Equinox's Conscious Movement Classes
Andrew C. Stone
Life is hard. Dogs, spouses, bosses, cars, doctors, bills, reputation.… It’s exhausting. But don’t let that stand between you and a good workout. In fact, embrace it! Those top-notch fitness gurus at Equinox recognize the modern gym bunny’s tensions and the desire to integrate more health, peace, personal empowerment, and spiritual connection into one’s life. With the help of spirituality author Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness), the clubs have developed a series of classes in their new “Conscious Movement” category, and PowerNap+ sounds too divine not to try, right now.
Starting with quick, consecutive exercises and yoga poses, the body gets loose and flowing. Once the blood’s careening through you and fatigue starts to set in, instructors bring you down to earth, literally, creating a tranquil environment and leading you through a guided meditation. Then comes the best part, when you get into a childlike position and are encouraged to take a 15-minute nap. You come out of it utterly recharged—ready to train your dog, placate your boss, pay that parking ticket, and brainstorm with your manager about the “new you.”
It’s 45 minutes of whole-body health that even the laziest of lazybones among us can get on board with. Visit equinox.com.
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