Body Balance: Your Mind, Body and Spirit Workout

By Christina Clarin, Senior Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness First Al Seef and Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi

Body Balance helps you build your flexibility and strength by mixing Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates into one workout. I’ll demonstrate a series of stretches and poses and describe how they can benefit your body and general well-being.

Triangle pose – Trikonasana

This standing yoga pose stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles. It stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion. It helps relieve stress, too. It’s therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica.

Reverse Warrior – Viparita Virabhadrasana

This standing yoga pose stretches the legs, groins, hips, waist, and sides of the torso and energises the whole body. It improves flexibility in the spine, inner thighs, ankles, and chest. Due to the deep stretch through the torso, this pose increases blood flow throughout the body, which reduces fatigue and helps calm the mind. Practicing this pose regularly will build stamina and can help to relieve lower back pain.

Preparatory pose for Wild Thing Pose

Wild Thing Pose – Camatkarasana

The Wild Thing Pose is a fun and invigorating pose that stretches the chest, upper back, shoulders and throat. It also strengthens your hip flexors.

Birds of Paradise – Svarga Dvijasna

This pose strengthens the standing leg, ankle, knee, and thigh, as well as the hips, pelvis and quadriceps. It also tones the legs, improves balance and opens the hamstrings. This is an extremely challenging pose which should be taken slowly. Preparatory poses requires open hips, shoulders and a generally strong and open body.

I hope you take up a Body Balance class at your nearest Fitness First and reap the benefits. Your body, mind and spirit will be thankful if you commit yourself to the classes.