Yoga and the Spinning® program are natural complements to one another. They’re similar in that both have a mental and a physical component.
Teaching the physical part of the Spinning class is easy. It is the mental aspect that is often more challenging. The purpose of yoga is to develop self awareness. Therefore, combining yoga and Spinning enables us to introduce the mental component with ease.
When we use breathing and/or a flowing sequence of yoga poses (asanas) as a warm-up, we can establish a mind/body connection that can carry over into the ride. Using asanas as the cool-down keeps us focused on our bodies while we stretch the muscles used during the ride.
THE ROOM Abu Dhabi is hosting a Spinning + Yoga class on November 12th at 4.30 pm. Call us on 02/ 4444 945 to book.
Objectives of the class
• Discover why yoga and the Spinning® program work well together.
• Learn a sun salutation sequence and breathing exercises for a yoga
• Learn asanas that will stretch the cycling muscles.
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Yoga. It’s so much more than just colorful leggings and contorting one’s body into a pretzel.
Yoga is a comprehensive system for overall health and well-being. It utilizes many tools to help strengthen the body, increase flexibility, and calm the mind.
The tools of yoga work especially well when it comes to understanding and responding to chronic stress. In a world that often feels chaotic and out of control, yoga can help bring you to a place of balance, awareness, and ease.
Here are 5 ways yoga helps reduce anxiety and manage stress:
It relaxes & strengthens the nervous system
When we experience chronic stress, our sympathetic nervous system (the “fight or flight” response) is in full force. Over time, this can do a lot of damage to our health. The yoga practice helps shift this dominance by utilizing calming and restorative techniques, which are mediated by the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and restore” response) to bring the body back into balance.
It leads to slower and deeper breathing
How many times have we been told to “take a deep breath” or “breathe and count to 10” when we’re upset? Intentionally slowing and deepening the breath calms the body and the mind. In time, the breath becomes more consistent and efficient.
It increases blood flow and reduces tension in the body
Yoga postures (asanas) effectively improve circulation and blood flow throughout the entire body, reducing muscle tension and tightness. Major muscles such as the hips, which are often neglected sitting on the couch or at a desk, get relief through the practice of yoga.
It helps “clear” the mental clutter
Yoga teaches you how slow down the fluctuations of the mind. By focusing on a posture or on your breath, you focus your awareness. Off the yoga mat, this awareness can help you respond less aggressively to situations that would normally trigger you.
It leads to healthier habits and rituals
Your yoga practice is for you. You are in the driver’s seat and you are responsible for your own healing. As you build a stronger awareness of your body, you tend to make healthier choices in your daily life. You might start to eat better or sleep more regularly. You become less anxious and more at peace.
The best part? All of these benefits (and there are many more) overlap! If you change your breathing, you change your nervous system. If you settle and focus your mind, you are more likely to make more informed, healthy choices. And the benefits only grow with continued practice!
Maybe the best answer for that is asking yourself : “What is Contrology”
“Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates involves a series of dynamic movements designed to strengthen the body’s core. It also aims to improve flexibility of the spine and joints. If your center is strong and flexible, all types of movement are easier to perform.
Why Pilates is important for cyclists?
Cycling doesn’t use all of the body’s muscles, but it does require strength, flexibility and balance. Cyclists tend to have highly developed legs, but don’t pay much attention to upper body muscles. Most cyclists have weak glutes and tight hips and Pilates will be here as a great complement to the Spinning programs. Also that will be the great reason to visit Pilates Workshop and check how you can improve these small disadvantages.
What does strong core do for cyclists?
Exercising Pilates you’ll develop strength in the deep intrinsic muscles of abdomen and spine taking pressure of the superfascial muscles. Initially more core strength will help support lower back. It will improve muscle flexibility, posture (all cyclists usually have quite rounded shoulders) and balance. Pilates will lead you to become more self-aware of what your body is doing – on and off the bike. This awareness allows you to correct the things that will increase your speed and power and enjoyment on the bike.
What we will do and learn in the Workshop?
Learn benefits of Pilates workout specifically related to Cyclist:
Learn and find neutral spine in different positions of our body
Learn difference between neutral and imprinted position of spine and pelvis
Find out what are the principles of Pilates
Correct the posture, prevent injuries and find the best exercises to improve your ride
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.