New Fitness/Dance Crossover KINRGY is on the Move
KINRGY Founder Julianne Hough is an acclaimed, award-winning, world champion dancer who knows a thing or two about choreography. She’s been awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography (Dancing with the Stars) and has been nominated for many more. She’s dazzled, competed, and has taken home the Mirrorball Trophy twice—and the list of awards goes on! Additionally, her lengthy resume includes serving as a judge on Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent, costarring with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and being a recording artist. All the while she is standing as a wellness advocate speaking out on endometriosis, which she personally tackles with effervescent exuberance. All that said, Julianne has been focusing on her recently launched dance fitness brand KINRGY. Julianne understands that dance and the expression of movement is, as she says; “A language that the body speaks intuitively.” Dance is a language that connects us to our inherent energy. It enhances our ability to understand our personal human connections, inside and out.
“We have such an incredible opportunity to transform the division that exists in the country right now by creating unity within. It truly starts from the inside out and that’s why I created KINRGY. So you can feel a deeper connection to self, that’s the only way we are really going to create the changes we want to see in the world, it’s got to start here,” Julianne says and she touches her heart. “I think it’s time we took notice of ancestors and let the language of our bodies finally speak, there is so much truth and love there.”
KINRGY is an integral part of on Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour presented by WW. Across the US, tens of thousands of participants have laughed, cried, connected to the energy and most-importantly, danced. Oprah herself participates in each session, cheering on the audience. Julianne and her trained instructors (known in the KINRGY community as Guides) lead easy-to-practice sequences set to music that move through the natural elements of earth, fire, water, and air. The progression allows participants to discover how their body specifically wants to move and express, rather than telling the body how it should be or needs to be moved. This invites a deeper connection with the self, the creation of authentic relationships with others, and the emergence of a new experience of the world.
KINRGY Guides participated in an intensive training program focused on transformation and encouraging people to be fully in the core of their authentic self. The KINRGY Philosophy offers what is documented as a trifecta of transformation integrating movement, breath, and energy. This special combination is proving to be a pivotal part of the movement experience. Recently, KINRGYs first scientific study in collaboration with Melissa Watermen, from Dr Joe Dispenza’s Research Team, confirming significant reductions in stress levels, as well as increases in mental and emotional stability.
KINRGY Guide Tina Jackson is one of the people traveling on the Oprah Vision Tour sharing the elemental practice with people from all walks of life, different ages and sizes and backgrounds. Because anyone and everyone can dance. Tina comments, “We’re in such a digital age and we forget what it feels like to celebrate and move. Seeing thousands of people in arenas all of the country, with their hands up, moving their bodies, it’s really incredible.” There’s a magic to the group energy.
There’s also a magic in the solo practice. Tina says that KINRGY has inspired her to commit to an in-depth home practice that she didn’t have before, even with a professional background of dance and fitness. “I now make time in the morning to breathe with and for gratitude. My energy is in the right place at the top of the day. I trust the authenticity that I’ve been assigned with.”
This authenticity is important to Tina as an individual and as an African-American woman showing up publicly. Tina says, “As a woman of color in dance and fitness, I didn’t always see myself represented. With KINRGY, I feel that there is an understanding around representation that is more than just having a token person of color thrown into the mix.”
KINRGY, Chief Cultural Officer, Nicholas Pratley says, ‘We are thrilled to feature a variety of color and culture within our staff both in headquarters and on our teaching staff. Diversity is extremely important to us and we are proud to include all walks of life and welcome the same into our community. Everyone is included here, everyone. We believe that’s the kind of welcoming people deserve and are searching for.”
Tina says, “With February being Black History Month, we think about our heroes, including Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s been more than 50 years since his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. He said in that speech that at some point it shouldn’t matter what we look like. We can all stand side by side. Through representation in the the fitness communities, we grow together into a new future while being truthful about our past. I would like to be part of that movement and I hope to bring that to the forefront with KINRGY.”
In bringing that into the forefront, Tina continues, “I’m forging a new path not only for myself but for other people. If it takes me building some bridges to help people cross, I’m totally down for it to create a better future.”
Our better future is one in which we can support physical healing and mental wellness. A present and a future that includes honoring ourselves and each other. As Julianne Hough confirms, “This mission is all about moving from the inside out so that we can all feel who we really are and start creating the world we really want.”
“The overall message of this method is one of really deep cleansing and healing,” Tina says. “This isn’t a modality of vanity. This is a moment in which we are trying to help the world and shift how people think, so they are vulnerable, smiling, and celebrating.”
Feeling the Elements in KINRGY
Feel the legs and connect to a strong foundation. Julianne says, “Not once has the Earth ever said no to supporting you. Connect to her.”
Move the hips and ignite the power within. When dancing with this element, ask yourself, “Are you ready to unlock your self-worth?”
Find your flow through your core, arms, chest, and back. As Tina Guides her class she encourages, “Give yourself permission to tap into your sensuality. Own your emotional capacity. Don’t leave any part of yourself out!”
This is your break free moment. Dance with your whole body. Julianne reminds us, “Let your body take over. Claim your power by surrendering. Now is the time to let your heart expand!”
Try Tina Jackson’s At Home Practice
If you want to begin your day with a routine of clarity, put on a favorite song, something that inspires you to move and begin. “Just jump around if you have to,” Tina says. “Life is meant to be fun and joyous. Celebrate as much as possible. Start by celebrating yourself first. Develop a relationship with yourself, it’s one of the greatest bonds you will ever have.”
Look for Ways to Dance with KINRGY
Throughout the Oprah 2020 Vision Tour presented by WW, Julianne Hough and the KINRGY Guides, including Tina Jackson, have been inspiring stadiums of people to come back to their true nature with the power of mindful movement. Throughout the rest of 2020, look out for Pop Ups with ALO Yoga, workshops, immersions and other unique activations. Expect to see studios and a digital platform in 2021. We will be staying tuned and watching this amazing movement with movement. Learn more at: kinrgy.com.
KINRGY Photos by Aaron Brimhall and Spencer Kofoed.
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.