"Only by learning how to relax the brain - can one remove stress. Stress is related to our very nerves and cells. One must learn to calm these cells and cool them down when they overheat with anxious and distracting thoughts. Keeping the brain in a receptive state is the art that Yoga teaches."
- B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga - the union of the mind, body and soul.............Yoga is practiced by all ages & abilities and although dates vary the general agreement is that the practice of Yoga is well over 5000 years old. Yoga not only promotes health and well being, but is good for relaxing the mind & stress management - definately something that everyone can use these days. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Considered to be therapeutic Yoga's uniting of the mind & body and "tools" of the practice tap into the body's own natural healing abilities to create harmony. If you are looking for better stress management -- whether to deal with life's daily hassles or a health issue -- Yoga can help.
Health Benefits Of Yoga
Stress Reduction * Increased Flexibility * Increased Range of Motion * Improved Posture * Increased Fitness/Strength/Toning of the Muscles * Management of Chronic Health Conditions * Weight Loss/Reduction * Improved Lung Capacity/Better Breathing * Lower Blood Pressure * Slow Heart Rate/Decrease Pulse Rate * Boost in Immune System Function * Increased Sense of Self-Acceptance * Improve Energy Level * Increase Spiritual Awareness * Increased Lubrication of the Joints, Ligaments, and Tendons * Massaging of the Internal Glands & Organs * Detoxification * Pain Management/Reduction * Increased Mental Calmness & Clarity * Body Awareness * Improves Concentration * Relieves Chronic Stress Patterns * Relaxes Mind & Body * Improves Memory & Attention * Improves Learning Efficiency * Gastrointestinal Funtion Normalizes * Respiratory Efficiency Increases * Decrease in Respiratory Rate * Endocrine Function Normalizes * Eye-hand Coordination Improves * Endurance Increases * Dexterity Skills Improve * Sleep Improves * Improves Balance & Steadiness * Intergrated Functioning of Body Parts * Mood and Well-being Improves * Anxiety and Depression Decrease * Improved Blood Circulation * Strengthens Lymphalic System * May Lower Blood Glucose Levels * Increase in Red Blood Cells * Reduce Migraines * Relieve Sciatica Pain * Reduces Spinal Compression/Reducing Back Pain
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body, he believed that mental & physical health are inter-related. Joseph Pilates called his method Contrology because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The Pilates Method seeks to increase the strength, flexibility, and control of the body.
Pilates philosophy follows 6 basic principles; Concentration, Control, Center, Flow, Precision, and Breathing.
- Concentration: Pilates demands focus.......you have to concentrate on what you are doing - all the time, and you must concentrate on the entire body. This is not always easy, however, in Pilates the way that the exercises are done are more important than the exercises themselves.
- Control: Nothing about Pilates is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment. All exercises are done with control with the muscles working to lift against gravity and with your own body weight. Pilates teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.
- Centering: The center is the focal point of Pilates. The group of muscles in the center of the body - encompassing the abdomen, lower & upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs - are referred to as the "Powerhouse". All movements in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse and flow outward to the limbs.
- Flow: Flow or efficiency of movement........Pilates aims for elegant sufficiency of movement, creating flowing movement outward from a strong core. The pilates technique asserts that physical energy exerted from the center should coordinate movement of the extremities.
- Precision: Precision is essential to correct pilates - to gain value of the vital benefits of pilates you must concentrate on the correct movements each time they are performed. The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many half-hearted incorrect ones. You will gain more strength from a few energetic concentrated efforts than from a thousand listless, sluggish ones.
- Breathing: Pilates attempts to properly coordinate this breathing practice with movement, including breathing instruction with each exercise. Joseph Pilates saw considerable value in increasing the intake of oxygenated blood to every part of the body; he saw this as cleansing and invigorating. In order to keep the lower abdominals close to the spine; the breathing needs to be directed laterally into the rib cage. Pilates breathing is designed as a posterior lateral breathing, meaning that the student is instructed to breathe deep into the back and sides of his or her rib cage. As the student exhales they are instructed to observe the engagement of their deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and to maintain this engagement as they inhale. "Above all learn to breathe correctly" - Joseph Pilates
You will feel different after 10 sessions..........See a difference after 20 sessions...............and Have an entirely new body after 30 sessions. - Joseph Pilates
In keeping with the principles of Pilates Ivy's classes are a contempory version - adapting the system in different ways.
Caution: In recent years the term "Pilates" has entered the mainstream. As a result, anyone trained or untrained can offer "Pilates" to the public. Consequently, you may fare extensive and conflicting information about what Pilates really is, how it works and what credentials you should seek in an instructor. Be an educated consumer, look for education as well as experience in an instructor, and ask questions if unsure about a class.
The Barre workout is a fun, full body workout set to upbeat music. It combines the best of the Lotte Berk method, Ballet technique, Pilates movement principles and Yoga to provide an energizing, dance based workout that strengthens, stretches and tones the whole body.
Classes are designed to create an overall balanced body and each exercise focuses on precise movements to strengthen specific muscle groups with proper form. Muscles are worked to fatigue to provide optimum results. Strengthening work is followed by stretches to lengthen and release tension from the fatigued muscles crating a longer and leaner body.
Many exercises in a Barre class are done standing using the support of a Barre or Chair (at the Barre) or without the Barre (center floor-work) as well as Mat Floor work targeting specific areas of the body. The use of small props such as light weights, resistance bands, and small balls will add variety to these movements.
THE RESULTS??? Leaner Thighs! A Lifted Seat! Toned Arms! Defined Abdominals!
Barre classes are designed to be fun, muscle defining & lengthening without causing stress and strain on the body. Movement principles of core activation, proper alignment and balanced muscle development form the foundation of every class. These classes are a great cross-training tool to compliment any other fitness routine increasing your strength, muscle length and flexibility and decreasing your risk of injury OR on it's own can be a quick body shaping workout! ....... Designed to produce recognizable results!!!