Summer is here..! Are you looking for a alternative to the gym?.. Or your routine training.. Contact me and book a SUP (stand-up paddle board) session and experience a full body work out like no other..! Get fit and have fun!
QiYoga By Bart Wagar
Qi is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as “energy flow”, and Yoga is loosely translated into “yoke”, or “the act of yoking or harnessing”. It is our goal to combine these two amazing principles. You will build energy and harness its power guiding you to an increased sense of well-being. Our program combines Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, into a simple flow of movement that when connected to breath is an energy building experience guaranteed to get you off the couch. Anyone at any age can move forward on a path to greater mobility. You can use this program as a stepping stone to a more dynamic practice, or simply ease into its meditative flow achieving a greater sense of self.
All you will need is loose fitting clothing some water and the willingness to take the first step
Performance Breathing By Bart Wagar
Breath is the essence of life!
Everyone enters the world on an inhalation and leaves the world on an exhalation, how we breathe in between is what sets us apart. Breath supports the concept of give and take; with each breath we exchange ten billion trillion atoms. The air we breathe connects us with every living thing that has ever taken a breath, so we should be aware of this gift.
The purpose of this program is to bring awareness to breath, from our life force and vitality, our daily yoga practice, and our athletic performance. We will practice pranayama breathing exercises from Bhastrika (bellows breath), through Ujjayi, (success breath). We will apply breath work in action as it applies to the bandhas, and embrace vital energy. We will follow this up with 11 modern training and performance breathing concepts that can be applied to any yoga practice or athletic endeavor. You don’t want to show up to the studio, golf course, field, rink, etc. without these tools in your toolbox.
You take approximately seventeen thousand breaths each day which over a lifetime totals about 500 million breaths. Your breathing supports every experience you have ever had from that first inhale to the last exhale. Breath is life! Make it count!
Comming soon..! Performance Breathing class for athletes, and recreational sports enthusiasts, as well as a Mobility fusion class, using concepts from Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and common sense..!
I’m off to the CPTN Conference this weekend, starting Thursday.. cutting edge training seminars, world class instruction. Looking forward to sharing the knowledge in future blogs.. http://www.cptn.com/
I read this article by Tias Little in the Yoga Journal, it is a good reminder to be mindful in your training program, and yoga practice. Knowing your body, not working to the point of “strain”, and working within your smart goals are extemely important.
Staying injury free is paramount when enjoying the activities we love. I personally have been battling with a “turf toe” injury from surfing. These set backs can weigh on you when you are attempting to maintain a consistent training program. Injuries in sporting activities are bound to happen, but it is within our control to avoid injury when training.. So train smart be mindful in your yoga practice..
Flexibility and Injury
I’m naturally very flexible. But a teacher once told me that flexible people are more likely to become injured than people with stiff muscles. Why is this true? If I’m naturally flexible and the asanas require flexibility, then how do I prevent injury?
—Hope, Northampton, MA
Tias Little’s reply:
It may be the case that very flexible students become injured in yoga practice, although it is not a given. Students with a lot of mobility may be unstable in their joints. That is, the tendons and ligaments that ensheath the joint can be loose, giving the appearance of hyperextension or “double-jointedness.”
For people who fall into this category, their yoga practice should focus on building greater stability around the joints, rather than straining and, ultimately, injuring them. This is done primarily by practicing poses that put weight on the hyper-mobile joint, and then strengthening the tissue (tendons, ligaments, and muscle) that surrounds it. An example is Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). Look at your standing leg to be sure that your upper thigh is aligning above your shin and not bowing out. Once you are in alignment, secure the knee joint by engaging the attachments around the joint. This is akin to a “bandha” wherein the tendons latching onto the joint are made stronger by contraction. This bandha-like action around your joints will prevent the joint from hyperextending.
For flexible yogis, it is necessary to safeguard against “sitting in the joints” —an expression I use to indicate laxity in the muscle and tendon around the joint. Because of their natural excess mobility flexible students may not even know that they are sitting in the joints. So, coming out of the joints and building strength can be difficult to feel because students are so accustomed to being lax (and therefore appear flexible) in their soft tissues. In fact, these students may even be encouraged for their flexibility when in fact it is not good for their joints. “Soft” tissues become even softer!
Often students with considerable flexibility have inherited their body type from a parent or grandparent, so the mobility is felt deeply, and in a historically sense. For students with extreme elasticity, it can more difficult to learn to pull back than it is for students whose bodies require them to extend out without restriction. Therefore, it could be said that it is less likely for stiff students to injure themselves.
From: The Yoga Journal By Tias Little
Starting June 7th of 2011, I will be teaching a SportYoga program in cooperation with Eternal Hot Yoga. The first series will be limited to 10 people, 8 classes, running Tuesday and Thursday Nights @ 6:30 pm, for four weeks. The cost is $120.00. Classes will last around 75-90 mins. long. These sessions are designed as a conditioning program for those interested in keeping their competitive edge, or inhancing and prolonging their recreational sporting activity.
SportYoga Up Your Game..!
SportYoga is a hybrid conditioning program fusing Yoga with innovative endurance and strength training methods. A flowing vinyasa style will take you through a series of athletic strength, balance, and endurance movements. The poses and movements in this program are designed to provide a full body workout, adding a connection to breath, focus, and increased range of motion. Regardless of age, level of flexibility or specific sport, this program will help you achieve at your level.
Competitive or recreational, enjoying your sport to the fullest is the goal. It is our goal in developing this program that we can help you to the next level, and aid you in achieving your personal fitness objectives.
Bart Wagar .. Zenfit