Start where you are! Basic level classes help you cultivate power in your legs and core while practicing basic yoga poses. These classes will help you open up areas of tightness such as hips and shoulders with attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Get moving with basic Sun Salutations sequences and receive detailed instruction from your teacher to build a strong foundation for your yoga practice.
How to build muscle strength through Yoga
As more and more people catch on to the health benefits of Yoga it’s becoming more apparent that yoga is an art and an exercise which carries many different uses for the body – including relaxation, increased flexibility and strength. Unfortunately, many people are still unaware of that third benefit, and overlook yoga as a way of building up and toning your muscles. To help with this, we’ve put together a list of the best ways to build up muscle strength through yoga. Each of these exercises work well in conjunction with muscle building exercises.
For a start, there is the triangle pose, where you stand with your legs splayed into a triangle, arms stretched out fully and bent to the side and the waist so that one hand brushes the floor. This helps with exercises such as the deadlift and the kettlebell windmill.
Then there is the extended side angle pose, where you bend forward on one knee, with your other leg stretched out behind you, one arm touching the ground and the other reaching up to the sky. This helps with lengthening your lats, as well as any squatting patterns.
One of the most famous yoga poses is the Downward Facing Dog. Here, you stand on your mat, with your feet and hands flat on the ground and your back and legs completely straight into a triangle shape. This will lengthen your back and decompress your spine whilst strengthening your Achilles tendon.
You will need a table or other form of support for the low pyramid rose. Here you stand with your legs splayed out one in front of the other whilst you bend forward, back straight, your arms stretched out ahead of you onto a support or table. This stretches your hamstrings and your IT band – if you’re a cyclist then this exercise is an absolute must.
It’s no surprise that the warrior poses are ideal for building up muscle strength. To do a warrior 1 pose, stand with your back straight, arms in the air and stretch forward on to one leg, with your other leg stretched out behind you. This will help to strengthen your thoracic extension, along with your hip and shoulder flexion.
When taking any kind of exercise, it is always important to take breaks, so as not to over exert yourself. If you’re on an exercise break, there are numerous things you can do to keep you occupied, including read a book, call a friend, or play and win money on bingo sites with low wagering requirements Whatever you do, make sure it’s nice and relaxing so that you can get the full benefits and rest that you need – particularly if you are using these in conjunction with higher impact exercise which may exert your muscles further.
Beginner Yoga/Slow Flow
A slow yoga class incorporating basic postures to build a strong foundation and gain confidence. Rediscover your body, how it works, and what it can do for you. Class gives you the time and support to understand the proper alignment of yoga postures and breathing technique. A perfect class for those new to yoga or students wanting to slow down during the week.
Total Hip Flow
A class that helps to restore alignment and posture and keep your body injury free. Basic flowing yoga poses prepare your body and build heat, then blend longer held poses with core strengthening exercises to release the hips, back and mind.
Yin Yoga Stretch
A deep release and restorative approach to the yoga practice. Yin offers long, meditative holds to open, strengthen, and heal the deep connective tissues of the the body. With a focus on the areas of the hips and low back, release stress and tension throughout the entire body, creating physical and mental balance.