The shock and anger in her voice surprised me. "What are you going to teach?"
"BodyFlow™, a fitness format that is a combination of tai chi, Pilates, yoga, and relaxation," I repeated.
With that, my friend and I launched into a discussion on Christians teaching and participating in mind-body classes like this.
During 28 years of teaching fitness classes, I have taught a diversity of classes including cardio, circuit training, step, toning, SilverSneakers™, Pilates, and yoga. Yes, I said the dreaded four-letter "Y" word—yoga. Since I've become a Christian, I've been amazed at how Christ has used me, as an instructor in a fitness center with secular music, to reach others for Christ while teaching them to be fit.
As I've aged, I've needed to find new exercise routines that were kinder to my body, but still challenged my physical strength. After I injured my lower back about 10 years ago, I re-entered the exercise world through a Pilates class. By consistently attending the classes, I corrected my posture, strengthened my core, and drastically improved my balance. I knew people of all ages could benefit from Pilates, so I became a certified teacher and have taught it for many years.
Pilates is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed more than 90 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates. The results are toned muscles, improved posture, increased flexibility and balance, and an increased ability for the mind and body to work together.1