Sport Yoga is unique! It was designed to suit people from Mrs. Jones to the strength athlete, and everyone in between. We employ a blend of Hatha, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga styles customized to the students’ needs for the day. For example, if students are experiencing tightness in the hips or hamstrings, we will focus on hip openers for that day. If energy is feeling low, class will be straight Hatha style. If students want a more challenging class, we’ll adjust to a Power Yoga style.
While our instructor will make every effort to provide individual attention to each student in class, privates or semi-private group training allows our instructor the chance to focus exclusively on your unique strengths and weaknesses to better maximize your results.
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Personal training is offered to current TPS members, but those considering the gym are welcome to arrange a consultation with a coach any time.
Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as a technique to help people achieve spiritual enlightenment. Based on the idea that the mind and body are one, students believe that Yoga improves health by improving how you see the world, which calms the spirit and decreases stress. Today, people practice Yoga to improve their physical, mental and/or spiritual well being.
There are many disciplines of yoga that emphasize different aspects of the mind, body and spirit.
However, in the West, mainstream Yoga focuses largely on the physical practice, primarily Hatha Yoga. Hatha is a widespread style that incorporates a series of poses (called Asanas) that emphasize stretching, breathing (called Pranayams), relaxation and meditation techniques to help build strength, increase flexibility and balance, and improve coordination.
Is Yoga right for me?
Yoga is good for everyone! Adding Yoga into your training schedule will improve your flexibility, release tension, and improve all areas of your chosen sport. Many professional sports teams now include Yoga as part of their Strength and Conditioning programs to keep their athletes loose, flexible and injury free.
Do I need to be fit & flexible to take Yoga?
No. If you are able to kneel and squat down fairly comfortably, our Sport Yoga class is right for you. It is important to be gentle and allow yourself time to get used to the movements. Give yourself a few classes and take it easy. Listen to your body and be patient. Over time, yoga will improve your flexibility and endurance during the poses. Our instructors will cue new students on how to modify poses so that everybody can work according to his or her own abilities.
What if I don’t have any prior experience?
Don’t worry if you’ve never taken a Yoga class. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and our Sport Yoga class is the ideal place.
What are the types of Yoga in Sport Yoga?
Though each class is customized to the mood of the students, we generally employ 3 types of Yoga:
Hatha: Hatha classes tend to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga poses.
Vinyasa: Vinyasa tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for the more intense stretching that’s done at the end of class.
Power Yoga: Power Yoga is derived from Ashtanga Yoga. Both are very physically demanding, because of their constant movement from one pose to the next, but unlike Ashtanga, Power Yoga does not follow a set series of poses so classes vary widely from one to the next. Power Yoga appeals to people who are already quite fit and want a minimal amount of chanting and meditation with their yoga.
What are the main components of Yoga?
There are three major components to Yoga, each with its own unique benefits:
Pranayama (Breathing): Breath control increases circulation, brings more oxygen to the brain, reduces stress and anxiety, enlarges lung capacity and lung tissue becomes more elastic and surrounding muscles more flexible.
Asanas (Poses): When practiced in conjunction with the breath, yoga postures can tone the body, release tension and tightness, increase flexibility, strength and balance.
Meditation: Practicing daily meditation will quiet the mind and can reduce anxiety and stress levels, and enhance all aspects of your well being.
I’m an athlete and lift weights. Will Yoga help?
Yoga can be an important part to any training and sport program. Yoga develops strength, flexibility, endurance and mental clarity that are important for athletes to become successful, yet many shy away because of the philosophical connotations. Our Sport Yoga classes focus on the athleticism, fitness and stretching aspects of Yoga and can be incorporated into any training program for athletes, regardless of sport. It’s ideal for before or after your strength training workouts.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Can I lose weight with Yoga alone?
Yoga is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not its main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet, and a balanced trainiing program including strength training and cardiovascular conditioning, you will see results that you never thought possible. Feel free to speak with any one of our trainers on designing the best training program for your needs.
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Although some moves in Pilates developed from certain Yoga postures, the focus in Yoga is on flexibility while the focus in Pilates is on strength (core strength). Pilates is a complicated system of effective but gentle, whole-body conditioning and corrective exercises. Pilates focuses on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine while Yoga aims to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit.
In Yoga, you tend to move from one static position to another and fill your stomach with breath, whereas in Pilates the aim is to pull your stomach in, find your posture, and then challenge the body by moving limbs. Yoga is also a lifestyle, in addition to being an exercise. It is known as the path to both physical and mental well-being and it includes everything from physical postures and healthy diet to breathing, relaxation and meditation skills.
What does Om mean?
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe.
Why are you supposed to refrain from eating an hour or two before class?
With Yoga, you will twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it may become very uncomfortable for you.
Do I need any equipment?
Although you can perform Yoga on the mat flooring that is upstairs, as you progress with your practice, we recommend that you bring your own mat and blocks to class.
What should I wear?
Wear very comfortable exercise clothing that offers a lot of stretch! Your body will need to move freely so make sure you can kneel, squat and reach down toward your toes without being encumbered by clothing. Also, avoid wearing very large T-shirts as they tend to “creep” down during some of the poses.
Do I have to do yoga in bare feet?
It is recommended that Yoga be performed barefoot to better help your balance as well as strengthen your feet.
Sport Yoga class is free with your membership (lessons are charged at personal training rates).
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