All posts tagged: Yoga

The Most Common Hatha Yoga Benefits

Hatha is often used as an umbrella term for a yoga class in most fitness studios and gyms. While Hatha technically translates to mean stubborn or forceful, Hatha yoga classes are often fairly gentle and very accessible to all fitness levels. Hatha yoga offers a number of health benefits that go beyond those produced by other forms of exercise, such as increased energy and improved fitness levels. When looking more specifically at the slower-paced form of Hatha yoga – compared to other, more vigorous practices – there are a number of key health benefits backed by substantial medical research. Hatha yoga benefits The primary Hatha yoga benefits include improved balance, improved core strength and enhanced flexibility. Improved balance Don’t discount the benefits of an improved sense of balance. Improving your balance will have an ongoing impact on both your everyday life as well as other training or exercise. Everything from high-intensity weight training moves like CrossFit or calisthenics, to helping you stay fit and mobile later on in life. A small study published by the …

A Runner’s Guide to Balancing Yoga with Running

Yoga and running may not seem like two types of exercise that go hand in hand. One is very energetic and a natural movement you’ve been doing since you were a child. The other is slow, purposeful and something you may not be familiar with. But there are a number of yoga benefits that can help runners improve their  speed, recovery and overall enjoyment. Whether you’ve been running for years or you’ve just taken it up, you’ll likely remember how sore you were after your first big run. You probably had tight hamstrings, sore leg muscles and stiffness in all sorts of places (massage, anyone?). 💆‍♀️ Adding in a regular yoga routine – either as a post-run stretch or as an alternative workout on rest days – will quickly help alleviate those aches and pains. You’ll be ready for your next run in no time! Why yoga is great for runners The benefits of yoga for runners include increased flexibility, increased mobility, reduced soreness, better core strength and improved balance. Even a short yoga routine …

Your Guide to Yoga Props

Savasana blankets, tea tree oil, and yoga straps: now what? These days, there are so many new and exciting pieces marketed to help you up your yoga game that it can get pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re a yoga newbie. That said, they’re even more important for you if you’re just starting out, helping you improve your form and ease you into more difficult positions with confidence! If you’re confused about yoga props, here’s your guide to understanding and mastering their purposes. Before we dive in, let’s cover why and how you’ll tell if you need yoga props! Yoga Props Explained First, what is a yoga prop? A yoga prop is any piece of equipment used in a yoga class. They’re typically the items lined up in the back of the class, but we could even go so far as to say that your yoga mat is a yoga prop! There are many different types of yoga props, but the most common yoga props are: Yoga Strap Yoga Blocks Yoga Bolster A Blanket Essential Oils …

Yes, “Toega” is a Thing — Here’s What You Need to Know

Toega has become a workout trend because stretching out your tootsies has numerous benefits. Taking care of your feet via a few simple exercises can help improve stability, increase mobility/range of motion, and help prevent overuse injuries like shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Here’s what you need to know about Toega, and the exercises you can incorporate into your routine right away.

Yoga for Cyclists

We LOVE our cycling! It’s a fabulous cardio workout that gets the endorphins flowing, burns fat and leaves us with that incomparable feeling of having just conquered a mountain! But… because cycling asks the body to move in such a specific way, we wind up working the same muscles over and over in class. So by adding a few yoga postures to your routine, you’ll: 1. Activate muscle groups that aren’t targeted in cycling class, ensuring a total-body workout2. Build strength in certain key areas that will support your performance on the bike3. Stretch and restore muscles and joints that get tight Kick your cycling game up a notch with these complementary yoga postures: 1. Plank & Side Plank for Core & Arm Strength With all the rounding forward we do in spin class, we need to build core strength to properly support the spine from the front body, instead of just collapsing or hunching. Besides being a great asana to build the muscles of the abdomen, plank also works the arms and shoulders, which …