Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and Pilates have been practised for thousands of years as a gentle yet powerful means of achieving flexibility, strength, stillness and balance of body & mind.
Yoga originated on the subcontinent of India thousands of years ago however more and more people in the western world are turning to yoga as a way of dealing with the stresses and strains of modern day living.
For example Science supports several possibilities for how yoga helps with depression. Studies have found that it reduces the levels of cortisol (stress hormone secreted by the adrenals) This hormone is often elevated in people with this dis-ease. A study in India found that a yoga program that included asana (postures) pranayama (breath) and meditation raised levels of serotonin and lowered levels of monoamine oxidase – two chemicals involved in depression.
Yoga and Pilates will make you feel like you have never felt before
Most of us are in jobs that affect our posture, over tightening of muscles and over lengthening of other muscles bring imbalance and instability to our bodies. Heavy work loads bring on high levels of stress, combine this with a round shouldered closed chest position we often adopt at work and we are restricting the depth and width of our body’s vital energy source – our breath.
Asana is the practise of postures to bring about a strong and sound body which in turn can contribute to a balanced approach to training the mind. Asanas give the body a sense of grounding, which in turn leads to a release of energy.
Pranayama – (Breathing Techniques) Because of the close relationship between the flow of breath and a person’s mental state, balanced breathing can promote mental equilibrium and clarity.
Meditation – If you practise yoga asanas and pranayama you will experience the attentiveness and quietness it brings lead inevitably to the deeper concentration of meditation, a celebration of just being.
Pilates is a great way to strengthen your body’s core muscles and enhance your posture at the same time. It is a slow, controlled form of exercising that improves posture.
The exercises are designed to tap into the deeper muscle tissues in the body that help support the spine and gently pull in and up the stomach and pelvic floor muscles.
Pilates can be taken up by anyone - mobility, fitness and age is immaterial. The exercises can help to improve suppleness and flexibility and is particularly beneficial to those overcoming back, knee and hip problems.
You’ll enjoy a workout that is custom-made just for you, mat work, small & equipment & reformer can be incorporated in to a one to one session.
Whatever your back ground with fitness whether athlete or novice whether currently training 5 times a week or not training at all, make time for a mind body session at least once a week and notice the difference to your current training, your work and your social life.
So why take on Yoga and Pilates training..?
Through the development of exercise we recognise more than ever the importance of correct alignment, mobility and flexibility in the body to lead a happy and healthy life. This is why more & more fitness experts are now incorporating pilates and yoga into their clients workouts and many medical practitioners are referring their clients to these work out disciplines to aid recovery after injury and to maintain better posture. Most of us are in jobs that affect our posture. Over tightening of muscles and over lengthening of other muscles, bring imbalance and instability to our bodies. Heavy work loads bring on high levels of stress, combine this with a round shouldered, closed chest position we often adopt at work, and we are restricting the depth and the width of our vital energy source – our breath. Maintained on a regular basis workouts can help
- Realignment of soft tissue structures reduce effort it takes to maintain good postural alignment throughout daily activities
- Heighten your own body awareness
- Develop better range of motion and freedom of movement, becoming less prone to injury
- Reduce stress and physical/mental tension
- Find relief from back pain, sport injuries and other chronic health problems
- Improve muscle strength & tone without muscle bulk
- Increase energy and circulation
- Improve sense of well being
- Increased neuromuscular coordination helps opposing muscle groups to work in a more synergistic fashion.
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