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  • Where Did Barre Classes Originate From?

    KĀYA members have been asking more and more about our Barre classes, and where the Barre fitness classes actually originated from. While it may seem like a relatively new approach to toning and sculpting muscles, Barre has actually been a favourite for men and women for over fifty years!

    In 1959, London saw the grand opening of the Lotte Berk Method, on Manchester Street. Owner Lotte Berk had suffered a serious back injury, which led her to sampling methods of rehabilitative therapy with her history of ballet barre training. With a powerful focus on core stability and balance, Barre classes use your bodyweight to sculpt and tone your body with long, lean muscle. With a ballet training regime, combined with elements of Pilates and Yoga, Barre enthusiasts end up with the length and strength of a dancer’s body- so it’s little surprise that when it expanded to America in 1971, it’s been gradually growing its following.

    KĀYA always strives to implement the latest updates in sports science to our fitness classes across Melbourne, so our Barre classes are always fine-tuned to make sure you’re getting the best workout possible- with the most fun! We adhere to Barre’s fundamental principles of a strong, functional core, which will assist you through every part of your day.


    If you’re interested in attending one of our Barre classes across Melbourne, but you need some further information, simply talk to one of our friendly KĀYA team members. We’re happy to chat about what to expect- and we know that once you try Barre and feel the amazing benefits, you’ll never miss a class! All of our instructors have extensive experience in forms of dance and Pilates before they undertook the high standard certification and accreditation to instruct at KĀYA. These classes are suitable for members of all levels, and can be adjusted to provide a satisfying session for anyone.

    About the Author

    Demi fell in love with yoga when she travelled to India when she was 20 years old. She loved the feeling of bliss she experienced both during and after class, and how that feeling would stay with her throughout her day. It was also in India, that Demi learned how much she loved to write about her travels. She believes that stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture in our minds. This led her to her job as a Content Writer. She loves helping businesses tell stories. Especially when the stories involve educating readers on the endless benefits of yoga and Pilates- two of her most loved fitness regimes
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