(AGES 12 & UP)
Why I Teach This Class
After suffering a significant spinal injury in my mid-twenties, I was in pain all the time. My range of motion was severely limited and I was told by multiple doctors that my career in the martial arts was over. I tried years of traditional and alternative treatments and saw very little improvement so I decided to try yoga.
Under the guidance of some very skilled, alignment-focused instructors, I experienced dramatic changes in my pain level, my mobility, and my outlook. Not only was I able to regain my flexibility and strength, but I also became aware of how habits such as uneven posture and hyperextension of joints were causing wear and tear on my body that would cause me pain in the future.
Seeing the positive effects this type of training had on our taekwondo students with injuries, and those working to improve their strength and flexibility, I decided to bring these skills to a larger community.
In addition to my 5 years of yoga training, I have 15 years of martial arts experience, and a lifelong passion for fitness. My aim is to teach a class that will help others to build up their bodies in a way that will allow them move without pain and restriction for a lifetime.
I really appreciate the manner in which Tori designs her classes.
AS ADULTS, WITH SO MANY DEMANDS ON OUR BODIES AND BRAINS, WE CAN FEEL WORN DOWN, IMBALANCED, AND GENERALLY ACHY AS WE GO THROUGH OUR DAY. SO WHAT ARE WE MISSING? A SELF-CARE ROUTINE!
TAKE THE TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO BE KIND TO YOURSELF WHILE ALSO FORTIFYING YOUR BODY AND FINDING ROOM TO BREATHE.
JOIN US FOR AN HOUR OF BREATH FOCUSED, ALIGNMENT-DRIVEN YOGA ASANA (POSES), PILATES INSPIRED CORE WORK, AND A FEW MINUTES TO LAY COMFORTABLY AND JUST BE.
So how will this class help me?
In order for our bodies to function optimally, they need to be strong and stable with supple muscles and joints.
Traditional training methods tend to focus on strength or cardiovascular fitness to the detriment of flexibility and proper alignment, which can lead to joint pain and injury.
In this class we will focus on stability, flexibility, and mobility. Through core strengthening and conscious movement we create stable spines and joints. We then use yoga inspired stretching and breath work to make our muscles longer and improve our range of motion in our joints. As an added benefit, we will calm our minds and soothe our nervous systems with short meditations at the beginning and end of class.
When: 8-9pm Tuesdays &Thursdays
Who can attend: Everyone 12 years and older. All shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are welcome
Cost: $10 per class for family members of current Navarrete's taekwondo students; $15 per class for everyone else.
NBBA Families: 5 Classes for $50; 10 for $90
General Public: 5 classes for $75; 10 for $135
*First-time students can try a class for $10 before deciding which package they'd like to purchase
The ability to control the movement and position of the muscles of the central 'core' of the body which are responsible for posture and limb movement. These include the muscle groups of the lower back and abdomen. Good core stability will allow the sportsman/woman to maximize their sporting performance and minimize injury risk. A well-conditioned core will control and increase the power of muscle movement, resulting in more efficient and coordinated limb movement and limiting potential injury by excessive or abnormal loads. Core stability is improved through a regular and repeated exercise program.
Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine by Churchill Livingstone © 2008 Elsevier Limited. All rights reserved.
Without adequate flexibility, daily activities such as getting out of bed, lifting a child, or squatting to pick something up can become more difficult to do. In addition, inadequate flexibility can affect your athletic performance by preventing you from reaching the full potential, strength, and power of your muscles.
Flexibility is defined as the range of motion of your joints or the ability of your joints to move freely. It also refers to the pliability of your muscles, which allows for more movement around the joints.
Like any other skill, flexibility takes time to develop, but with regular practice you can reach your flexibility goals no matter where you start.
Often flexibility and mobility are used interchangeably, but there are significant practical differences between the two. Having flexible hips does not mean that you will necessarily be able to do a deep squat. Mobility includes the concepts of strength, alignment, coordination and balance as well as flexibility. In essence, mobility can be measured in the ability to move without restriction. For our purposes, we will be doing exercises that develop control throughout a wide range of motion while focusing on good form.