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What You Need to Know About Align & Shine

Let’s do this. The challenge that brings out the best in you begins in just 3 weeks – Align & Shine!

To help in your journey, here are the top things to know about the challenge:

WHO

Align & Shine is available to ANY existing or new Dailey Method student at the following locations. There are no prerequisites to signing up.

Anyone who joins the challenge can also join The 30 CleanTake care of your body on the outside as well as the inside for even more alignment! You can commit for the whole 30 days or do drop in days for a boost any time during the challenge.

WHAT

Align & Shine is The Dailey Method’s Global Health & Fitness Challenge that runs from September 11, 2017 – October 10, 2017. You have 30 days to take 20 classes to be entered to win a FREE TDM Membership until the end of the year at each of our participating studios.

In addition if you’re a core member you’ll automatically receive $10 off your monthly membership until the end of the year.

Guess what else? It is FREE to sign up and you are not required to complete the challenge. TDM Nutrition, hosted by The 30 Clean is $4/day or $45 for 30-days. Use promo code CLEANA&S for reduced pricing.

WHEN

Align & Shine Challenge sign-ups are ongoing until 11:59pm PST on Monday, September 11th. Any class taken September 11th – October 10th, 2017 counts towards Align & Shine. You can sign up here or at your local studio.

WHERE

You can take class at ANY of the following Dailey Method locations and it will count towards your goal. Select your local studio at registration. Class packages are not transferable between locations.

HOW

Sign ups are available here on thedaileymethod.com site or in-studio. Sign ups via the app are currently not available.

You will be opted-in to email encouragement when you register, you’ll also receive motivating messages from The Dailey Method along the way. For participating studios, you will also have your challenge boards in studio to see how you are doing.

DO I HAVE TO ACTUALLY SIGN UP?

You do! You are only eligible for the Align & Shine rewards if you sign up for the challenge because we’ll only track students who sign up. Be sure to register by 11:59pm PST on September 11, 2017.

WHAT IS THE ALIGN & SHINE FACEBOOK GROUP?

You will have the chance to opt-in to an Align & Shine Facebook group where you will be grouped with other challengers in your region. Not a requirement but a great way to stay motivated.

HOW DO I TRACK MY PROGRESS?

You will be opted-in to email encouragement when you register, you’ll also receive motivating messages from The Dailey Method along the way. For participating studios, you will also have your challenge boards in-studio to see how you are doing.

WHAT IF I DON’T COMPLETE 20 CLASSES?

We’ll still love you! Simply setting a goal and making a commitment to your health and wellness is something to be super proud of.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

We don’t have enough space on this page to list the benefits!

But aside from better alignment and shining from the inside out after this incredible challenge, you will score some serious deals. ALL registered participants that complete the challenge are entered to win a FREE TDM Membership for the rest of the 2017 ($400+ value). One winner per studio.

  • Core Members: 20 classes in 30 days, $10 off your monthly membership until the end of the year (equivalent to 90 days) and in-studio recognition.
  • Non-Core Members: 20 classes in 30 days, exclusive deals on Dailey Method packages, our lowest prices to join Core Membership, and in-studio recognition.
  • New Clients: 20 classes in 30 days, exclusive deals on Dailey Method packages, our lowest prices to join Core Membership, and in-studio recognition.

If any of your questions are not answered here, do not hesitate to ask your studio owner, instructor or troupe of TDM staff. Everyone is here to help make this the best month of your year.

We got this!

It’s time! Align & Shine 2017

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!

-Jill

 

August Word of the Month : Capacity

“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!

-Jill

 

If you have the opportunity – here are the current TDM studios that offer Dailey Cycle:

City Guide : Our Vancouver Favorites

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

 

Food

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.

Best Date Spot – Reflections : The Garden Terrace at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Photo credit : Nancy Wu of Nomss

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.

Get Your Greens

Best Park – Stanley Park

 Photo credit : National Geographic

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.

Best Tour – Granville Island

Photo credit : Granville Kayak Tour

Located across the water from Downtown, Granville Island is home to a huge public market with fresh produce and local artisanal goods.

Best Sporting Event (Outside of Hockey) – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Soccer

Photo credit : Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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.)

 

Shopping

Best Spot to Shop and Wander – Gastown

Gastown may be known to be a tourist attraction, but there are tons of great restaurants, cafes and locally-owned shops that locals love to visit.

 

Music

Best Live Music – Guilt & Co.

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!

 

A Normal Not-so-Normal Day in the Life

 

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.

-Jill

 

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