It's time to spotlight our guests, instructors, and those who make labarre studios the oasis that it is right here in the South Bay. We have written about our amazing members and equipe in the past and, in this new series, we will dig a little deeper and have some fun as we shine the spotlight once again... and first up is the lovely, Sarah Hays!
Birthday - November 2nd
Person I'd most like to meet: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Favorite TV show - Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (yes really!)
Hobby: Coloring (I can even stay inside the lines! LOL)
Day Job: Senior Director of Student Services, School of Education & Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University; Lecturer in Public Health Program, College of Arts & Sciences, Santa Clara University
Instagram handle: sidhaysnamaste
What brought me to labarre: I had done kickboxing for quite a while, had done the big gym stuff and wanted something "else". I found labarre, signed up, and my life has never been the same. I have made amazing friends, I have my Labarre family, and my happy place.
What is my barre philosophy: My barre philosophy, my 'why' for taking barre (and HIIT, yoga, fusion, and drumming!) and teaching nearly all of them, is that it makes me better. I look better but I feel better. I'm more confident; I am happier after every class. I am a better wife, a better coworker, better daughter, sister, and friend. I am more joyful after all those endorphins are rocking through my body and I want everyone in my classes to feel the same way!
What do I teach: Barre Signature, HIIT, and Fusion
Favorite to practice: Barre!!
Advice for new students: Remember that we were all new students once. You are here with us, and we are so excited to see you! Try everything to see what speaks to you. You will find your tribe, your teachers, and your classes that bring you joy.
My first class experience: I found labarre at the tail end of the underground days. I was so excited to sign up but nervous as hell the first day of class! I wanted to be perfect but had no idea what I was doing, so naturally I wasn't going to be perfect; I wasn't perfect (and I still am not!) but had a wonderful time and couldn't wait to come back...and here we are, in 2021, still learning and growing, teaching and sharing the joy.
Piece of gratitude for 2020: I'm grateful for the little things. I love the little things. The biggest little thing was a driveway in April when we had to cancel our wedding; it's where I got to say "I do" to the love of my life. It was all we needed-- that driveway, our officiant, our rings, and each other. The little things are the best things.