Be Flexible!

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
December 13, 2018

Being flexible in our body and mind helps relieve strain on our physical and psychological health. In NLP there is a presupposition that says ‘the system that has the most flexibility has the most control’  – that means that if we are able to adapt to situations, including the people and environment involved, we will have control over our state (how we feel and behave), therefore, over how we react which also affects how others behave. Physical flexibility contributes to ease of movement and consequently improved technique, enhanced performance, reduced fatigue and the risk of wear and tear and injury. It is the most important element of our fitness! Without flexibility and balanced posture we will certainly feel the strain internally (organs, joints etc.) and externally, posture and aesthetics. Interestingly I often see how mental and physical flexibility affect each other! There are so many things that affect the flexibility of our physical and psychological balance, too many to explain here but consider this one thing – if we always do/think the same thing/way, we become entrenched in the groove of that action, thought and behaviour, making it very difficult to do and think differently. We become stiff and inefficient when operating outside of our usual parameters, and are limited by our habits thus reducing our life experience and the ability to adapt and enjoy other experiences, Worth considering I think!

Routine makes us routine – shake it up a little and if you are uncomfortable in different situations, with different people or doing different physical activities are you okay with this or do you want to broaden your experiences?

I’ve loved watching the European champs – all those different sports and fit people going for their personal goals, feeling grateful for the opportunity to represent their country and mix with other athletes from other sports and other countries. Different body shapes and sizes performing optimally from the smallest gymnast and thinnest endurance athlete to the largest power/field athlete, all of them aiming to be the closest to the best they can be. We are all different with different bodies and skills. Having bodies that are in or out of fashion is ridiculous, currently big bottoms and muscles are in vogue, but in the 80’s it was lean, tall and athletic, the sixties it was skinny straight up and down.

Our genetic predisposition cannot be altered (that takes millennia) so how can it be that bodies are expected to change with fashion from one year to the next!

Please remember that when looking at social media and the fashion pages! Take a leaf out of the athlete’s book and aim to be the healthiest and fittest you that you can be.

I’m here to help as are the whole DYBO team and family.

New Cardio Dance
I’m creating a new Cardio Dance routine for the Summer Schedule; this will allow the non ‘Cardio Dance’ regulars to dance themselves fit alongside the regulars as the choreography will be new to everyone. Remember if your usual class isn’t running we still have plenty to choose from (a change is as good as a rest) and I will adapt and accommodate as much as is possible.




I found this recipe on Buzzfeed …yummy!

Serves 4

Total time: 30 mins


2 large, round watermelon slices, each cut into 4 triangles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 pint of grape tomatoes, quartered
4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut in half or sliced
A bunch of fresh basil leaves
Balsamic glaze for drizzling


Preheat your grill to medium heat. Brush both sides of each watermelon triangle with olive oil and season all sides with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of honey over each triangle and place them on the grill, grilling each side for about 2 minutes. Remove and add a little more honey if desired.

Assemble salads by placing 2 watermelon triangles on each plate, then cover with a sprinkle of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves. Add some salt and pepper on top, then drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve!

Have a fab and flexible week!

Love ya,

Helen xxxx

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These are not just any fitness classes but somewhere where you are really made feel part of a club. The stretch class has given me back flexibility that I thought I'd lost forever and the 'DYBO' class is quite simply ‘fantastic’. I hate to miss either.
Anne Wilson, Class member and Head Teacher