Bending and stretching through safe and simple yoga moves, a BODYBALANCE™ class blends elements of Tai Chi and Pilates to strengthen your entire body. Breathing control is a part of all the exercises, and instructors will always provide options for those just getting started.
If you haven’t tried yoga before then BODYBALANCE™ is a great introduction that complements all other forms of exercise. The variety in a BODYBALANCE™ class also makes it appealing to people already doing some form of yoga.
A BODYBALANCE™ class will leave your mind and body feeling calm and centered. Happy.
Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance.
Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYBALANCE™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography.
Each class follows a set sequence of exercise disciplines and is made up of 45 minutes of simple yet challenging exercises followed by 10 minutes of relaxation and meditation. Your instructor takes you through the moves and shows you options to suit your fitness level. If you haven’t done any Yoga or group fitness before, please take it easy. Use your first few classes to learn the poses and moves and how to get the most out of your workout. Don’t hesitate to have a word with your instructor if you have any questions.
TAI CHI WARMUP
Easy, flowing moves from the ancient Chinese exercise discipline let you leave your day behind, center yourself and warm the body.
A traditional Yoga sequence warms your body more deeply, stretching and strengthening key muscle groups.
YOGA STANDING STRENGTH
Poses such as Warrior Pose and Triangle Pose strengthen and tone the body.
Concentration and focus allow your mind and body to meet the challenge of balancing poses.
Focuses on stretching for greater fl exibility and freedom of movement in the hips and lower back.
ABDOMINALS & BACK
Uses exercises from Yoga and Pilates to strengthen core abdominal and back muscles.
TWISTS & FORWARD BENDS
Poses and stretches create suppleness and fl exibility in the hamstrings and back.
RELAXATION & MEDITATION
The final 10 minutes deliver the mental and physiological benefits of meditation and enhance the effects of the exercise you have just completed.
You should wear comfortable workout clothes – and no shoes. We do the class in bare feet because you need to feel full contact with the floor for the balancing and postural work. In colder weather, you may also need to bring something warm to wear for the relaxation and meditation sequence. Some clubs may ask you to bring a Yoga mat, and you may prefer to do so anyway – however, this is not essential.
You’ll feel real benefits from coming to class just once a week, but coming three times a week is ideal.
It usually takes about three classes to understand the feel and structure of the class and moves. You may experience some mild muscle soreness at first, but this will quickly pass and be followed by noticeable strength and flexibility gains and postural improvement. From the very first class, you should start to experience the stress-reducing and spiritually renewing benefits of BODYBALANCE™.
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