Daring to bare is about truly finding the confidence in movement no matter what- to love yourself enough to give your body and your mind a way to be free. SoulCycle’s first class began under the chilly sky and I started to notice some brave souls bracing the cold in their specialty, Dare To Bare, sports bra. The love started to weave in and out of each bike lane and through me. As class got heated, SoulCycle instructor, Olivia Ward, talked about how SoulCycle gave her another shot at her life and for her too, it was challenging to be up there that day which really seemed to fuel each rider.
“Being out of breath does not mean you are out of shape. It means you are challenged. It means you are working for something.” Seeing this happen right before me, I never felt so present in my own life.
I volunteered for the Dare To Bare event this year knowing it would aid in taking another leap forward into creating the person I want to be. I spent the day with the team prepping bikes, setting up riders, and making sure everyone was in their highest spirits! Right off the bat, I was meeting a ton of new friends. The fitness community has a funny way of making me feel like I know everyone when actually, I knew no one prior to walking onto the scene. Dare to Bare was what I would imagine, the WoodStock of the now, so much love and so much sweat.
I had the honor of clipping into class, twice, and each time I picked up a new feeling, a greater sensation. Seeing everyone surrounding me in such a celebration for himself or herself was a vision I could never forget.
And then it happened, “Fight Song,” came on and I could feel the chills roll down my entire body and I could feel the tips of my hair drenched brushing against my face. I was wide open outside in Union Square Park rocking out on a bike in a sports bra. In that moment I realized how far I have come to grow in the skin that I am still learning to love and that it’s okay to feel like a badass- we all were and we all are. October 4th, was the day I was safe where I was, I was proud of my whole self, and now I am using how I felt/ what I felt in that moment to bring into my everyday. That day in the park is in my heart. Whenever I need it , it will always be there.
Thank you Movemeant Foundation and for letting me in on this experience and for changing everything, for everyone. Thank you volunteers, for the bright faces and accepting attitudes, loved every minute of kicking it with you all.
The world needs more of the Movemeant Foundation force take over with their infectious spirits to start changing the way we view beauty. As Jenny Gaither , SoulCycle instructor, as well as the founder and CEO of the Movemeant Foundation began to wrap up the scene , she stated, "We are just getting started."
What a day.