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Yoga and Aerobics Unite for High-Intensity Outdoor Boot Camp

By Nikhita Venugopal | September 7, 2013 10:10am
 Mind Body Fitness NYC is hosting a yoga-bootcamp class in Carroll Park from Sept. 7 to Oct. 5.
'The Perfect Balance'
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CARROLL GARDENS — From downward dog to jumping jacks.

A workout regimen is bringing yoga and high-intensity exercise together for a class that flows from poses to traditional routines like burpees and lunges. 

Meghan Covington created the workout — known as the “perfect balance” — four years ago, as a way to save time and maintain a “healthy lifestyle.”

“It’s not just about the number on the scale,” said Covington, 31, founder of Mind Body Fitness NYC, which provides personal training and yoga instruction.

The center will be teaching the “perfect balance” workout, which is based on the structure of a Vinyasa yoga session, in Carroll Park from Sept. 7 to Oct. 5 at 10:00 a.m. in their first pay-what-you-can community class.

“The boot camp exercises are folded into the flow of the yoga class,” said Covington, who added that the suggested donation was $15 and attendees should bring their own yoga mats.

While the workouts resemble high-intensity interval training rather than meditation sessions, the classes are balanced with savasanas — a pose of total relaxation — where you can find a moment of peace, “even when your heart is pumping and you’re out of breath,” said Covington.

Alternating between strength-building exercises and yoga poses, the boot camp unites the benefits of meditation as well as muscle tone and weight loss.

“Yoga doesn’t get your heart rate up,” Covington said.

Mind Body Fitness NYC will also host a community talk on Sept. 22 in Carroll Park, where Covington will lead a workout session and Dr. Tumi Johnson will discuss maintaining a lifestyle and holistic nutrition habits for maintaining ideal body weight. RSVP to mindbodyfitnessinfo@gmail.com.