Essentrics is a full body workout which improves strength and range of motion without causing undue fatigue and muscle pain. Positions are not held for long periods of time, allowing for less stress on fragile knees, wrists and hips (unlike yoga). No weights are used. Strength is gained by adjusting the lengths of our levers, (arms and legs) in various flowing movements that are fun, simple to master and challenging. It does have a “dance theme” to it! The workout focuses on posture improvement which also improves flexibility.

The Essentrics workout consist of 13-15 songs, each one focused on improving a different part of the body. In this way it is similar to Thai Chi. The sequences are designed by the founder, Miranda Esmonde-White, once a former professional ballerina with the National Ballet Company. There are currently 11 different pre-choreographed workouts that certified instructors can use to train their clients. The techniques contain two-directional stretching, lever length, eccentric contraction, overextension, movement within a stretch, rotation within a joint and pulling up and pulling out, along with imagined resistance to bypass the myotonic reflex. We then allow gravity to naturally strengthen the lengthened muscles surrounding each joint as we flow from one movement to another.

Essentrics will tone the body, slim your waist, improve your posture, relive chronic pain, and increase your energy. This allows active Agers to keep strong, flexible and injury free to continue to engage in the sports that they currently are active in.

As an Apprentice Instructor, I now have experience with teaching classes and become familiar with the sequences. I need further teachings in order to obtain my certification. I am offering Introductory classes at West Vancouver Oxygen Yoga on Bellevue Ave.

Please contact me for further information.