Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and when practiced regularly is proven to increase strength, balance and focus. Various asana movements when practiced in sync with controlled pranayama breathing help to prevent injury as well as prevent many different types of diseases, such as heart disease, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. While doing inversions the blood flows the opposite way it normally would, therefore pumping fresh blood through the entire body while working the muscles at the same time, Yoga works the body from the inside out. After a class you can be sure you will be centered, strong, focused, stretched and feel as though you “fit” into your skin better. Yoga is for everyone.
Styles of Yoga offered at Yoga 4 Life:
- Vinyasa Flow- (All Levels)
- Yoga Basics- (Beg/Int), gentle, for all ages
- Yoga-Pilates (Beg & All levels):
- Therapeutic- Beginner, Great for those with MS, Parkinson’s, Seniors, or limitations
- Restorative- Beginner
- Core Flow- (All Levels)
- Warm yoga with deep stretching & strengthening, to prevent injury.
- Stretch, Breathe, Meditate
Power Yoga is an ancient original Yoga practice from thousands of years ago. This style is challenging, intense and very beneficial to all ages and levels. There are modifications for everything, however the more athletic people tend to practice this regularly to help prevent injury and keep themselves in the best physical shape possible. There are many styles incorporated into this Power Yoga which are; Ashtanga, Fit, Sport and Hatha. Thousands of different poses are taught in a sequence that makes sense for the body to become very strong and focused.
Vinyasa Flow is a deep, physical practice. We move through asanas led by the breath and experience the strength and grace that is in each of our bodies. This practice, while it can be physically challenging, focuses on meeting our bodies exactly where they are when we are practicing – and doing so without judgement. We experiment with finding our edge, practicing with compassion and doing this with laughter, joy and acceptance!
The body’s core is an essential part to awaken, strengthen and lengthen for the health of our spine and our entire body. This class will help you develop core strength, flexibility, upper-body strength, and help with overall stamina and stability. This class is also good for any age and fitness level as modifications are always given.
A gentle yoga class that gradually stretches, strengthens, and conditions the body. Students work to improve range of motion, flexibility, an overall sense of well-being, and the ability to relax. Breathing exercises are introduced (not pranayama) and class ends with a period of relaxation/meditation.
This class is based on the Pathways Yoga Systems “deconstructed” method of yoga. Traditional asanas (yoga poses) can be completely broken down to strengthen and stretch the body in preparation for the final asanas if desirable. This system helps students get the most out of any other yoga classes they may take.
Restorative Yoga uses the natural weight of the body to reset, renew and restore the body. Through the use of props the body is supported and given the opportunity to surrender and quiet. This practice is rejuvenative as well as restful. You will leave the practice having experienced a reunion with your body, ready to greet the day with strength, grace and relaxation.
This class combines simple breathing exercises, gentle stretches for the whole body, and a short relaxation/meditation period at the end.
Students learn the basics of body awareness which are essential for continuous mental and physical well-being. The combination of slow repetitive movements and conscious breathing will become natural to the students over time.
The hour long class can be done entirely in a chair or wheelchair. If able, students can use the chair to help them when doing basic standing exercises and poses. Chair yoga is an ideal class for people with limited mobility, for those uncomfortable on the floor, and/or for those who may need assistance when working on standing balancing poses. A student’s physical limitations are respected in every class.
Yoga w/ Pilates
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
The Six Pilates Principles:
Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration:
These six Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a high quality Pilates workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine.
Cardio & Circuit Training
Circuit training is the perfect group exercise program, it is so simple to use that ANYONE can do it!!! The beauty of this program is that there are no interruptions in the flow and it is NOT intimidating at all. There is no need to adjust the equipment because by using fluid dynamics the hydraulic’s create there own spontaneous adaptive resistance based upon YOU. If you need to catch your breath, simply slow your pace and push less, want to intensify? Speed it up and push more.
Circuit training allows you to exercise at your own pace and pay attention to your body. You can join into the circuit at anytime and simply change to the next station, and so on. Average time at each station is just under a minute, and it is suggested to complete the station twice (alternating leg/arm). You will get a full workout in under 40 minutes. You can easily burn 300-600+ calories in 30 minutes. This is a very results driven, fun and effective way to loose weight & inches & keep it off while safely strengthening your muscles.
Recovery stations between machines are just like they sound, to recover. Walking or jogging in place are great options, there are many different things that can be done to make your workout individual and FUN.
If you’d like to keep track of your progress that is an option as well, if you choose, you are welcome to weigh in periodically, have measurements taken and keep track of your results as you go, this can be extremely beneficial to keep your motivation going!
What is tai chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.
Who can do tai chi
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.
Healing Meditation- A peaceful, profound rejuvenation of the spirit. Quieting the mind into deep relaxation, allowing the inherent wisdom of the body to heal itself.
Bio-Resonance Principles and a variety of life enhancement techniques are used to restore the free flow of life energy (aka qi, chi, prana) in the mind, body, spirit energy fields. A major component involves using meditation and the power of presence to quiet the mind in order to clear blocks that inhibit the expression of one’s full potential of health and happiness. When the mind is stilled, the bodies inherent healing abilities can then be activated.
Rasamaya Barre is a challenging, empowering, effective, and fun form of exercise that utilizes your own body weight, a ballet barre, free weights, and other props to sculpt, tone, and lengthen your body. The movements in a barre class are drawn from ballet, yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic exercises. The ballet barre is used to help with coordination and balance. It also allows us to position the body in unique ways that create a truly full body workout. No area of the body is left undiscovered in a barre class. Classes are timed to upbeat, fun music, and our instructors motivate clients by offering personalized attention and hands-on adjustments. We promise you will leave feeling energized and motivated.
?More specifically, a traditional Rasamaya Barre class begins with a short educational anatomy piece before moving into our dynamic warm up and upper body section of plank, push-ups and targeted exercises for the upper body and back. At Rasamaya we dedicate time to toning those terrific triceps, which really help to add definition to the arms. After a stretch at the barre we move into our lower body section with creative movements that target the thighs and seat from every direction. Finally we end class with a series of challenging abdominal work before finishing with a long stretch and rest.