BODYFLOWTM: What's that?
The Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. It's your personal "time out" from the stress and strains of daily life - a 55-minute group exercise-to-music class that enhances your physical and mental well-being.
What's a typical class?
Each class is made up of 45 minutes of simple but challenging exercises, followed by 10 minutes of relaxation and meditation.
1. Tai Chi Warmup
Uses easy, flowing moves from this ancient Chinese exercise discipline to let you leave your day behind, center yourself and warm your body.
2. Sun Salutations
A traditional yoga sequence is used in this section to warm your body more deeply, stretching and strengthening key muscle groups.
3. Yoga Standing Strength
Poses such as warrior pose and triangle pose strengthen and tone your body.
Uses your powers of concentration to meet the challenge of these balancing poses.
5. Hip Openers
Focuses on stretches to produce greater flexibility and freedom of movement in the hips and lower back.
6. Core Work
Pilates and yoga exercises are used to strengthen the key core abdominal and back muscles.
7. Twists and Forward Bends
Poses and stretches to create suppleness and flexibility in the hamstrings and back.
8. Relaxation and Meditation
The final 10 minutes are set aside for the widely acknowledged mental and physiological benefits of meditation which also enhances the effects of the exercise.
I'm pregnant. Can I still do the BODYFLOWTM class?
Yes, but please make sure you understand the modifications and how to use them in class. Feel free to discuss them with your instructor. Breathing, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation exercises in BODYFLOWTM can help you feel comfortable with changes in your body and mind during pregnancy.
PLEASE seek medical clearance from your doctor or lead caregiver before starting any fitness regime. BODYFLOWTM is gentle and low-impact, but some health conditions during pregnancy can make any exercise unsafe or uncomfortable.
During class, focus on yourself and your baby, and participate at a pace and intensity that is comfortable for you. Breathe, relax, and don't strain to achieve a particular movement. Our goal is to create a balanced body and calm mind, so liten carefully to your body and stop if a pose does not feel good. To see specific modifications of each step of the BODYFLOWTM class, click here.
What do I need to bring?
Just yourself and a yoga mat if you have one! PT Gym has some mats available, but in case we run out, it would be a good idea for you to bring your own. 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.
How often should I do BODYFLOWTM?
You'll feel real benefits from coming to class just once a week, but coming three times a week is usual.
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 BODYFLOWTM.
For further information about our classes or class schedule, please email us using the form on our Ask the Expert page.