Interview with Yoga Barre Instructor:
Stephanie Waddell Roeder
Yoga Source Studio | Richmond, VA
A couple days ago, I attended Stephanie Waddell Roeder’s yoga barre class at a studio in Richmond, VA called Yoga Source. For those of you who haven’t heard of yoga barre, it’s a great workout combining the practice of yoga with the ballet-inspired exercises of barre. You can read more about it at https://www.yogaaccessories.com/blog.asp.
Her knowledge as a dance teacher under all mediums makes it easy for her to combine both yoga and barre for a workout that will kick your butt...literally! Starting with yoga posture and corrective breathing, the class extends into pulsing squats and pelvic thrusts to really test your thigh and glute muscles.
Standing at the barre, holding a fitness ball in between my thighs, Stephanie instructed us to squat down and hold, pulsing an inch up then down again, creating a burn that extended up into my glutes. Introducing pelvic adjustments into that workout, I knew I would be feeling it tomorrow. “The classes gets easier, but will never be easy,” she told me, after we finished the hour.
Completing her class, I was amazed at how those exercises had attacked my muscles. As an instructor, I had to ask ...what pose or exercise did she love the most? The pose Stephanie chose was a leg lift resembling dance attitude, only pulled up next to the body versus stretched out behind. Stephanie assured holding this pose worked both your core and glutes, and believe me she is right! Taking the pose most noted as “the donkey kick,” Stephanie transforms this exercise, pulsing the leg up and forward. With her background as a dancer, Stephanie applies either a pointed or flexed toe to each exercise, understanding the effect it will have on the pose.
I would definitely recommend attending a yoga barre class if you’re looking for not just a long-term, but also quick fix to tightening that lower body. This class is definitely something I would love to incorporate into each week as a great effective method of exercise.