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An oasis for body and mind

Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses create an holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance.

Like all the Les Mills programmes, a new BODYBALANCE class is produced every three months with new music and choreography.

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.

T'ai Chi warm-up
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 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.

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

Hip Openers
Focuses on strengthening for greater flexibility and freedom of movement in the hips and lower back.

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

Twists and Forward Bends
Poses and stretches create suppleness and flexibility in the hamstrings and back.

Relaxation and Meditation
The final 10 minutes deliver the mental and physiological benefits of meditation and enhance the effects of the exercise you have just completed.

DurationExercise Type Intensity Burn rate Equipment Music Results
55 minutes Yoga, T'ai Chi and pilates inspired Low intensity up to 340 calories Yoga mat optional Latest soulful, calming and inspiring tunes Improves joint flexibility and range of motion, tones and shapes, enhances mental well-being

 

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 bringa 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 anf lexibility gains and postural improvement. From the very first class, you should start to experience the stress-reducing and spiritually renewing benefits of BODYBALANCE.

Written by Les Mills at 00:00