Bev Lacey

Bar lifted on new yoga trend

A NEW form of yoga that combines beats, ballet and pilates is changing the shape of bodies across the city.

Zama Yoga in South Toowoomba has started new classes, Barre Bare and Barre Beats.

"The barre method was developed by Lottie Berk and is famous worldwide," studio owner Nicole Loxley said.

"But most Barre fitness classes focus on ballet and pilates.

"Ballet and pilates exercises contract muscles and this is great for toning and fat burning.

"In fact you will keep burning fat for hours after the class, but there is the potential to shorten muscles and develop tension or tightness.

"By combining yoga postures and stretches with ballet and pilates, muscles stay long and lean, which not only develops a beautifully toned body, but a tension-free, happy body."

Ms Loxley said combining dance and yoga was not a new concept.

"The idea of free form or spontaneous movement, known as Sahaja in yoga, is part of many yoga traditions and is a way to freely express the body and mind," she said.

While the new barre classes incorporate dance movements, Ms Loxley said there was absolutely no dance experience required.

"Everybody has this innate response to the beat," she said.

"That's all you need."

Zama Yoga offers two styles of barre classes: Barre Bare and Barre Beats.

Free trial class

 

 Barre Bare: Will tone and sculpt your body with yoga, pilates and barre interval training and isometric exercises.

Barre Beats: Is a faster paced class with more dance movements to good beats