Trending: Mindful Movement
Helping transform + tone bodies in idyllic boutique studios, Barre Body may just be the dream fitness destination. Gemma Dawkins reveals how to achieve fitness goals and all the benefits of the mindful movement:
At Barre Body, when we ask our beautiful members what their goals are, it usually goes a little like this:
“I’d like to tone up, get fit, and improve my flexibility. I need to practice mindfulness but I can’t meditate. I want to sweat, but also sculpt. I get bored easily, so it needs to be fun. Oh, and I’ve only got an hour. Can we get started?”
Can we ever! We all know that #balance means hitting that perfect note blending strength and mobility, high intensity and low impact. We know rest is crucial for recovery, but challenge is vital for results. And in our multi-tasking, dry-shampooing, 42-tabs-open lifestyles, we’re all craving a little bit of stillness.
No doubt you’ve heard the term ‘mindful’ by now. But how exactly do you do mindfulness? Especially when your mind already feels plenty full, thanks very much? Well, mindfulness is “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” You know that feeling of being fully absorbed in something (no, Netflix doesn’t count), to the point of losing track of time? The sensation of watching waves roll in to the shore, or listening to rain hitting the roof (the best!) – that’s mindfulness. Taking a work call while wrangling a toddler into a carseat and trying to pack the groceries into the boot with your left foot? Yeah, not so much.
Ok, so what does this have to do with exercise? Well, we know all too well that not everyone loves a long post-yoga savasana (you are MISSING OUT though), or has time to duck to the local seaside trail for a mindful nature walk. For some of us, sitting on a bolster chanting a mantra just doesn’t happen (just me?) But here’s the beauty of mindfulness: you can reach that state of tuned-in, present and engaged, through moving your body.
Yep, Mindful Movement is the latest trend in the fitness world, and with good reason. It was either Isak Dinesen or someone on Pinterest who said “the cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” Working up a sweat – in the right way – can slide you into a mindful state just like a moving meditation, all the while burning through those calories. Large, full-range, repetitive movements can actually help your mind to settle into the ‘focus’ zone, so you can tick ‘practice mindfulness’ off your daily to-do list first the first time in, um, a while. The calm-but-energised hum you leave class with? That’s the magic of mindfulness.
With benefits like reduced stress levels, improved sleep, and even hormone regulation – what’s not to love? Join us for a #mindfultransformation inside and out.