While we emphasize health and holistic well-being all year round at the Dailey Method, we are particularly excited for our Align & Shine Challenge – a time to revisit intentions and rekindle our commitment to take care of ourselves.
Last year, during the four weeks of the International Align & Shine Challenge, we saw transformation and growth from every angle. From the camaraderie of all the women and men who were dedicated to taking at least 4 classes a week to the energy that came from committing to cleaner eating habits, the feedback was incredible. We even made a few morning people out of those who usually hate 6am!
This year, we will kick off the challenge Monday September 11th and it will run to October 10th. It starts with a commitment to challenging yourself to take 20 classes in a 30 day period and then is amplified by daily self-care through small tasks that add up to big differences and lead to lifestyle habit changes.
Anyone and everyone can join. I know our teacher and staff community is fired up to join all of you in this challenge.
All you have to do is sign-up and track your progress on your studio’s challenge board! It’s that easy. What’s more, ALL registered participants that complete the challenge are entered to win a FREE TDM Membership for the rest of the 2017 ($400+ value.)
There are also great add-on Partners. You can do the 30 clean – a full 30 days with our personal favorite nutrition partner, or just do a drop in any day you want to take it a bit further.
If you successfully complete the challenge you will receive $10 off your core membership for the remainder of the year AND be entered to win 3 unlimited months of classes. Let’s do this! Align and shine together.
What makes this challenge even better is doing it with someone you care about or, even better, with a bunch of people you care about – and care about you!
So start with putting yourself first and signing up, be prepared to be prepared (planning is key) and enjoy the experience. After all, it is your time to Shine!
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”
– Max DePree
This month’s Word of the Month, Capacity, makes me think about pushing our limits; finding our own capacity and then stepping beyond that.
One definition of capacity is an individual’s mental or physical ability, aptitude or skill.
Each one of these words relates personally to me in regards to our Dailey Cycle program. I am a barre girl. I love barre classes. I feel my strongest and most graceful when I have a barre to hold onto. However, Dailey Cycle was a product that people wanted.
Owners, students, and our community wanted to have something that would give them a greater cardiovascular boost to increase their lung and heart strength. We developed a great product, I was proud of it and stood behind it. At the same time, I kept in the back of mind “this is not for me personally” or “I’m not a cardio girl”… “I’m not good at cycling.”
But alas, I am Jill Dailey. Should I really put my name on a product that I don’t own, or don’t participate in? Not if I strive to be authentic.
So about a year ago I started heading to Berkeley to take classes. OMG out of my comfort zone! I thought I was going to die. I had to hide in the back so no one would look at me or [even worse] try to follow me. I couldn’t keep up high RPMs and had to sit down quite a bit when we were cued to stand. But I persevered and increased my capacity as a result. A few months later I committed to adding the product into my Fairfax studio. I was hugely fortunate to have an enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated group of barre teachers that raised their hands to go through the training with me. While I did the build-out, we received the training and practiced and practiced and practiced some more. We were all good barre teachers but this was something completely new and pushed each one of our capacities in different ways. Mentally, physically, skill-wise and emotionally! I opened the doors in May and my community is embracing and loving the product.
Guess what? I now call myself a Dailey Cycle teacher. I can keep up with the cadence. Sometimes I still have to sit down when others are standing. But I’ll get in the front row and not worry about people following me – because we’re told to listen to our own bodies and do what’s necessary for ourselves not compete with our neighbors. So I do just that. And I LOVE it.
Inhale the future. Exhale the past.
The best part about of Dailey Cycle, and why it is so complementary to our other formats, is that you don’t have to sacrifice any of the core teachings of The Dailey Method® Barre classes. In fact, the core principles are just as important in Dailey Cycle, especially with the fast nature of the classes.
We always start with foundation and alignment on the bike, just like in our barre classes – by Aligning, Engaging, and Moving. We show you how to find your neutral spine position on a bike and remind you throughout class to go back there. We emphasize the back body support that is so integral to your well being and power on the bike. We teach you HOW to ride a bike which can help you be more successful anytime you jump onto a seat, whether it’s inside or outside.
What many people find surprising in a Dailey Cycle class is their own capacity to make it through their first time! Luckily, TDM instructors load up the class with awesome music, creative, yet safe choreography, and different cadences to help you successfully improve speed, strength and aerobic ability. Almost immediately after incorporating a Cycle class into their week, TDM students talk about improved cardiovascular benefits. And let us not forget about the endorphins that only one class produces.
We first need to know our capacity, then we can exceed it!
How can you push yourself this month? How can you increase your capacity in one way or another? I’d love to hear!
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
Here’s to making the uncomfortable, comfortable!
If you have the opportunity – here are the current TDM studios that offer Dailey Cycle:
If you want to meet a group of energetic, witty, and hard-working barre maidens, look no further than our TDM family in Vancouver. With your pick from two locations in the city AND the chance to take Dailey Cycle from some of the best, a studio drop-in is a must during your visit to Vancouver. After sweating it out, check out these top places to visit, brought to you by the ladies and gentlemen of the Dailey Method Vancouver…
Best Quick & Clean Food – Eternal AbundanceLocal fare and fresh juices, Eternal Abundance is a great place to fuel up before or after class. So good, you won’t even realize it’s entirely vegan!
Best Brunch Spot – Medina CaféExecutive Chef Adam Perrier and team have won several awards for Medina Café, which is no surprise to the locals. With incredible belgian waffles and comfort food in cast-iron skillets, this is the place to go before taking on the city.
Best Dinner – You Choose! With so many incredible places to dine, we thought we’d direct you to a list of some of TDM Vancouver’s top choices.
Back in the day, Katharine Hepburn, Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper used to frequent Rosewood. Today, it is home to a beautiful tucked-away terrace serving hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food.
Designated a national historic site of Canada, it is a magnificent green oasis amidst a heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver. On Tuesday nights on 3rd Beach, you can join the drum circle, for the love of unity, rhythm and community – a free-spirited event for all ages!
Best Bike Ride –the Seawall, which loops 10km around Stanley Park.
Major League Soccer brings with it a vibrant and proud energy. Before and after the game, Whitecaps fans parade through the streets in their blue and white attire. Definitely something to see (and possibly partake in.)
We are not biased just because Guilt & Co. is owned by one of our own instructors and her husband, it truly is the best spot for live music. Featuring everything from Burlesque to Reggae, be sure to get there early or you might not get in at all!
So, whether on a trip with your family or traveling with your partner for a quick getaway, Vancouver in the summer is sure to win you over. Don’t be shy to stop in and ask our TDM Vancouver owners Jey and Karen Wyder for personal recommendations and let us know below where your favorite places in Vancouver are!
I recently asked you, my readers, what Blog post topics most resonate with you. You asked me to take you through a normal day – my wins, my struggles, and how I navigate through. I will start my saying that there is no such thing as a normal day, especially in my life! Though I may not be able to offer end-all advice, what I can do is give you a glimpse into my days and how I steer through them.
Morning Ritual I always start my day with my lemon water tonic in the AM. It helps me to kickstart what is ahead. I do believe in ritual. I feel that it is something simple that can ground us and allow us to feel safe. Plus, I’m a huge proponent of the tonic for health benefits. In addition to this I have a new ritual – meditation. Although, I am not actually the best meditator. I just began doing Week of Zen first thing in the AM, which was started by my friend Lorna. It is incredibly easy and accessible and sets you up for success in your day!
Time Management (a.k.a. Time Magicianry) I know that my “me time” is super important. Sometimes this means taking the dog for a walk, sometimes it’s getting a massage or a manicure, or just sitting and watching a show. The value I find in giving myself some time alone is invaluable. Recently I really needed a vacation and took my kids abroad for 18 days for a time to completely shut off. I left an Out of Office Reply that gave everyone options of whom to connect with if they needed something and made it clear to reconnect with me only when I return. It saved me so much stress of feeling like I had to work on the trip or feeling overwhelmed by the pending responses when I got home.
Being a mother of three kids, a brand owner, a studio owner, [a dog owner] and an instructor, among other things – I am confronted with how to get it all done daily. What I find helps with this is being able to prioritize and find balance. This is not an accurate science because things are always shifting, but it has helped me tremendously to rely more on my community. I’ve found the community that helps me! Sister-wives. Find the ones in your life that you know will give you the support you need, when you need it. And be there for them when they need it equally. I have a friend that helps walk the dog – and sometimes I walk hers. I have people in my life (some hired and some not) that I can ask to do something for me that I don’t have time for at that moment — pick my kid up from school, pick up my laundry, etc. This little support keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by it all. Oh – and sometimes I just accept that I don’t have the time and that’s okay.
Sensible Shortcuts I also find tools to make my day easier – e.g. Good Eggs and Instacart (as needed). So much quicker than going to the store for the few items you need that day.
Down to Business When it comes to the business, every day includes meetings, strategy and planning around what will continue to make the Dailey Method community the best out there! (Some call it bias, I call it a strong group of incredible people with well-being in mind.) This sometimes requires travel, across the U.S. or internationally. Recently I had the chance to travel to TDM Birmingham for Dare to Bare to teach and also appear on the news. Dare to Bare is a cause that I am passionate about because I want all women to embrace who they are right now – we’re all amazing and beautiful and strong and I want to celebrate that with women.
Maintaining Health As a fitness professional and a brand there is a lot of focus on “what is Jill doing?” “What is she eating”? I exercise regularly – making attending (not just teaching) Dailey cycle and Barre classes a priority and schedule them on my calendar so they take precedence. But sometimes I want to stay in bed on a Saturday morning and I give myself that freedom too. I do my best to eat whole foods, very little sugar, lots of greens. I cook and shop locally and work to include as much nutrition into mine and my kids meals. But I will have an ice cream cone (coffee is my favorite).
Family Near and Far One of the challenges I face is finding family time. That doesn’t just include family I live with, but family across the globe. I make a concerted effort to see them and just recently returned from a trip to Europe. Family is so important in helping to keep us connected to who we really are. And the support system – WOW! Nobody will really love us unconditionally like we have the capacity to get from our family. But we have to make the time to soak it in, and give it back. (Thank you my family for being who you are and for what you do for me!)
Not Superhuman, Just Super at being Human At the end of the day, I share the same story as every woman out there who cares deeply about her family, her career and her health and her sanity. I take each day one step at time, learning to acknowledge that I’m human, that I will make mistakes and also will have personal wins, though always trying to learn from both and not let either success or failure take me off of my path.
Here’s to your wins, your struggles and to your resilience in between.
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
When you hear the words “let go”, you may first draw up a negative connotation. If someone is “let go” from work, you don’t celebrate. If somebody comments to a loved one that they have “let [themselves] go,” it is most likely not a compliment. And often times people think letting go equates to giving up.
This month, I want to bring to light the positive aspects of letting go – in Surrender.
By definition, Surrender is the act of letting go, of giving yourself over to something greater. This is certainly not a bad thing! In my experience when I try to resist or push back on something that isn’t comfortable, or not my ideal – I get a less valuable response. If I surrender to what is happening everything is so much easier.
“We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.”
-Eric Micha’el Leventhal
Surrender requires a higher level of humility, of trust in the process and maybe even a leap of faith, but the outcome is worth it nearly every time. Last summer, Kerry Corcoran, owner of TDM Berkeley and Lamorinda gave us proof that amazing things can happen when you surrender.
I also love this quote by McCall Erickson: “Surrender – giving up what we think should be happening for what is actually happening.”
I just traveled for 18 days with my kids and this truly resonates with me. I am a person who likes to have plans, be in control, be on time. When you’re traveling with three children those tend to become nearly impossible. I had to surrender to their needs, their fatigue, their excitement to stay somewhere longer than I planned, or to leave while I was still enjoying myself. To eat when “it wasn’t time yet” or to just stay at the apartment longer because they needed time to relax; while there was so much to do and see! It was a constant play and because I allowed myself to surrender to their needs we flowed so much better and had an amazing bonding experience, whereas it could have been constant struggle.
In your Dailey Method practice surrendering can be:
Allowing yourself space to embrace where your practice is today
Letting go of hesitation and pushing your engagement further
Surrendering your ego and just listening to where you are in the moment
My favorite place to really surrender is in savasana. To allow the floor to rise up and meet and support me – to completely let go and release. It’s such an important practice to truly let the amazing hard work you’ve just done integrate deeper into your body and mind.
Surrendering to the moment at hand without any judgments is one of the best ways to know your true self. Practicing this shedding of inner resistance, of judgement and of anything that disrupts your peace will actually BRING you peace.
This month, focus on learning when to yield to something beyond yourself and see what amazing shifts might happen.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu