Barre and yoga, a good combination for some

We can’t deny the trend we’ve seen combining yoga techniques or stretches with barre exercises. Barre and yoga workouts go together like peanut butter and jelly for some. Others prefer one or the other. It’s not completely uncommon to find studios and gyms that offer both barre and yoga classes, but there is a difference in how those classes are being offered.

Some studios offer barre and yoga combination classes. IBBFA-certified barre instructor Chelsea Hanson teaches at Zenergy Pilates in Austin. She says her studio decided to create a barre and yoga combo class when one instructor was scheduled to teach a barre class followed by a yoga class and saw a divide in the clients who came on those days. The result was a 75-minute barre class with yoga techniques to improve flexibility.

“People like the class because it’s longer than the typical barre class (50 minutes) and they get some more flexibility work at the end with the yoga,” Hanson says. “I love being able to use the strength work and choreography in barre and add it to the breath and flow of a yoga class. I wish I could add 15 minutes of stretching to the end of every barre class!”

IBBFA-certified barre instructor Heidi Kambour says barre and yoga fusion, or combo classes, are becoming extremely popular at her studio. Heidi teaches a class called BARREyasa, the title of course is a play on “barre” and “vinyasa,” at the Lotus Loft Yoga Studio in Palm City, FL. She says the class starts as a traditional yoga class on the mat beginning with flows then weights are incorporated to some warrior flows. At the barre, the class starts with traditional barre routines, then Heidi brings yoga poses to the barre such as pigeon pose on the barre, tree pose relevés and cat/cow using the barre for support.

Some studios offer barre and yoga separately. IBBFA-certified barre instructor Lucie Beeley, teaches barre classes at her predominately yoga studio, 229Yoga in Albany, GA. She says adding barre classes to the studio simply made good business sense because they are the only boutique fitness provider in the area. And while the classes are separate, Lucie explains why taking both barre and yoga classes throughout the week provides a well-balanced fitness regime.

“Barre classes are excellent for toning and building lean muscle,” she says. “Yoga connects movement of the body and mind to enhance flexibility. Taking both classes provides a complete full-body enhancing fitness experience.”

The key to encouraging students to take both barre and yoga classes for those studios that offer them as separate classes is educating your clients. Lucie says at 229Yoga, they encourage yoga students to take barre and vice versa. “We also take into consideration each student’s goals and any physical limitation they might have and suggest classes based on those factors.”

Chelsea adds, offering combo classes is a way to introduce students to a new workout. “[Barre and yoga combo classes] are a nice change for those who primarily do barre classes, but also a nice intro into yoga for people who may not normally go to an entire 60 minute yoga class,” she says.

Whether barre and yoga are taught as separate classes or combo classes, there are some real benefits from offering both at your studio.

Ballet etymology: Plié

Learning the etymology of ballet words can help you visualize the intention of the position or exercise. It also makes for great trivia for your next class! Let’s dissect the word Plié [plee-ey].

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What it looks like in ballet: A plié is very commonly seen in ballet. It is the bending of the knees. This exercise renders the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible.

Etymology: The word originated in 1890 France as a noun derived from past participle of the verb plier, meaning to bend, according to Dictionary.com.

How to use it in barre: Plié on demi pointe in parallel or first position (see Chapter 8 of the IBBFA Barre Certification Level 1 manual).

Other meanings of the word today: Plié is still the past participle of the verb plier (to bend) in French.

A peek inside our online certification program

Are you interested in becoming certified to teach barre, but you’re a little nervous to take the online course? Take a peek into our online certification course and learn just exactly it entails.

Barre Certification is a completely online, work at your own pace program, available internationally. This allows you to take as much time as you need on any given section. You have immediate access to all the materials once you sign up. The course will take you through 10 learning modules. Each module includes lecture and exercise videos and quizzes that correspond with chapters from the PDF manual. The quizzes at the end of each module are not graded, but rather there to help you absorb all the important information and prepare for the Final Written Exam.

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The 10 modules will go over everything you need to know to be a top-notch barre instructor. They are:

1. Introduction
We want to get to know who are and vice versa!

2. ABC’s of Teaching Barre
You’ll learn the ins and outs of organizing a barre class.

3. Definitions & Terms

It is important that you know, pronounce and use the ballet terms correctly. Our glossary will help!

4. Posture, Feet & Form

Safety is our top priority here at IBBFA.

5. Upper Body Anatomy, Exercises and Stretches

6. Lower Body Anatomy, Exercises and Stretches

7. Core Anatomy, Exercises and Stretches

8. Common Cues

You’ll learn how to cue exercises and how to correct improper form.

9. Client Scenarios and Class Outlines

We’ll take you through some real client scenarios to prepare you for everything. You’ll learn how to create class outlines as well as receive some of our favorites.

10. Written Exam

You’ll complete multiple choice, timed comprehensive test. You must score an 80% or higher to move on to the Practical Video.

Practical Video

Once you pass the Written Exam, you will move on to the final step,  the Practical Exam. The Practical Exam is a video submission showcasing the skills you have learned throughout your training! No need to stress, we’ll talk you through it step by step. Once this has been successfully completed you will receive your certification!

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This may seem like a lot, but we our goal is to train competent barre instructors who have a passion for fitness and value safety.

When you sign up for the Barre Certification program, you become a member of our community. We are always just a click or phone call away to answer your questions. We are rooting for you!

We love all of our instructors. We keep in touch way after the certification program is complete because we want to hear how you are using your certification– we know you have brilliant ideas!

You never truly stop learning, so we created additional certification courses to add to your repertoire. Increase the intensity of your barre classes with Levels 2 and 3. Or teach to special populations, like offering a special prenatal barre class to your pregnant clients.

We hope learning more about what our program looks like from the inside will curb your curiosity! As always, we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

5 reasons to get barre certified online

There’s a better option than a rushed in-person weekend workshop to get your barre certification– an online program! Here are five reasons why you should get certified to teach barre online.

1. Turn your passion into a business

Whether you’ve loved ballet since you were a child, or you’ve been taking barre classes religiously, you have a passion that you can turn into a business. Ballet-based fitness is so hot right now! With more and more people become interested in barre, there’s a need for certified instructors. Talk to your studio or gym about adding barre classes to broaden opportunities and increase clientele. Not working at studio or gym? No problem! Pitch to facilities in the area that are not offering barre classes. Begin teaching private lessons or start your own studio. If you want to share your love for ballet-based fitness in your community, you owe it to yourself to take the next step.

2. You can do it anywhere

IMG_1118As long as you have a computer and internet connection, you can access the certification materials anywhere.  Barre Certification is completely online. There is no mailing out manuals or mailing in videos, everything is done with your convenience in mind. And help is only a click or call away. Our support crew answers questions thoroughly and quickly!

3. You can do it on your own time

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You’re busy! Some days you can’t commit a few hours to completing the certification course, and that is okay! No need to stress because you set the pace. You are able to log in and out as you please and complete the course at times that work best with your schedule.

4. The community

Studio_BFF_Promo-49Not only is the team behind IBBFA Barre Certification cheering you on, but also other certified instructors. Through an online group, the entire IBBFA community shares insight, asks questions and encourages one another. Looking for a study buddy? There’s a studying group for instructors currently going through the program.

5. Endless possibilities

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5 Ways Your Studio Can Give Back

Whether your studio or gym is in a small town or big city, it is important to make your community feel like you care. Creating opportunities to give to local charities is a great way to grow closer to your community and a fun way to get your clients involved. Here are a few easy, but immensely rewarding, examples of how your studio can give back!

Food or water drives

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Co-Founder Lisa Juliet’s Studio BFF in Mesa, AZ organized a canned-food drive last November. Food drives are popular during the holiday season, but don’t limit your time for giving. Bottled water drives are good for when the warmer weather starts to kick in. Plan a drive and donate the collection to your local food bank. Set a goal with your staff and clients. Give everyone updates on the goal to get them excited.

Pick a local charity and donate items

IBBFA-certified instructor Christina Zarnowski and her Milwaukee Barre District lifestyle studio says they pick a new charity each month and find ways to get involved as a studio. “We choose charities we can collect items for over money,” she says. “Our last drive was collecting Legos for a local school that helps children with autism.”

Keep an eye out for local news

Keeping an eye on local news is a good way to find people who need your help. When the BloodCenter of Wisconsin issued an emergency because of shortage of donations in March, Barre District encouraged clients to donate blood through a special promotion. Anyone who donated blood could receive a free week on unlimited classes.

Awareness months

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Find out which months are awareness months for causes you and your studio care most about. Some examples are Breast Cancer Awareness in October or Autism Awareness in April. Create special month-long promotions or find local charities that correspond with the cause to donate to.

Ask your clients for ideas

Your clients are bound to have causes, charities and nonprofit organizations that are near and dear to their hearts. Ask them what charitable opportunity they would like to see at the studio. If they would like to help organize it, the better. Encouraging your clients to get involved makes it all the more special.

You are more than just a studio, you are a part of a community. Organizing these charitable opportunities through your studio helps your neighbors get to know you more.
“Picking monthly charities helps us to expand our love past our studio doors,” Christina of Barre District says. “We enjoy helping others, it’s as simple as that.”