DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Looking to change up your drab exercise routine? Perhaps it’s time to go with the flow. That’s the concept behind flowetry. It’s like yoga meets dancing, but with water. Flowetry combines movement and ‘the flow,’ a tube filled with about two ounces of water which creates resistance when you move.
Connecting the mind, body and soul – through the use of water and movement – is the core of flowetry. The practice has ancient roots, and is now gaining popularity here in North Texas. “It’s very natural for us to feel a kinship, to feel an alignment, with the fluidity of water,” said Monica Blossom Hochberg, who teaches the art of water dancing in Dallas. (Get information on Hochberg’s classes.)
Flowetry creates an overall awareness, one that allows for immediate feedback. If the flow is interrupted, then the water will become less fluid and more heavy. “If I have tension, it’s going to give me that feedback right away,” Hochberg said. “That helps my brain and body to remind me to relax.”
“This practice is a heart-centered practice,” Hochberg added. “Enjoy your breath. Relax your shoulders. Practice embodying the flow.”
The equipment that is used – ‘the flow’ – can be manipulated in any direction. Stay in front of your body. Go behind your back. Move over your head. It is all done with the idea of keeping the flow, and your movement, in constant alignment. “This actually gives you a way to connect,” said flowetry participant Shanti Webb. “You’re working with this thing, flowetry, and it opens a space in your mind to connect with energy that’s all around us, all the time.”
“If you choose, you can follow the water with your eyes,” said Hochberg. “It creates a deeper experience, more of a body awareness.” This has proven to be beneficial for children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Hochberg said, because it creates more focus. (Learn more about flowetry.)
Flowetry provides an overall workout for the body and the mind – a fluid departure from typical, structured exercise. “I think everybody benefits from moving more, and this was a new kind of movement that I wasn’t familiar with,” said flowetry participant Mark Head. “So, I wanted to try it. And I enjoyed it.”