DALLAS TWP. — Concepts of pilates, yoga and ballet are blended to create a low-impact workout at The Zen Barre Studio.
The Zen Barre Studio (pronounced “bar”), located at the former Sage Yoga at 3700 State Route 118 behind Lakeway Beverage, opened Saturday, Oct. 15 and offers the new barre workout as well as several other classes such as yoga, Pilates and boot camp fitness.
Barre workouts are quickly gaining interest across the country. The exercise form uses a ballet barre to strength train muscles while focusing on posture.
“The barre class is new to NEPA,” said Jonelle Dickson, the owner of The Zen Barre Studio, and formerly of Home Yoga & Barre Studio in West Pittston.
The business’s grand opening revealed Dickson’s version of a barre exercise class that combines music with the strength training of Pilates and ballet plus the stretching of yoga to create a balanced workout.
Dickson ensures the Zen Barre workout is for people of all fitness levels due to exercise modifications, which are incorporated into every class.
Interest throughout the community began building up in the days leading up to the business’s grand opening, Dickson said.
“I received a lot of emails asking what a barre class is and what to wear to a barre class,” she said.
For a Zen Barre class, Dickson recommends athletic attire that is not loose-fitting and no shoes.
The Zen Barre Studio also has many instructors who bring their individual energy and techniques to the practice of yoga.
Dickson said she planned fitness workshops such as a “Gratitude Workshop” slated for November, before Thanksgiving, to help clients reduce stress and prepare for the busy holiday. A “Burn the Bird” workshop will be held to burn off the calories consumed during the holiday.
For more information on The Zen Barre Studio, visit www.thezenbarre.com or call 570-574-0155.
Dickson is a certified Barre, yoga and Pilates instructor as well as a certified Yoga Body Bootcamp instructor. The Dallas High School 2003 graduate also earned a personal training certificate from the International Sports Sciences Association.