Yoga benefits everyone! Regardless of your shape, size, or ability, yoga builds strength and flexibility. Most workouts encourage pushing yourself to achieve an improved level of fitness. Yoga encourages you to move into poses within your own range of motion, anatomy, and body size without forcing. Yoga also encourages body awareness and many people find that vinyasa flow gets them out of their thinking mind and into their feeling body.
At Solfire, your yoga teachers will encourage you to pay attention to what you need—to challenge yourself when you need a challenge, and to take rest when you need rest.
I can’t do yoga because I’m not…
- flexible enough
- in shape
- thin enough
For many of us, when it comes to our bodies, we tell ourselves we’re not “enough.” We compare ourselves to others. We judge ourselves. We deem ourselves incapable. Here’s the thing—you are capable and worthy, just as you are. If you show up on your mat, if you breathe, if you pay attention to you on your mat, you’re doing yoga! Yoga is a practice—not a destination and there is no experience required. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
Yoga for Athletes: Focus, Balance, Strength and Flexibility
The mental benefits that yoga offers—learning to stay present, managing stressful situations with breath, not being tied to the outcome—are invaluable to ALL athletes, professional or recreational. They are also invaluable to the human race! The pressure for athletes on the field or court and managing the emotion of winning or losing requires focus, perspective, and calm. Yoga helps train athletes to focus on the present moment using their breath and can eliminate the mind’s tendency to scatter in high pressure situations.
Training your brain is just part of what yoga can do for athletes. Yoga also provides physical benefits– a balance of strength and flexibility in all the different muscle groups—particularly important for athletes who may overuse or underuse various muscles. The repetition of certain key motions—winding up for a softball pitch, landing after a volleyball jump serve, dribbling the soccer or basketball, the forward motion of running—all of these can result in an imbalance of strength in the body. This imbalance may contribute to repetitive aches and pains, injury and less efficiency in your sport. Yoga brings your body back into balance by making overused muscles more supple and underused muscles stronger.
YOGA FOR ALL: Peace. Perspective Balance. Strength. Flexibility
The mental benefits that yoga offers—learning to stay present, managing stressful situations with breath, not being tied to the outcome—all of these tools are valuable to all humans! Most of us lead busy lives and many of us may experience pressure and stress at work, in our families or simply driving in traffic around town. Yoga helps us to recognize our emotion and can bring perspective, and calm. Yoga helps us to focus on the present moment using breath and movement and can eliminate the mind’s tendency to scatter from all we take on in our Western world. Physically and emotionally yoga provides an opportunity for us to grow strong, flexible, and balanced in our physical bodies. Yoga also improves our mental and emotional state as well. Studies even show that yoga can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and physical ailments such as arthritis.