VIRGINIA LUCAS HART

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Have you ever tried a barre class?  I recently started Figure 4, a version of barre, and it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. (In a good way.) It's a fast paced barre-based class that's a mixture of classic dance training, yoga, Pilates, and free weights. The instructors are quickly learning my name since they have to correct me so often..."Virginiaaaa!" If you're not a sculpted dancerly goddess, your legs might shake...your glutes might spasm...your abs and arms might up and stop working...you might not be able to walk the next day! I might be exaggerating just a smidg, but it's seriously a great, intense workout especially if you're a newbie like me.

I've also been trying to incorporate yoga, specifically classes targeted to help with alignment. I was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child. It's minor, but my backbone has an S-curve to it. And as I get older, I can tell. I worked on random calligraphy projects over the weekend and showed up to a class on Labor Day. An hour and a half later, I walked out feeling sooo rejuvenated. Focusing on posture, flexibility, and alignment is truly important I think. We even worked out kinks in our wrists which was oh-so-needed after one too many hours holding a pen. I really have to make it a point to counteract my "calligraphy posture" and re-position myself. Plus, I'm not getting any younger over here and would love to nurture the flexibility I still have. I'm always so impressed by the people practicing yoga who must be 30 years older than I am.

My favorite things to wear doing classes like this? A slim-fit shirt or tank with opaque (and colorful!) leggings. You don't want extra fabric (baggy shirts/pants) getting in the way and downward dog isn't very cute if your pants are see-through. Above are a few favorites from the fabulous brand, Zella, including a cute workout cardigan to wear on your walk to class this fall. I love anything with thumb holes!

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