Yasodhra is a Barre Convert. Read her fun & lively account of her life at the barre...
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m 26, from Malaysia and living in good old Adelaide for close to 5 1/2 years now. I’m lucky enough to be part of a graduate program in a great place.
Growing up, while I did play sport I was always on the heavy side (tight uniforms as I didn’t want to appear bigger than I was). At that tender volatile age, this impacted my interaction with the opposite sex.
When I was 19, I started swimming a lot and eating very little. I lost weight, lost hair and could fit in those small shorts but felt far from beautiful. My body lost its curves and I felt flat. I did put it on back after a while.
Since then, I’ve been a regular gym girl, 4-5 times a week. My ritual was a 20 minute cardio session followed by squats for my challenging areas (my butt).
How did you hear about Aleenta Barre?
A girl from my fitness class, Monica, came in one day with a much lither body. I asked her how and she said “Barre”.
What do you love about Aleenta Barre?
Results. After 2 weeks of regular Barre, I saw something popping up from my thigh. I think it’s called definition.
Or wait, maybe it’s the feeling of being in a beautiful ballet studio and pretending I’m a ballerina.
Hang on, I think it’s the tenders. I love my graceful and strong Barre tenders. I get quite attached to them.
I spend one hour pushing my body to do better. I don’t chug like a work horse when I do Barre. It’s more like tiny little intense movements that burns, and work.
I ache and curse internally. My usual monologue goes something like this: How do people do this, this is torture, it burns, why are the other girls not stopping?, I always stop, this is nuts, is the Barre tender looking, maybe I’ll stop for a while...
What results have you noticed since attending Aleenta Barre classes?
My thighs and my gluteus mega-maximus. My arms are conditioned by 1 kg bright pink weights that seem out of proportion to how they make my muscles feel by the end of the arms session.
I swear at times I feel even more alive after a class.
What other exercise you do?
Since Barre, little else. I do plan to get back into swimming.
Why it is important to you to keep fit?
I feel good after exercising, it’s like the body’s done what it’s supposed to do with all it’s limbs and capacity to move about. It’s good for my wandering mind too.
I want to live and enjoy what life has to offer. I want to be in fine form to climb trees, go dancing with girlfriends and walk endless miles. And yes, eventually I’d like to be in fine enough form to wear a bikini!