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When I first started practicing yoga, I wanted to know more.  I wanted to immerse myself in everything that was yoga and be with like-minded spirits.   The Everyday Wisdom 200 Hour Yoga Immersion is about learning what yoga has to offer that can enhance and inform your everyday life.  You will learn yoga anatomy and philosophy.  You will be introduced to the world of chakras and energy as well as meditation.  In this immersion, you will learn how to teach yoga if you choose to take that path.   The Everyday Wisdom 200 hour Yoga Immersion is your chance to dive deeper...

GIVE IT UP FOR THE GRAVY! Well folks, it is upon us again, that season that Leslie likes to refer to as the “season of gravy”. Its time for turkeys, trimmings and family gatherings: a time when most Americans can gain anywhere from 5­ 10lbs in a 2 month timespan. To offer up a little help to combat Grandma’s Gut Busting Gravy I offer up a gluten­free and potentially dairy­free (if you are into that kind of thing) solution. Here is a Health Coach Laurel Approved Gravy recipe, the one I make for my very own people. Ingredients   2 Tablespoons of Butter...

Our entire studio is very Pilates-based, it may be appropriate to describe it as a type of 'functional training' (but let us be clear, it is not physical therapy) as the goal, for the most part, is in the movements that we use and helping clients to connect to those movements. Whether it is Pilates, BarSculpt, Yoga, or basic strength training, the goal is to move the body in a balanced and mind-connected way. While we can help with weight loss and other fitness related goals, the training always begins by training the client in movement (based on their needs) and then...

"Leslie, Your studio and one on one sessions have made me a healthier mom and a stronger person. The only workout I've ever stuck with and look forward to doing! It's my outlet and you are so amazing to work with! Especially with all my (minor) ailments, I thought I would never be able to get a good workout in. I love your staff and you all make me feel like I'm a part of your family! Thank you!!" ~T.R. I couldn't be more pleased to receive this note from my client. T.R. Started coming to the studio at the beginning...

Do you feel slightly intimidated by the thought of stepping into a yoga, barre or reformer class because of not knowing what to expect? Has your doctor or physical therapist recommended either of these fitness types to you and you are not quite sure which style would be right for you? Or do you already practice and feel like you need a tune up? Then a private session is the perfect thing for YOU! A private session can help a newcomer to feel more confident and relaxed when it’s time to step into the group class setting.   If you are recovering from an injury or...

“FINALLY!  A Proven Plan To Lose Weight Easily, Get Healthier Than Ever, Feel Amazing, and Eliminate Cravings Once and For All!” Dear BarSculpt Client, Have you been off track with your fitness goals lately? Want to get healthier and finally lose that excess weight? Well, what’s holding you back? Do you have sugar and carb cravings that just drive you nuts? Do you suffer from fatigue, lethargy, depression or anxiety? Do you feel like total crap (brain fog, cloudy thinking, no concentration) when you go on a “diet.” If you answered “YES!” to any of those questions, well my friend, you’re not alone.  I’m right there with you.  So...

Time certainly does fly by. Nine years ago I opened Pure Movement with my BFF from college Luca I. Richards. We spent six months planning. Luca was in charge of design and it turned out he was much better at raising funds. I scouted locations and spent hours with a coach at Portland City hall whom helped me plan everything from how to do a business plan to how to set prices. Fast forward nine years and Luca, after selling me the business four years ago, is now living in Miami and is the director of teachers at Green Monkey Yoga. He has...

In light of our upcoming 9th Birthday celebration today I'd like to celebrate Lacey! Lacey started at Pure Movement Portland as a client 7 years ago. About a year into being a client (forgive me Lacey my time line may be off) she was planning on changing her job and casually mentioned that she would be soon looking for a new one. Lacey being a dream to have in class, she listens to cues, takes direction without ego, always super friendly and clearly excited to be taking care of herself.. seemed perfect to me so I immediately asked her to consider working...

Hello Everyone! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alice Riccardi and I am a 500 Hour Baptiste Certified Yoga teacher and I am teaching yoga at BarSculpt. I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 13.   I’d like to share with you the ways yoga benefits both body and mind as a reminder for those times when you may think, “should I or shouldn’t I go to yoga class?”   Immediately after class:   IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION.   Just 20 minutes of yoga can improve cognitive function…immediately! LOWER STRESS LEVELS. One of yoga’s stress busting powers come from its ability to...

I am totally married to my fitness. I dated a lot of fitness routines while I was a dancer. As much as I love how aerobics classes tried to mimic the spirit of a dance class I missed the feedback, attention to detail and the lack of art. Though loved the ability to have be overly expressive or not at all. Learning in my arts training that our bodies are our instrument and we have to keep them fine tuned. I learned many methods that were very structured and balanced. Clearly this is what still speaks to me. I will not...