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A New Way to Sweat While Having Fun with Yoga Pilates Barre

By Marina I. Jokic

Yoga Pilates Barre celebrated its first anniversary in 2017. A young studio, it has nevertheless garnered a passionate following. Grace Barron's central focus is helping her pupils develop their strength, flexibility, and posture through varied and dynamic movements that never leave them uninterested. YPB sees itself as a local boutique fitness studio that provides expert instruction in three of the most popular fitness disciplines. Their classes are principally rooted in the core elements of yoga, power Pilates, ballet, and strength training, with both classic and fusion fitness classes available. Whether you are a purist or love to mix and match, YPB can accommodate you.

Barron points out that the fusion classes were created with the goal of blending the most popular and effective techniques of each discipline to achieve quick and lasting results in a 55-minute workout. The YPB philosophy of exercise is based on emphasizing low-impact, isometric movements and poses that safely tone, sculpt, and strengthen various parts of the body. This allows for a comprehensive workout that proportionally tones the whole body through muscle exercises and stretching. Keeping the classes small is important so that each student can receive personalized attention.

"The focus is to reach, teach and inspire all bodies to find love for movement," Barron said.

By creating classes that can be modified to fit all fitness levels, YPB can reach a wider audience and change more lives for the better. Classes include HIIT the Pilates Barre, Barre Redefined, Candlelight Yoga, Happy Hour Yoga and Pilates, and Happy Hour Yoga. HIIT is a 55-minute intermediate level class that incorporates Pilates and Barre. A circuit-style workout that uses TRX, the ballet barre and light weights with a lot of repetition, HIIT builds cardiovascular endurance and focuses especially on the arms, legs, glutes, and core. Candlelight Yin Yoga promotes relaxation through slow-paced asanas or postures that are restorative and gentle. Yin Yoga is suitable for all practitioner levels, and are marked by longer, more passive holds that really allow the body to stretch connective tissues like the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

With the addition of Pilates to most of the classes, Barron wanted to ensure that her students were vigorously working their core muscles, the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine. These muscles are essential for strength and flexibility. Barron points out that Pilates is essentially a system of movement and strengthening that promotes full breath, healthy joints, and stability in the body.

"The dream was to be more than just a fitness studio. I wanted to create a retreat, a positive community," Barron said.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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