The Vertical Barre
Since July 1st 2012, every Sunday, rain or shine, from 2-3:00PM; The Vertical Barre hosts a FREE group meditation. Please bring a pillow (anything else you’d like) to sit comfortably on the floor with as very few mats are provided. Though we typically meditate for around 20-30 minutes, give yourself this hour every Sunday to turn off your cell phones and rejuvenate. First timer friendly. Donations not accepted.
“The aim of meditation is to transform the mind. It does not have to be associated with any particular religion. Every one of us has a mind and every one of us can work on it.” -Matthieu Ricard
Bored with your current fitness routine? Lafayette's Pole Fitness Studio is co-ed and an exceptional workout! Originally opened on Doucet Road in January 2012, The Vertical Barre has since relocated to 215 Garfield Street across from Parc International, in growing downtown. Their studio has no mirrors; instead, art - that changes monthly. Their owner, Laci Lopez, says, "We have no mirrors and no judgment. We want you to feel free to be you, whatever that means, and to know that if you can't do something, you simply can't do it yet."
If you read their class descriptions and upcoming events, you'll find everything from Pole to Capoeira, and vegan potlucks to dance nights. They even offer personal training and private parties! The Vertical Barre wants to change your perspective, whether it be by changing a stigma you may be placing on the sport, or by helping you to change your own perspective through their free group meditations every Sunday at 2PM.
Their pole-fitness classes' intensity is often compared to Crossfit or P90X, while their pole-dancing classes are fun and filled with sassy sophistication. All classes are co-ed and beginner friendly, so it's only a matter of which type you want to take. They even offer a Yin yoga based class called, Strength & Stretch, excellent for de-stressing and gaining mobility at any level.
Laci Lopez is the first to bring a studio and concept of this kind to Lafayette. Her natural and infectious zest for life is felt in every class making The Vertical Barre a true gem amongst gyms. She jokingly prides herself "selling weight loss and self-efficacy by the pound."
The Vertical Barre, in short, is a very cool and exciting to be! Start your journey by signing up at theverticalbarre.com, or download their app*and they'll, "see you at The Barre!"
...Change your perspective
*free and available through iPhone & Android phones
215 Garfield Street
Lafayette, LA 70501