Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi
What is Body Flow?
Body Flow is a 55 minute pre-choreographed mind/bodyÂ classÂ that incorporates elements of yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi. The class is pre-choreographed to music and is distributed by Les Mills International, which is based in New Zealand. Les Mills International distributes many pre-choreographed workoutÂ classes, includingÂ Body PumpÂ and Body Step.
Body Flow classesÂ are performed to music and build flexibility and strength using powerful and calming poses, stretches, and breathing techniques. The class structure implements elements of yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi throughout. At the end of a Flow class, a person will leave feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a series of stretches, moves, and poses create a holistic workout that is meant to bring the body into a state of harmony and balance. TheÂ class format lasts 45 minutes, and always ends with an additional 10 minutes of relaxation and medition.
The class will begin with a flowing Tai Chi warmup to build into the pilates and yoga sequences that strengthen and tone key muscle groups.Â The poses and stretches create suppleness and flexibility.
The key benefits of Body Flow:
- Burn caloriesÂ
- Improve your flexibility and range of movementÂ
- Increase your core strength
- Reduce your stress levelsÂ
- Improve your cardio-vascular fitnessÂ
- Provide a sense of well-being and calmÂ
Choreography and Launches
New Body Flow releases, consisting of new music and choreography, are released to health clubs and instructors on a quarterly basis. Instructors memorize the pre-choreographedexerciseÂ classÂ via DVD, audio CD, and choreography notes. Health clubs are encouraged to throw a quarterly "launch party" when new choreography is released, to use this as an opportunity toÂ createÂ excitement about theÂ classes.Â
Instructors are certified in theÂ programÂ by attending an InstructorÂ CertificationÂ Module,Â which take place periodically around the world throughout the year. AtÂ certification modules, instructors are taught proper form and technique, as well as motivational tips and Les Mills culture. Instructors are paid by the health club or gym that they work for.Â Health clubs that offer Body Flow classesÂ are required to pay a fee to Les Mills International to become a registered host.Â
Benefits of Group Fitness
Working out in a group can provide support, accountability, and structure. The certified instructors are trained to provide encouragementÂ and motivation, while aiding their participants in proper form and technique. Body Flow classes offer a wide array ofÂ mental and physiological benefits which enhances the effects of your current exercise regimine.