Balance & Strength (Terra)
Strength is more than muscle tone: it’s the ability to do what you love, to be independent, and to help others. Before reaching for heavy weights, we believe in building a foundation of stability, core strength, and control in all planes of movement. If you’re already strong, Terra classes will help you cross train and fine tune your movement patterns to enhance your performance. For the rest of us, these classes will transform your capacity to move, climb, balance, and BE.
As children, we use our bodies to crawl, climb, roll, wrestle, run, walk, squat, jump, dance, and play practically every moment of the day. As we grow up, we typically constrain that movement to walking, sitting, “working” and isolated episodes of “exercising”. Even those of us with active jobs and frequent exercise are usually repeating the same subset of movements day after day, leading to the prevalence of repetitive stress injuries, tendonitis, and arthritis.
So much of the quality of your daily life depends on the mobility of and strength in your hips. Stiffness and restriction in the hips is very common due to excessive sitting, repetitive movements of biking, hiking, running, and or even wearing the wrong shoes. In this class, we will explore how to increase or maintain the strength and mobility of your hips through yoga postures which can also alleviate stress in the shoulders, low back, knees, legs, glutes, groin, hip flexors, ankles, foot and heel due to tight hips.
Floor-Barre® is a ballet-inspired workout designed to lengthen and strengthen muscles, build core, hip, and foot control, and improve body alignment and balance. All exercises are executed lying on the floor, allowing students to focus inward, working muscles deeply and intelligently. It is gentle on joints and perfect for injury prevention and recovery as well as cross-training.
Iyengar Yoga places special emphasis on precise alignment and form. For this reason, it is especially well suited for therapeutic applications like balancing structural misalignments. Poses in Iyengar are usually held for longer than in other styles of yoga, allowing the practitioner to focus on the details and make adjustments which transform the impact of each posture.