Yogalates is definitely the meeting place of east and west because it effectively merges the ancient practice of Yoga from the east with the core-stabilising, posture-enhancing dynamics of Pilates from the west.
It caters for different body types, ages and abilities and supports postural alignment and overall wellbeing. Postures are taught with the awareness of stability in the joints and progression from a preparation stage, gently increasing the load and effort so that everyone has an option to suit their body and fitness level. It’s an opportunity to relax and de-stress by practising renowned restorative Yoga techniques combined with the very best of Pilates resulting in greatly improved wellbeing. In fact the Yogalates method is on the referral base from health practitioners including GPs, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths.
A regular Yogalates session will include exercises and poses (asana) to cultivate strength, stamina, stability and flexibility with particular attention paid to building tone in the deeper postural “core” muscles. These protect the spine against injury, support the internal organs and foster pelvic and spinal awareness to promote good posture. Equipment such as blocks, resistance bands (which replicate the resistance training of the Pilates machines), weights, fit balls and foam rollers may also be utilised to further enhance strength and balance.
Poses (asana) are one of eight limbs of Yoga. The other seven include aspects such as cultivation of life force (pranayama) often known as breathing exercises, meditative practices to quieten the mind and develop concentration and ethical guidelines to support appropriate conduct both on and off the mat so that the practice is both self-nurturing and in turn also benefits others. In Yogalates the eight limbs of yoga are implemented making it a holistic approach which aims to bring about balance and unity in body, mind and spirit.
Yogalates is suitable for all ages and is a very safe and accessible making it ideal for sufferers of back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and a range of other health conditions. It is particularly beneficial for post-natal women. The emphasis is on strengthening the pelvic floor, body strengthening and releasing, breathing and full relaxation.
As an exercise it is excellent for developing general tone and fitness whilst encouraging a connection that soothes the nervous system, releases stress, aids relaxation and instils an inner calm.
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