I took ballet classes for many years as a child. Although I was not blessed with a body to make it as a prima ballerina doesn’t mean that I could not reap the benefits of ballet conditioning. After many years of ballet and sport commitments, I noticed that as soon as I stopped ballet, the amount of strains I got from sport increased. The strengthening, conditioning and flexibility from ballet is far more effective than one may initially think. Whilst I was living in Melbourne, I tried out Barre Body to see if I still had any prima ballerina left inside. It doesn’t seem very difficult at the beginning of the class, yet the continual repetitions and control of small movements provides a tough workout for both women and men! After leaving Melbourne, I have seen Barre studios in many different places. Yet nothing, at the moment, can measure up to the atmosphere and challenge of the Barre Body classes in Melbourne. I had a chat with Emma Seibold, creator of Barre Body to find out more about where Barre Body began.
Where are you originally from and where are you based now?
I am from Melbourne originally, but I have bounced back and forth between Melbourne and Sydney. I lived in Sydney for 8-years and then moved back to Melbourne in 2011 when I had Xavier. It was in Melbourne that Barre Body was conceived and created and then in 2013, we moved back to Sydney to open our Bondi Junction studio and have since opened studios in Surry Hills and the Sydney CBD. As well as had another beautiful little baby – Isla Rose! Our next big move is to Byron Bay in October. We will be travelling a lot between Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay. I am very excited for this. More yoga, more barre, more meditation, more peace and of course, more beautiful Barre Body studios to come.
Tell us a little about how you came to build Barre Body into the success that it is today.
After my baby was born, I started incorporating Ballet Barre conditioning into my yoga practice to firm up and lose the lingering baby weight. After only a few weeks I noticed that my body was leaner, longer and more toned. I was in a great condition. I really loved the workout so I decided to open a studio and share it with other women. I had just had Xavier and I wanted to do something more fitness based and it felt like the right concept at the perfect time.
Since then it has gone from strength to strength and grown into a business with seven gorgeous studios in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a free online studio with full-length workouts, retreats, DVDs and all sorts of other wonderful things!
Can you give us an insight into your own daily routine?
I have a seven month old baby and a four year old so a daily routine is completely out the window! In a perfect world, and when bub starts sleeping at night for a little longer, I hope to reconnect with my ideal 20-minute (for time-poor, busy working mums!) morning routine:
- Wake up
- Gratitude practice before getting out of bed
- Brush teeth
- Meditate and move
- Make tea
- Do placemat process (check this out on google for more information, it is magic!)
What are your top three tips to balance a busy, successful career/business owner, fitness and family?
- Be forgiving of yourself and don’t try to do everything perfectly. It is very hard to juggle a career and a family, as well as looking after your own wellbeing. Be happy to do things well, rather than perfectly.
- Your own wellbeing is crucial to your ability to juggle all the other things. So make time for you. Exercise, meditation, you-time. Whatever it is that makes you feel fulfilled.
- Be present in whatever you are doing. If you are working, be there. If you are with your family, give them your full attention. If you are giving some time to yourself, embrace it and enjoy it fully.
Do you have a philosophy you live by?
Be present. Live well. Live with love.
Where can readers find out more?
The beautiful Fitzroy Barre Studio above. All images in this post are courtesy of Barre Body.