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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...

Alice graduated from Hampshire College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Movement and is a 500 Hour Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher, a certified Alexander Technique teacher as well as an established E-RYT. She has taught yoga for 13 years and co-owned a Baptiste affiliate studio in Portland Maine with her husband for 8 years. Along with having the honor of being an assistant and teacher at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Alice assisted Baron Baptiste personally traveling to over 20 boot camps, teacher trainings, and immersion weekends. Recently she has led and co-led Yoga Teacher Trainings both in Portland Maine and...

Baptiste Power Yoga is a systematic approach to the physical discipline of Yoga poses, which occur within movement or FLOW. A simple and strong physical practice accessible to all bodies and ages, the Baptiste sequence builds and supports functional body mobility and stability. The muscular body becomes strong and stable which maintains and increases mobility of the joints, creating freedom and ease of movement both on and off the mat. Baptiste Power Yoga was created and designed by Baron Baptiste. Baron was born into a Yoga lineage and created his sequence in accordance with the 8 Limb Path of Yoga tradition. Baptiste Power...

Avid barre class lovers know that grip socks are a frequent requirement of the method. This requirement started back at the original barre studio, The Lotte Berk Method.  Socks (okay just regular socks not grip socks) were required. Lydia Bach (the creator and founder of all things barre in this country) taught that covering the feet would keep the heat regulated in the body.  The Lotte Berk Method classes were performed on a carpeted surface, making grip socks unnecessary. However, ballet barres unless treated, are porous. Thus, wearing socks saved all of our feet from getting fungus that would be transferred to the floor, barre, mats and bands, while making it easier...

CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE So to the friends and clients I don't see regularly, and to some that I do. Almost all of my names are in flux at the moment. I have changed my name back to my maiden name Guerin. After being a Hamm for over 12 years I have no idea how to sign my name, or answer the phone. However I do believe the change is ALL positive. The studio name is also changing. Pure Movement Portland has changed to BarSculpt. BarSculpt is not just a kick ass class that I developed.. it is now also the place you...

"When I first got engaged my first thought was, 'Holy crap we're getting married!' My second thought was 'Holy crap I need to get in shape!' And so the search was on to find a routine that was challenging, effective and most importantly could hold my attention for the eight months leading up to our wedding. By halfway through my first BarSculpt class, my arms and legs shaking like I've never experienced, I was hooked. For 55 minutes four times a week I was in the zone; 'down an inch, up an inch, down an inch, up an inch' -...

Every time you refer a new client to Pure Movement, we will give you 5% off a purchase (services only). You can keep referring new clients and receive up to 20% off a purchase. We will keep a record of every client you refer, adding up your discount. You can feel free to use the discount as you prefer - 5% at a time or wait until you reach 20%. Referred clients must be coming to class for the first time to be eligible. ...

Going through this years notes I have come across some class feedback for my teachers. I thought I would share those concerning the warm up! * Ankle Under Knee when Bending up for Marching Leg Lifts * Always bend your knees to pick up your weights * Hips width apart… make sure you get what you ask for * if you are counting every repetition you are missing something * Shoulder over hips for FrontBody * arms during front body should stay in front.. this includes elbows. * Resisting the lowering of the weights- feel as though you are moving through mud * Ribs stay connected to hips...

“Personally I have always struggled with stillness. As attracted as I have been to personal growth, exploration (both mind and body) and physical challenges on my mat, it was not until I first took a Lotte Berk Method Class that I understood that some of us find contentment (even quiet) not while silent, still or reflective but while moving, working hard and not being given a rest. I look at it as my white noise to happiness!” ~ Leslie...