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Exercise Ball Assists In ‘Body Juggling’ Workout

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you have gone to the gym recently, you have probably seen those giant exercise balls. But have you ever actually used one? Those balls are now being utilized in a new way to help people get fit, through a practice called ‘body juggling.’ The workout incorporates lyrical movement and balance – using the ball. The result is a challenging and fun approach to core strengthening.

“There’s three basic principles to everything we do: balance, power and flow,” said Satek Ananda, creator and instructor of this ‘body juggling’ class. “Balance is in the body. Power is in the mind, focus and control. And flow is about allowing yourself to experience whatever it is you’re experiencing.”

Ananda is a former performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. He has taken some of those acrobatic and performance skills, which he learned as a child, and applied them the this exercise routine for everyday people.

The techniques requires some practice, but it is not as intimidating as it may appear. “Amazingly, the very first time, I was like, ‘I can actually do some of this stuff,’” said class participant Amy Polk. “At first you’re not balancing right, your body is just fighting it. Then, you become more relaxed and it becomes more flowing.”

“I have pretty serious Meniere’s disease – equilibrium and vertigo all the time,” said class participant Mitzi Watts. “Before I took ['body juggling'], I couldn’t walk straight. Now, I can walk forward and backwards and I don’t fall down.”

The goal of ‘body juggling’ is to strengthen the core while achieving mental and physical balance. Ananda explained, “Anything you’re doing with the body, you’re doing with the mind. So, when you address both of them at the same time, massive change can happen very quickly.”

There is only one ‘body juggling’ class in North Texas, at the Gold’s Gym along North Buckner Boulevard in Dallas. The class is totally free, and offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. with no gym membership required.

Click here to learn more about the ‘body juggling’ exercise program, including links to buy Ananda’s DVD or download his iPhone app.

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