What is boga?
Us over here at bounti are so proud to announce boga as a WORLD-FIRST programme that blends ‘bounti’ and ‘yoga’. It seamlessly combines yoga flow with bounti movements – on a rebounder, of course.
Yogi Paige (Cassidy) is an ex-ballerina, qualified bounti instructor and highly-acclaimed yoga guide, who now brings you the brand new boga programme! We are so thrilled to finally, and officially, welcome Yogi Paige to our bounti team.
The boga programme is a guided 12-week journey, where you will learn how to connect your mind with your body and become your own biggest motivator.
With this programme, Paige aims to bring powerful insights into your own physical and psychological barriers, unlocking your potential as you rewind and reconnect, both on and off your rebounder.
boga was inspired by finding therapy through movement, and really regaining control over our minds, which can be very distracting, especially in our modern world. It’s about inspiring people to remember that they are so much more powerful than they think they are, and that the mind is often what controls our capabilities, not our bodies.
When your brain says that you can do something, your body will follow. boga is about challenging our own mind’s perception of what we can do. With boga, movement is your medicine!
boga is entirely different from your typical, familiar bounti workout. It’s more of a mind, body and soul workout, with each class being designed to help you get out of your head, realise the power of the mind and build unbelievable strength that resonates in every aspect of your life.
The programme starts off with an introduction, which includes some basics and tips & tricks, and slowly progresses into movements that become more and more challenging. Although the workouts gradually become harder, they still maintain enough repetition to keep you comfortable.
Over the 12 weeks, the programme will include 3 sessions per week, however, you would have access to the programme for 20 weeks. The lengths of classes vary within the programme. Each session, we switch it up, with some rebounding exercise, some yoga flow, stretching, relaxation and meditation.
Welcome to yoga flow on a rebounder – for the first time EVER!
Why should I consider doing the boga programme?
This programme has extra emphasis on the mental wellness aspect of movement that is so intricately intertwined with yoga – it’s all about developing the psyche through movement, and establishing a mind-body connection.
The aim of boga is to make it your time to reconnect with your body, unwind and relax completely. Yogi Paige’s goal is to help you understand your true power and guide you on your evolution to authentically and unapologetically being yourself.
A lot of yogis really enjoy the calmness and low-impact nature of yoga. However, many of them are missing out on the cardio aspect of their training, as yoga doesn’t push the heart rate too high. That’s where rebounding comes in. Rebounding and yoga complement each other – they just go so well together!
Paige herself has been struggling for a long time with a hip injury, and found that rebounding was the only exercise where she could move her body and be creative, without taking any physical strain. Low-impact training for the win!
She’s compiled this beautiful programme for all of you out there who also have a passion for yoga, and want to try something new. boga takes the high-intensity sweat-sesh of a rebounding class, and perfectly marries it with the slowed-down, restful serenity of yoga.
In the world we currently live in, it’s never been more important to slow down, be mindful and really focus on mental wellbeing. Your boga programme is a time when your e-mails, messages and other social media can wait. Everybody out there is going through a really tough time, so the timing of this programme couldn’t have been better.
boga also incorporates a lot of meditation, with Paige providing guidance on how exactly to meditate – including breathing techniques, posture, core engagement with focus on glutes and hips, and what Paige calls “brain discipline”, where she teaches you how to take charge of your own thoughts.
Personally, I will be doing boga alongside my regular training regime from the comfort of my own home to really centre me on those days where things just feel a little bit too overwhelming and stressful.
Whether you’re a yogi who’s been waiting for a rebounding variation of your passion, or you’re a rebounding fanatic – like me – who’s been waiting to incorporate more mindfulness into their daily routine, boga is the programme for you.
Over here at bounti, we all know the benefits of rebounding. However, our knowledge on the benefits of yoga could use a little refresher!
4 comprehensive benefits of yoga
Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not only about doing the ‘downward dog’. The entirety of yoga includes such a wide range of contemplative and self-disciplinary practices, such as:
- Breath work
- Selfless action
Yoga has always been something I’ve wanted to incorporate into my life on a more regular basis. I know I’m not the only one who sometimes feels like life is so busy and full of stress and anxiety. I’ve been dying to incorporate a little more mindfulness into my routine to slow down today’s lifestyle of ‘go, go, go’!
It’s no secret that yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall health and mental well-being:
1. It improves flexibility, balance and posture
The most common reason people regularly participate in yoga is to increase flexibility. Flexibility is an important component of physical health, but, just like all other skills, it needs to be regularly practiced in order to improve. Yoga offers so many styles to choose from, varying in intensity; even the lowest intensity styles have been found to increase flexibility.
Yoga’s focus on mobility and flexibility contributes to improved alignment by releasing the muscles that are often so tight, and improving the mobility of the spine.
Balance is also often overlooked, but it’s a function that’s absolutely essential for daily tasks. Balance enables us to do simple, everyday movements, like picking something off the floor or reaching up to a shelf. Falls are common in the older population, and can even lead to an increased risk of death!
Research conducted in healthy populations has suggested that, for most people, balance may improve after they consistently practice yoga.
In our increasingly technology-driven society, everyone is spending more time hunched over in front of a screen. Fortunately, yoga improves brain functioning in the centres responsible for recognising bodily sensations, and thus, improves our posture.
2. It’s a great stress-reliever & improves immunity
It’s no secret that in our modern day-to-day life, stress is rife. Stress is often the silent killer when it comes to our health – it has so many negative effects on the body! Chronic stress can even negatively affect your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness.
In fact, the distinct link between practicing yoga over a long time period, and better immune system functioning has been attributed to yoga’s stress-relieving effects. The meditation, breath work and auditory rituals involved in yoga have been shown to significantly reduce stress levels and lessen tension.
3. It improves cardiovascular and brain functioning
Breathing techniques, often referred to as ‘yogic breathing’, are such a central aspect of the yoga practice. According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, one key takeaway is that yogic breathing has the ability to improve the functioning of several systems within the body, including favourable changes in:
- Heart rate,
- Stroke capacity
- Arterial pressure
- Contractility of the heart
This yogic breathing also positively influences the brain’s cardiorespiratory centre, thus improving brain functioning!
Yoga truly is a mind-body exercise, and has been shown to positively activate areas of the brain that are responsible for:
- Executive functioning
4. Yoga improves mental health
Wellness is not only about having a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. Mental health, especially with the rise of social media and the current global pandemic, is at an all-time low.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is thought to be one of the most common mental health disorders in the world. However, the effects of yoga-based treatments on depressive symptoms can now be considered an effective treatment method for MDD.
Yoga may also be beneficial in coping with anxiety – one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Any type of exercise, or regular body movement, especially yoga with its meditative practice, has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress levels.
Another aspect of mental health that is on the decline, especially in younger generations, is body image and self-esteem. Eating disorders and body dysmorphia are becoming increasingly popular amongst adolescents. Thankfully, yoga has been shown to improve body image and self-esteem in this population.
With the recent global lockdowns, the lines between work life and home life have been blurred. This has led to a significant increase in burnout, which is an excessive mental and/or physical type of exhaustion that negatively impacts one’s health.
Yoga’s ability to help us notice internal signals and respond appropriately means that we can become more in tune with our body and its signals, thus improving our mental health.
Movement in general, it doesn’t have to even be for a full hour, is so beneficial for your mental health – it releases happy hormones in the brain. Movement-based yoga is no exception! Boga places particular attention on, not just working out the body, but the mind as well.
We can’t wait to move with you when you start the new bounti boga programme. Please send and post photos and videos of you discovering and getting in touch with your inner yogi! Invest in boga to invest in YOU!
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