Studio ettiquette


Reservations are required for all classes. Please sign up online here!
Always arrive 10-15 minutes early for every class. We do not allow late entrance into our classes and the front door may be locked at the start of class if a front desk staff attendant is not present.

  • Please cancel any reservations at least 4 hours prior to the start of class.
  • Be sure to check into class with the front desk staff or instructor.
  • Bring a towel – we’ve got the mats, or you may bring your own!
  • Please mute cell phones and refrain from using them while in the studio and boutique.
  • Inform your teacher of any injuries or ailments before class begins. Feel free to ask questions.
  • Be clean of body and avoid perfumes.
  • Always practice within your own limits, non-judgmentally, and with an open mind.
  • Bun in the oven? Check out our pre-natal information page.
  • Unsure which class to begin with? Read more about all of our class offerings here or email us at info@villagebarre.com for more info.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ I am overweight and intimidated, what should I do?

 

You aren’t alone! Our studio celebrates all body types and commends everyone for their own personal fitness journey. No matter your shape or size, our teachers are committed to helping elevate you to a new level of health and wellness.

+ I haven't exercised in years, which class should I take?

 

As a beginner,  barre n’ pow{h}er is the best place to start.

+I'm not flexible. Can I participate?

 

Absolutely! Most of our clients come to us with this concern. This is one of the reasons you DO participate! Muscle and joint flexibility is so important to our health, and is a crucial part of your physical and mental well being. Our classes are designed to build both strength and flexibility.

+What should I wear to class?

 

Come to class in whatever makes you comfortable.  All of our classes are practiced in barefoot or in yoga sox (which are available for purchase at the studio.) Prepare to SWEAT! Bring water and a towel.

+ I have an injury or a physical limitation, should I be concerned?

 

Injuries and limitations are always a concern whether they are old or more recent. Be sure to fill that information out on your profile when you arrive so we can update your records. Please let your teacher know prior to class. If your injury required surgery, or if we deem necessary, we may require a release from your doctor.

+ Do I need to make a reservation for class?

 

Yes, we ask that you reserve your spot online. Our teachers customize their classes based on who will be attending. We also cap out our classes so they don’t get over-crowded. If the class should be full, you will be put on the waiting list. Should you decide to add yourself to the wait list, please plan to attend. You will be notified up to four hours in advance.

+ Do I need to come early to my first class?

 

Yes, please arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork, meet your instructor, and tour our studio.

+Do I need to bring my own mat?

 

No mat, no problem! We provide both thin and thick mats for use during all of our classes or you may bring your own.

+ Can I attend class if I'm pregnant?

 

Pregnancy Modifications:

We do not recommend beginning barre, tap n’ pow{h}er, or any type of fitness routine while pregnant; as you should hold a strong understanding of the methods prior, so you will be able to understand how to modify from the start of your pregnancy.

New clients must have a doctors note in order to practice while expecting at our studio. No exceptions. Our #1 goal is safety for you and baby!

Provided the above applies, we are very enthusiastic about training prenatal women and have seen many clients all the way throughout their pregnancy, including many of our instructors. There are, however, modifications we must enforce while a client is expecting.

It is of utmost importance that you don’t overstretch, as Relaxin, a protein hormone present in the body from conception, will allow loosening beyond what is useful for ones limbs, hips, and joints.

In order to avoid injuries such as Diastasis– the separation of parts of the body that are normally joined together- such as the separation of certain abdominal muscles during pregnancy- we ask that you abide by the following in order to keep you and baby safe.

Modifications for barre n’ pow{h}er classes:

As soon as the belly expands, women should never flex the spine. This puts unnecessary pressure on the abdominal muscles and can create separation rather than keeping the abs strong; therefore, from the time you learn of your pregnancy, we will no longer have you practicing: Roundback.

Round back is flexion of the spine. It is more effective to sit in Flat back and focus on the isometric contraction and lift of lower abdominals, including the pelvic floor. It is critical whenever practicing Flat back that the pelvis remains untucked and neutral.

Prenatal Flatback will exclude both legs extended, moving and especially lifting. Single legwork is acceptable; however, we feel it is best to completely keep the movement out of the legs and solely concentrate on lifting the pelvic floor. The use of a playground ball between the knees as well as accepting proper weight distribution in extremely effective and still very challenging.

Elimination of C-Curve and Superwoman: Good alternatives are Cat Back to Neutral Spine Stretch. Planking in a tabletop position is also a wonderful and safe modification to C-Curve.  It’s important to build strength while being gentle to the ever expanding abdomen during pregnancy.

Rather than trying to maintain a parallel position during Foldover, you may practice a modified position so the weight from the beautiful growing belly does not lead to injury. 

Finally, we feel it’s best to avoid any tucking/scooping of the pelvis whatsoever. Positions that call for a scooped pelvis (to remain safe during the exercise) are:

Knee Dancing on Diagonal: Please choose to practice this technique with shoulders directly placed over hips.

Waterski: A great alternative is High Narrow V.

 

Modifications for tap n’ pow{h}er classes: 

Clients should consult with their physician about the appropriate acceptable heart heart rate and is encouraged to wear a heart rate monitor while practicing. It’s also encouraged to move at half speed during the Energy (cardio) portions of class.

Rather than Superwoman, clients should choose to stretch the spine by rounding into cat back and then coming into neutral and enjoying a hip opening wide child’s pose.

During the Glow (Vinyasa) portion of class, it is encouraged to practice slowly and hold modifications during plank and down dog.  Remember that Wide Child’s Pose is an amazing way to stretch and alleviate tension from the hips and low back.

Abdominal work during the Radiate portion of class should be done on the forearms. You may choose to stretch during this section as well.

Supine (lying on the back) stretches during the Gratitude section should be practiced seated. See your instructor for clarification.

Release to Internal Peace (Savasana) should be practiced lying in a fetal pose on the ride side body or in wide child’s pose.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

+ Groupon - how do I redeem?

 

GROUPON REDEMPTION INSTRUCTIONS:

We are excited to have you join us as part of your Groupon purchase.  In order to redeem your Groupon and register for classes please follow the instructions below.

1. Email us at info@villagebarre.com with your name, Groupon # and how many classes (5 or 10) you have purchased.

3. We’ll add your Groupon classes to your account and email you back with instructions on how to register for class. (NOTE: Please allow 24-48 hours for us to activate your Groupon. In most cases we are able to do it within a few hours but our night and weekend staff is limited so it may take a bit longer if you email us during those times.)

4. Schedule classes once your Groupon is activated!