Why barre is the best work-out available for safely building stamina

Barre is a blend of ballet, pilates, and yoga. The workout traditionally utilizes small movements to increase endurance in a big way. By moving the body in slow, small, precise movements, this is a wonderful work-out for those looking to increase energy, muscle, and stamina in a safe way. In class, we focus on stabilizing the full body, not just the limb(s) moving. We also focus on working the body in a balanced way; when working one muscle, we always work the opposite to ensure balance. So, if you are working your triceps hard, expect to also hit the biceps. This offers a safer and more complete workout that will not only help protect against injury, it has also been effective to help rebuild strength after an injury.Did you know Michael Phelps trained barre for the 2016 Olympics as part of his training regimen? Barres effectiveness combined with the low-injury risk, make for an outstanding work-out that is truly recommended by top movement experts.

Who is Barre for?

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This would be an outstanding work-out for literally any level of fitness. The class is challenging to any level of student while focusing heavily on breath, body awareness, and listening to the body. Barre is also immensely compatible with those who have arthritis, are recovering from an injury, or taken time off from working out. Even if it’s been years.

Give Barre a Try

Try us out. Meet us at the barre and see what this work-out can do for you. It’s been a life changing experience mentally, physically, and emotionally for so many in the Twin Cities already! We’d love to show you the safest and most real way to get your full body freak on in St. Paul, MN!

The Difference Between Sling and Silks

The difference between sling and silks. Many people may refer to sling as silks when they’re first starting up on their aerial journey! Silks and sling are not the same. Though, they’re similar.

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Sling and Silks – Understanding the Difference

Silks or tissu is two panels hanging from the ceiling, and is what people traditionally think of when they think of circus silks. Sling is the little sister of silks that busted on the scene around 25 years ago or so.

Sling, fabric, or hammock are the common terms for the single piece of wide, silky fabric that hangs from the ceiling. Aerial yoga using the sling was created by a yogini and circus practitioner who wanted to offer a more therapeutic and accessible approach to both circus and yoga. It certainly does that and more and now sling is a full-fledged apparatus that is beneficial for fun aerial tricks, physical therapy, strength building, improving flexibility/mobility, spinal decompression and more.

Join us in St. Paul, just across the hall from Blackstack Brewing and above Can Can Wonderland to see what sling can do for your health and more.

Aerial Yoga for Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain. Yuck. So many people have learned to accept sciatica as a side effect of working it too hard, not stretching enough, aging, the list goes on. However, as many yogi/nis know to be true, aging is a choice.

Inversions for Spinal Health

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All of the classes we offer here in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul can help to strengthen, elongate, and improve the health of the spine. Hanging upside down on a regular basis can and will improve lower back issues. Students with a history of slipped discs, scoliosis, sciatica have shared their positive experience with aerial sling all saying that their symptoms subsided and in most cases, completely disappeared with a regular aerial practice.

The aerial sling offers a gentle, safe, therapeutic way to successfully allow the spine and surrounding tendons and ligaments to stretch. Going upside down frequently, such as in the aerial sling, also has the potential to improve joint pain and arthritic symptoms throughout the body.

Adding in some land yoga to your weekly practice can help bring total spinal balance by moving the spine all five directions to maintain limberness and flexibility. Barre fitness can help improve strength, endurance, and muscle tone to prevent injury and improve posture safely with a low-injury risk.

Come Hang With Us in St. Paul, MN

See how good your spine can feel with a little consistent TLC. Come visit us just upstairs of Can Can Wonderland and just across the hall from Blackstack Brewing, Twin Citians.

Benefits of Aerial Yoga

Yoga in the air. Say, what? Turning your entire body upside down while hanging from a piece of fabric from the ceiling is definitely gaining popularity. Lots of ways to do it. However, one of the most popular waves of it that is drawing celebrities and athletes across the world to give it a try is, aerial yoga. Folx are drawn to this relaxing and refreshing activity for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few I have collected in my years of sharing aerial yoga as a practice.

  1. Well, I mean it’s fun. Trying something new, proving to yourself that this new activity is possible, seems to bring on a lot of smiles for a lot of people. One thing I love about sharing aerial yoga is the sheer joy folx display after going upside down for the first time. It’s a whole new way to look at things.
  2. It boosts serotonin in the brain. This alone bring about a host of potential healing benefits depending on the person. Possible benefits include: improved sleep quality, improve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  3. Hanging upside down can also potentially improve sleep by stimulating the lactic acid to flow out of the legs into the bloodstream and refresh the bloodstream. Very effective for those with knee jerk symptoms falling asleep at night.
  4. Inverting with consistency over time may also improve joint health by decompressing joints and also strengthening ligaments and tendons by giving your joints the opportunity to try gravity in a new direction. I have met multiple folx.
  5. This of course leads us to spinal health. While may report spinal improvement including better posture, often within a couple weeks of beginning a consistent aerial yoga practice, many specifically report improvement in the low back region. The lumbar spine, i.e. the lower spine, is the #1 spot for back pain in the United States. Frequent aerial yoga allows the vertebra to release the daily compression and improve the surrounding ligaments for overall less pain and more mobility.
  6. Improve grip strength.
  7. Improve flexibility and mobility by moving your body in new and important ways.
  8. Improve strength. This is a full-body practice.
  9. Improve focus and stimulate your brain by trying something new.
  10. Improve listening skills.
  11. Improve balance by practicing one legged positions in a safe space with the support and/or boosted challenge of hammock/sling.
  12. Improve digestion. Going upside down reduces bloat by sending air upwards with gravity. Thusly, going upside down helps improve digestion speed.
  13. Anti-aging, this is why many celebrities are now seeking out this practice. The natural blood flow to face offers a glow that many work-outs, and even facials, just cannot.
  14. The hammock massages and squeezes various parts of the body for improved blood flow throughout.
  15. Excellent for those who get bored at the gym and are seeking general benefits of a movement practice. This stuff will keep your attention, and even better, it’s effective.