Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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In the early 2000s, Kelli Stuart, who owns The Dailey Method at 811 Coombs St., seemed to have it all.

She and her husband Michael, whom she met in college, lived in San Jose, where his cabinet making business was starting to take off. Kelli landed a job with an international high tech company. They were 60, 70, sometimes 80 hour weeks, but she loved it.

When their kids were born, Kelli adjusted – up at 5:30 a.m. for a 6 o’clock call to Europe, take the kids to day care, leave the office to pick them up again, then on the phone with Asian customers at night. The pace was fast and the pay was great – only it was killing her.

“It reached the point where I didn’t take the time to eat or even drink water. I started getting too thin and felt weak just walking around. I knew I needed to do something,” she said.

That “something” was taking a class at The Dailey Method (TDM) in San Jose.

According to their website, TDM offers “the most efficient and effective group workout on the planet,” a bold statement that Kelli says is completely accurate.

The barre workouts combine ballet, yoga, and Pilates exercises with formats for every level, from Basics and Gentle, to Advanced Fusion. The studio also offers beat-based indoor cycling.

The Dailey Method, again according to their website, is about much more than just getting stronger.

“You get a total workout: body sculpted, mind sharpened, motivation heightened, attitude transformed.”

Kelli is a testament to the program. “I immediately realized a difference. I felt empowered to take care of myself,” she said.

And take care of herself she did. Kelli quit her job and started working as a contractor, so that she could better control her schedule and focus on her family and self.

They moved to Napa, where Kelli grew up and her family still lives, to be closer to them and to give her own boys a better community in which to be raised.

As Kelli can attest, the slide into bad habits and neglecting yourself is a slow process, and most folks aren’t even aware of how out of balance they are.

“People don’t realize that they get separated from themselves,” said Kelli.

Acknowledging that some people get intimidated about group workouts, she suggests gently pushing through that hesitation.

“It’s so much more than just physical change. It’s about your whole life.”

Instructors for The Dailey Method undergo comprehensive training. During classes, they work with each individual in the group.

Kelli wanted to train to become an instructor, but the more she thought about it, she decided to open The Dailey Method here in Napa.

At first, she maintained an outside job, but for the past year, she’s been all-in, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Dailey Method is open daily. Call 637-4255 or visit the website.

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or craig@donapa.com.

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