Jan 28 2012

BodyBalance – What is it and why is it good for you?

First of all, what exactly is BodyBalance?
BodyBalance is a 55-minute class that blends exercises from three popular disciplines; Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates into a flowing workout set to beautiful music. With its carefully structured series of moves, poses and stretches it builds flexibility and strength and leaves you in a state of harmony and balance feeling centered and calm.

Who developed BodyBalance?
A company based in Auckland, New Zealand called Les Mills. Bodybalance is just one programme out of a suite of ten that Les Mills has released over the last twenty or so years. All their programmes are widely recognised as being of a very high quality and the best there is, which is demonstrated in the number of licensed clubs (more than 13,000) there are in 75 countries worldwide.

Who is it good for?
People that lead a stressful or hectic lifestyle, that feel tired all the time, or who have posture issues can all benefit from BodyBalance. It’s also great for people that want to improve their flexibility and for those that want a class that doesn’t have high imapct/jumping around.

What’s a typical class like?
The following is the usual format for the class. Every quarter the release changes and new music and new choregraphy is used to keep it fresh:

Tai Chi warmup
Easy, flowing moves from the ancient Chinese exercise discipline let you leave your day behind, centre yourself and warm the body.

Sun salutations
A traditional yoga sequence that warms your whole body more deeply, stretching and strengthening key muscle groups.

Yoga standing strength
Poses such as warrior pose and triangle pose strengthen and tone your entire body.

Concentration and focus allow your mind and body to adapt to meet the challenge of balancing poses.

Hip Openers
Focuses on stretches to produce greater flexibility and freedom of movement in the hips and lower back.

Core work
Uses exercises from Pilates and yoga to strengthen core abdominal and back muscles.

Twists and forward bends
Poses and stretches to create suppleness and flexibility in the hamstrings and back.

Relaxation and meditation
The final ten minutes deliver the mental and physiological benefits of meditation and enhance the effects of the exercise you have just completed.

What are the benefits?

  • It improves your joint flexibility and range of movement
  • It will reduce your stress levels
  • It encourages good posture as it increases core (abdominal & back) strength and stability
  • It stimulates the immune system
  • Improves your cardio-vascular function
  • It will reduce your stress levels
  • Provide a lasting sense of wellbeing and calm
  • Focus your mind and raise your consciousness
  • It helps restore the body’s symmetry. Often one side of the body is weaker or more flexible than the other and thisimbalance can lead to injury, pain and discomfort
  • It also will burn some calories

Where can I get more information?
Get in touch with Sam or visit the official Les Mills website for further information.

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