Les Mills Body Balance
BODYBALANCE™ is a new yoga class for anyone and everyone. It uses a range of movements and motion set to music that will improve your mind, your body and your life.
Bending and stretching through safe and simple yoga moves, a BODYBALANCE™ class blends elements of Tai Chi and Pilates to strengthen your entire body.
WHAT WILL BODYBALANCE™ DO FOR ME?
- Improve joint flexibility and range of motion
- Increase your core strength
- Reduce your stress levels
- Provide a lasting sense of well-being and calm
- Focus the mind and raise consciousness levels through controlled breathing
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL CLASS
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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
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.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO BODYBALANCE™?
You’ll feel real benefits from coming to class just once a week, but coming three times a week is ideal.
WHEN WILL I NOTICE RESULTS?
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™.