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Did you know yoga was invented to prepare practitioners for silence and stillness? It's true! In order for people to sit truly still in meditation, they practiced yoga to release energy and anxiety from their bodies and minds first.
Unless otherwise mentioned, the yoga we teach at Breathe Body & Mind is Hatha yoga. Hatha is the foundation for ALL yoga styles (Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.) which is the marriage of breath to movement. The Hatha Yoga and Gentle Yoga classes you see on the calendar are the best place for you to build familiarity and comfort with the various poses before you venture onto Slow Flow Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow and, eventually Power and Ashtanga Yoga. Yin Yoga and Restorative classes are the epitome of self care, with no experience necessary. Join in to let go and take your yoga journey inward. Let our instructors help you focus on deep stretching beyond the muscles, the breath, stress-reduction, mindfulness and stillness. Reclined and supported poses are held from 1-7 minutes.
Beginner Classes recommended:
Pilates is a physical fitness program developed in the early 20th century by a German physical trainer named Joseph Pilates who presented his methods as "the art of controlled movements," which are intended to resemble a workout (not a therapy) when properly practiced. If performed consistently, Pilates can improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in an entire body. Pilates emphasizes alignment, breathing, core strength, coordination and balance.
We hear so much about "the core" don't we? But some of us are still unaware of what that means and why it's so important. The core comprises all the muscles from which our appendages (arms, legs and head) operate: the abdomen, chest, shoulders, low back, and hips are often referred to as the cage or powerhouse of the body. Core strength greatly contributes to your physical stability, posture, and balance. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
At Breathe, we are thrilled to offer traditional mat Pilates without the need for "reformers" and other larger equipment, so that no matter where you are, even if you're away from the Studio, you can still practice Pilates.
Barre is distinguished from other classes by incorporating a ballet barre in the class and including movements derived from ballet. Barre's classical dance movements and positions are combined with those drawn from yoga and Pilates, which makes it a wonderful complement to the other classes we offer at Breathe!
Frequently equipment is introduced in a barre class in addition to the barre, such as resistance bands, yoga straps, small "squishy" exercise balls, and light handheld weights. Barre classes typically focus on small, pulsing movements with emphasis on form, alignment and core engagement. Participants hold their bodies still while contracting specific, targeted sets of muscles in isometric exercises. The number of repetitions tends to be high while the range of motion is narrower and when used, the weights are generally light, up to 3 pounds. Holding muscles in contraction for extended periods frequently leads to them shaking as they fatigue. This is particularly true of thighs, as the quadriceps tire, so don't be surprised if your legs start to shake - that's a good thing because you're recruiting more muscle fibers to get the job done!
We wouldn't recommend Barre for a beginner; however, once you feel you're getting stronger and your stamina is increasing a bit, you might want to try a barre class. At that point our suggestion would be to get comfortable with Barre Body, Barre/Pilates Combo, Open Barre or Core Barre.
Beginner Classes Recommended:
In addition to Yoga, Pilates and Barre classes, we also offer traditional strength building and toning classes. These classes range from beginner level up to intermediate/advanced.
We recommend the Tone/Balance/Stretch class for beginners before you try Core and More and Strength and Sculpt.
Once you're comfortable with the beginner classes noted above, you should feel more confident about trying Vinyasa Flow, Barre Body Workout, Barre/Pilates Combo, Yoga/Pilates Fusion and maybe even Strength and Sculpt! And once you're comfortable with those classes, challenge yourself with those labeled "Intermediate/Advanced". As always, please contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns that aren't covered here.
Personal Training and/or Private Lessons also provide an excellent opportunity to learn some basics and to give you a jump start!