ZEN•GA™ Programming Guide
ZEN•GA™ is a synergistic blend of Pilates, Yoga and Dance, supported by exercise science and the newest findings in fascial fitness that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement.
Programming Guide A synergistic blend of Pilates, Yoga & Dance for a restored & resilient body ZEN•GA™ is a synergistic blend of Pilates, Yoga and Dance, supported by exercise science and the newest ﬁndings in fascial ﬁtness that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the beneﬁts of improved strength, clarity and overall ﬁtness. New ZEN•GA™ programming Developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Team Instructor Foundation Courses ZEN•GA is a teaching modality that consciously connects the body and the mind through innovative programming. This evolved methodology is a synthesis of movement applications that have been used for many years, along with information that is only recently being brought to the forefront. Throughout the work, the power lies not only in the movement itself, but rather on a purposeful intention while we move. Through intention and imagery, ZEN•GA will unleash the body from tension and bring more clarity to the mind. We use various props to support the body and to create a focal point to direct our breath allowing for more ﬂuidity and ease in the physical body. MAT— LEVEL 1 EQUIPMENT—LEVEL 1 The ZEN•GA Mat Course will help us explore the foundational principles that make up the method and apply them to movement programs designed to help reach the desired goals.This is a sevenhour in-class training (plus one-hour break); and some yoga or other mind-body training is highly recommended. The Equipment programs created through the ZEN•GA approach to movement allow us to utilize the unique quality of spring resistance. The coiling and uncoiling quality of the springs creates a more ﬂuid, resilient body. The ZEN•GA Equipment Course will help us explore the principles that make up the method and apply them to movement programs designed to reach the desired goals. This is a seven-hour in-class training (plus one-hour break); and some yoga or other mind-body training is highly recommended. CECs: 0.7 STOTT PILATES and other organizations Equipment used in this course Mat (yoga or Pilates), Flex-Band® (regular-strength), 7.5", 10" & 12" Mini Stability Ball™ CECs: 0.7 STOTT PILATES and other organizations Equipment used in this course V2 Max Plus™ Reformer, Vinyasa Triangle, Padded Platform Extender, Jumpboard, 10" & 12" Mini Stability Ball™ Prerequisite – These courses are intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement or anyone with an interest in developing the related skills. There are no prerequisites. All participants in the courses will be issued a letter of completion and will be granted an instructor qualification. A history of participation in fitness or movement is highly recommended for anyone wishing to take these courses. Foundation Course Objectives 1. Explain the origins of ZEN•GA and be able to deﬁne what it is. 2. Summarize the ZEN•GA principles – Breath, Support, Yield, Flow – and explain how they are incorporated in movement. 3. Teach a ZEN•GA Foundation class to any level participant. 4. Effectively teach ZEN•GA programming to a client at any level. 5. Explore foundational movement patterns and the fascial system through movement. 6. Experience programming ideas that bring the principles to application. Instructor Workshops RECOMMENDED: Complete ZEN•GA™ Workshops to receive further programming content and choreography that is not covered in the courses. Currently there are six ZEN•GA workshops; two equipment-based, and four mat-based and many more to follow. See additional information on workshops offered. All workshops will provide CECs from STOTT PILATES® and other organizations. Please note: Taking workshops alone without participating in the Foundation Course will not qualify you as a ZEN•GA Instructor. ZEN•GA Mindful Movement: Breathing Workout ZEN•GA Fluid Conditioning with the Mini Stability Ball™ This mindful movement workout is based on the foundation that proper breathing is the key to a healthy, nourished and vibrant body. We use the breath to activate movement from the inside-out so we can concentrate on optimizing the core connection and mobility of the spine, hips and shoulder girdle. The exercises presented incorporate the Mini Stability Ball™ and aim to improve posture, relieve the body of negative tension, and strengthen the core. • Featured in Mini Stability Ball Focus on Breathing & Muscular Release DVD This ﬂuid dynamic workout includes sequences of movements that transition gracefully from one to the next. The Mini Stability Ball brings awareness to the deep stabilizing muscles of the body throughout this ﬂowing workout and encourages focus on core connection and peripheral suppleness. Combining balance, strength and ﬂuid mindful movement, this routine will bring a sense of composure to any group or personal training environment. • Featured in ZEN•GA FLOW with the Mini Stability Ball DVD ZEN•GA V2 Vinyasa Yoga on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer*, Level 1 ZEN•GA Flowing Sequences Experience a one-of-a-kind ZEN•GA Vinyasa routine on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer. This new and innovative program offers a unique application of the foundational principles resulting in an innovative fusion workout that focuses on clarity of the mind, core strength and stability, stamina, and resilience that will bring more mindful movement to your practice. By holding postures against the spring-loaded resistance of the Reformer, and with the added beneﬁt of new exclusive accessories, these new ZEN•GA Flow™ movements engage every muscle, heighten body awareness, and enhance the mind-body connection. • Featured in V2 Vinyasa Yoga on the V2 Max Plus Reformer, Level 1 DVD ZEN•GA V2 Vinyasa Yoga on the V2 Max Plus Reformer, Level 2 There is no other program available that compares with the ZEN•GA V2 Vinyasa routine on the revolutionary V2 Max Plus Reformer with speciﬁcally designed accessories. This mindful movement routine features the inventive fusion of conventional and original foundational movement principles. This unique routine focuses on stability of the body, ﬂexibility of the joints and clarity of the mind. The second-level program challenges coordination and strength by adding longer static holds against the Reformer’s spring resistance. Having learned the patterns and positions in Level 1, you can now increase the demands on the neuromuscular system and reap the beneﬁts of strength and stamina—resulting in overall improved ﬁtness. • Featured in V2 Vinyasa Yoga on the V2 Max Plus Reformer, Level 2 DVD ZEN•GA V2 Vinyasa on the V2 Max Plus Reformer, Levels 1 & 2 These mindful movement routines offer a unique blend of conventional and original foundational movement principles. When these two methods are combined, they create innovative fusion workouts that focus on clarity of the mind, core stability, strength, and resilience. By holding postures against the spring-loaded resistance of the Reformer, and with the added beneﬁt of new exclusive accessories, these new sequences will engage every muscle, heighten body awareness, and enhance the mind-body connection. Learn the patterns and positions, then increase endurance and stamina by holding them longer, resulting in overall improved ﬁtness. • Featured in V2 Vinyasa Yoga on the V2 Max Plus Reformer, Levels 1 & 2 DVD Experience ZEN•GA in action! Go online to watch clips: merrithew.com/zenga A moving meditation, this mindful workout combines elements of movement and ﬂow with a deep awareness of connection and control. The workout promises to increase circulation, stimulate the central nervous system, and improve ﬂexibility all while strengthening the mind-body connection. The ﬂuid ﬂoor-based sequences feature a greater focus on core strength, balance and coordination. If you’d like to have the grace of a dancer, with the power of a warrior, this workout is deﬁnitely for you. • Featured in ZEN•GA Flow DVD ZEN•GA Power & Strength Energize both your body and mind with this ﬂuid but powerful workout. Experience ﬁrst-hand how the foundational principles of the ZEN•GA method are explored in a routine that brings calm and peace to the mind and strength and control to the body. This challenging mat-based program includes all components of ﬁtness training—the pace will rev up the cardiovascular system, the ﬂuidity of the sequences will enhance ﬂexibility, and the controlled stationary holds result in improved total-body strength. Discover how this unique program can be a potent adjunct to a workout routine by bringing the concept of mindful movement to your training. • Featured in ZEN•GA Power & Strength DVD For more information contact Education Sales: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-910-0001 ext *297 • Toll-Free UK: 0800 328 5676 merrithew.com 3886B-4 ™/® Trademark or registered trademark of Merrithew Corporation, used under license. All rights reserved. *US Patent No. 7857736, and other US and foreign patents pending. The Mindful Movement has arrived.