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Kashani's love for fitness and business comes from her lifelong goal to help others fall in love with fitness by sharing her passion for working smarter and safer. Prior to dedicating all of her time to developing the Bamboo Barre design, technique and choreography she was known as one of Ottawa's few Javelin coaches and first studio barre instructor. Her group classes grew a loyal following and had every participant feeling touched, taken care of and most of all, challenged.
Before becoming a barre instructor she spent years playing competitive basketball, coaching track and field and helping friends and family lead a healthy lifestyle. When she is not teaching or taking a barre class, Kashani spends the rest of the time sweating on her bike or taking strength and conditioning classes online.
Beyond barre and athletics Kashani is also a model and singer and she spends a lot of her creative energy customizing and creating greeting cards for Kado By: Kashani.
BEHIND THE BAMBOO
Bamboo Barre was created by Kashani June 2012 when an athlete she was coaching inquired about the barre fitness classes she was teaching at iNSiDE OUT STUDiO Barre. Without her wall mounted ballet barre available at the track, Kashani planted her javelin in the ground and began demonstrating popular barre poses. After successfully adapting the javelin into a temporary ballet barre she realized that if she found a similar upright support structure she could continue her barre instruction outside of the studio.
With the possibility of being able to offer mobile barre fitness classes on the horizon, Kashani left practice and went on the hunt for a new way to offer traditional barre classes. After walking isles after isles at the dollar store and passing mop poles, broom handles and other sticks, a bundle of bamboo poles was waiting to be discovered in the gardening section. Without hesitation she bought all the bamboo poles and went to two other locations to buy more. With a table saw, rubber stoppers, resistance bands and a dash of creativity Bamboo Barre was born in the basement and grew up on the beach, The RA
Centre, Dovercourt Community Centre and many other locations around Ottawa. Today Kashani continues to offer Bamboo Barre classes in studio, outdoors and in local high schools.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“bamboo barre is a great way to work hard and work focused. With every class you gain awareness of the muscles you work and with increased awareness your workout gets better. A very gratifying conscious circle. Despite it being a demanding 60 minutes, you find yourself wanting more barre. Kashani is a great instructor and she varies the routine challenging both the body and mind.”
Bamboo barre classes are tough but rewarding, very professional and fast-moving. Kashani’s music score is beautifully crafted to keep us moving and motivated. At 63, I may well be Kashani’s most “senior” client. As such, I can recommend that these classes are not just for the chronologically young, but also for those who are young at heart and interested in ensuring that our bodies are fit for the journey."
" I am a regular at the gym and I still find bamboo barre classes challenging. Not only does it challenge your muscles but your mind too. Kashani is very passionate and inspiring and if you find yourself having trouble she's right there to help you out. Besides her guidance and attention to detail, the music is what keeps me motivated and on my mat. Everyone should try this workout!"