“For me Freebird is much more than a gym it is a community that is filled with a wonderful team that want to see you grow and succeed and are full with lots of love. Freebird has made such a huge difference in my life. It has helped me grow both mentally and physically and given me a different level of self-confidence.”
I can honestly say, Danielle, and the entire FreeBird tribe have changed my life. I’ve been a part of a lot of gyms, trainers and classes through the years but nothing even close to what happens at FreeBird. Not only do I get an amazing workout every single time but I also get a spiritual connection with these amazing women that I can’t even begin to explain. It’s truly a “judge free zone” where you can come and be free as a bird. I knew the first time I walked into that place, I had stumbled upon something amazing going on in there. You feel beautiful and strong no matter where you are in your journey. Beginners or advanced, it doesn’t matter, you are loved and welcomed and accepted.
We sweat in class, we “do yoga,” sure… but my larger Facebook friend list tells a different story about Freebird. The dozens of new, inspiring, and beautiful people that I get to practice with at Freebird are now part of my life. We know what’s happening in each other’s lives, we hug each other before and after class and we stay in touch between classes.
The moment we entered FreeBird I felt so welcome. After my first class, I was hooked. I love the positivity, camaraderie, growth that goes on during every class. Every time I rise from my mat I feel like everything is washed away and renewed and only positivity remains. Often throughout the day I hear my instructors saying things like, “You can do hard things.” and “Don’t miss an opportunity to lift someone else up.”, which is helping me alter my daily mindset and focus on all the positivity in life. FreeBird is instrumental in this new journey I find myself on, and everyday I am ready to see what I am able to accomplish today that I wasn’t able to do before.
In two weeks, not only did I “burn calories,” I also felt good about myself and what I was doing. It didn’t take long for me to know this was a place I needed to be! I have developed friendships with strong and confident women. Women who believed they were enough just as they are. I soon started realizing I could be enough too. Wow! This new outlook was quite a game changer for my life. In five short months not only has my body changed, but my personal life has changed. I am a more patient mother, better friend, and a better wife, because I am enough! I no longer fixate on all my imperfections or short comings, I now focus my energy on feeling alive, feeling loved, and feeling free!
Such a fantastic, welcoming community! I’ve just begun and can honestly say I can’t see myself working out elsewhere. This is more than just a workout, it’s a group of people that are accepting, judgement-free and just full of love!
Immediately upon stepping foot into that freebird door, I felt such an overwhelming sense of love that I knew it was my forever place! It was so liberating to break up with my gym and explain to the owner that there just was not enough ‘space for me to grow’ there. Those first two weeks I got to meet most of the instructors and try out all the classes. I was mind blown from the encouragement I received from each class and the feeling of empowerment I felt from those surrounding me on their mats. I have made life long friendships and deep rooted connections with amazingly spirited people over the past year and a half. I feel that life is about relationships and freebird has given me an outlet that encourages me to live the kind of life I want to live, be the kind of friend I would want to have, be the type of wife and mother I can be proud of at the end of each day, and gives me the encouragement I need to be selfish and take the ‘me time’ that I deserve.
My love for Freebird is so much deeper than just the physical high I get after each AMAZING class, it has become more emotionally healing than I could have ever imagined. After I had my daughter I was diagnosed with post-partum depression. I lost all of my self confidence and was no longer “me”. I was introduced to Freebird by some of my greatest friends and biggest supporters who knew that I desperately needed a positive change. Let’s just say it was love at first inhale! From the moment I walked in to take my first class, I knew this was a special place. Everyone was so warm and encouraging and instantly made me feel like family. I have become whole again by joining Freebird. So much so, that after about two months of practicing, I was able to stop medication and begin naturally healing, becoming myself again. I have made so many relationships here that I will forever treasure. I cannot thank Danielle, the INCREDIBLE instructors, and all of my Freebird Brothers and Sisters enough for forever changing my life.
Over these 9 months, I had the opportunity to challenge and honor myself with a variety of classes and workshops that do indeed change your body, mind and spirit. The instructors and the people inside these walls offer light, love and encouragement. Here we are reminded that “we can do hard things!” With all that, I’m down nearly 30lbs, my blood pressure is normal, my anxiety and depression gone. I accept and love myself again. My body is stronger than ever and I’ve met so many new and wonderful humans that I now claim as friends.
“Folks, there is something extraordinary happening at Freebird. I call it The Freebird Effect. It’s not merely flowing, flexing and flying. I practice at a studio in Phoenix when I’m in town for business. It features 4 studios, locker rooms and a large retail area. What it lacks is the Freebird Effect. The Freebird Effect happens when we, as a tribe, build “social capital”. Social capital is just nerdy scientific jargon for the driving force that develops when we belong to trustworthy, interconnected groups. Together, we gain and grow more than we can on our own. Danielle, thank you for giving me this opportunity to share. I am blessed with the fruitful guidance and friendship that you and the teachers generously offer me. Fellow Freebirds, I am a better person as a result of your friendship, support and encouragement.