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In honor of everyone’s hard work during the 2019 Reset & Rebalance (R&R) Challenge, we wanted to share and highlight a few of our client’s results. See how these women (at all different ages and stages of life) added in strength, cardio, and mindfulness and felt and saw the changes in their mind and body!

Looking for more variety in your Dancers Shape classes? Check out the Pilates Small Group Equipment classes, Lift & Tone, Basic Spin, and more!

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Congratulations! You made it to week 4 of the R&R Challenge. I hope each of you are feeling stronger and more balanced each day. Our last step in this challenge is to arm you with the tools necessary to stay committed to your re-balanced life. Let’s get started!

1) Aim to attend 3 - 4 classes per week. If you get more in awesome! If you get less, don’t sweat it. You have built up a solid base that will allow you the flexibility to miss more some weeks and less on other weeks depending on your schedule.

2) Try to keep the variety with strength, cardio, and mindfulness to mix things up so your body and mind do not plateau. This will also help prevent injuries by avoiding overuse of the same muscles and movements. Each week choose 1 - 2 classes from the 3 categories below. If you can get more than 1 in each category that is a bonus! But again, don’t sweat it if you do 3 of the same types of exercise for the entire week without mixing it up - the goal is simply to stay...

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“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” - Malcom Gladwell

You have made it to the last week of this challenge! Give yourself a big pat on the back for this accomplishment!

Throughout this month, we have introduced small yet effective things to add to your daily lives to help you live mindfully and healthily. Sit and reflect on how your body and mind has changed over the last few weeks. And I totally suggest writing it down so that you can see and appreciate the effects of these changes! This week, I want you to continue integrating mindfulness into your daily life with your breathing practice, your conscious writing, and your meditation.

Now I want you to think beyond this 4 week challenge. Grab your handy notebook again :) and write down what you want your life to look like 1 month from now. Write down goals, small or big. Write about your daily routine. Even write about your ideal weekly routine. Then do the same for 6 months from...

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You’ve made it to week four - Congratulations are in order. Way to go!!!

That means you’ve made it over the hump and the new practices you’ve been implementing through the #RRChallenge2019 are hopefully now feeling more like regular habits.

Way to stick with it. And even if you don’t feel like you’ve been sticking with it as much as you like, just the fact that you’re here reading this post means you’re in this thing. You’re doing it, whether you like it or not. ;)

So you’ve made it four weeks (whatever that looks like for you), you’ve got yourself up and running with some new healthy livin’ momentum, now how do we keep those wheels turning so you can keep going and going with it? You can do anything for a few weeks, it’s making it last where it gets tricky.

Today I want to share with you three tips for long-term success. Each of these are key pieces in turning what you’ve started here in the #RRChallenge2019 into a lasting healthy lifestyle.

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In this third week of the R&R Challenge we are focusing our efforts across the board on listening to our bodies. Our minds love to be in charge, but the body speaks to us all the time when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness. Allow yourself to hear it and learn from it.

Take it from me (an ex-professional dancer) where pain was part of the game. It took several injuries for me to realize how to listen to my body and work with its specific needs:

  • Stick with the types of exercise I enjoyed and felt best in my body.

  • It’s ok to modify, I don’t have to push 110% ALL of the time.

  • Do not work through pain.

  • Taking a day off or participating in a lower level class is not shameful. In fact, these realizations helped me stay at the top of my game.

Whether you are a fitness buff or a fitness newbie, it is completely normal for your body to fluctuate in how it feels during your workout from day to day. What felt easy one day may feel...

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“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron

Take a moment to sit and reflect...how did things go this week? Were you able to get your notebook out every day? Did you sit and observe your breath? How many times a day did you practice your breath? Did it feel overwhelming? Did being overwhelmed prevent you from doing any of it?

I want you to keep at it. Find the time of day that is best for you. Maybe it’s after dropping the kids at school, or your lunch hour, or after dinner. Spending 5-10 minutes each day practicing mindfulness is an investment in you. Remember, you are taking steps to uncover insights into your internal world. The more you discover, the more tools you are able to develop for yourself. These tools will be there to support the joy in your life.

This week we have small additions to keep you on this path:

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Our bodies are constantly talking to us. Only problem is they’re speaking a different language. And whispering. And everything else out there is screaming for our attention (hello, low carb craze), drowning out that small, still voice, telling you something else. That poor little whisper doesn’t stand a chance.

This is why “listening to your body” is so much easier said than done.

Tuning into your own body is more than skill. I call it a sense, like seeing or smelling, because it’s like a survival tool for your body.

It takes some practice to hone and strengthen it. As you do though, that small, still voice gets louder and stronger. Think of it like a muscle you haven’t worked out in awhile, or that you didn’t even know was there until after a particularly challenging workout.

Identifying and maintaining this muscle is how you truly take charge of your health.

There’s not a doctor, or a test that compares to the power of...

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In week 2 of R&R, we are discussing the importance of mixing it up. Lucky for you, one of Dancers Shape's basic foundations is variety. Yahoo! DS works hard at creating fresh, new, safe programming so that your body and mind don’t plateau. We believe in the importance of a well balanced exercise routine that addresses strength and cardio needs.

1) Step out of your comfort zone and try a new class.

It is completely normal to feel intimidated when trying something new. For example, I don’t typically enjoy cardio exercise (unless it is dance). Running hurts my hips/back and cardio machines at the gym are mind numbing for me. So when I was invited to a spin class I was terrified but I wanted to see what all the rage was about. I told myself, “do what you can and have an open mind - it is just a bicycle.” Within the first minute of class I thought I might have to excuse myself because my quads were burning so bad. But then I remembered, it’s just a bike, not a competition. Sit down, slow down, and experience the class. Part of the fear factor in...

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“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” - Sylvia Boorstein

By engaging in daily mindfulness practices, we gradually develop tools that can serve us throughout our lives. For just a moment, bring to mind a difficult situation (no matter how small or big) in your life that you feel you didn’t handle with the best judgement or grace. Over time, our practice gives us tools in our tool belt to use when we inevitably encounter these situations again. Small, steady steps of mindfulness help us calibrate our internal (and external) reactions to stressors, as well as help us engage with the people and the world around us. And when we are truly engaged, we can begin to relax and enjoy our lives.

Your addition for mindfulness last week was to carry an object with you that invokes joy and to practice watching your breath 3-5...

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If I had to choose one area that’s the most important thing you can do for your health and wellbeing, it’d be learning to cook and meal prep.

I know it may not sound like much fun. Maybe you’re thinking “errr, I don’t like to cook.”…

But here’s the thing, this is so much more than something you like to do or not (as if it were optional), an interest or a hobby. Cooking is a survival skill. It’s that important and essential.

Over the years as I’ve coached so many different people who’ve wanted to take charge of their health for one reason or another, no matter their “what” or “why,” with every single one we end up in the kitchen learning these basic skills.

It’s why now I always say - the path to health is through the kitchen. There’s no way around it.

And it’s why I’ve created an entire stand alone digital program to teach people the easiest, most efficient way to cook possible. It’s called...

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If you have taken my class in the past then you have heard me say many times, “I am looking for the quality of your movement, not how big your range of movement is...”

I am referencing the basic principles of Pilates - master perfect form before adding in speed and/or coordination for the challenge. Everybody has specific body mechanics unique to them, so we must learn to embrace what our personal range looks like, and more importantly, what it should feel like in your body. By mastering the subtle sensation and engagement of the deepest layers of your trunk you will build a solid base to improve your range of motion and get stronger quickly.

Along with getting your 20 DS classes in, I want to challenge you to focus on how to engage your pelvic floor and transverse abdominals before adding advanced options in.

1) How to engage your pelvic floor before you begin any movement.

The pelvic floor is a layer of muscles that lies between the sitz bones and the...

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“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

What does being mindful mean? It simply means slowing down just enough that you are present, aware, truly experiencing everything you are doing. In our technology driven, hyper-scheduled lives, we tend towards speeding through our daily tasks and experiences without checking in with our internal reactions. This can lead to losing our original intent, and while going through the motions, we can even become unaware of the effects on our bodies and minds.

With the beginning of a new year, we are used to setting new goals and resolutions. Throughout this challenge, instead of focusing on changing ourselves to fit our new ideas, we will begin adding in new habits that will act to serve your goals. I will give you tools to check in, slow down, and allow you to process events and changes in your daily life and through this...

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I believe so much of your success when it comes to making lifestyle changes that last comes down to perspective. This is something I learned for myself after years of trying to avoid the “bad” foods but only wanting them even more because they were “off limits.” It’s classic want what you can’t have. Basically, we’re all still toddlers deep down inside.

The game changer: When I started focusing and getting excited about all the foods that I CAN and should be eating. Instead of making it about “eliminating processed food” and “not eating sugar” I started appreciating whole foods and cooking more and finding the fun in trying new vegetables and learning new and interesting ways to prepare them that below myself and others away with how delicious they could be.

My personal experience has shaped my philosophy that it’s so much easier to, as I call it, “add in to crowd out.” The idea is you only focus on adding in as many whole, real foods - vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, lean protein… and you’ll naturally crowd out the not-so-healthy stuff....

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SIGN UP HERE - Free R&R Challenge

We all know that the end of year hustle and bustle can produce stress and inflammation leaving you feeling depleted, bloated, injured, and ready to get back to your best self. Dancers Shape is here to help and we are excited to announce our FREE 4 week challenge for 2019 - RESET & REBALANCE (R&R) running from January 7th - February 2nd.

Dancers Shape has partnered with Certified Health Coach, Megan Adams Brown, who shares similar views on how we approach wellness. We both believe “one size doesn’t fit all” and that there should be equal focus on fitness, mindfulness, and nutrition.

For four weeks, we're going to make small changes in each area of focus - a little bit every day and every week -...

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As I hit my mid 40’s I have noticed changes in my body that are new and sometimes frustrating. I wanted to switch up my routine and protect my muscle and bone mass by adding a class that used heavier weights. We all know variety is the best way to avoid plateauing and to keep yourself engaged. By staying true to the Dancers shape techniques and philosophies, which are injury prevention and variety, we created our newest class called Lift and Tone to help freshen and strengthen your routine.

Body by DS - November’s Featured Class:

LIFT & TONE

***This class requires tennis shoes.

As we age, we begin to lose bone density and muscle mass and one of the best ways to prevent this from happening is through weight lifting. We have designed this 45 minute class to target your large muscle groups as well as the small stabilizers by alternating heavy weights with barre work. This combination will improve muscle mass and bone density while not neglecting our injury prevention focus...

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As we roll out our “Body by DS” program, in which we bring new and old favorite classes to our schedule for a limited time, we thought we would bring you another specialty combo class, Spin & Zen. The first half of this class will rev up your metabolism with an energetic and challenging spin section. Once we have tapped into a high caloric burn, we will move into a yoga flow designed to slow down the nervous system and lengthen your posture. We will move our spine in multiple directions, open your hips, and reset your body. Come try our New Spin & Zen class on Saturdays at 10:30am.

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We're rewarding you for spreading the word about your favorite classes at Dancers Shape! Simply screenshot this image and share on your social media. Then have your friends screenshot your post (make sure it includes your name!) and bring it to the studio or email us and we'll give them a free week and you a credit on your account! How easy and fun is that?!

*Offer good for new DS clients or those who haven't been to the studio in 3 months or longer.

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Calling All New Clients for the Month of May!

Dancers Shape has so much class variety that we think you need a full week to try all of our offerings. Check out our wide variety of Barre, Pilates, Yoga & Spin. Register for your free week here! (valid for new clients only) and tell your friends!

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Are you a busy working professional? Do you feel there are not enough days in the week to get your work outs in? Are you interested in a class designed specifically for weight loss? Then Dancers Shape has got you covered! Come try our New Split Class: 30 minutes barre/core & 30 minutes spin.

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We're excited to welcome Alex as a new Spin instructor at Dancers Shape! You will love his upbeat attitude and playlists! Find out more about him:

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We're excited to welcome our newest Yoga instructor: Emily Farr! Read her full bio and come see her for Yoga this week!

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We're excited to welcome our newest Spin instructor Amy to the DS Family! She's on the schedule starting now so please come by and take her class to welcome her. Read her full bio here and find out more below:

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Welcome the newest face in the DS Family: Laura Merkel! Come by the studio and see her soon and say hello. Read more about her:

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We're excited to be growing our Dancers Shape Family with new instructors as we get ready to open our 2nd location inside Hill Country Indoor! Today we're happy to welcome Angela Sparks. Read more about her:

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We're excited to welcome the newest member of our Dancers Shape Family, instructor Hailley! Find out some more about this new face:

DS- Where are you from?

Hailley: I'm from NYC but I moved to Austin 9 years ago.

DS- What do you like to do for fun?

HS: I like going to movies, music concerts, sewing and making jewelry, playing with my cats and hanging with my friends

DS- Do you have any special talents?

HS: I am a film and commercial actress as well as a professional dancer. I also choreograph for music videos and dance live onstage with local bands.

DS- What brought you to Dancers Shape?

HS: I came to Dancers Shape because of the design of the classes and results I've seen it give the clients and instructors. I was also drawn to the Dancers Shape community as a lot of friends take and teach here.

DS- Anything else that would be fun for clients to know?

HS: I LOVE animals of all kinds! I also work for a traveling petting zoo...

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