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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pure Barre + Yoga

Last weekend I took a small hiatus from running and tried two new workouts: Pure Barre 
and Candle-lit Yoga.

They were both pretty amazing. 

Pure Barre: 

This one was hard. Way harder than I anticipated it to be.  And that is exactly why I think I might go back again.  The hour flew by because even though you are doing such small movements, the pace is quick, the instructor was lively and helpful, and every 5-7 minutes or so you moved on to a new phase of the class.  I was also sore in a way that I didn't know was possible.  Not the big muscle kind of sore that you get after crossfit, but a small kind of sore that is everywhere.  I mean, everywhere.  And it's less overwhelming, but proof that you did, in fact, work every single tiny muscle in your body.

We had a great group of girls that tried it out together and the instructor (far left) was the sister of my friend!  Such a fun morning that was capped with some delicious mimosas.  If you're ever in Chicago, head to Pure Barre River North or Streeterville.  It's the place to be!  

Also, if the crazy klutz's that are my sister and I can do it, I promise, you can too! 

Gratitude Yoga's Candle-lit Class: 

This was a Sunday vinyasa class taught by an old acquaintance from high school.  The focus of the class is "gratitude" and it was really wonderful.  I'm a hard sell with yoga classes and rarely am a repeat customer.  I would definitely go back to this class.  It's the perfect way to end your weekend on a high note.  I felt stretched, peaceful, and happy walking out of there; ready to face the week! 

This year is all about exploring new ways to stay fit and so far I'm on a roll! Have any other ideas for me?

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