Category: Advice
A New Method Move That Will Change Your Life Forever

We’ve all heard of the infamous Waterski… and we get our glorious glutes from the Fold-over… but have you ever heard of the “Lean In?”

This is the most important exercise yet.

The “Lean In” move is a practice in vulnerability which helps create deep and meaningful relationships. I know, I know – “But that sounds harder than Waterski!!!”

And just like Waterski, it may be hard in the moment, but it creates lasting results.

I’m sure it’s pretty safe to assume that one of the reasons you joined The Dailey Method was because of community. TDM is not just known for it’s effective workouts. It’s also known for it’s awesome events, continued education and retreats – all geared around community. In fact, most of the owners I know lovingly refer to their members as their tribe!

You plank together, back-dance together… and you may even drink wine together on occasion! But how well do you really know Sara in your 8:30am class?

Have you shared your fears?

Does she know your mantra?

Does she know what makes you LOL?

That is where The 30 Clean comes in. You see, it’s not really about food. It’s about being vulnerable. It’s about “Leaning In.”

So, while TDM has provided you with this amazing community of like-minded members, The 30 Clean is going to give you a chance to get to know everyone on a whole new level.

HOW DOES THE 30 CLEAN TAKE YOU TO YOU TO THAT NEXT LEVEL?

  • You and all of your TDM besties, friends, instructors and acquaintances are going to be grouped together in a private Facebook group. (Non-Facebook group options available via our Simple Start Program.)
  • We will be recipe sharing and photo journaling our meals. (And no… You don’t have to be a professional food stylist! #FiltersNotRequired)
  • Each day TDM and T30C will be posting Non-Food Challenges (NFC’s) that will have you putting yourself first, thinking deep about your life goals, laughing, crying and getting to know each other.
  • Between TDM’s team and our team you are going to get epic amounts of support and compassion. Remember, it’s about progress not perfection.

Now, who is ready to “Lean In?”

Want to learn more about The 30 Clean? Click HERE!

-Heather & Molly

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

City Guide : Our Venice Favorites

The Dailey Method Venice 

Having a far-reaching TDM family definitely comes with its perks. For one thing, you can drop into a studio while on vacation or business and still get the same strengthening and alignment you get at your home studio.

You can also share a common practice with your loved ones, even if they live in a different city or frequent a different studio.

Another BIG benefit is that you get hidden insider information on all of the great cities in which our studios and owners reside!

This month, as the weather heats up, we are bringing you the best of the best list from TDM Venice owners Michelle Lazarus and Tenaya Figueira. From food to fun spots away from the crowds, here are their top picks…

Food

Best Breakfast SpotGjusta on Sunset Ave

With an in-house bakery and a to-die-for egg bialy, this tops the list as one of the best breakfast stops in Venice.

 

Best Clean Food Erewhon Market

The spot where healthy food is abundant. Must-trys: Açai Bowl or Super Green Potion ice cream. Yes, we said ice cream.

 

Dinner –  the Tasting Kitchen

Homemade cocktails, homemade pasta…need we say more? Definitely recommended is the whole-roasted branzino fish. Pair this with the Braveheart, a Tasting Kitchen specialty cocktail.

Best Coffee –  Menotti’s

Menotti’s serves Four Barrel coffee! Grab your cup and then head to the beach a few blocks away.

 

SHOPPING

All within a MILE of the studio, here are the top picks for local shopping:

  1. Christy Dawn 2. Lily Ashwell 3. The General Store  4. Nightcap

 

Best Place to Grab a Drink

Grab a Martini at Felix, try the whiskey bar at the Old Man Bar attached to Hatchet Hall, or try Abbot Kinney for their amazing cocktails. 

 

Adventures

Best Urban Hike –  Runyon Canyon

Off-leash dog park, challenging uphill loop, amazing people watching, heart of Hollywood – doesn’t get more urban than that!

 

Best Beach – Venice Beach Lifeguard Station 26

Fewer people, away from parking lots, less crowded and beautiful.

 

Best Activity –  the Griffith Park Observatory

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Look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows and find breathtaking views of Los Angeles!

 

The Arts

Best Seasonal Activity – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Summer Series

Movie screenings are held outdoors under the stars on Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Best Museum – LACMA

Located next to the La Brea tar pits in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is the largest museum in the western United States.

 

Best Live Music – the Hollywood Bowl

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The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States with concerts and live music year-round.

 

Next time you are passing through, don’t miss some of the favorites that made the list. Even better, stop into the Venice studio and get some personal recommendations!

Connecting Through Communication

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”

– Charles Dickens

Even over 150 years ago, Charles Dickens understood the importance of the different ways we communicate. Today communication and technology have become such a way of life, many of us would not know what to do if we were without them even for a day (you know what I mean if you have ever misplaced your phone!)

Besides being the one thing that sets us apart from any other animal on the planet, advanced language is the way we connect with each other. We use words, abbreviations or even slang to get our message out there.

What has taken a back seat, however, is the way we communicate using our bodies. Yes, an exclamation point at the end of a text message indicates how excited you are, but what does your body say about you?

Last month, I talked about being open and leading with your heart with some simple chest openers. Good posture and alignment is so important in conveying self-confidence and openness. And who doesn’t want to be a little more open and walk maybe just a bit taller?

Another body cue to draw attention to is eye contact. Eye contact is so telling, letting the person in front of you know if you are present, connected and if you want to engage on a more personal level.

Even our TDM owners understand its importance and have included more eye contact in their 2017 Intentions!

The last and maybe the simplest form of non-verbal communication worth mentioning is how we use our facial expressions to communicate. Yes, we have all been deep into the third set of thighwork and have felt the grimace creep in. But even one genuine smile can ignite a room and help push the group during the final set of ANYTHING.

So next time you prepare a tweet, text, or tag, think about what your body is saying when you are not using words.

Reveal a bit of your Soul and connect.

-Jill

 

Chest Openers for an Open Heart

14705090_337920389876145_1556688395101536256_n(1)With the word of the month being Passion; and, knowing that generally passion is an expression of the heart, I felt like it would be a great time to focus on heart openers, or chest stretches.

 

At the Dailey Method, we know from experience and research how important it is to find balance in our bodies. In general, from our daily postures our back muscles tend to be weak and our chest muscles tight. This combination can negatively affect our posture, our back health and the confidence we project. In a Dailey Method class we make sure to give you a good balance of back work and chest stretches. However, doing a few additional on your own can make all the difference. Especially if you like to use your phone or computer a lot!

 

 

Single arm wall stretch:

Stand with your side to a wall and put your hand flat on the wall, fingers spread wide. Turn your focus towards the center of the room to increase the stretch. You can place your hand at shoulder height or a few inches above or below shoulder height to lengthen different fibers of the pectoralis muscles.

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Spine extension with chest opening:

Double benefit of working the extensors of your entire spine to create back body strength and chest flexibility. If you can’t keep your palms together it’s okay to just clasp your fingers. Try to reverse your grip ½ of the time and keep your focus on the ground to maintain length in your cervical spine.

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Kate Winslet stretch:

No wonder she had such great posture! This is my all-time favorite. You can use a counter if you’re not fortunate enough to have your own barre. Maintain your hands wider than hips, roll your chest open and lean your heart forward.

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Try to incorporate these simple, effective stretches into your self-care on a regular basis. Notice how you will feel more open with a little consistency.
Now you have even more reason to lead with your heart!

-Jill

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