" The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space"
I first started doing yoga as part of my rehabilitation following a knee operation, in an attempt to ensure I regained full range of motion. Having never been one for stretching or going to classes I was initially apprehensive, but after a few weeks was impressed with the improvements I saw not only in my knee but in my general strength and mobility read more
A dynamic and challenging session to improve flexibility, strength and stamina. Visualisation, breathing and relaxation techniques are used to make this the complete body and mind workout.
Dynamic Balance focuses on postures that are accesible to all levels. The postures are choreographed into a challenging sequence. The session builds through upper body strengthening exercises, leg strengtheners, a twisting sequence to target core strength, balance postures, hip openers and abdominal strengtheners. The session finishes with a deep relaxation.
With its emphasis on full body conditioning and developing full range of motion Dynamic Balance is the perfect workout for athletes of all disciplines or anyone that is looking for an effective discipline for body/mind fitness.
The body is taken through its full range of movement in a continuous flowing sequence, lengthening and strengthening key muscles.
These sessions are suitable to join at any time whatever your level of experience - modifications are suggested for all postures.
Dynamic Balance sessions are very hard work so a good general level of fitness is required on which to build your strength, stamina and flexibility.
Dynamic Balance has made me aware that I need to listen to my body and mind in so many more ways than I did before. I have started to create a balance in my training and up to now it has had a positive impact on my training performance...... I think I may actually be a bit calmer now as well!! Read More
The mid torso is the area of the body around which everything circulates. This is the central point which creates stability. It has to be strong but flexible so that the peripheries of the body can align and balance around it. The postures and sequences in Dynamic Balance yoga develop this crucial area.
Athletes of all disciplines have very repetitive movements usually in one direction and in one plane of motion. This means that sportspeople develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Athletes train and perform in these set patterns day after day, which eventually lead to imbalances in the muscles and joints leading to overuse injuries. A classic example is footballers developing tight hamstrings and hip flexors which cause the body to recruit from other joints, joints not intended for bearing extra loads such as the knees and ankles.
The most common overuse injuries among athletes include those involving the iliotibial band (ITB), knee, hamstrings, hip flexors and shoulders. Often, these injuries are directly linked to lack of flexibility, poor core strength and misalignment. Dynamic Balance Yoga helps you alleviate this tightness, builds a strong centre, and an aligned and healthy spine.
Even if athletes stretch before or after a game, they are usually just stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion that replicate movement patterns in their particular sport. Dynamic Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion-activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers.
Your body must be worked through all planes of motion in order to remain balanced and healthy. Dynamic Balance Yoga works not just in the sagittal plane but, in the frontal and transverse planes as well, ensuring that you achieve well-rounded development.
The Yoga postures used in Dynamic Balance yoga poses feature twisting motions in the transverse plane, essential to opening up tight obliques and lower backs. Sequences involving balancing postures which is the most effective way to correct muscle imbalances and poor body mechanics. When your body is working more efficiently biomechanically then you begin to realise how much of a distraction and energy drain an inflexible and misaligned body has been.
A challenging class for me, but after the first couple of months, I have felt many benefits. My main sporting focus is long-distance cycling, comfort on the bike is very important to me as sometimes I spend over 20hrs in the saddle almost none stop. READ MORE
When muscles and connective tissue are lengthened it creates more room for blood to flow in. More blood brings more oxygen, which muscles need to grow and heal. Increased circulation also helps remove lactic acid which can have a corrosive effect on an your body.
BREATH IS THE KEY
Another essential element in Dynamic Balance yoga is the breathing system that accompanies the sequences. The attention to breath during yoga can be considered one of the most important benefits to your well being. Learning to stay focused and centred through challenging sequences and postures by concentrating on inhalations and exhalations sets you up to stay focused and energised in stressful situations, whether that be your sport or your everyday life.
The mind-body connection developed through the controlled breathing used in Dynamic Balance yoga is essential to helping you develop an increased ability to stay alert and concentrated throughout a game or event. In addition, Dynamic Balance yoga helps you to relax not just tight muscles, but also anxious and overstressed minds. Being more relaxed will not only help you recover quickly but also enables you to improve the quality of your sleep.
Robs Dynamic Balance sessions have massively benefited my running. I feel more physically resilient and recover from long runs really well and have avoided (serious) injury (touch wood!) Work-wise, I feel it helps me stay focused and helps me to maintain my work-life balance. Read More
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