Garuda Yoga Barre
This contemporary barre workout incorporates the physicality and grace of dance. Different aspects of the yoga asana are brought in to establish alignment and stretch in the body.
Rhythm and flow are paramount, adagio and allegro are two aspects of movement quality that are constantly introduced. Here balance and strength work side by side to create a sense of length and flow.
The work moves from remedial to advanced as different strength bands are introduced in to widen the repertoire.
Pilates and dance conditioning have a long history, and they make for a highly effective combination. Joseph Pilates himself was well-known for working with many prominent dancers during his lifetime. I’d heard the buzz about barre-style workouts such as Lotte Berk, Fluidity, and Bar Method. The Garuda Barre is an exercise routine that’s based on the routines used by dancers to maintain long, strong muscles, flexibility and good posture. It’s an intense workout that works quickly to give you longer, leaner, dense muscles and burn excess body fat.
The Garuda Barre class relies on using the resistance of the barre in a push/pull method and a series of Yoga asana exercises, including push ups and standing poses with continuous movement , to help students develop dense, elongated muscles and burn body fat.
The Garuda Barre focuses on strengthening core muscles and can greatly improve posture. The Garuda Barre works fast. Most practitioners notice improvement within six to eight weeks of doing the Garuda Barre Method three to five times a week. Garuda Barre Method classes are organized in a way that imitates interval training. Students go from burst of intense physical activity into periods of deep stretching.
“About four years ago I had 2 episodes of slipped lumbar disk which was excruciating and took a long time to heal. I was prescribed a cocktail of painkillers but it was really left to me to get better. So I read everything I could and sought help from an osteopath who was really helpful in easing the initial pain. I have also tried pilates by a APPI trained physiotherapist who introduced me to a more long term management of my back problem. The key for my recovery was strengthening my core muscles supporting my spine and I have been practicing pilates since then ensuring that my back problem does not come back. As I moved to Manchester I was looking for a class in a City Centre in the evening on my way back from work. I am really pleased to say that I started attending Nisha’s classes which I find really helpful. Nisha focuses on working with core muscles but also on stretching other parts of the body which for me offers a holistic approach to body work. Nisha also uses different props such as a ball and a circle which gives an opportunity for more precise work on specific muscles groups. I find that Nisha is open to feedback and tailors the interventions to the individual needs which I personally find really helpful. The classes are small (4-6 participants) which allows for this individual approach. Overall I find Nisha a really caring and thoughtful individual who aims to create a safe and healing space for the body work. I would wholeheartedly recommend her if you are looking for a pilates class or one-to-one sessions. Thank you Nisha and see you later at the class! ” – Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, Manchester
How Garuda Yoga Barre compliments Pilates Reformer
The Garuda Barre compliments Pilates in that the lesson spends equal time standing to a Pilates reformer class. While Pilate’s classes might make use of a range of specialized exercise equipment, the only equipment the Garuda Barre uses is the barre.The Garuda Barre works on large muscle groups, and encourages students to hold positions for much longer than Pilates, to create more muscle density, greater strength and greater definition. Pilates works on small, individual muscles and creates lower levels of strength and flexibility.
Is Garuda Barre for you?
If you’re looking for an intense workout that can transform your physique in a matter of weeks, then the Garuda Barre class is for you. The Garuda Barre class emphasises full body fitness and offers an intense aerobic workout that also incorporates strength training and muscle toning.