A Glowing and Shining Sisterhood…

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This October a few of my Glowing Goddesses and I got together with my amazingly talented sister, Ali Kletecka, of Grove Aesthetic Photography for a photo shoot in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. Since the beginning of my fitness journey, I’ve had the honor of working with several photographers, all uniquely gifted! I’m always honored to be a photographers subject and love shooting in unpredictable locations! My sister, Ali Kletecka, is a self-taught photographer that has an impeccable creative eye and passion for her craft. We have worked together several times over the years. Many of you may have seen my photo on the railroad tracks…that was Ali’s genius vision! Our latest adventure was by far my favorite…not only did I get to work with my sister Ali again…I got to pose with and cheer on my beautiful fitness friends/lifetime soul sisters: Jen Ashcraft, Danielle Whitener, and Tara Winterhalter as well!! Five strong women…all talented…No DRAMA!!! TONS of Love, Light, Positivity, Joy, and Badass-ness!

Ali lives with her partner, Kate, in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina where she continues to explore and capture inspiring images! Visit her website and book her for a session!! She loves to travel!

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Jen:

“What a magical afternoon! I’m grateful for these photos for so many reasons. Mostly, I’m thankful that my boys can see these and know that their momma is strong, capable, and living her passion…which is my ultimate wish for them. When life starts to get the best of me and I start to doubt myself, I can look at these photos and remember that I am a goddess. A warrior. An unstoppable force of beautiful energy. Thank you Ali, Amy, Danielle, and Tara for capturing the beauty, light, and strength within me.”

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Danielle:

“This photo shoot filled with light and love was so exhilarating for me. There is nothing more empowering than being in the company of women that inspire and lift one another up! I felt so beautiful, strong and brave. I felt comfortable in my skin and embraced my “flaws” that society unfortunately creates in our minds. I hope I inspire many women to do the same! Ali Kletecka is a mastermind behind the camera and captures the soul of life and the life in nature through her photography. I will remember this day forever! “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!”

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Tara:
“The most inspiring day to date.  Watching each of these amazing ladies shine their soul to the camera ignites a fire of inspiration.  The energy of the scenery, the people and the day just really set the tone for all of us to feed off each other in such a positive light.  I think we all shine so bright.  It is amazing to have that love for one another.”

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Amy:

“I’m so in awe of these photos!! Beautiful women shining from the inside out!! Thank you to Ali for taking the time to capture us in a powerful and special way! Thank you to my lifetime friends: Jen, Danielle, and Tara for BRINGING IT…ya’ll are stunning! I will treasure this inspiring day as it signifies: hard work, dedication, empowerment, support, strength, fearlessness, and SISTERHOOD!”

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Welcoming Miss Mary!!!!

We are SO excited to welcome a new shining star to our growing family of teachers at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios!! Miss Mary Bond recently joined Miss Tara as a leaders in our new dance program! Mary has such a beautiful heart and we love the joy and light that she brings to our studio each time she chooses to practice for herself or to lead our littles with love!!

Please join us in welcoming our Mary to our staff when you see her at the studio!! We are so honored to have her expertise and talent touching the lives of our dancers!!

 

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A Note From Mary!!!! 

I started dancing at the age of 6 at Lisa Hull’s School of Dance in Columbia, TN. I studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and Pointe. After several years of training under Miss Lisa, I had the privilege of joining the competition team. I competed regionally and nationally for 5 years. I have won top scores and awards for my performances in both tap and jazz. Eventually I became a student assistant where I helped teach classes. It was then that I fell in love with teaching and helping children discover their ability, confidence and love for the beautiful art of dance. I left dance after high school to attend college. I graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Design. After graduation I attended Paul Mitchell the School and got my cosmetology license. I am a hair stylist in Franklin, where I live with my hubby and our precious son.

I have been taking classes at {r}eleve one for about a year now. I started soon after the birth of my son. Wanting to get back to the pre baby me, physically and emotionally, I was in search of something different. Something that would not only get me in shape but something that would help me feel good about myself again. Well that is exactly what I found. I will never forget my first class at {r}eleve. I walked in feeling scared and nervous; I left feeling like a rock star!! Everyone from the instructors to the clients were so sweet to me. The instructor took time to explain everything to me and was genuinely excited for me to be there. I knew right alway that it felt like home.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to join this amazing team/family. I am looking forward in helping others find the light within them that sometimes gets lost. That is exactly what {r}eleve has done for me.

“shake it off” video and contest!

Recently we had the privilege of spending a day filming some new and exciting tap n’ pow{h}er® promotional videos. Before we began, we asked all of our participants to write down and reveal a personal “I Am” statement that was followed by an impromptu dance party to Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off.” While this was something we did just for fun and not something we planned to release, after seeing the footage we just couldn’t help but to share it.

I Am collageThe song’s powerful message of overcoming life’s struggles is the foundation of the tap n’ pow{h}er method and the joy and beauty of seeing our clients share their personal declarations is beyond inspirational!

We’ve included a few sneak peek shots of what’s to come from tap n’ pow{h}er and invite you all to join in our movement to help others discover their pow{h}er by sharing your own “I Am” statement.

POST AND WIN $100!!!
Email your pictures (you holding a sign that says “I Am” followed by your personal declaration) to us at info@releveone.com and we will post them on our {r}elevé one Facebook page during the month of October. At the end of the month we will draw one name from the submissions and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from the store of their choice! New workout clothes? A little black dress? Fancy dinner? You pick!!

Keep checking our page for your photos and be sure to LIKE us while you are there!

Thank you to all of our amazing clients, instructors, staff and production crew who participated in our promo shoot!  We can’t wait to share the new videos with you soon!

Much Love, Much Light,

Amy & Jeremy

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Meet The Newest Member of Our Family!

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We are so excited to introduce the newest member of our {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios family…the beautiful and shining Ellen Carrillo!

Some of you may have already had the joy of meeting sweet Ellen and for those that haven’t you are in for a treat!

Ellen, a lifelong fitness fanatic, is our customer service specialist and will be the first smile you see when entering the studio Monday-Friday  during our morning/afternoon hours.

Ellen is committed to excellence while assisting every member of our community and we are already so grateful for her enthusiastic energy.

Not only is she passionate about health and wellness, she is also VERY knowledgable! Ellen obtained her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at MTSU and is also an ACSM Certified Health and Fitness Specialist.

Ellen describes herself as an ” innovative and energetic health fitness professional with passion for motivating others to commit to developing healthy lifestyles and improved sense of well-being”.

Please join us in welcoming Ellen with grace, love, and smiles!!

Originally from California, Ellen has 4 children, loves to hike, play tennis and badminton, and also enjoys reading and relaxing with friends!

Ellen is excited to be rejoining the work force in such a positive “happy place” and we are thrilled to share her with our beautiful and inspiring community!!

 

 

Introducing…tap n’ pow{h}er’s team of Glowing Goddesses

I am proud to introduce a beautiful, soulful, and talented group of women…Our current active team of Glowing Goddess!

These gals have been part of tap n’ pow{h}er since early on and their love and support is very much represented in the heartbeat of this method!

Now to witness these wonderful women leading with such light, brilliance, joy, and authenticity is beyond my wildest dreams!

It’s so important to celebrate the individuality and style of each instructor as it only enriches the culture of a team! I love that all of our Glowing Goddesses lead with their own unique voice and purpose; yet that we all share a common thread of love, challenge, and empowerment!

This journey started one year ago and I’m ecstatic to see how beautifully it’s evolved in such a short amount of time. What began as an attempt to share my heart and soul with our {r}elevé one family while leading a challenging class of meaningful movement, evolved into witnessing these ladies do the same.

The purpose of tap n’ pow{h}er is to encourage, celebrate, and empower!

While our team of Glowing Goddess will triple in size by November of this year…and we can’t wait to welcome more like minded women into our team, these ladies gifted the initial deep breaths of joy into tap n’ pow{h}er and I’m forever humbled and grateful!

 “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you…a joy”

-Rumi

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Jen Ashcraft- Glowing Goddess of Truth/Teacher Trainer

Studio Owner of barre 11 fitness in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“I am the owner of Barre 11 Fitness in Murfreesboro, TN and have been a part of the evolution of tap n’ pow[h}er since day ONE! Leading this class is by the far the most rewarding and life changing season in my fitness career. I am so excited to meet and train future Glowing Goddesses who will breathe life and love into this beautiful method. My favorite part about teaching tap n’ pow{h}er is seeing the method working in women’s hearts and souls and manifesting into beautiful, purposeful movement.”

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Ellen Cobb-Glowing Goddess of Light /Teacher Trainer

Studio Co-Owner of Novo Fitness Studio in Columbus, Georgia

“tap n pow{h}er provides a unique experience for clients as it takes mindbody to a new level. Each class begins with clients being still, focused, providing them with the opportunity to be present, alive, and fully aware right where they are. While inhaling strength and exhaling stress, one has no choice but to focus on her body, which works with and for her, regardless of the client’s journey up to this point. The structure of the class resonates with a variety of clients as it incorporates cardio, strength training, yoga, and several exercises that help with balance. Being a teacher of the method and a future teacher trainer, I can truly attest to how incredibly rewarding it is to take clients on this journey of inspiration, empowerment, and meaningful movement each class. Is it equally as powerful to see clients’ transformations as they continue to grow in strength, confidence, and determination. Novo Fitness couldn’t be more excited and humbled to bring this incredible method to our community and continue challenging our clients to reach new levels in their fitness journey.”

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Danielle Whitener- Glowing Goddess of Love/Teacher Trainer

Senior Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“I have been teaching many formats of fitness over the years and tap n’ pow{h}er is my favorite! Each class is designed to take our clients through an emotional journey of practice through balance & strength training, dance, yoga & cardiovascular elements of movement. It’s movement with meaning that has the entire class feeling invigorated, empowered, strong, beautiful, elegant, challenged & focused, including the instructor. My mission as a fitness instructor is to inspire & empower women. tap n’ pow{h}er gives me that ability by sharing positive affirmations through movement & voice throughout the entire journey of class. As a professional when you lead a class, the class is no longer about your workout, but rather your clients! The beauty of tap n’ pow{h}er is the emotional tie that you have with each participant. You give energy and positive reinforcement, and through the clients energy, it is given right back to you creating an emotional release from ALL that are in the room! Some are even moved to tears. It is such an amazing feeling to see clients release life’s stresses & joy’s through this hour & build self esteem & confidence! When The journey of practice comes to an end and we release to internal peace and rise up, I as the instructor feel in every inch of my mind, body, heart & soul that I have indeed made a difference in these women’s lives. I have inspired them, challenged them and made them feel beautiful & empowered; like they can truly take on the world! Even I myself feel that way!!! There is no amount of money that can compare to that feeling, and that is why I do what I do. tap n’ pow{h}er has molded me into a better instructor in all methods that I teach. I will continue to learn and grow as a fitness professional through this method! I am so happy and honored to be a Glowing Goddess and lead my Fearless Warriors with heart and soul.”

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Jess Speers- Glowing Goddess

Senior Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“The journey to becoming stronger, more self-confident and empowered in your body is a pretty special thing to share with someone.  I believe teaching tap n’pow{h}er has given me (and all of our teachers) a unique platform to influence clients in a positive way.  I love how the room feels like one united community – it’s really gratifying to witness.  You can really feel everyone’s spirit fill the room! Having a client come up to you after class saying they feel better about themselves and will carry those uplifting words with them all week is the BEST thing you can receive as a teacher – after all, that is what it’s all about! You really have to experience tap n’ pow{h}er to understand its full impact– it is a powerful hour of meaningful movement that will leave you re-charged and fulfilled in both mind and body.”

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Kara Glover- Glowing Goddess

Cherished Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“The tap n’ pow{h}er method has fulfilled my innermost desire to teach not just with the body but with the heart as well. Often times other methods only engage the physical, whereas tap n’ pow{h}er incorporates the whole person, so it’s not just movement, it’s meaning too. I think that synergy allows me to teach from my heart and gives me the freedom to be my total self, which as an instructor, is priceless.”

 

 

 

 

 

Stretching Past Limitations and Soaring to New Heights!

I would like to share with you a true gem in the {r}elevé one and tap n’ pow{h}er community…

Melanie Wilhelm found her way into our hearts last year and I have so enjoyed watching her bloom and grow into the strong, confident, healthy, and empowered woman that she is today!

Mel went through tap n’ pow{h}er training with me in March and even since her certification weekend, she has begun to soar to new heights!

If you are a woman struggling with health, confidence, and finding a fitness routine that works for you, allow Melanie’s words below to touch your heart!

I love this Fearless Warrior…This Glowing Goddess of Strength and Courage!!! I Know You Will Too!!!

Much Love, Much Light,

Amy

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My barre journey began over a year ago. I instantly became attracted to it and knew I wanted to become an instructor. After the birth of my first son, 6 years ago I had been a serious runner, running 9 half marathons, and 3 full marathons. My knees hurt, my back and neck ached while I slept and my hips were tight. I was seeing my Chiropractor three times a week. My body was screaming for a low impact workout.

In some of the first barre classes I attended, I often recall Amy reminding the class that more stretching was needed at home. It was after a few months of my practice that I took this advice to heart. I began to stretch first thing in the morning. It became something I looked forward to in beginning my day.

Releasing my muscles made me feel energized and ready to start the day. I learned more than just about my body through stretching, I learned a deeper connection from my muscles to my mind. I found places in my body where I held tension of the world.

After a commitment to getting my day started this way, I also found I didn’t need to see my chiropractor but once a month.

If I have a rough day or just need to relax, I will often take a glass of wine after my boy’s are in bed, my mat and off to the back deck for a quick stretch and unwind  from the stress of the day. Staying dedicated to this part of my lifestyle has added to my barre practice. It has taught me to respect and love my body for it’s own ability in my practice.

{r}elevé one fitness and dance studios has amazing classes to offer clients to strengthen, lengthen, and connect to your deeper self. Yoga and tap n’ pow{h}er provide a deeper a deeper insight to yourself, and your spirit. These methods along with barre have guided me through some difficult times with my health this year.

In May, I had a total hysterectomy. Two weeks after my surgery I began my stretching routine again. Six weeks from my surgery I was cleared to return to my regular workout routine, and I have never looked back. I believe in my heart without those first days of stretching that has now turned into a routine yoga practice, tap n’ pow{h}er and the empowerment it gave me, and the mind body connection of barre, the hard decision might have been more difficult. In the end, my body, mind and spirit guided me, and has helped the recovery physically and mentally.

I have taken all the positive energy these methods have given me and have started teaching them to my boys who are 7 and 2. They love to stretch and do light yoga with Mommy. We even add some energy n’ pow{h}er especially when the energy of these guys is rather high. I feel it is important that I teach them at a young age to learn to connect their body through their minds. I hope to see my teachings benefit them as adults to learn to appreciate themselves for who they are. To empower them to follow their dreams.

My heart is full of grace that I was introduced to these methods. It has changed me as a woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. The heart and soul of all three methods have changed the person I am. I appreciate and love myself in a way in have never known. The journey continues and the path is nothing but bright.

 

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as

deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Raun

 

Here are some of my favorite stretches that can be done in the morning, or anytime of the day!

Note: before stretching- it’s always a good idea to make sure your muscles have been gently warmed prior to getting deep into any positions.

 

There are so many ways you can deepen your stretches with a strap. This is a great chest opener.

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Low lunge with a slight back bend. Just be sure your knee is not going over your ankle. The slight back bend helps relieve tension in your upper back and stretch your abdominals. 

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The below is a great way to stretch your hamstrings and open your chest at the same time.

You can deepen the stretch by taking your hands out behind you.

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Learn and Practice Curtsy Lunge

One of my all time favorite tap n ‘pow{h}er exercises from our Fearless (strengthening) portion of class is the glutes and quad burner Curtsy Lunge.

Wanna try it?? Come on…it’s only 4 minutes of your life!! You’ve Got This!!! :)

Please make sure your muscles are already warmed before beginning this set and let me know your thoughts by emailing me at: amy@releveone.com

Much Love, Much Light!!

An Inspiring Ride…

Greetings Fearless Warriors!!

I’ve always considered myself fortunate to work in a profession where inspiration walks through the doors of our community at {r}elevé one daily. Each day I learn at least one valuable lesson from someone, which in turn allows me to find a deeper connection to myself and to our community as a whole.

I have never or will I ever take this aspect of my job for granted!

I am so excited to share this uplifting story…

Please find below an email sent from our cherished client/friend: Pam Hawkins.

Pam’s story is uplifting, motivating, and a reminder to us all to keep going No Matter What!!

In addition to Pam’s Inspiring Ride, I would be doing the world a huge disservice if I didn’t share her unbelievable photography! Please enjoy both and feel free to share with others!

This is a true example of how to #livelifeinreleve and we couldn’t be more proud and honored to have Pam as part of our {r}elevé one fitness family!

We Love You, Pam!!

www.pamhawkinsphotography.com

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Here’s the basic story behind my ride. Years ago, my husband, Mark, my 1 year old son, Matt and I were camping in Cades Cove. I was almost 30. We had brought our bikes to possibly ride the Cades Cove Loop trail, which is an 11 mile one way loop road in the Smoky Mts. I wasn’t too keen on the idea but my husband convinced me that the ride would be easy, that I could do it. So we took off. They on one bike and me on mine. The road soon became a challenge with several steep, curvy hills. Unfit and terribly out of shape, I struggled on every hill, even the smaller ones. At some point, Mark and Matt were way ahead of me, out of sight. Of course, no cell phones back then to call and communicate. Less than half way, my body and mind gave up. I got off my bike, sat on the side of the road and cried. I was so upset and frustrated with myself. I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the campground, even walking wasn’t an option. Finally a nice man in a pickup truck stopped and asked if I needed help. He took me back to the campground to meet up with my husband and son.
I do not like to fail and that failed ride bothered me terribly for all these years. So when it came time to celebrate my 60th birthday, I wanted to reattempt the ride that I failed so miserably years ago. I wanted to know if I could accomplish the task. So Mark, my other son Jeremy and I began our ride! Hills that seemed so huge before were easy to climb. I even remembered the spot where I gave up and cried years ago and I had a big grin on my face as I flew by. There were definitely some tough hills to climb, and some riders were walking their bikes up, but I was able to ascend all the hills without getting off my bike which was my goal. Mission accomplished!
After my children were born, I devoted all of my time and effort to my family. Most of my adult life, I was unfit, unhealthy, and very overweight. I did not devote anytime to getting myself strong, healthy and fit. I now realize that your health ALWAYS needs to be top priority. Four years ago, I joined the Y, started working out and lost 86 pounds. I started challenging myself every year to do something that I had never done before. Running 5Ks, half marathons, duathalon, biking century rides. Every new goal I set was so scary for me because of my fear of failing, however, the feeling of accomplishment was awesome when I completed each. I regret not doing any of this years sooner. You can probably understand why it was so important for me to lose the weight I gained after my ear surgery last year and why it was so crucial that I regain the balance that I lost. I could not head back to being overweight and unfit again.
Thank you so much for your barre, tap n pow{her}, and energy n pow{her} classes. I am so much stronger now and my balance has improved SO much! Thank you for all the support from you and your amazing staff!! There is such an incredible spirit of love, caring, and kindness. Your passion for {r}elevé one is limitless! I said before that your classes, especially tap n pow{her} is also a workout for the soul not just the body…
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Early Bird Registration Available NOW for November Teacher Training

Great News!!

Our November 7-9th Teacher Training for tap n’ pow{h}er is available to be purchased at our special Early Bird rate NOW!

Click here to sign up:

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Is teaching tap n’ pow{h}er right for you/your studio?

If you have passion for helping others around you rise to a more positive vibration through challenging movement, and words of encouragement… leading this class is for YOU!

tap n’ pow{h}er instructor trainings are accredited by NETA for 20 continuing education credits, (CECS).

tap n’ pow{h}er’s course is ideal for those with at least one year of previous mind/body fitness instruction and wants to expand their horizons into a realm that is unique, pow{h}erful, challenging, and FUN!

Teachers in training should be actively teaching: dance, yoga, barre, Pilates, Gyrotonic, etc. prior to signing up for Level One certification.

Our Glowing Goddesses in training are committed to delivering a quality fitness program that not only strengthens the mind and body connection, but also delivers words and messages of empowerment, self respect, love, and joy.

What to expect from your training:

  • Level One consists of a 3 day in-depth journey of observation, instruction, application, and testing
  • Teacher Training Workbook complete with well explained set up language and photographs
  • Access to social media campaigns and virtual marketing
  • Continued support on instructor only network
  • A brand that is dedicated toward leading with love, light, and respect.