Updated: Oct 1, 2020
By Madeline Warriner
Like it says on our homepage, Daily DeFusion is your daily dose of rigor, focus, and ease. Of fire, flow, and focus. Of...well, you get it. It is a mental and physical health program that combines aspects of movement, mobility and mindfulness into one, fifty-five minute fusion class. As experts in these areas, we pull from our wide base of knowledge to tailor unique classes in a straight-forward and accessible format.
So what’s the name mean?
Here at Daily DeFusion, we are not focused on aesthetic gains or losses in the name of “fitness”. We are on a mission to provide a holistic approach to wellness. The term “defusion” is borrowed from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT). It describes the action of separating emotion from the thing that makes you feel that way. It’s taking a breath after that salty email from your boss, recognizing it as simply a moment in your day, and not sending that passive aggressive response.
Think of defusion like velcro- we become stuck to something (say, an idea about ourselves) and defusion is the act of unsticking that velcro and taking space from that idea. Daily DeFusion is a space to separate (aka defuse!) from your day and its demands- an environment that encourages this distance and provides the tools to do so.
We approach this idea through the physical body. By allowing ourselves to be present, inside the discomfort of rigorous movement, of untying knotted muscles, of sitting still, we train the body and mind to be aware of what's uncomfortable and how we naturally want to respond. And we learn to change it! Instead, we find joy in challenge, in nourishment, and in growth.
Our physical and mental health are not separate, like we’ve been told so many times. Haven’t you ever had a gut feeling? Had your heart in your throat, or your stomach? Emotions manifest in the physical body, and bringing attention to physicality on a daily basis allows us to better address the physical cues (emotional or not) from the body.
…And how do you do this?
So what actually happens in a Daily DeFusion class? Well, really there are four separate class formats- our Core Four! We've got: First Fuse (cause it was first), Fire Fuse (energy to spare? burn it right there), Flow Fuse (when you need it slow, we gon' flow), and Focus Fuse (trainin' for your brainin'). Okay.. we're done rhyming. #thankgoodness In the blogs to come, we will focus on each of these classes and their goals more specifically, so keep an eye out for those posts.
Each one of these classes utilizes evidence-based research to help build strength and resilience for body and mind. We pull from cardiovascular exercise, strength training, yoga asana, pilates, myofascial release, and mindfulness practices to create a well-rounded, science-based program. While some classes emphasize one aspect over the others, each pillar (fire, flow, focus) is always present. No matter what, each class utilizes movement, mobility, and mindfulness to make your Daily DeFusion. Basically you’re going to sweat, you’re going to stretch, you’re going to be still, and you’re going to feel really good by the end of it.
Maybe some of these vocabulary words are new to you! Here’s a review:
Cardiovascular exercise involves faster, full-bodied movements to achieve and maintain an elevated heart rate. Think rhythm, think deep breathing, think Richard Simmons. But we can’t make any promises about the outfits.
Strength training (without equipment- at least for now in Daily DeFusion) utilizes body weight and resistance to build bone and muscle mass. Fun fact- your heels are the densest bones in your body, because they do so much strength training carrying your dang body around all day!
Yoga asana is one of the eight limbs of yoga, and utilizes bending, extending and balance in all three planes of movement (side to side, front to back, twisty-wisty). Yoga is an ancient practice that deserves a lot of research and respect. What we Westerners know as yoga is really just one teeny tiny part- that was originally meant to simply prepare the body to sit for long periods of time.
Pilates focuses on efficient movement, and helps train the core and supporting muscles to help larger muscle groups share the load of bigger movements. Think about your thighs and shoulders- they don’t need to do all that work that they’re doing alone!
Myofascial release is basically massage (well, in our classes, it’s self-massage), where we are retraining the fascia to allow more movement and mobility. What is fascia, you ask? It’s the gooey, spiderweb-like connective tissue that’s in between almost everything in your body and that YOUR WHOLE NEURAL NETWORK TRAVELS THROUGH. It’s basically the extension of your brain into your body. It's your body brain.
Mindfulness practices utilize guided meditation, breath-work, and visualization to help train awareness, focus, attention and a non-judgemental mindset. We utilize mindful language throughout class to keep you present and focused, but we also take time to do this alone. The goal is to support how you relate to stress and anxiety.
That’s a lot of stuff! So what should I expect from a class?
Expect to do some high intensity movement (always with lower impact options), some mobility (or stretching, massage, strengthening at the ends of your range of motion), and some mindfulness exercises (whether guided or not) in each class.
The overall format and structure of each of our Core Four classes will always stay the same so you know what to expect, we will switch up the details each time to keep it fresh and keep working your attention and coordination as much as your physical body. Brain and body exercise for the win!
While there is a lot of research that goes into these classes, there will be no vocab test when you start. Heck, you don’t even need to know why we’ve made the decisions we’ve made!
Your only job is to:
wear comfy clothes,
drink water, and
So don’t wait! Sign up for a class card, and start taking the time to DeFuse yourself Daily. We’ve made it simple for you to have a one-stop-shop to find rigor, focus, and ease. You deserve it, and your body and brain (which are not separate, but brainbody sounds weird) will thank you.
If you have any additional questions or comments, feel free to drop them in the comments below! We can’t wait to speak with you.