Race 2014

September is National Yoga Month. And over the course of time I have been getting more and more into yoga practice as part of my fitness plans. Yoga Month

For the Month of September I will be highlighting some local (to me) Yoga studios and giving you a small sampling of the yoga in  the area.

This week I took my first ever original yoga class at Breathe Barre Fitness and Yoga in Auburn, NY.

Breathe Barre Fitness and Yoga

Upon arriving I immediately met Christine Bartolotta the owner. She was very warm and welcoming and made me feel right at home in the new to me space.

I love the set up.  The exposed brick just made the space feel like a unique and filled with new and old energy.

Breathe Barre Yoga AuburnAs the Barre class before yoga was finishing up I chatted with a few of the other yogis. I’m not familiar with original yoga. Most of what I have been taking is some variation of Vinyasa or flow yoga.

We found our placed on the mats and began our practice.

Breathe Barre and Yoga I absolutely LOVED this practice. An hour and fifteen minutes of Paranymama breathing and poses was just what I needed. We had a brief flow but for the most part this was clean mind-body yoga.

I left feeling lighter. I can’t say enough great things about this practice.It’s been so long since I’ve been to class that is just a straight forward fantastically well done yoga practice.

Breathe Yoga - Auburn

I also really liked the setting of the building for a great juxtaposition. We are calmly centering ourselves and every once in a while I could look out the large front windows and see the hustle and bustle of the street outside. I’ve been trying to be more present and it couldn’t have been a more serious sign that more yoga is what I need.

Class ended and I was sad to see it go. My hip on the other hand had a little fit during one pose so it was very happy to not be stretched anymore.

I wore one of my most comfortable outfits from Fabletics to try out the class including solar capris and leon tank.

My takeaways:

Breathe Barre Fitness and Yoga Auburn, NY
  • Memberships: Various options visit their facebook page for details
  • The room is open and beautiful
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering the studio
  • Your Mat
  • A towel
  • Bottle of water
  • And a smile
  • Wear clothing you find comfortable, and allow you to move. There is nothing worse than clothing tug of war.
  • I would suggest a tighter fitting shirt to prevent it from sliding down during certain posses.
  • A straight forward relaxing original yoga practice
  • Friendly and helpful yogi’s


If you are in the area be sure to check out some of Breathe Barre Fitness and Yoga located at 27 East Genesee Street Auburn, NY other classes including Barre Classes and Core Fusion.


Breathe Barre Fitness and Yoga


** CuseFITYoga is a month-long series of posts created to highlight yoga offerings in and around Syracuse, NY. It is designed to give you my impressions and tips as a first timer or maybe second timer at various practices. ” **

Question of the Day: What is your favorite style of Yoga? 


Introducing the #VitaVoxBox

by Renee on August 31, 2014 · 2 comments

in Beauty, Food

Thank you to Influenster for the box of goodies. I love trying out new products and this month’s #vitavoxbox was great!


Let’s DIG into this box and meet some new to me products.

The box contained:

First Degree Advanced Burn Cream

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Serum

Pure Lead Iced Tea

SoftLips Cube in Mint

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies



First thing I tries was the Pure Leaf Tea, I’ve seen them n stores and always wanted to try them but for whatever reason hadn’t yet. Verdict they are reallly good! I was sent a sweet tea which made me feel southern upon it touching my lips. Since then I’ve purchased and tried the Lemon and Raspberry both are fantastic.

Pure Leaf Tea


Also check out their facebook page for some really cook recipe ideas!

Pureleaf Recipe Ideas


Next up were the Playtex Sport Fresh Balance. For the amount of working out and sports play I do I need reliable protection and they were up for the challenge.

I decided to try out the Bikini Ready Gummies, I’m not always a big fan of these types of supplements. These though were just a heavy dose of B-12 the HAPPY vitamin for energy boosting. They tasted good and I did feel an urge to clean my house which never happens so in my book they work! :)

bikini ready

I’ve gotten older so I was beyond giddy to discover what I thought was an Elizabeth Arden perfume upon opening the box turned out to be an anti-aging serum! (You’ll see in the video  opening!)

I’ve been bad to my skin and you can only get away with that for so long before it starts to show.


I’ve been using this nightly around my eyes. The skin is feeling better and more hydrated. The mini-bead caplets activate when you use it. I feel so glamorous now going to sleep!

Luckily for my family and myself I haven’t had the chance yet to try out the First Degree Burn Cream. But I feel a little safer knowing I have it on hand for the next time I get a little over zealous in the kitchen :) Burns Happen and now we will be prepared. First Degree Burn Cream

And the Softlips Cube. This is GENIUS. Rather than a round tube this is a little cube of 5 in 1 lip care. This one has a new home on my desk and I’m digging that I don’t need to fish around for it like the round ones that roll, back behind my desk.


I also found it the perfect spot in my car by the stereo no more digging in my purse for it. I got the fresh mint flavor, needless to say I’m a fan.


Thanks to Influenster for letting me try out all these great new to me products! Want to learn more about them check out Influnster.




Question of the Day: What do you think about a cube lip gloss? Have you tried any of these products before? 



For me one of the biggest struggles in being a group instructor is cueing and knowing what to say. I tend to talk about what muscle group we are using and why we are doing what we are doing. But once you have a class regulars they know already know your go to vernacular, so it’s important to switch things up.

Words that Work

It’s moving beyond the basics where I get tripped up. Everyone has different things that motivate them, and finding  a loose script that works for everyone has been an interesting journey.

I teach a WIDE variety of classes and age levels. Now that I’m not feeling new at this game, I’m getting more adventurous. I’m subbing at additional facilities and adding a few certifications I never thought I would have enjoyed. It’s true what they say…. try everything!

I subbed for a group class at a facility that wasn’t my home gym recently and was shocked by the warm and positive feed back from the members. And left with a Oh ya! finally have the hang of this feeling. Then I subbed at my home gym for a class and was told by one lady  ” you say good job keep it up far too much we aren’t children you know!” And my soul was once again crushed.

Finding the script that works is a topic I wish more bloggers and instructors would talk about. I understand sometimes people are protective about what they say because it becomes their kitch, but I do think it’s a topic that is a great discussion.


We each are different and like different styles. I don’t like to be yelled at, or grunted at I find those options tend to make me laugh rather than work harder. But I also don’t like instructors who offer nothing,  like you aren’t there after you are told what to do. And sometimes I phase out of classes I used to enjoy because they never change.

There is a fine art to the script of a group class.

Some people want to be left alone.

Some people want there to be an element of competition.

Some people want positive reinforcement.

Some people want you to personally call them out, some people don’t. 

Believe it or not there are people who enjoy being screamed at. 

There are people who just want to be told what to do.  

Group fitness is in the people business which is often the most difficult category of work. It’s truly about the PEOPLE in the class not the instructor, but finding the right words to motivate each person can be hard.

I decided to enlist the help of some of my Idea Fit Blogger friends and Girls Gone Sporty instructors for some of the things they say in their group classes. They had some great ones!

Pris Balance of Us



Jillian- Fityaf.com

Fun FIt Fabulous

Sarah Fit Happens



Click on the image to visit these bloggers pages and learn more about them.

Zumba instructor Jennifer Lauren,offered some great advice as well. Less in the words we use but in our actions as instructors, she also has a great post here you can check out.

Jennifer at the ZeeBeat


You can agree that an instructor can make or break a class. Energy and enthusiasm  for what you are doing is important, and so are the words we choose to motivate.

Some of my go to’s include:

 words that work

Lunges and Lace posted this post recently on learning from the bad instructors, that was interesting as well.

Now I want to hear from you whether an instructor or group fitness fanatic, what words motivate you?

Question of the Day: What saying in a group class motivate you for an EXTRA PUSH and Charge! 


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