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30 minute hour glass39 min
Level Level 2
Pietra Fitness Instructor IconJill

This 39-minute Level 2 class is filled with exercises that will help you improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. As you work through each posture with Jill, you will enjoy listening to stringed instrumental music that is both peaceful and energizing. You will begin this class either kneeling or standing to focus on your breath and gratefulness to the Lord. After a warm-up that includes a variation of angel-arms and gentle stretches and twists, you will bow as you listen to the bodily prayer verse: “My refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust!” The workout includes single-leg deadlifts, three-way squats, lunge II, angle pose, open arabesque, deep lunges, and high lunges that will strengthen nearly every muscle group and challenge your balance. If you want to increase the intensity of your workout, you can join Jill in wearing a resistance band around your legs as you move into a series of squats, bridges, crunches, and leg-lifts. No band? No worries, you will still get a workout! Next, the double knee stack and double hip release precede the hip-release long-hold. During the long-hold, you will listen to the meditation on the relationship between anxiety, control, and trust in God before you enter a few wind-down stretches and relax into Quiet Pose. The prayers and Scripture encourage us to lay our anxiety aside by trusting in God.

Physical Focus:

Legs, glutes and Abs

Spriritual Focus:

Breaking the Anxiety Danger Cycle

Meditation:

Holy Family School of Faith, Rosary Meditation for October 16, 2020, Break the Anxiety Danger Cycle. Used with permission.

Patron Saint:

St. Pope John Paul II

Music:

The Nobertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey (www.stmichaelsabbey.com)

Suggested Props:

Optional resistance band