The way I teach
Yoga for no Yogi blends different yoga styles following a scientific approach while considering our individual wellness goals, our body type, age, and emotional state. We modify poses considering personal physical limitations and arrange them to achieve the most benefits from the practice.
Increase your cardiovascular capacity
Some sessions include very brief periods of fast movements to increase our heart rate to maximal levels, and a few of these short “maximal efforts” improves our cardiorespiratory system just as mid-intensity physical activity does but in a fraction of the time.
The correct modification of a standing or balancing pose can safely bring a set of muscles to maximum levels of contraction. Such muscle stimulus, followed by proper resting times and a healthy diet, has proven to generate new muscle tissue.
Part of the practice focuses on active stretching of the muscles, which is known to be one of the most effective ways to develop flexibility. As you become more flexible, muscles lengthen and contract simultaneously. Flexibility is linked to joint stability and shorter recovery periods.
Increase your mobility
Over time, we tend to become stiffer, narrowing the motion range of our joints, which in the long term can lead to chronic pain. Prolonged passive poses but minimum stress to the joints will maintain and develop our mobility.
Calm and focus your mind
More than ever before, we feel stressed out and mentally fatigued. Currently, we live in an environment that constantly overstimulates our senses. In consequence, we are bound between moderate states of anxiety and depression, with notable effects on our mental health. However, different yogic techniques tap into the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, responsible for our alert and rest response, respectively. The correct stimulus of both systems during a yoga session brings balance to our emotional response, creating a state of calmness and acute mind concentration that remains after the practice.
For more information on how the Yoga for no Yogi practice works and how to develop a personal practice, you can check my guide to Yoga here.