-impact, butt lifting and leg defining workout.

If you’re an ambassador and you’ve been meaning to introduce a family member or friend to your fav. Passion Barre studio, now’s the time to do it 🙂

View the "Before" in the post, and "we're not even through yet!"

View the “Before” in the post, and “we’re not even through yet!”

The journey continues as we inspire and co-brand with the community to blaze the trail of freedom to those in captivity (Spirit, Mind, or Body). The studio, (Passion Barre, Karingah! Boutique Fitness Lounge opened this month of February 2013, and it was quite the experience. So I thought it was about time I poked my head in to say I’m alright and thankful!

Yesterday, I finally had my sudden teary moment as La Shawn led the Barre class in cooling down and the words to her song rang out “God is Here.” I looked around at the beautiful new faces that filled the room and it just hit me: How did this session fill up so quickly? How did we get the honor of serving and leading them through inspiration? It’s all about His glory! As my friend said. “God has His plans and the most important thing is to be a part of it.”

View a couple of photos of our Freedom Space in Progress: the “Before” and “we’re not even through yet” versions. It was an intensely short time getting the space ready and I and several amazing helpful friends and family are still recuperating. We’ve all earned some kind of honorary certificate in painting, flooring and construction. Friends and family far and near offered so much support and words of encouragement that it blew my mind. I will say again, I’m thankful… and inspired!

Karingah!’s first day in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (the Inland Empire) opened with the Passion Barre (Barre Fitness) with some attendance and excitement. The demand for the Barre classes continues to grow and the Karingah! classes as well. Pilates and Zumba stand as runners up. We reiterate the The Fit-for-Free program in all our classes to keep the women and children in captivity on the hearts of our students. Their attendance makes a difference. It fuels us to match their attendance points (freedom points) with money to give to our allies out on the rescue and outreach fields.

If you’re in the Inland Empire, I invite you to come in for a visit, hang around, have a sampling of our Tea Bar and try one of the signature classes. The place is quickly becoming “home” to old and new friends.

A little about Karingah!:

Karingah! started as a Tribal Marks lifestyle activity. An art and fitness synergy… a modern World Fusion dance inspired fitness influenced by Africa and it’s diaspora within the Caribbean, Middle East and Latin America; with a touch of Pilates. It has now found it’s home also as the name of its physical studio location– a Boutique Fitness and Dance Spa.

The studio offers small group classes for maximum results and personalization with Karingah!, along with other signature classes: Passion Barre, Pilates, SĂ ntĂș Stretch, Barre-Trampoline Zumba; and compatible personal services such as life coaching and StretchWorks.



P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Passion Barre or other 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! 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 :)
Shortly after we made our way through the blank canvas space

Shortly after we made our way through the blank canvas space

Karingah! Before