Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Let's Find Inner Peace


So you workout, eat healthy, now we need to add in something to BALANCE it all out... YOGA!!

Yoga has so many benefits from increased flexibility and it can help reduce stress in your life while finding inner peace. Everything we do in life needs to have balance and yoga is that balance to strength training. When strength training overpowers your flexibility, the result is an increase in tension. An when our flexibility surpasses our strength, instability remains in those muscles that need to be strengthened. Both tension and instability are weak links, which limits your ultimate potential of muscular development.

Yoga is great for connecting your mind to your body to break the going, going, going sequence in your life.Yoga is a compliment to your routine and should be added in for some stress relief !! So now that you are in the Yoga frame of mind, there are a few different types of yoga practices that you can choose from that may suit you better than your friend.

-Restorative Yoga: Finding your Ying to your Yang!!!

When you workout your muscles bind up and cause tension knots in our bodies. These knots can cause pain overtime if not taken care of. Restorative yoga uses props that can help lengthen and hold poses longer for a better stretch. These props can include yoga blocks, lacrosse balls, and straps. Restorative yoga is very relaxing and great for complimenting strength training routines that help open up tight areas such as your chest, hips, shoulders and legs.

-Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is structured around basic stretching and simple yoga poses with no flow in between. The main focus of Hatha centers around breathing and meditation. Hatha yoga is a great class for beginners. Basic poses and relaxation techniques that are used in all other aspects of yoga are derived from this form of practice.
Iyengar yoga, which is a form of Hatha yoga would be the better option for athletes. Iyengar Yoga is slow and extremely specific. This practices helps athletes find your imbalances through finding unique alignments to enhance symmetry throughout the body.

-Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is a form of yoga performed in a hot and humid climate with temperatures ranging from 97-100 degrees Fahrenheit. This yoga is comprised of a series of 26 poses in a 90 minute class. The combination of movements work together to move fresh oxygenated blood throughout your body. This will help to enhance the ability of your muscles to repair and restore to create a stronger foundation for muscle building.

These are just a few quick examples of yoga classes that you can try out and create that BALANCE in your training routines!!

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