One of the items on my 50 Things To Do Before Turning 50 is to take a Yoga class. I decided to do one better and sign up for the 30 Day Dailey Method Challenge at The Dailey Method in Ottawa. I committed to taking 20 class (Yoga, Meditation and Barre) in 30 days with a group of local bloggers.
I must admit, I had no idea what “barre” was before I accepted the challenge. All I knew is that you did some exercises using a ballet barre. I had no idea what “sticky socks” were. I had no idea how life changing this challenge would be!
What is The Dailey Method?
- In 2000, TDM creator Jill Dailey opened a studio in San Francisco. Read more about the Dailey Method story here.
- TDM is a group fitness class that is at the cutting edge of fitness research and acclaimed by tens of thousands of devoted TDMers across North American and Europe.
- TDM safely, efficiently and effectively improves muscle length, strength tone and balance, improves cardio strength, posture and motivation, sharpens your mind, reduces the risk of injury and chronic pain, and helps you stay healthy, active, and youthful for a lifetime.
- Specifically designed unique and ever involving low-impact classes (45-60 minutes, 2-3 times a week), that incorporates the best benefits from multiple disciplines (Yoga, Pilates and orthopedic exercises), with hands-on training and education, and an intrinsic focus on alignment and strength all done in a safe, fun and energetic group environment.
About Dailey Method Ottawa:
Sarah Thompson and her husband Jamie Rigby (pictured above), opened this fantastic studio in the Glebe in 2015. In 2017, they added Cycle classes. One of the reasons Sarah wanted to open the business was “to create a community, a happy place for our students to come, feel comfortable and accepted, while receiving a high quality, safe workout.”
TDM Ottawa offers 8 styles of classes; 5 all level Barre classes, a gentle class including a self care connective tissue treatment called MELT Method, Yoga, Meditation and Cycle. There is a class for everyone, whether you are an athlete or someone like me who is new to working out.
The Dailey Method Ottawa studio is a gorgeous space. It is filled with light and has a very airy feel. Whenever I go to the studio, I feel like I am visiting a spa. Sarah and Jamie have thought of everything. to make their patrons feel comfortable. Need a shower after a workout? No problem, there is a private shower with shampoo, conditioner and bath robes! Forget your sticky socks at home? No worries, the front desk usually has a pair you can borrow. Want to work out but don’t have child care? Not an issue! There is child care provided at the studio. Forget your hair elastic or other items? Don’t worry! The change room has an assortment of items like hair elastics, baby powder, lotion and a hair dryer. Need a place to store your personal items during class? The studio has lockers where you can safely store your items during your class.
Another things I love about TDM classes is that you only need to bring your socks and a water bottle to class! The mats, balls, weights and straps/bands are all provided. It is nice not to have to lug any special equipment to and from class.
The sense of community that Sarah and Jamie foster at TDM Ottawa is unique. I am not going to lie. I was very nervous about attending my first class. You know those voices in your head? The ones that tell you… “you are not good enough, you are too old, you are too out of shape, why do you think you can commit and reach your goals?” If you don’t hear those voices, you are lucky. I hear them and sometimes they stop me from doing fun things or things out of my comfort zone. Thankfully, I pushed those voices aside and went to TDM Ottawa for my first class.
I felt relaxed from the start of the class. The teacher was so friendly she came over and introduced herself and asked if I had any questions. Whenever the teacher demonstrated a move, she would mention variations for those who had to modify the move for whatever reason. There were times during that first class where I could not do the full sequence but I was able to modify and not feel like people were staring at my lack of ability. I vividly remember the sense of pride when I completed my first class. I mentally patted myself on the back and then was overcome with an incredible rush of energy. It is safe to say that I was addicted from that moment on. I may also now be addicted to buying cute yoga clothes…something I never thought I would feel comfortable doing.
My observations after the month:
- Anyone can be successful in the classes. You can go at your own pace and take as many breaks as you need.
- The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable. Since alignment is the focus of the exercises, the teachers walk around and make alignment corrections through out the class. Each teacher goes through extensive training before teaching the Dailey Method.
- The Dailey Method’s tag line is “Aligning soul and spine, head and heart.” Along with a 60 minute workout that targets all your muscles, there is also time at the end of class to relax and tune into your mind. Each class ends with the lights dimmed and a final minute to reflect on your practice. The teacher then walks around and gives everyone a final release ( a short massage that feels amazing).
During the month of June, I pushed myself and completed the challenge! I did 20 classes in 30 days. Fellow bloggers Cathy and Julie were doing the challenge with me and provided incredible support and motivation. You can read Cathy’s post here and Julie’s post here.
Like I mentioned earlier in my post, my experience at TDM Ottawa has been life changing. I can not wait to share part 2 of this journey with you next week!