Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi

What is Body Flow?

Body Flow is a 55 minute pre-choreographed mind/body class 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 workout classes, including Body Pump and Body Step.

Body Flow classes 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. The 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. The poses and stretches create suppleness and flexibility.

The key benefits of Body Flow:

  • Burn calories 
  • Improve your flexibility and range of movement 
  • Increase your core strength
  • Reduce your stress levels 
  • Improve your cardio-vascular fitness 
  • Provide a sense of well-being and calm 

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-choreographedexercise class 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 to create excitement about the classes. 

Instructor Certification

Instructors are certified in the program by attending an Instructor Certification Module, which take place periodically around the world throughout the year. At 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. Health clubs that offer Body Flow classes are required to pay a fee to Les Mills International to become a registered host. 

Benefits of Group Fitness

Working out in a group can provide support, accountability, and structure. The certified instructors are trained to provide encouragement and motivation, while aiding their participants in proper form and technique. Body Flow classes offer a wide array of mental and physiological benefits which enhances the effects of your current exercise regimine.