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Why Dynamic Flow should be part of your workout routine

 

Words: Melanie Dimmitt

Image: Marceau Photography

There’s a reason Barre Body incorporates yoga into its classes – many, in fact – as the mental and physical benefits of the ancient practice are seemingly endless. “Every lesson you learn on your mat, you can take outside the studio and apply directly to your life,” says Sydney instructor and life-long dancer Brittni Giles, who’s particularly partial to Barre Body’s vinyasa-style Dynamic Flow classes. In her six years as a yogi, Brittni’s noticed numerous positive changes to her body and mind – and shares with us why a yoga-style class will make a winning addition to your workout regimen.

 IT WILL CHALLENGE YOU

Yoga introduces new positions and challenges your body in different ways. “There’s more endurance required,” says Brittni, who’ll have you holding chair pose longer than you thought humanly possible. Connecting your breath to your movement automatically elevates your heart rate, “which will definitely get you sweating,” and you’ll also need to get by without the barre. “You will take more risks in yoga and learn that it’s okay to fall.”

YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO BREATHE

…properly, that is. “Yoga taught me how to connect with my breath, how to breathe much deeper and how important breath is for fuelling the body,” says Brittni, pointing out that this is a skill you can bring back to the barre (and to your everyday doings, for that matter). “Being able to breathe through any kind of difficult moment – whether it’s through those barre-burn moments or out in life – is so important.”

IT WORKS YOUR WHOLE BODY

“Most of the positions – if not all – are working the entire body,” says Brittni. There are no physical restrictions (it’s just you and your mat), so yoga encompasses a larger range of movement. “It trains the body in a different way. In barre classes we mostly use a small range of movement and build up fatigue that way, whereas in yoga we’re using a big range of movement, so we need more control in the entire body, which means it’s getting minimal rest.”

IT TRAINS (AND TAMES) YOUR MIND

Your head gets worked as hard as your hammies, as yoga requires you to stay present in the moment (or risk face-planting). “We’re disciplining the mind to remain focused under stress,” says Brittni. “You become more in tune with your own body. You know it better, you can work it better and it’s more efficient.” Your brain will also benefit from resting in Savasana, which “can be the most challenging pose but also the most rewarding.”

IT INCREASES YOUR FLEXIBILITY

Like barre, yoga does wonders for your core strength and posture – and it really hones in on the tone and the length of your muscles, Brittni explains. “It’s building strength as well as improving your flexibility” – joint flexibility and muscle flexibility, that is, as your body is required to move in ways it wouldn’t normally. This also requires a heightened level of mental flexibility. “We’re stretching beyond what we think is possible.”

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT

A self-confessed “recovering perfectionist”, Brittni found that yoga helped her be less judgemental of herself. “After being in a ballet studio, always critiquing what I looked like, I got to focus on what I felt like.” This is why the mats are positioned to face the window – not the mirrors – in her Dynamic Flow classes. “[The poses are] precise for safety reasons, but it will look as different as bodies are unique.”

Is a Dynamic Flow class right for you? Yes, “if you have goals to improve your strength, your flexibility, your balance, your mental awareness and your breath,” says Brittni. “Yoga can challenge you in many ways, but overall it’s incredibly positive for the soul. It’s so personal, but I tend to leave feeling lighter – physically and mentally.”

To find a Dynamic Flow class near you, head to Barre Body’s timetable.