Les Mills BodyBalance
BodyBalance | For Mind, Body and Life
If you’re looking for a way to bring balance to your fitness and life – aren’t we all? – then this motivating blend of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, is the one for you. A BodyBalance class is ideal for anyone and everyone; the perfect post-lockdown antidote to help you reconnect with yourself and others in a quiet, calm way.
Often referred to as the new generation of yoga, you can expect to bend and stretch through a series of simple yoga moves, elements of Tai Chi and some of the best of Pilates. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings your body into a state of harmony and balance.
Beginning with a Tai Chi-inspired warm up, followed by an invigorating series of sun salutations, warrior sequences, hip openers, twists, and some Pilates-inspired core training – not forgetting the period of relaxation to close - whether you want to build physical or mental strength, BodyBalance will make it happen.
Here’s a quick 2 minute intro from Dr Jackie Mills, the director of BodyBalance global.
Key benefits of BodyBalance
How does BodyBalance work?
Featuring a scientifically-backed combination of simple yoga moves, with some elements of Tai Chi and Pilates, the moves are carefully curated to strengthen your entire body and increase flexibility. The focus is on improving functional core strength, enhancing joint mobility and creating a sense of wellbeing and calm, not calorie-burn.
The scientific proof comes from University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The study followed a group of older exercisers committed to two BODYBALANCE classes per week, and a control group that continued their usual levels of physical activity. At the end of 12 weeks those who regularly got their zen on saw significant improvements in balance and gait speed.
Gait speed is a great indicator of vitality as we age as it involves the coordination of many of the body’s systems. The vitality-boosting benefits are not the only perk of BODYBALANCE. A further study from the United Kingdom’s Roehampton University proved that this combination of yoga, tai chi and Pilates can help reduce body fat, increase back strength, improve flexibility and ease anxiety.
This highlights what yogis have known for decades – if you want youthful energy and vitality, bending and stretching is a great way to get it.
I’ve never done yoga before. Does that matter?
Not at all. Simply follow your instructor as they will show you all of the appropriate options. It pays to commit to three or four classes from the start to feel comfortable with all the moves. If you haven’t tried yoga before then BODYBALANCE is a great introduction. If you’re already doing some form of yoga you’ll love the variety you get with BODYBALANCE
How often should I do BodyBalance?
Just one workout a week is all it will take for you to start enjoying the benefits. If you’re able to make time for 2 or more workouts a week you’ll see the physical and mental benefits really shine.
What do you need for a class?
Our covid-safe process requests that you bring your own yoga mat during this time. If yo’re just starting out then we can recommend TK Maxx as a great place to pick up a decent mat at a sensible price. You don’t need any shoes. Simply wear comfortable workout clothes, and ideally have something warm to put on during the final relaxation track. Remember a towel and water too.
Can you do BodyBalance While Pregnant?
If you’re pregnant, regular BODYBALANCE sessions can be great for helping maintain core control and muscle balance. But before you begin we recommend talking with your doctor or midwife who will advise you appropriately. It’s also a good idea to let your instructor know you’re pregnant so they can suggest some modifications for you throughout the class. Another great reason as to why nothing beats live!