Yoga is a practice for the body and mind. Yoga can calm the mind, stretch and lengthen muscles, and make you sweat. Anyone can benefit from the practice of yoga. People in great health or those with injuries or physical limitations will find an increase in concentration, balance, core strength, and overall health. Whether you are seeking to enhance athletic performance, heal an old injury, or increase you flexibility, you will find the practice of yoga can enhance your quality of life.
The physical exercise of yoga allows students to have more energy throughout the day. Yoga postures gently stretch tendons, muscles, and soft tissue. As an effect, blood circulation increases, blood pressure is lowered, and the immune system receives a healthy boost. Improved posture and alignment allows students to move with more ease and poise, which can help prevent injuries. The medical benefits of yoga include increased strength, flexibility, and stamina as well as relief of stress and anxiety.
The relaxation response brings bodily systems back into balance by reducing stress hormones, slowing down the heart rate and blood pressure, and relaxing the muscles. In addition to its calming physical effects, relaxation combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts productivity. Most students find that they feel better with a regular yoga practice.
Pilates is a well recognized and accepted method of exercise worldwide. Pilates is a total body conditioning exercise method combining flexibility and strength from both Eastern and Western cultures. By practicing Pilates, individuals develop mind and body uniformity; improve balance, flexibility, posture and strength; and focus on the core muscles. Anyone can benefit from a Pilates routine. Athletes, senior citizens, pregnant women (pre- and post-natal), teenagers, overweight individuals, those suffering from stress and back pain, and anyone wishing to improve their overall health and well being can benefit greatly.
Pilates allows us to have greater concentration, control, fluidity of movement, and breathing. The central nervous system will become accustomed to choosing the right combination of muscles to perform each exercise. The “Powerhouse” muscles (abdomen, lower back and buttocks) grow to be stronger in order to support the spine, internal organs and posture. Movements become smooth, even, controlled and flowing. Through the Pilates breathing we keep the bloodstream pure and oxygenated, and eliminate impurities.
A consistent Pilate’s workout will create a toned and sleek body by lengthening, stretching and strengthening all muscles. The circulatory system becomes stimulated as well as the immune system. Stress, fatigue, discomfort and pain are often decreased significantly. Pilates can help prevent bone deterioration and injury to the body. And aid in a good night’s sleep!