It has been a while since we have updated everyone but we have so much to tell you about… so here we go!
First of all, “Cheers” to a great Fall!! We hope you and yours have been able to reflect back on a wonderful and prosperous summer as labarre studios was busy this summer. We created special events for our guests & community and we wanted to take pause and rewind to catch everyone up!
It all started with our 2nd birthday which we celebrated in July. A cake and candles can’t emphasize how incredibly excited we were as we enjoyed our busiest month EVER. We rocked our open house with sold out classes, delicious cookies from Desserts Designed and healthy food samplings from our neighbors, “Whole Foods.”
Our studio was buzzing… and we love company so it was all good! Speaking of company, our Century board has seen some wonderful additions since we began honoring those guests who have taken part in 100+ visits. When you come to the studio be sure to walk down the alley inside and look to your left to see whose gorgeous face graces the wall!
Later that month, we treated our Las Madres members to an afternoon of pampering and a specialty class with beats & barre that was a total hit.
As the summer progressed, we held our “100 Days Summer Strong Challenge” where our members and guests shared their vacation posts by hashtagging #labarreafar on their Instagram accounts, challenging themselves to take 15 classes in August and got to know our service providers (chiropractic, massage therapy, and our esthetician.) Wait… you didn’t know we had these services? Well if this is the first time you are hearing this we need you to get back in the saddle and head to labarre because we have not only expanded to a wellness center with chiropractic & massage therapy offerings, but we are constantly refining and evolving based on what our guests have suggested to us.
Our Total Reset Program grew as well. It took a new spin this summer with field trips and Yoga classes, and an educational experience at Whole Foods.
It didn’t stop there as we have added more classes that our guests have also pined for. That means more barre, HIIT, Yoga and Drumming! As a matter of fact, drumming has now become a Friday staple on the calendar.
We entered fall excited about our Faithful Fridays (Go Niners!) and the chance to win $49 Faithful 4-packs with every 49ers home win.
Our Breast Cancer Swag has JUST arrived and is flying off the shelves. With 50% of the proceeds going to Cancer Connections you will look great and be helping to kick cancer’s ass while doing so.
It’s time to get to know another instructor and we’d like to introduce you to Tiana Mayo!
Born and raised right here in San Jose, Tiana comes from an athletic family as her four siblings all had “skills” at one sport or another.
“I was known as the black sheep,” Tiana says half-jokingly, “My brothers and sisters are all-star athletes across disciplines like volleyball, basketball and even MMA!” As she recounts their accomplishments she laughs at her lack of prowess on a court or a field.
After having Tua, Tiana became more mindful not only of succeeding but also of her health and well-being. She began to truly think about what she was putting into her body and was determined to treat “herself” better. Tiana had gotten involved in group fitness and Pilates and had become interested in teaching. “I was over 200 pounds and I knew I needed a change,” She states, “and then I found barre and I truly fell in love.”
Along with being an amazing mom and possessing acute business talents, Tiana is an accomplished dancer. From ballet to Polynesian dancing, rhythm is in her heart. That has played well and has been a part of the reason she is such a shining light at labarre studios.
“I love labarre, out of all of the studios I have been to it is the best. I love the community within… the camaraderie between the instructors and service providers that Lisa [Alberino] has built is amazing. I have never felt so warm and welcomed. I also love the things that are provided at labarre. If I wasn’t an instructor I would be a member!”
The reverence of labarre is a direct reflection on the leadership starting at the top. “I admire her (Lisa Alberino, founder and owner), she is just gold. Her energy and abilities are terrific… she is so rounded in everything she does.”
So, you now know what Tiana is about… can we say the same thing about her classes? When asked what one of her sessions would be like for a first-time student Tiana perked up with some immediate honesty.
“I am always nervous before any class. The reason why is that I know I have the capability to transform someone and I have felt those changes in my life, I try to bring that same intensity and determination. I tell students that their best is enough. I want them to leave stronger and more determined than when they came through those doors. I am definitely high energy”
When she is not on the instructor floor you can find Tiana somewhere out and about! “I love being with Tua. We do everything from basketball to surfing, he loves the water!
The work was incredibly rewarding and she simply enjoyed helping people in need. During her time working, she suffered a devastating car accident which sidelined her path and a debilitating injury to her leg put her career on hold.
Through perseverance and great influence from her family, she decided that the path to continue serving others would come via massage therapy. With advice from her brother who graduated from the National Holistic Institute, Wallie enrolled and thrived. Once she began taking classes at NHI, it was clear as day and she was enamored with the entire organization.
Wallie explains, “I fell in love with the staff, I fell in love with the school, I just loved everything about it! I grew and grew and truly felt myself while I was there.”
The connection to the school allowed her to absorb a great deal of knowledge and she took advantage of all it had to offer. As she was graduating she was also working for TrioSpa which is where Lisa Alberino, Founder and Owner of labarre studios found her.
“Wallie is an exceptional therapist and people who have worked with her and her therapy have truly benefitted.” Lisa continues, “I think her greatest strength is that she listens to the clients and can translate exactly what they are asking of her.”
This statement rings true as Wallie echoed the statement, “What people should expect when they come to see me is a person who wants to help them and will listen to them. I have post-massage exercises that I suggests to some of my patients and I care for everyone who walks through [labarre’s] doors.”
Wallie noted, “When I help others I always feel a connection with them, not only in body but also in spirit. I can tell the knowledge that I have gained throughout the past years is coming to light and it is very fulfilling for me.”
Another fulfilling part of Wallie’s life is spending time with her husband of 4 years, David, and their German Sheppard / Labrador mix, Scooby Doo!
“The little moments that we cherish together are the ones that truly count.” Wallie laughs as she notes that she and David enjoy everything from Baseball games to art shows…. It’s all fair game as long as they are spending time with each other.
Wallie also cherishes the people who have helped her to get to become a successful businesswoman. “My hope is that I make them feel comfortable and more knowledgeable about their bodies and their wellness. I like to explain the sessions we have and I like to explain the gameplan so they are a part of the entire journey. The one thing I love are questions, I always say, ‘don’t be afraid to ask any questions!’
So, the question is, when are you going to go see Wallie and experience her for yourself! Click HERE to make your appointment today!
Born and raised in Gilroy, CA to Greek parents, Angeliki Menig has a view of life that makes her a kind and caring soul that is in touch with the world around her. “My parents wanted the family to be outside and love the land, explore and be in touch with nature. We were always very active” she states.
Her formative high school years sparked a deep interest about science and health which began to blaze a path that would match her personality. Angeliki attended UC Davis and majored in neuroscience and psychology so she could better understand the brain, human beings and what motivates them. She had a passion to understand why people choose what they do and how it shaped their behavior.
Originally hoping to study with efforts focusing on pre-med, Angeliki did some soul-searching which led her to explore many different options. This allowed her to get a greater understanding of what the medical world would offer from a career standpoint. That research uncovered occupational therapy, which, Angeliki explains, is part of the rehabilitation umbrella. “In rehab there is occupational, speech and physical therapy, but occupational therapy resonated with me because it’s about meeting the person as a holistic whole – something that labarre studio also believes in with their guests.”
Angeliki continues, “It’s in encapsulating not just the person as a body or brain but meeting the person for who they are and coming up with creative solutions to make their life better.”
Angeliki currently works at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View where she serves mainly geriatric patients who may be facing challenges brought on by accidents, trauma or surgery. Her mission is to help them to get back on their feet and become physically and mentally stronger.
Angeliki along with her husband of 5 years, Peter, love to travel when not working to help others. That love includes exploring new culture on their journeys, which she defines as, “People watching, eating and meeting new friends.”
Getting to know people seems to be built into Angeliki’s DNA as she uses this same methodology when leading the studio floor at labarre studios.
She truly enjoys getting to know the class and defines her style as intentional.
“I really like people to get into the pose and know what muscles are working – it covers the occupational therapy, the very nerdy muscle part of me. I want people to understand what they are working so they can activate it. (When working out) many of us are doing the motions and we aren’t in touch with what we are actually doing. When you bring attention to a move it can transform that move into true strength training. I try to tell people what muscles they are working and give them a visualization. For example, I’d say ‘there’s magnets between your legs – zip them together!’ Of course, I try to make them have fun too!”
Although a true student of the body, teaching was never on her agenda, nor was being a barre instructor. Her teaching began when she instructed Pilates classes in 2011 and loved everything about strengthening muscles that she never knew she could engage or even knew existed! Something else she didn’t know existed was labarre studios.
“Every so often I look through Yelp! as San Jose is shifting and changing all the time. I was looking for a workout place and labarre popped up on my search and I was overjoyed! I was just hooked after I went and I knew labarre was going to be my home. Barre was a great medley of some terrific things – ballet, dance fusion and more!”
So now that this ambitious Californian has two jobs, what does she think about her new digs at 1445 The Alameda? “Oh, the studio is so beautifully manicured in every way… aesthetically pleasing in every way. The art is gorgeous, the lighting is ambient and the staff is so friendly! There is a sense of empowerment as you are greeted with care and joy and the fact that it is female owned is amazing. Being in this community of strong women is truly encouraging. All of the services, the merchandise they sell, the juices and salads, there is just so much there. That holistic approach and the fact that they are building up the community is great.”
Angeliki continues to talk about how the guests and equipe connect on many levels. “I just love to be able to go to a place where I don’t have to compete with everybody and instead I can be filled with love and encouragement from the people around me.”
One interesting element about Angeliki and her leadership is she is looking to help expectant and new mothers as they begin or continue their wellness journey. Angeliki has been focusing on and working with the perinatal community as “They’re bodies are going through a totally different process and some people even call it the 4th trimester.” Angeliki is looking to tailor exercises for that population and states that she has support from the studio owner and founder as well. “Lisa was very open to curating a well put together program for ladies in these different trimesters. That excites me and that is what we are doing.”
If you haven’t met Angeliki we strongly encourage you to do so. She is one of our newest members of the equipe and her smile, kindness and passion to help those around her make her classes a “must take!”
It was there that she was immersed and learned a great deal about mental health and, more notably, about children’s mental health. This discipline was in line with the path that Alyssa has taken as she is a mom to a “vibrant beautiful fun little girl, who loves to dance and sing and play. Amara (Alyssa’s daughter) is very emotionally intelligent, artistic and creative,” the beaming mom says with a smile.
Alyssa is an expert with children and is a Mental Health Counselor at a middle school in San Jose. Her work with children doesn’t end there as Alyssa is School-Based Mental Health Therapist and has worked in that capacity for over half a decade. “I’ve always loved working with kids and doing so in a school system.” To add to her accolades Alyssa has recently become a licensed clinical social worker furthering her value to the people she serves.
Above and beyond her work with children, she adores teaching fitness and stumbled into the avocation while at UC Berkeley.
“I was taking adult dance classes and tried something new while there. I did Bikram Yoga and just loved it.” Alyssa also began prenatal yoga and did so when she was recovering from having Amara. That love for Yoga would lead to barre classes.
“I walked into labarre when they offered a free week and I met Lisa (labarre’s owner and founder) and that was it!” Alyssa connected with barre and the wonderful studio space at 1445 The Alameda and decided to add that to her already large list of talents.
“Teaching is so much fun. I am already used to being out in front, used to talking and encouraging people. You get to know everyone who comes to your class and get to know what they are working on in their personal life.” That gregariousness and familiarity is also met with a great philosophy on how Alyssa classifies her style. “I have a nice balance in my class of being calm and consistent as well as motivating and high energy.”
We welcome you to spend some time with one of our studio’s finest. Alyssa’s class is rhythmic and fun, and you will most certainly get the workout that you deserve. “When you come to my class, we will get into working out parts of your body that are not often used. I want you to leave everything you have on the barre floor!”
Sounds like a challenge to us! See you at the studio.
Dr. Kimia, a California native, 2019 has seen tremendous additions and improvements to how labarre has redefined itself as a holistic boutique fitness studio. Approaching its second anniversary (July 14th by the way, so mark that date on your calendar for sure), labarre has become an oasis for not only barre, Pilates, Yoga, drumming and great workouts, but also a center for wellness, rehabilitation and overall body restoration. In large part this growth is due to the exceptional providers who have locked arms with studio founder and owner, Lisa Alberino; Dr. Kimia Shakerpoor, D.C. is a perfect
“Chiropractic care is a non-pharmaceutical approach to health care, for the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. We use adjustments/manipulations which are quick, short forces into joints to provide them with more movement and less pain,” Dr. Kimia explains. “Chiropractic care can also help with the side effects of allergies and congestion, increasing blood and nerve flow, decreasing inflammation, and more.”
Specializing in women's health, dancers, Yogis and athletes, Dr. Kimia’s style is all about catering to the patient and their needs. She looks to make them “feel welcome, safe, and taken care of” and continued to assure that for those who have never received chiropractic care, “It’s not painful at all and although side effects might include muscle soreness parallel to that of after working out due to the release that occurs in the muscles and joints” the benefits can also be seen right away.
“Chiropractic care is a common form of treatment for headaches, chronic migraines, low back pain, correcting poor posture, strains, and sprains.” Dr. Kimia adds. Working on all extremities in the upper and lower body, even fingers and toes, chiropractic care can be as inclusive as the patient and doctor would like it to be. And when asked about age restrictions, Dr. Kimia has experience from those who have been around for quite some time to the newest of patients. “I can adjust new born babies. The trauma from birth on a baby can be helped with chiropractic care.”
But for our newest addition at labarre, it’s not all work. Although she loves what she does, Dr. Kimi makes time for play. “When I’m not working, I love weightlifting, hiking, spending time with family and friends, trying out different ice cream and dessert shops, and playing the piano. I try to make trips to Disneyland as often as I can to keep myself young and the nostalgia alive. I also call myself an avid cat lady, as I have a very entertaining one at home!”
Dr. Kimia Shakerpoor’s addition to labarre seemed to be fate. Life and health coach, Jacquelyn Miller, one of labarre’s founding instructors as well as the leader of the Total Reset Program (returning to the labarre studios in a few weeks!) was pivotal in the relationship of getting a top-flight chiropractor to call 1445 The Alameda her home. “I got connected with Lisa through Jackie, as I was working with her through Designs For Health. We started talking about how through my previous practice, I often partnered with local yoga and Pilates studios, and she told me that she worked at labarre and the owner was looking to bring in an in-house chiropractor. Thus, I met with Lisa and the rest was history! I like to think that we fell in love with this idea of bringing in chiropractic and that the new partnership is our marriage.” She says with a smile. “I’m forever grateful for both her and Jackie for giving me my dream job!”
As Dr. Kimia settles in and begins working with patients at the studio, we asked about her philosophy and thoughts on her care and more so why labarre members and guests should consider using her for their personal care. “My approach to chiropractic care is a little different than what most people are used to, in the sense that I incorporate a ton of individualized muscle work, stretches, and exercises for patients. While I do chiropractic adjustments, I spend about 30 minutes each treatment making sure that not only the joints are moving properly, but the muscles surrounding them are working to their full potential as well. Often chiropractors are “adjustment only”, focusing only on the joints, and patients spend about 5-10 minutes in the office. This method neglects the muscles and if the muscles are not loosened and functioning properly, then they can pull the joint back into its originally dysfunctional state, making the adjustment practically useless. This causes the patient to have to get treatments very regularly, and while I love seeing my patients often, my ultimate goal is to get them on a maintenance plan and promote independence instead.”
We encourage everyone to connect with our newest equipe member and understand what chiropractic can do for you. Take a look at the page we have dedicated to all of our services or reach out directly HERE to set up an appointment with Dr. Kimia!
Our newest blog is here to welcome a wonderful equipe member to our staff. Many of you already know Katharine McCallum and have taken some classes that she has led, but for those of you who do not, we are sure you will love her as much as we do!
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Katharine spent the first 18 years of her life surrounded by familiar faces. Going to school, socializing and dancing and with the same group of people, she knew that the time to spread her wings was fast approaching. It was time to leave and that calling came by way of the University of Mississippi.
The short path of growth as a teacher and hopes to stretch her wings in a greater capacity led her to veer away from teaching full time and take the LSAT, pursuing a law degree. This opportunity was a great chance to follow her dream of living in California and Santa Clara University was the landing spot for this adventurous Texan.
Being in front of the class and teaching was not a difficult leap as Katharine previously taught dance for 8 years and already had a comfort teaching in the fitness realm. Musicality and ease of routine came natural to her. The arduous part of the process was understanding the anatomical and science terminology. “I had very supportive friends from law school help me along the way and my certification process, of course, happened during my law school finals! That was hard as I was getting up at 6am to study, teaching class at 7am, going to the library all day long and then teaching a class 8pm and then taking a final somewhere in there as well! My friends were supportive and they came to every single one of the classes and, come to think of it, I should really thank them for being so caring.”
Katharine is full pf personality and says with a smile, “I would color myself as a pretty energetic and loud person but I really try and push my classes as hard as I think the guests can handle being pushed. I like to put in as much cardio as I can and keep people moving in class. Barre offers so much and I don’t want to do my guests a disservice … I want to keep their heart rates up and keep the blood pumping.”
Off the studio floor Katharine is equally as dynamic as she is when she is leading classes. Multi-talented and clearly cerebral, Katharine loves to write and does so regularly for the Santa Clara Law School paper. She is an active teacher of not only barre but also in the field of academics. She works on the ASP (Academic Success Program) which is a fancy word for tutoring and guiding students as they navigate the turbulent waters of Santa Clara’s law program. Scuba, surfing, she does that, too! After all of this, Katharine also knows how to dial it down and does so by enjoying her favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy (and she is proud to say she never misses an episode!)
Please help us welcome Katharine to the labarre family and find time to get to know her by taking one of her classes!
doors at labarre studios. As she continued on her path, Macaylan pursued a bachelors in biology at the University of South Carolina as her love for science manifested itself in a degree and a mission. She loved to learn about the human body and simply wanted to be hands on.
Early on, Macaylan was a stay at home mom as her husband, Austin, proudly serves in the United States Navy as a nuclear electricians’ mate. She and Austin have 2 gorgeous sons, Kashton (4) and Chance (2) and as they grew, so did Macaylan’s desire to reimagine her dream.
Enrolling in the National Holistic Institute in San Jose, Macaylan was entirely sold on the curriculum and completed the 900-hour program. “I ended up at labarre by chance as my externship was at TrioSpa and I fell in love with the studios at 1445 The Alameda,” Macaylan shares. “I ended up reaching out to owner and founder, Lisa Alberino, and we struck up a great relationship. That’s where it all began and I am very excited to get started at the beautiful space.”
Drawn to massage therapy to combine the love of science with her love for wellness and simply helping people, Macaylan has jumped in with an enthusiasm and desire that warms our hearts.
Her eagerness spawns not only as a culmination of her journey, but also as a true believer in what she is doing. As a recipient of massage therapy, she knows first-hand the importance and healing effects from massage therapy. From prenatal to Swedish massage, all of the modalities have done something special for her. As an expectant mother Macaylan notes “It was the only thing that alleviated the pregnancy pains and allowed me to sleep in the final trimester.”
aromatherapy using some lavender, which is an essential oil. I want them to pick their music as I want them to be able to escape. I am a mom and I understand how important it is to get that hour or so to escape.
I also have experience with a lot of different clients, body types and personalities and that suits me to understand so many different needs. I want to adhere to everything the client needs.”
The studios were a perfect fit for Macaylan and she was a perfect fit for labarre!
“Everything is so well decorated and put together… it’s the cutest place I’ve ever seen in my life. I just love it. I show pictures to my friends all the time and they tell me they want to come! I also like the sense of community. The way the staff members interact with each other and the guests as well. Labarre feels like a big team and everyone supports one another and are pushing for the same goals. The sense of community is really there.”
We want to open our arms and hearts to Macaylan and her family and we also want to introduce you to her! Click here to learn more about her services.
We’d also like to thank Austin for his service to this great country and want to remind all guests that we have special rates for those who served and currently serve proudly.
Welcome to the fam, Macaylan!!
The fall has been a veritable bounty of exciting community events! We were able to participate in some of our favorite yearly events and we introduced some that we believe will become annual traditions for labarre. Trick or Treat the Alameda was even more charming this year than in the past. The equipe was (tricked and) treated to some whimsical costumes across all genres and ages! Members and staff dialed up their Halloween vibes and partook in the festivities showing that we too, can raise the barre in the neighborhood when it comes to the Holidays!
Our Open House was a magnificent time getting to meet so many new faces! Big thanks and shout out to our contributors from: ROZ, Desserts Designed, Shakerpoor Chiropractic, and Zanotto’s Market!
We also loved the fierce crew who turned out for our very first ‘flash mob’ and we simply couldn’t have been more thrilled with the reception. Stay tuned for more opportunities in the future to join in the labarre family fun!
AOur Community Programs Coordinator, Leilani Borer, is working as hard as ever. A visit to Levi’s Stadium to connect with our friends at the 49ers yielded the very first WON (Women of the Niners) event. This debut program by the Forty Niners saw business from all over the Bay Area, including our very own labarre studios. The WON event was followed by a relaxing pop-up yoga class at Whole Foods on The Alameda and culminated in bringing Senior Drumming to Belmont Village. We have just scratched the surface of what we can do in around Santa Clara County and are always open to new ideas which can be suggested right HERE!
Within the studio doors, the good will continues. Our Beat Breast Cancer Class which delivered 100% of its proceeds raised $1,000+ for Bay Area Cancer Connections! A portion of the proceeds from all pink ribbon merchandise also added to that number and we are so very pleased to take part in such meaningful, emotional and impactful events.
Speaking of meaningful and impactful - Toys for Tots was a complete success! New and unwrapped toys, books, sports equipment, bath gift sets, backpacks, purses, and games brightened so many needy families’ holidays. Thanks to our United States Marines for launching this incredible program which is now 7 decades old and counting! In our inaugural year we were honored to serve along the brave women and men who proudly protect our country.
Charts, words of wisdom and bingo cards often hang in the “alley” inside labarre. This fall was no different. Our 2nd annual Fall 15 Fitness Challenge grew this year with 19 people earning swag, gift cards, facials, and even an entire outfit. Big props are due to Bevin Baldwin and Mila Borodavkina for attending 27 classes during the challenge! Extra congratulations go to Cathy Torrisi, Katherine Richmond, Eliana Nathan, and Mila Borodavkina for going the extra mile to earn themselves each one of our grand prizes.
The star charts may be out of the alley for now but they’ll be back in 2019, we promise.
As the calendar turned to 2019, the equipe grew and some great new faces and names are leading the charge along with our strong core of founding instructors.
With that ROZ and our esthetician extraordinaire, Lorena Garcia is making magic for our members. If you haven’t checked out all the offerings ROZ provides you are missing out. Our labarre members get a 20% discount off of all ROZ services, including seasonal specials to skin clearing facials and restorative treatments. There’s something for everyone to benefit from at ROZ and if you think that is an added value, in about 1-week labarre will be exploding with great news as we are now offering massage therapy and chiropractic care. Be sure to check the labarrestudios.com as these new services will be available February 1st!
So often, going into the New Year we tend to set unrealistic expectations and instead, we set ourselves up for failure.
At labarre studios, we track progress because progress is the true measure of getting to our personal goals. It’s the journey that counts the most and those milestones that make a difference in our everyday life that help us to truly achieve what is possible.
Many, if not all, will stumble… that is okay.
When we stumble it reminds us that we are fallible and it allows us to get right back on our feet the next day and re-focus on our expectations.
This year, we are going to make working hard – and facing those stumbles – fun, challenging and most of all rewarding. We are going to ask you to track your progress with the ever-popular “bingo cards” (Yes! You asked for them and they have returned!) These cards will help you not only track tangible progress like completing classes or achieving physical goals, but also tracking good deeds like helping someone in need or reading a book or even something as simple as going to bed early! "Not enough" you say?? Well, if you play bingo we will also be awarding those who achieve these mile markers and do what it takes to track their progress. Chips and guacamole at Luna sound good? How about nail art at our neighbor, Pro Image Nails? There's so much more, just pick up a bingo card and get started!