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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...

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...