Yoga and Pilates at La Mariposa
La Mariposa truly understands the benefit and popularity of both yoga and pilates classes. So we put together a very extensive and high quality program. It includes five different types of Yoga, traditional pilates and tai chi courses, a bodyball conditioning course, and a combination yoga/pilates/tai chi course called Powerflow. Our yoga class offering covers all levels and include: standard yoga, gentle yoga, power yoga, core yoga, and multi-level yoga.
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga and Flexibility When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility. Our yoga courses incorporate a series of yoga poses called asanas that work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases lactic acid that builds up with muscle use, which may cause stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. Yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome of yoga practice is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. This includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter the level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.
Yoga and Strength All styles and levels of yoga can provide strength and endurance benefits. Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. This becomes crucial as people age. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.
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