Some of our recent reflections at the barre: to not only gain flexibility, strength and length in our bodies, but also in our thought life 🙂

The meaning you attach to a situation is more powerful than the situation itself. – Lance Wallnau

For example, you know, “I can’ts” aren’t just “I can’ts.” They’re “I can’t” because… open inner dialogue: (“such and such happened”; or “so and so said this to me years ago”; or “they say such and such”; or “I don’t deserve it”; or “I don’t think I’m good enough”; or “will I be accepted?” or simply “I don’t want to”). Close inner dialogue. The last one is easy to deal with it. It’s not even a meaning. If you don’t want to, you won’t and you should just say that instead of “I can’t.”

But the other stuff can really create a reality in spite of actuality (truth). And one’s life, abilities and receptiveness becomes a positive or negative result of the inner dialogue that played on the inside after a situation played out.

May we develop a focus to reassess our past meanings; and apply meanings and interpretations to our present circumstances that will add health to our lives and the lives of those we relate with.

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! 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 🙂

 

I shared this before during a Barre workout that self-control is not just a matter of restraining oneself from negative things. But propelling oneself to do the positive things (what one can and should do). If we focus too much or without strategy on the object of negative restraint, we strengthen it. Why? Because what we focus on grows. So I happened to catch a broadcast of Joyce Meyer’s focusing on the topic of fitness and wellness, and was re-inspired by the concept of freedom. Freedom to make choices, and the ability to remain the chooser. “I can do anything I want, but I won’t be a slave to anything.”

So there you have it. Sometimes during your journey through life and health, it may seem like all you have left are restrictions. Enough already with the don’t touch, don’t look and don’t taste, right?! So let’s shift our focus a bit here. Of course, you can choose to have a cookie – it’s really up to you – let’s not make a fuss over the needed pleasures of life (now the issue of the food process and quality is for another day. Today we’re dealing with excess and quantity).

But what happens when you actually believe you can’t help it, or you can’t eat just one?

Time to Think Again. Decide what kind of results you want, then respect your potential (you do have it in you) and remind yourself that your freedom was not created to lead you into bondage. Stand your ground.

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! 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 🙂
You’ve gotten so much from the barre. Now if you’re looking for more time to to restore, relieve stress, or simply strengthen and relax –  we’re so excited to introduce the NEW SĂ ntĂș Stretch Class: develop your focus, flex and flow through a journey of stretching, assisted stretching, reflections and listening.

The word, “Santu”: {to inspire, awaken or revive} comes from the Nupe (pronounced noo-peh) language, one of my “native” tongues.  Though I never quite learned this particular language beyond basic greetings, I am fascinated by it. My Dad, who served the world in great capacity as a Linguist and Translations Consultant served his little girl (your’s truly) and Passion Barre in helping to find the perfect word and translation for this class 🙂
So with persistent demand and glowing feedback, join us for an official class starting Wednesdays at 5:30PM.
Also let us know of other available times you’d love to see this class featured. (Oh if only we could go all day and all-night and into your homes as some have requested, haha!)

With the use of stress-relief aids, stretch and relaxation sequences; and a gentle restorative Pilates method – this class will help release tension, increase core stability, good posture, balance, and recovery from/prevention of injuries to optimize daily physical functions.
Also experience transformation as you renew your mind by listening and over-writing wrong patterns of thinking to overcome limitations.
We’ve heard that the class favorites are “the talk” and assisted stretching back rubs, plus the after glow into the following day. We believe it’ll be the same for you.
Space is limited, and advance reservation is required.
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! 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 🙂

Engage with the possibilities today:

Erase, Start Over. …Now.

-Passion Barre

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. – www.helpguide.org

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. – www.helpguide.org

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 🙂

The more you think about it, the more it grows. Choose your focus. What do you want to grow?

At some point ladies, we just have to get mad. Get mad that a wonderfully created, intricate, powerful being such as you is being controlled by a bag of chips (or whatever your “thing” is)!

Have you noticed that healthy eating does not control you with cravings? Oh but what about this cycle of the things that are not the best; but feel and taste too good; lure you into excess and then become your slave master!

However the things that help you live life well are usually steady, good and faithful, respecting your right to know when you’re hungry and choose what to eat.

So, time for renewed thoughts and action:

There’s is a reason war is loud – just the mere battle cry is enough to intimidate your opponent.

Pretend like you’re in a Disney movie if you want, but it’s time turn around, get loud, set your face and tell that thing: “you are presently an enemy to my fitness and wellness goals and you’re not the boss of me! I’m the one created to rule, not you! I might eat a healthier version of you every once in a while when I decide it’s okay to do so, but not today!!! I’m going to drink a glass of water instead!”

And walk away.

 

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! 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 🙂

 

Say this instead:

A wise man, Keith Cameron Smith, in his book, The Top 10 Distinctions between Winners and Whiners once said, and I paraphrase: “Whiners ask disempowering questions; winners ask empowering questions”.

You can still be an overcomer even when you don’t have the answers. Just ask empowering questions (questions that assume there is a solution).
How am I ever going to get in shape? What can I do, that I would enjoy, that would help me get in shape?
Sigh.. I need to lose weight. I will enjoy losing weight.

And speaking of something you would enjoy, have you tried Barre yet? It’s a low impact workout that fuses Ballet conditioning and Pilates at the ballet barre – no dance experience needed 🙂 So try our Passion Barre class for a leaning, strengthening workout with tons of inspiration and solutions to help you rule in life.

Barre thoughts today: Don’t Try it…

Do it!

 

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! 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 🙂