We’re growing our roots to get ready for the New Year. Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a classic yoga pose that grounds, lengthens, strengthens, opens hips, and encourages correct posture. The busy month of December is the perfect time to root down, ground ourselves, stay balanced, and foster growth into 2016. To perform tree pose, stand strongly and balanced on one leg, while bending the other knee so that your foot is resting on the ground, your standing ankle, or above your knee. Once balanced, place your hands in prayer position and then slowly move them to reach upwards to grow your branches. This month, you’ll be alternating between tree pose and chair pose to maximize grounding and growing. To perform chair pose, (Utkatasana) stand straight up, with weight evenly dispersed in both heels. As you inhale, reach arms up as you bend your knees and squat down, keeping knees and thighs together, as if you’re sitting in a chair. Keep arms and torso up at a slight angle and roll shoulders down. Stay in the pose at least 10-20 seconds to maximize benefits. Chair will not only ground you down, it will also fire up your glutes and thighs to burn some serious calories. Just print, pin, or save the calendar below and commit to grounding and growth all month long! Think of it as preparing your body and mind for what’s to come as the holiday season ramps up and we turn the corner into a fresh, new year of opportunities.
If you haven’t tried a barre class yet, now is the time and Pure Barre Southampton is the place to lift, tone, burn, and take advantage of PURE WELLNESS! Pure Barre has been OHH favorite ever since they opened in June, 2014, and now we’ve partnered up for 15% off Pure Barre classes AND OHH nutrition counseling so that YOU can stay fit and healthy all in one place!
That’s right, come to Pure Barre for classes and get 15% off a nutrition package with yours truly as well as 15% off your Pure Barre package too! That’s a PURE perfect combo for being your healthiest, happiest you! I myself have Pure Barre Southampton to thank for toning my arms for my wedding dress! I didn’t want all that pulsing to go to waste, so I practiced what I preach about healthy eating and self-care. If you want in on the PURE Wellness, just email kiley@onehealthyhamptons!
Offering at least three classes a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year, this barre studio is here to stay. Conveniently located in Southampton village, Kaitlin, Leslie, and Patti, excitedly opened the studio to fill a void in fitness out East by bringing their favorite workout to their favorite place, all year round! Like-minded locals can appreciate their welcoming approach, reliable schedule, fun atmosphere, convenient location, and dependable full-body workout delivered in every class.
Pure Barre is the perfect mix of strength and stretch, fun and vigor. Unlike some other hot group-fitness classes sweeping the nation today, Pure Barre focuses on precise movements to strengthen muscles and the mind-body connection simultaneously. The low-impact moves can really be done anywhere, but the sequence of the Pure Barre method ensures a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for this important connection. Concentrating on nothing but these movements allows guests to block out the chaos of life outside the door, creating a tranquil energy throughout the studio. The 55-minute workout targets all of those trouble zones head to toe, building long, lean muscles. While the technique stays consistent, the fun music and choreography sequence prohibit boredom and plateau. While you can always rely on that 90 second plank, working your booty ’til it hurts, and abs for days, the new routine keeps us coming back for more.
The Southampton Pure Barre studio and great team of instructors are incredibly welcoming, so newbies should feel at ease and excited to tuck it out. The studio constantly offers great deals and promotions, so just ask before you pulse! Get ready to shake, tuck, sculpt, lift, tone, and burn every muscle group in your body. Come one, come all, meet me at the barre for the best toning and nutrition team in town! No more excuses, put yourself, your body, and your health first!
Visit Pure Barre at 5 Windmill Lane, Southampton, soon and check out Pure Barre Southampton on Facebook and instagram @purebarresouthampton and click here for more information about OHH’s private nutrition and wellness consulting.
One Healthy Breakdown: Meet me at the barre to LTB and chat nutrition!
After hearing lots of buzz this summer about SLT, I finally got to try it out for myself. When asked what to expect, my friend told (warned) me: “it’s like Pilates on steroids.” Yes, that’s just about exactly right. I was sore for days and days…which means…it works.
SLT’s Water Mill studio is new and clean, but the reformers of all reformers, Megaformers (aka torture chambers) aren’t particularly welcoming. Lucky for me, I got there early enough to see the previous class wrapping up. Each and every one had that clenched look of pain across their face…that got me a little nervous for what was to come, not going to lie. And I was right, pain was to come.
As you can see, the Megaformer has lots of tools and toys to sculpt in different ways. Various moves allow for heavy resistance for weight-training or lighter resistance for Pilates. Don’t try this at home, folks. We worked our abs, legs, glutes, obliques, back, triceps, biceps…is that all? It was a different sense of toning, more like pinching. The Megaformer creates motions we don’t usually perform with the body.
Did I mention how sore I was? I did like the fact that we packed so much in, just when your muscles wanted to explode and the pain became unbearable, it was time to switch to a new muscle group. Sweet relief.
It’s definitely impossible for this workout not to shape and tone. Good form and precision is key here, both for safety and for results. If you’re looking for a social workout, SLT isn’t it. You don’t go to this class to chit chat, you go to strengthen, lengthen, and tone. Good thing the music was good because it was the only distraction from the pinching pain.
One Healthy Breakdown: Consider this ‘the Mega-reformation of Pilates,’ if you will.