This will be the last time I mention that really hard month that included the great illness that took over my whole life! I only mention it now because it was that illness that led to needing some serious recovery and rest after the plague lifted. I mentioned in a previous post that the universe threw me a bone and sent me activities to help re-introduce me to the fitness world. Reset was one of those classes.
Much like the Yoga Tune Up class that wasn’t a lot of yoga, Michal Gregus’ Reset isn’t a typical meditation class. He uses Breath Hypnosis to guide the class. It leaves you in a restful awareness, where your mind gains clarity and your body finds deep rest while letting go of stress. According to Michal, when practiced regularly this guided deep relaxation class is designed to train your subconscious mind (using a light hypnotic state) to handle stress better without having to think about it.
I don’t know about you all, but I really suck at clearing my brain. I joke often that I suffer from monkey brain. I’m always thinking/worrying/stressing about something and telling me that I’m not doing thinking correctly only compounds the amount of stressful monkey brain I’ll experience. That’s why Michal’s class was so refreshing. He talks you through the meditations. He leads you through groups of breathing exercises. You’re allowed to think all the things, but you’ll find it a tad more difficult. He’s really good at getting you to focus on what he’s saying and asking of you. He calmly and kindly forces you to actually pause the worry and drift into something a bit more relaxing. That alone makes him magical and awesome in my book. One whole hour went by without me even realizing it.
If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, I totally recommend signing up for his Friday night Candlelit Reset at Xtend Barre on Melrose. It begins at 7:15 p.m. You don’t need to bring anything other than yourself and the stresses you wish to release. Michal will provide a soft and cushiony mat, plus a pillow for you. I came in comfortable clothes I could sprawl out in, and we got to business. He has other classes, times and locations, but there was just something enchanting about the candles and the day. Fridays are the perfect time to take all the stress from the week and shake them off with a good old-fashioned reset.
I plan to bring a bunch of friends back as a gift for their sanity. Mark plans to get Michal to come to his gym. Basically once you Reset, you’ll crave it and try to do it as often as you can, and for $15 a class it’s easy to do just that. The feeling of lightness and peace is way too addicting to resist. I give Reset two refreshing breaths of approval … that would be six-second inhales and exhales. I’m learning after all.
Have you ever done a class that was all about stress reduction and finding your zen? —Tish