As some of you may know, our Ardy lease was up this March and I made the difficult decision to close our little Ardmore studio at Dr. Bucky's office and not open another Mainline location until after I have my baby. As much as I hate to admit it, I have too much on my plate right now to open another studio until fall 2011.
We've out-grown our Ardmore home and until we find our forever home on the Mainline (which I promise I will do post-baby), I want to thank everyone who has been involved with Lithe Ardmore over the past two years: My incredible instructors, the gracious Dr. Bucky and his staff and our faithful, dedicated Lithers.
Yesterday, the Ardmore morning crew sent me this incredible poem and I had to share it with all of you. It will make you laugh...it made me cry. I've always known that Lithe is very special, but when I imagine no Lithe in my life, it really hurts. We empathise with you all! So, lets welcome all the lovely Mainline Lithers into Lithe's Center City studios and make them feel at home. We love you all! Thank you for your dedication, hard work and friendship.
Check out Ardmore Lithe Mama, Jen Sundstrom at 30-something weeks (She's due mid to late August). I had to take a few pictures of her after my High Mini in Ardmore on Friday. Yes, she still takes High Mini...and Thigh High...and Sleeveless! Jen, you are such an inspiration and pure proof that you CAN Lithe til' the very end!
Get Lithe! We have another Immersion course starting at our center city Philadelphia location next Tuesday!
Tuesday and Thursday series begins on November 17th at 8:15pm (no class on Thanksgiving, Nov 26th-Last class will be held on December 8th).
Image of Lithe Method instructor Carrie Gero doing roll ups at the barre.
These will take us through the heat of summer. Look out for fab and fresh fall schedule updates & changes sometime around mid-month! August on-line classes/reservation system will be current and updated by the end of the day.
Illustration via Rik Lee
Ugh, here I go again. Let me preface this by saying that I'm not posting about anyone in particular and I'm not writing about Lithe beginners who have taken our Immersion course.
We're officially installing a new policy as of today and all of you regular Lithers will be oh so happy, every "green," rookie Lither will thank me in the end and our oh so "patient" instructors will all be walking on air.
Our previously "mostly mandatory" Immersion is now absolutely 100% mandatory and a pre-requisite for all of Lithe Method regular level classes at EVERY LOCATION.
We don't care how fit, friendly, fun and fabulous that you may be and we don't want to hear the but, "I've taken yoga, Pilates and/or another fitness method that uses a ballet bar"--It's not Lithe Method and it's always a hot mess when beginners with no Immersion are in our regular level classes.
Ya know, I'm not sure if people think that we're blowing smoke up their bums when we tell them that Lithe is best learned, taught and programmed the way that we've created it. We are not a drop in studio!
Bottom line is, if you want to Lithe, you're going to come through the program correctly, commit to taking the Immersion (or at least most of it) or two private cram courses so that our regular classes are not anything but what they should be and you get the results and attention that you want and deserve.
Teen Creeps Illustration by the awesome, Rik Lee
Why everybody must take the Immersion:
need to take the Immersion for yourself--Let go of that ego
people...Lithe is not Bar Method, Physique 57, or Pilates and it's even
further from Yoga. We give you six classes to get your strength and
stamina up, build your core strength and knowledge so that your neck,
low back and knees don't take the workload.
More importantly, the Immersion also teaches
you how to Lithe, our modifications, our cryptic-like-cueing (it's
really a language that non-Immersion people never "get" unless it is
explained) and how to use our band system.
The Immersion is not easy! Good Form & Lithe Immersion knowledge=RESULTS. If you're doing things incorrectly, you will not see results. Period.
You will never get the Immersion info in regular level classes. I've
seen clients go months without knowing the correct way to do things.
They stick out like a sore thumb forever. We never get to know their
strengths and weaknesses, either.
People who do not take the immersion are quite a distraction in regular level classes and they often have bad experiences at Lithe because they leave confused, overworked, out of the loop and frustrated.
to all of you who come through the program correctly, you make our day
and we love you! Please remember that we also love your friends and
referrals but PLEASE refer your newbie friends to our Immersion
We are currently updating our policies on our website and Mindbody system. All beginners who show up or "drop in" to regular level classes with no Immersion experience will be turned away and we really don't like to do that!
Illustration by barbara McGregor
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