WHO WILL BENEFIT?
Athletes, in particular, but EVERYONE can benefit! Consideration should be given to young athletes, as their bodies are growing and physical movement patterns and habits are being developed that may affect them the rest of their lives.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Through various poses and sequences of poses you learn to:
- activate dormant/inhibited muscles
- eliminate the need for some muscles to compensate for inhibited muscles
- improve muscular strength and power
- think more clearly
- react more quickly
- feel better overall
- improve sleep patterns
WHERE IN THE BODY?
Muscles in the body work together, in order to control our joints.
Only one muscle can be active at a time, this is know as Reciprocal Inhibition.
A muscle will experience a reduction in strength and power when one of the muscles becomes dormant or inhibited and, therefore, dysfunctional.
This creates both physical and emotional stress.
It should be noted, a muscle will often become dysfunctional because it is a primary source of movement in the athletes sport.
WHEN DO YOU NOTICE BENEFITS?
You have tension, maybe significant tension… this probably means your muscles are:
1. DORMANT or INHIBITED and dysfunctional meaning they are not relaxing completely because they are:
– * INJURED
– NOT IN PROPER FORM
2. OVERACTIVE meaning they are always turned on and never relax
3. COMPENSATING because they have been busy carrying the extra load
*Yes, you should check with your doctor to determine if the tension is due to injury. Once you have your doctor’s permission, then and only then, should you do yoga.
WHY SHOULD YOU DO YOGA POSES?
There are many benefits, particularly as an athlete, there is a need to correct over activity and compensation patterns or you risk:
- tearing muscles
- increased potential for injury
- not being functionally mobile, resulting in less strength and power
HOW DOES YOGA CORRECT ISSUES?
Yoga Poses create a lasting improvement when practiced regularly by:
- changing the athletes patterns of movement
- activating muscles that have been dormant/inhibited, and therefore, dysfunctional
- stopping the need for other (synergistic) muscles to compensate
Proper Breathing takes us back to using our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing for the proper exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
This in turn provides:
- clearer thinking
- improved reaction time
- healthier muscles
- helping us to stay, when appropriate, in our parasympathetic nervous system – eliminating chronic stress!
Understand, many people “over breathe”, not allowing the carbon dioxide to be fully exhaled. This affects the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. The body recognizes, incorrectly, that you are in are in a state of “fight or flight” and the sympathetic nervous system turns on.
In a moment of crisis this is good!
However, if we live with this sympathetic nervous system turned on, we are in a state of chronic stress, we experience many unhealthy side effects:
- adrenal fatigue
- hormones out of balance
- difficulty sleeping
- anxiety attacks
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- dry mouth
- sweaty palms
- lowered immune system
SOL Seasons Of Life Yoga has a program to address these issues:
FUNCTIONAL MOBILTY YOGA
I was pleased to have been accepted into a 3 month Mentorship Program with Dana Santas, YOGA EXPERT with CNN Health, MOBILITY TRAINER for MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA.
The mentorship focus was to develop a knowledge base, whereby; I can confidently assess, correct and create, using fundamental elements, an appropriate yoga sequence, for an individual, with a concentration on issues pertaining to hockey players and goalies, specifically.
ASSESSMENTS & PRIVATE CLASSES
available by appointment:
Assessment approximately 1 hour, with a discussion on poses to assist in bringing the body back toward proper alignment, and instruction on proper breathing technique.
To arrange for an assessment and/or private class