Yoga / Pilates
|We offer several yoga classes for several different audiences: Yoga for Athletes, Gentle Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, and Bikram. We incorporate this into our training sessions as well, to ensure that the client is well-balanced. We offer yoga in a one-on-one (private), small group, team, or class setting.
Yoga for Athletes
You might be surprised to find that yoga makes a perfect companion for athletes of all sports. It is a great low-impact way to cross train. Cross training is necessary for athletes who do the same sport or exercise routine year-round. Yoga develops better breathing technique while it improves your balance, flexibility, core strength, and endurance. It improves focus and strengthens muscles that don’t get attention in the gym.
Based on the Hatha Yoga style. Gentle Yoga focuses on stretching and toning muscles that are often neglected. It can provide pain relief, relax stiff muscles, and ease sore joints. And best of all, Gentle Yoga is easy enough for beginners, so you can remain motivated to keep up your practice - day in and day out!
This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Anusara Yoga – (a-nu-sar-a) means “flowing with Grace,” “going with the flow,” “following your heart.” Anusara Yoga is an elegant but powerful hatha yoga system of alignment principles that is currently one of the most popular and fastest growing yoga styles in the world today.
Yoga postures flow in carefully balanced sequences. Movements are done by following the flow of the breath. Following the breathing is always quite challenging as the mind has a tendency to jump ahead. Patience and tranquility allow insight and unity with breath, this allows us to flow through Vinyasa yoga sequences and be light with the body.
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India's most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh.
The Pilates Method – is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method Contrology, because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
We incorporate yoga and mat pilates into our fitness training sessions as well, to ensure that the client is well-balanced. Yoga and mat pilates can be taught privately 1-on-1, small group, team, or class setting.
Why is Flexibility Important?
•Injury Prevention: pulled (strained) muscles and tendons, myofascial adhesions, sprained ligaments
•Rubber Band Principle: the longer our muscles are, the more force they can potentially generate
•Warming Up: lengthening the musculature in motion, before we move (dynamic or ballistic flexibility)
•Vitality and Longevity: we release tension within the body when stretching and breathing simultaneously. We can use our breath as a tool to lengthen our musculature through an increased range of motion and release tension from certain parts of the body where it is held
•Balance: an overall balance in your program
Three Types of Flexibility
•Dynamic: flexibility in motion, to be used in preparation for a training session or competition
•Ballistic: explosive stretching where a muscle group is lengthened through the full range of motion explosively, to be used by specific athletes prior to a training session or competition
•Static: holding stretches in a certain range of motion, which should be done after a training session or competition for recovery, and certain postures can be incorporated into training sessions for corework as well
These programs are available at Franco's Athletic Club, and also per your request at your respective school and facility. Let Bquick Athletic Development service your students and members by implementing a BQuick Athletic Development program today.