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  • Raising the Barre: New Boutique Fitness and Wellness Studio Opens in Portsmouth with Focus on Mindful Movement for Our Whole Lives

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    January 07, 2019
    PORTSMOUTH – Today (Jan. 7) EVOLVE mindful movement opens its doors to the community, welcoming new clients of all ages. The studio is locally and independently owned. It is offering a 25 percent discount off all memberships purchased in January, supporting a commitment to New Year’s resolutions around mindful living, wellness, health and fitness. 
    Clients can purchase memberships at the studio or online at evolveportsmouth.com and there are membership packages designed especially for individuals, partners, teens and more. 
    The studio will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening event later in January.
    EVOLVE owner, and barre Instructor Jackie Lucas says, “I’ve trained in classical ballet since childhood, and in my early adult life I couldn’t get enough of group fitness classes of every sort – then during pregnancy I began exploring yoga, Pilates and other fitness modalities. Movement is one of my greatest passions in life and I meet so many people that loved dance as a kid, and want to reconnect with the joy that brought them, as an adult. My mission is to empower more people to do that – and to support more people in discovering and cultivating the benefits of sustainable mindful movement practices.” 
    The studio offers classes in barre, cardio-barre fusion, cardio-ignite, Pilates mat, beginner yoga, restorative yoga and BUTI yoga (a vigorous practice developed by a professional ski jumper, that fuses tribal dance, high-energy movement and power-yoga). Early risers can take class at 5:45 a.m., or opt for a 45 minute lunch-time class or a variety of times throughout the afternoon and evening or on weekends. 
    There is a strong trend toward boutique fitness studios in 2019, as opposed to large impersonal gyms. But often boutique studios only offer one or two types of classes and their atmosphere can be exclusive to a certain age range or demographic. EVOLVE aims to fill an unmet need in the Seacoast, with an experienced team of diverse world-class teachers, top-of-the-line equipment and a beautiful studio that leaves clients feeling renewed and revitalized. 
    Our instructors have taught in the top studios in New York City where barre classes first became popular here in the United States, and have trained in their disciplines with globally recognized movement and wellness authorities around the world. 
    Jackie Lucas said, “Twleve years ago, I began training in barre – which is the most fun class you’ll ever take – because its more challenging and more rewarding the more you practice as you learn the nuances of great form in safe, no-impact movements drawn from ballet conditioning exercises. The greatest thing about barre is absolutely anyone can do it. I have practiced alongside people in their 60s and 70s and it is truly a sustainable workout you can do, for life. I’ve also taught barre to athletes of all types who were sometimes shocked at how challenging it was, and became increasingly drawn to it and thrilled with the way it worked their muscles in a new way and helped them achieve new personal bests from marathon times to endurance and strength goals. ”
    About EVOVLE mindful movement 
    EVOLVE was created by owner and Portsmouth resident, Jackie Lucas, to support each client’s goals in the areas of fitness, physical and inner strength, resilience and overall wellness. Though life evolves through significant ups, downs and changes - Lucas' steadfast mission is to introduce clients to practices that are sustainable for life, supporting our highest potential through it all.
    Lucas has a lifetime of ballet training, 12 years of experience in the barre arena and three movement teaching certifications. She is committed to rising above life's obstacles and tapping into mindful movement to develop our best selves. All classes share a common thread of mindfulness practice.
    EVOLVE classes are an ideal foundation for fitness and wellness. Its barre method integrates ballet conditioning exercises fused with yoga, pilates, orthopedic, calisthenic, isometric and plyometric movements.
    Its yoga classes range from the high-energy BUTI method exploding with empowerment and energy to vinyasa classes that focuses on form and flow, and restorative yoga. EVOLVE's varied cardio classes ensure your heart and breath remain a focal-point of your overall fitness.
    Jackie Lucas, Owner
    (978) 255-1159