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FRIDAY FAVORITES: MOVEMENT TO RELIEVE STRESS

FRIDAY FAVORITES: MOVEMENT TO RELIEVE STRESS

We all know that exercise is great for both body and mind, and that’s something we can all do with right now. As you take your exercise regime indoors, why not try something new?

Here are some of our favorite ways to de-stress with movement - from slow and steady to shaking it all out.

Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong

An ‘internal martial art’ originating in 13th century China, tai chi involves the practice of flowing movements with deep breathing and mental focus. Bringing together the elements of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’, tai chi aims to achieve a healthy body and a calm mind.

Although the movements tend to be slow, graceful and gentle, when done properly the practice can help to loosen up the body (it’s great for morning stiffness), find power in directing breath and energy and even improve balance.

Qigong is also an ancient Chinese practice that works with the ‘qi’ or life energy. There are many forms of Qigong and also many interrelated principles within tai chi and qigong - but where the former concentrates on choreographed movements, qigong can also be practiced as as sitting meditation, using such techniques as visualization, breathwork and sounds to cultivate life energy, healing and focus.

Try some of the videos on the Taiflow YouTube channel.

Dance - Ryan Heffington

This Los Angeles-based choreographer is best known for Sia's renowned 2014 video for Chandelier as well as for his work with Florence + the Machine, FKA Twigs, Arcade Fire, Christine & the Queens and Netflix series The OA. Ryan leads hour-long classes from his living room in Joshua Tree, during which participants are encouraged to twerk, shake, spin, twist and reach towards the sky as they execute moves with such titles as ‘angel wings’, ‘the saggy diaper’ and ‘inflatable at the car lot’. It's sweaty, hilarious and the perfect mind/body uplifting distraction during quarantine.

Instagram.com/ryan.heffington

Afroflowyoga

Experience live music, meditation, yoga and dance of the African Diaspora with founders Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff W Jones.

afroflowyoga.com

Urban Indian

After extensively studying a variety of Indian dance styles and then branching out into hip hop, Artistic Director Ishita Mili created Urban Indian as a “global language rooted in Indian Classical and Urban vocabularies that examines different narratives from our cultural history.”

Find Inspiration at https://www.imgedance.com/ishita-mili

Dance Church

Dance Church® is an all-abilities movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church® is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies.

Log on to join live streaming classes during quarantine: https://go.dancechurch.com or follow them @dance_church 

Ballet (Barre)

As the first African American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland made history. Now she’s one of the world’s most influential dancers, and she’s inviting you to the barre to develop a deeper appreciation for ballet and the language of dance. From pliés to partners, Misty demonstrates her techniques and teaches you to own your movement, own who you are, and do the dance only you can do.

Take a ballet class with Misty on Masterclass.