Put simply, yogalates is the combination of the flexibility of eastern yoga practices with the core and strength training of western pilates practices. Developed in the late 1990’s, yogalates has become increasingly popular over the past two decades and is practiced around the world.
How is Yogalates Beneficial?
Like the traditional versions of yoga and pilates, yogalates has proven to be an extremely beneficial practice for those who partake regularly. Because of the combined focus on the development of the participants core strength and flexibility, the regular practice of yogalates been deemed helpful in a number of ways.
Reduces back pain, specifically in the lower areas
Strengthens core muscles and strength
Increases overall posture
Improves the body’s overall reaction to stress
Benefits and increases metabolism speed and function
Leads to a clearer mind
Improves overall circulation throughout the body
As popular as yogalates has become over the past two decades, for many people who are less familiar with yoga in general and are still wondering, “what is yogalates?” there are a number of excellent resources available to provide more information regarding what yogalates is, how it is done, and where and how one can practice it.
Similarly to the way that both yoga and pilates are practices through classes, and independently, so too can yogalates. For people interested in attending an introductory class, here are a few things you should know.
Introductory classes generally run between 30 minutes and 1 hour in length
There will be a combination of some of the most common, and beginner pilates and yoga moves and positions demonstrated
Classes are generally offered anywhere you would be able to find a pilates or yoga class
Like traditional yoga or pilates, or any form of expercise really, it is important that you give yourself time to adjust to the new movements and not push your body too hard, too fast.
I’m sitting down getting ready to Skype with Jessi Luna, one of our retreat leaders. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m nervous. I’ve never interviewed anyone before…except for maybe my old family dog, Daisy, when my sister and I used to record talk shows as children.
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When people think of yoga, they generally think of a fit, 20-something year old woman in a tight ensemble doing splits and twisting her body into unthinkable shapes, right?
Here is Luke @skywalkeriam killing this Grasshopper pose on a cliff.
But with a 20% increase of yoga practitioners in the US from 2014 to 2015, this body-conscious routine has more men coming into the scene. In fact, most of the branches of yoga were founded by men.
Now, let’s deal with this fact: yoga is popular and it has gone far beyond the sex divide. Male athletes, celebrities, and “normal” people like you and me have found something appealing about yoga that has fit into our lifestyles.
So what is it with this females-only stigma behind yoga? For starters, 72.2% of yoga practitioners in the US are females. Maybe all these women are a reason for men to attend a class, or maybe it’s a source of intimidation. One thing is true: women dominate the yoga scene.
The thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish
The continued practice of meditation or mindfulness is the perfect complement to any process of coaching and personal development.
A regular practice, as frequently shown in numerous articles and scientific studies, will improve your quality of life in a wide variety of aspects, as it will help you reduce your stress and anxiety or the risk of suffering certain diseases.
Air Yoga is an amazing technique using silk hammocks to truly make new space in the body and allow our selves to completely surrender to gravity.
Combining the ancient healing traditions of yoga with the unique conditioning of aerial arts , air yoga brings the gift of flight, and an incredible lightness to soaring, stretching and floating through the air suspended hammocks.
With this practice we find many unique ways to stretch and squeeze and twist our physical body, refreshing the circulatory system, and redirecting the spine to her beautiful natural way.
Air yoga can be practiced by anyone. Even if you have never taken a yoga class you will be truly surprised with how much new movements you can do and how much more body awareness you can achieve.