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

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

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 Sàntú 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 🙂

At Passion Barre and Karingah, we developed the Transformation Challenge as a MAJOR boost to long-term results! Former challenge winners and participants have mastered new habits, lost 5-7 inches on their waist line, 25 pounds in one challenge season, gotten a bill of better health from their doctor, and beaten depression.

Featuring team support, mind-setting, goal-setting, nutrition consulting, resources, accountability, prizes, and oh yeah, you’ve given us permission to get in your business (:

Alternatively you can opt to join the challenge through attendance only – 24 times in 7 weeks, or “Twice is Nice” (commit to twice a week for those 7 weeks). Showing up IS half the battle.

So, the more you show up, the more you see results; the more is given and more captives get set free.

Prizes vary per challenge season, but oh yes, pampering is involved!

$25 commitment fee with regular Passion Barre by Karingah! class package or lifestyle membership.

Did I hear you say bring it on? Click here to sign up.

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?