More than just getting a workout the classes at myUTOPIA are designed to be an experience. Anyone who knows how important a fitness routine is, but who’s life is pressurized (career, work-life, social life, family life) that they keep “skipping out” on themselves. They seek balance but it’s an internal battle to achieve – especially in gyms (which provoke feelings of anxiety), yoga studios (feelings of inadequacy) and pilates studios (feelings of inferiority). We won’t make you choose. We offer a buffet of options and a wide variety of fitness-based classes, pilates, heated and non-heated yoga and Bikram classes in our specially designed and pristine spaces in Cape Town.
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Popularised as Bikram Hot Yoga, this practice, follows a regular series of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises. It is practised in 40 degrees heat and between 50% – 60% humidity. The combination of postures that encompass the benefits of different types of yoga ensuring a healthy body, as well as the scope of inner peace. All the organs, glands, tendons, ligaments, bones, all the cells of your body, your emotions, your mind and your spirit are worked on. These 26 postures systematically move fresh and oxygenated blood throughout the body. It is also known to be beneficial for muscle pain.
The heat helps our body burn fat more effectively, redistributing it over the muscular structure. These postures are designed to provide total health through balance and strengthening of all body systems, with the aim of preventing disease, injury and limiting the effects of ageing. This series of postures combines abilities of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increase clarity, increase self-confidence and vitality.
Aerial yoga uses a hammock to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. Aerial yoga, also referred to as anti-gravity yoga, shares a lot similarities with traditional yoga. However, there’s a big difference. When participating in aerial yoga classes, the weight of your body will be supported by a hammock. This means you’ll be suspended in the air!
Aerial yoga can be beneficial to anyone who spends a long time sitting, or who has back pain, because it has a decompressing effect on the body and spine and does not put any strain on the back. Because of the hammock’s support, far less pressure is placed on your joints. Aerial yoga has particular benefits for strengthening and stretching the whole body, improving circulation, boosting digestion and as a great mood enhancer. In particular, Aerial yoga strengthens the core as well as the arms and legs, to support the body in mid-air.
BalletRIP is an exhilarating experience welding mind and body together.Achieve optimal muscle tone, fitness endurance and gain a toned and elongated body through BalletRIP. Please note that each class is open to people of all fitness and strength levels and the instructor always takes into account each person’s limitations and skill. BalletRIP is the bridge between classical ballet and the fitness industry. It is defined and differentiated by the concept of: Barre-LESS movement. Step away from the barre and learn to: Own Your Movement. Own Your Body. Own Yourself.
The principles underpinning BalletRIP mean that the muscles fibres change shape to produce a long, strong and functional body. BalletRIP has numerous cross-training benefits for traditional athletes because BalletRIP encourages lateral movement, rotation, and elongation which traditional sports often miss out on.
Barre is a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates, that focuses on low-impact, high intensity movements designed to strengthen and tone your body. The class is designed to be a full-body workout, broken into different sections that focus on major muscle groups including the arms, thighs, glutes, and core.
Impacts your form and allows for strong posture
Prolonged calorie burn with greater flexibility
More mental stamina
BARRE, BOX & BOUNCE
Burn and shake off the calories in this lively high-energy group fitness class. We will keep you motivated to the last step, while you enjoy the music and thrive from the energy in the group. The goal is to keep you moving and get your heart rate up with a combination of dance, box fit and barre all nicely wrapped into one session.
A great class for losing weight, maintaining strong bones and reducing your risk of osteoporosis. It’s a fantastic cardio workout to help keep your heart healthy. And it’s also a great exercise to improve your coordination and balance. As well as being a fun way to de-stress.
BOXFIT is a cardiovascular workout with classes lasting between 45 mins to one hour. It is based on the training used for boxing so it includes skipping, boxing drills including footwork and abdominal workouts – all focusing on fitness and toning. You will train like a boxer as you work through fun challenging circuits.
Calorie Expenditure per second
Creates honed and toned body workouts
Releasing stress through throwing punches
FIT FLY FLOW
By combining the disciplines of fitness and body conditioning with aerial and suspension combinations and add some yoga into the mix this is the perfect class for an all round experience of everything that’s good. Working with resistance and using the suspension belts you will develop strength with your own body weight. This is a great full-body workout.
Increases strength whilst targeting all muscle groups.
Improves flexibility and mobility, burns calories and tones.
HIIT is a cardiovascular exercise that switches up between short periods of intense exercise with fewer recovery periods. It is a form of exercise where you will exert 100% effort in quick bursts followed by short recovery periods. The reason being you burn more calories in a short space of time than other workouts. The aim is to get your heart rate up as quickly as possible rather than toning a particular muscle group. The class is a fast-paced, friendly and fun environment that combines sets of bodyweight exercises with heart-pumping cardio. You will perform a series of anaerobic exercises.
This class will challenge you physically and mentally but you will see fantastic results after only a few sessions.
HIIT has been shown to reduce the fat mass of the whole body as well as tone muscle
Boosts your metabolism, meaning you can continue to burn calories long after your workout has finished.
HIIT can also help your build better endurance and stamina, helping you push your limits and perform better in other exercises or sports. This is the perfect exercise for those who want to increase their cardiovascular fitness and push their body to maximal effort.
HIIT yoga is a combination of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga asana practice. HIIT is a popular method of exercising with bursts of intense (100 percent effort) anaerobic exercise followed by brief recovery periods. It is believed to burn fat more quickly by keeping the heart rate up, thereby requiring more oxygen during the recovery periods. This class is combined with the all the good stretches and opening sequences of yoga to ensure you get the best of all worlds in one class.
HIIT yoga is designed to build strength as well as burn fat.
Boosts your metabolism, meaning you can continue to burn calories long after your workout has finished.
Increases flexibility and endurance
MX (METHADOLOGY X)
MX is a workout program designed by celebrity personal trainer, Dan Roberts, originally creating MX to prep Victoria Secret Models. The workouts combine elements of Pilates, yoga, athletics, ballet, commercial dance, martial arts and strength training. MX gets your mind and body working together, requires minimal equipment and has you training like an athlete.
MX workouts are doable for all (including men), highly effective, educating and aims to strengthen, sculpt and tone your body.
Look and feel fabulous
Enhance your balance, coordination and endurance
Make your back and lower core stronger
Loose weight and tone
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.
This form of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany where he was a carpenter and gymnast. He invented Pilates as an exercise program for injured dancers and soldiers while living in the UK. Joseph Pilates believed that physical and mental health were closely connected. In the 1920’s he immigrated to the US and opened a Pilates studio in New York. Originally this form of exercise was called Contrology.
Focuses on strengthening the body
Puts minimal impact on your joints
Emphasis is place on the core which in turn supports your back and posture.
Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga.
Power yoga incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of Vinyasas (series of poses done in sequence) but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, this heated class will leave you feeling on top of the world.
In Hot Power yoga classes, as with other hot forms of yoga, the heated room is designed to keep muscles warm and more flexible, while the sweating removes toxins. Hot Power yoga has these additional benefits:
• Builds strength
• Improves physical and mental balance and flexibility
• Promotes weight loss
• Relieves stress
• Improve the lymphatic system
• Increases circulation
RESTORE & MEDITATION
Restorative yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect. Known to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, regulates the blood pressure and relaxes the body. As such, Restorative yoga is considered particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety, insomnia or headaches, as well as other stress-related conditions. An ideal practise for those recovering from injuries or illnesses. This class is considered to be an ideal balance to a hectic and stressful modern life.
Aids stress and recovery
Boost the immune system
Calms the mind
Accelerates the body’s natural healing process
SALT (Suspension – Aerial – Lifting – Technique)
SALT is an Aerial Pilates based class. it focusses on building CORE strength using eccentric training and increases flexibility by lifting your body up and working in the air. This class is done to classical music and you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and realigned.
This unique classes gives you the same benefits that a pilates class does with the added benefit of suspension, supporting your body. It increases flexibility and strength.
Sculpt Yoga is a high-intensity, dynamic yoga practice that incorporates resistance interval training and cardiovascular exercise into traditional yoga sequences. Designed to target and tone all the major muscle groups.
Yoga Sculpt is a class that incorporates hand weights and high-intensity cardio bursts for a maximum calorie-burning effect. The hand weights add a new challenge to traditional yoga classes. Yoga Sculpt also incorporates cardio exercises to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. And of course, there’s always a challenging core workout mixed in,
A healthy heart and it burns calories
Building lean muscle
Challenging your body, boosting your energy
Mind and body focus
Flow yoga is the general term given to any style of yoga asana in which the practitioner moves dynamically from one posture immediately into another, following the breath. This continuous flow of movement and breath generates a meditative state, encouraging practitioners to let go of thought and focus on experience of the present moment. In flow yoga, each movement into or out of a posture is timed with an inhalation or an exhalation in a choreographed sequence. Most comprise an energising sequence with focus on stamina, strength and breath, often with a theme incorporated. The flowing movements may sometimes be combined with some longer holds of certain postures. The student generally experiences a sense of fluid motion, from which flow yoga gets its name.
Boosts Your Immune System.
It helps you sleep better
Eliminates toxin and regulates hormones
Increases bone strength
Vinyasa doesn’t have a fixed system of movements.
The practice is dynamic and this freedom of movement will ensure that you leaving class having had a full body workout but one that has worked to both strengthen and lengthen your muscles to create balance.
Vinyasa yoga encourages self-reflection and mindfulness. You will be guided to to be aware of each movement, breath and sensation, and every thought and feeling. This is how yoga becomes a practice of self-transformation and healing.
Endurance and strength training. Because the challenging poses are done in quick succession, Vinyasa yoga helps build muscle strength while improving your fitness.
Stability and balance
Lowers stress and less anxiety
Yin Yoga is a slower-paced, more meditative version of the popular physical and spiritual discipline of yoga. In Yin yoga, the poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as the ligaments) rather than focusing on the muscles. As a result, the asanas are more passive holds, with little muscular engagement.
Targets connective tissues including fascia, bones, and joints.
Balances internal organs and improves flow of prana.
Balances our yang or fast-paced physical yoga practice.
Encourages mindfulness and meditation.
Yogalates is a type of exercise inspired by yoga and Pilates, as its name suggests. It is said to harness the physical and mental benefits of both practices, and its advocates describe it as a comprehensive exercise system. It is described as an evolving method, which continually adapts in the face of new research and methodology to ensure functional movement and whole body health.
Yogalates is very effective for weight-loss, toning, back and spine related problems, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes and menstrual problems. It improves flexibility and strengthens the body.