BodyFlow by Les Mills

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My favorite class at the moment is BodyFlow. It was created by New Zealand Olympic athlete, Les Mills and can be found in gyms throughout the world. BodyFlow is an hour-long class that combines Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, balance exercises, stretching, relaxation and meditation. New classes are released every three months, with new moves and new music.

Les Mills group exercise classes are held at the gym where I work as a personal trainer. After peering through the glass a few times and wondering what the heck they were doing in there I decided to investigate.

The BodyFlow class seemed like a good way to gain flexibility and to work on my mind-body connection. I wasn’t sure how much I could do because I have degenerative discs in my lower back. But I’m happy to report that my body is a willing participant and I’ve already noticed improvements in my core strength and range of motion. I’ve been taking the class once a week for about six weeks now.

I can’t do all of the poses and moves but I’m working on it. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do a back bend, but I’m OK with that. I even fell asleep once during the meditation and relaxation portion of the class. But I’m sure I’m not the only one!

Body Flow is a pleasant experience. I leave the class feeling relaxed and calm. I highly recommend it. To find out more visit their Web site

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