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Our modern lives move fast. Stimulus from the outside world can distract us from listening to our bodies and emotions. This can lead to ignoring signs of mental, emotional, and physical distress. By removing this outside stimulus and sitting in silence, we can observe our minds and bodies. We can once again reconnect to who we are, identify how we feel about and react to life’s pressures, and discover what we need to do to maintain a peaceful, positive attitude towards life.

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The New Year is a great time to take a look at our habits and reset with a healthy mindset. After all the holiday sweets, drinks and snacks we feel like a reset is a great way to adjust our bad habits and set our 2017 nutrition goals! Here are some awesome local options to look into if you're trying to reset and start the year off right.

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Biomechanics and proper form can be a mystery to many, especially when dealing with the intricacies of the Dancers Shape technique. I get many questions on what cues mean and how to apply them to different body types. At one point in the class you might have thought “Why do I not look like the instructor doing that move?” “I don’t feel anything in that exercise.” “Why does my back hurt in abs?” These are all answerable questions so I wanted to start an interactive forum to share tips and modifications for different body types and injuries. Please leave us questions and comments below and on social media if there is a topic you would like us to address. Welcome to our new “Ask The Pro” series!

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As you may know we just celebrated our 6 year anniversary over the weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us. If you came to this year's party or any of our anniversaries in the past you may have had the chance to sample a Bunny Muffin. These addictive sweets are made by Pam (Jennifer's mother) with love each year. Although they may not be the world's healthiest choice they are so comforting and delicious. Make these around the holidays for a cozy treat!

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It's finally starting to feel cooler and we are so excited for warming and comforting fall foods. Here are some of our staff's favorite healthy seasonal recipes:

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Dancers Shape knows a tight backside will help alleviate daily aches and pains but also fill you with confidence. These five exercises are full body work that will improve your posture, lift your seat, tone the triceps, define the upper back and sculpt the hamstrings in only 8 minutes. Perform each exercise daily for one minute to see results in 5 weeks.

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We're so excited to add our newest class Core/Cardio to our Saturday line up. Sign up to try one this weekend!

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We're so excited to add Restorative to our Saturday line up. Sign up to try one this weekend!

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There are many benefits to improving your core strength - better balance and efficient movement patterns which improve overall strength for sports performance as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation of old injuries. When discussing the core, it is important to note that the core is more than just your abdominal muscles. Your core is the trunk of the body - the shoulder girdle to the hip girdle. Training the core to engage as one unit can change the way you feel and perform. Here are four exercises that can be performed in 5 minutes every day to help strengthen your core in 4 weeks. Perform each exercise for one minute.

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We want to thank all the loyal faces we see so often. We are adding these new perks for all our Autodebit customers! Autodebit clients enjoy:

  • 10% off retail
  • 10% off privates
  • 10% off workshops
  • 2 free buddy passes each month (expire at end of the month)

Autodebit is $160 a month for unlimited classes. A 3 month minimum and a 30 day cancellation notice are required.

Want in? Get on autodebit today!

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Summer is almost over and school is starting up. It's time to reset those healthy habits and get back into a good routine. Here are some tried and true tips to help you get back on track!

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Between staying cool and keeping things interesting, cooking in the summer can get more complicated than anyone wants to deal with. With Cilantro Lime, a local meal kit delivery service providing curated meals for the Austin area, you can spend more time enjoying summer and less time worrying about getting stuck in traffic to pick up dinner. Putting a spin on the summer salad is your best bet for a quick snack or fun and entertaining dish! Refreshing, green, and light, our salads are not your average iceberg appetizer. From all over the world, these salads are anything but boring.

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After my second foot surgery I felt pretty blue. I had already been relatively sedentary for the previous 3 months, and just when I was getting back on my feet I started the entire process over again on the other foot. It made me reflect that an injury is not just challenging physically, but can also do a number on your mental psyche as well. Here are a few tips I incorporated to help refuel my tank that put a smile back on my face and positive outlook on my recovery process.

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If you’re reading this, you are on some kind of device- a phone, a computer, an iPad, a tablet… or some other newfangled thing that I haven’t heard of yet. And, as someone who uses technology to spread my message and build my business, I am grateful you are powered up and/or plugged in and chose to read my article. So, thank you.

But, at the same time, I am worried about you. I’m worried about all of us, really. With all of the time we spend clicking, surfing, commenting, “liking” and posting are we missing out on living our best lives? Are we letting text messages, Facebook notifications and Candy Crush be the boss of us? I know that there have been times when my iPhone has absolutely been the boss of me- dictating my mood and where I put my attention. Does this sound a little too familiar?

While it may not be realistic for most of us to live completely off of the grid, I believe it is important (and possible) to practice moderation when it comes to technology. We need to be the boss of our gadgets, not at the mercy of...

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Refreshing cocktails are fantastic in the summer but some can be loaded with fat, sugar and calories! Today we're sharing some of our favorite lightened up libations of the season. Cheers!

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With Fourth of July weekend coming up we thought we'd share some of our favorite snacks for summer. These are hydrating, light and delicious!

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It's travel season and we love to be stylish but comfortable on long drives and plane rides. Here are some ideas on how to dress up your favorite athleisure pieces to create cute and wearable travel looks. You can find the Splits59, Lucy Activewear and FitFit pieces for sale in our studio!

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When you get letters like this, it validates all the hard work that is put into owning a small business. This is why we love our jobs and adore our clients and community that has been built over the years at Dancers Shape! Thank you Amanda (and all the others) for your kind words.- Jennifer

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We all love a good summer jam! Here's a list of our instructor's current favorites and a link to our spotify playlist so you can dance along with us!

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I have written blogs about this topic in the past - how proud I am of my staff and what effort it requires to find the right fit. My instructors and front desk staff are intelligent, sincere, hard working and I consider them a part of my family. I am excited to announce some familiar faces that will be returning to Dancers Shape! Please welcome back Toussaint, Lisa and Alison.

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Over the years, we’ve had many brides-to-be come to Dancers Shape looking for a way to get in shape and look amazing in their wedding dress. We asked one of our most recent brides, Tyler, to reflect on her experience getting ready for her big day. Here’s what she had to say:

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Our workshop on Saturday, May 14 will focus on the strong standing poses in the yoga practice. Why focus on this particular group of poses instead of others? Building a strong foundation in our standing postures creates strength, stability, and confidence when looking at the other categories.

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Life gets busy and we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make time to exercise. Some days you have busy mornings and evenings too! But don't worry we have some quick ideas that will help you squeeze a little workout in on your lunch break! Even a little bit of exercise will help break up your day, release endorphins and make you feel better.

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Craving something sweet? Try these healthier alternatives before reaching for that cookie!

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As most of you know I have some pretty severe bunions from my professional dancing days. Some of you may have seen me stuff my tennis shoes with toe garb before Groove. Or perhaps you have witnessed me in one of our cardio classes not being able to jump throughout the entire hour. Well I have finally had enough of this foot pain standing in my way of my favorite thing in the world (movement and exercise) and decided to have bunion surgery. This is how I prepped:

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