Live! from Home: Balance for Your Body and Your Life

Betsy Hoyt

Patron Saint: 
St. Martin de Porres
Physical Focus: 
Balanced
Class Length: 
30 - 45 min
Spiritual Focus: 
St. Benedict & Happiness

This 33-minute, level I class with Betsy will help you practice physical balance and meditate on lifestyle balance. You will begin on your back with deep breathing and gratefulness. The warm-up section includes positions that are supine, standing, and hands and knees. Betsy will help you become aware of your pelvic floor, wake up your back muscles, and gently get the blood flowing throughout your body. The workout section begins with a series that includes Pike, Low Lunge with twists, and hamstring stretches. You will next be challenged and strengthened in your balance as you move into Lunge 2, High Lunge, Arabesque, and side plank. Twice you will enter into bodily prayer and implore, “Lord, prosper the work of our hands” (a variation of prayer from Psalm 90). As you relax into a reclined inner thigh stretch for your long hold, you will listen to a meditation about St. Benedict and the three ingredients of a happy life. During the Quiet pose, you will be asked to reflect on whether these three elements of a happy life are part of your life and in proper proportion.