How's it going? Have you been loving the new studio as much as we have? We've been on such a buzz seeing your faces more often and hope your bodies are thanking you for it too! Motion is lotion and if you don't use it you lose - so keep up the good work!
We've got lots planned in the calendar coming up! Burlesque starts this week, and we have an essential oils workshop on Friday the 18th of August. I can't wait to share with you how these oils have kept me bug-free all winter! Keep an eye out for more events coming soon.
Joanna, one of our Yoga instructors, has also written a fabulous article for us explaining the benefits of Yoga and how it can help enhance your training and everyday life. Be sure to get into one her or Kate's classes and give it a go.
I look forward to seeing you all in the studio again this week as we embark on week four in our new space.
xx Alyssa | Director
Essential Oil of the Month: Lemon
We're diffusing Lemon this month in the studio which not only smells good, but it offers physical and mental benefits as well.
This top selling doTERRA essential oil, Lemon, has multiple benefits and uses. This powerful oil can be used aromatically, internally, and topically and can be easily incorporated into an everyday routine.
Interested in learning more? Join us for our doTERRA Essential Oil Workshop on Friday the 18th of August at 5:30 pm.
Let's Dance Burlesque!
Burlesque starts this week and space is limited. We're now offering two levels of Burlesque this term - Level 1 for those who are new and wanting to learn the basics, and Level 2 for those who have been working with us for a few terms and are ready to take their dancing to the next level.
Yoga for Everyone
"I was soooooo excited to see that Yoga was going to be introduced at Aligned Movement. I'd done some years ago but hadn't really settled into it. I was interested to see what Vinyasa was all about and the timetable was perfect with classes starting the working week and ending it. (I have quite a stressful job!!)
As a newbie I was a little nervous, I struggle with balance and core strength but Kate supports me and I've found my strength and stamina is increasing and I'm able to hold positions after a few weeks that I couldn't at the start. I love the flow of the movements, it is a complete workout grounding you mentally whilst working every muscle in your body!" - Charlotte L.
Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years, and it does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and relaxation. There are many different forms of yoga. You can choose from dynamic styles like Ashtanga yoga and Power yoga that consist of a rigorous flowing series of poses synchronized with breath. Alternatively, Bikram yoga is a set series of 26 static poses performed in a hot room. Iyengar focuses primarily on anatomical precision and alignment, while Anusara is a tantric-based system that combines alignment with awareness of energy flow. Finally, there are restorative styles, which feature longer holds. In my opinion, EVERY body – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice.
I’d go so far as to say that if you’re not practicing yoga, you’re living at a disadvantage. Homemakers, marathon runners and of course the average everyday gym goer have found yoga to be an invaluable addition to their everyday exercising. Just going to the gym and lifting weights or taking fitness clases, you might build strength, but it would be at the expense of your flexibility. However, properly practiced, yoga can improve every part of your life, by increasing flexibility, reducing stress and also promoting overall health and wellness. Giving you the energy to deal with not only yourself but also your family.
Yoga dramatically improves circulation, digestion, and increases your efficiency of motion making your everday actions easier. Using yoga to improve body movements and awareness reduces the risk of injury, both in self training, cleaning, caretaking and more. Another little-appreciated but significant benefit for everyone is improved recovery. By enhancing circulation yoga allows muscles to process byproducts more quickly, speeding healing time and re-growth. Making those long days or good workouts hurt less and less over time.
Many sports, such as cycling and running, and just plain life actions have very repetitive movements, and these activities can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints leading to overuse injuries, sore lower backs and headaches. For instance, tight hamstrings and hip flexors from sitting all day or doing repeatative squates can cause lower back pain. Yoga helps alleviate this tightness, builds a stronger center, and aligns the spine. Even if you stretch pre- or post-workout,or at the end of your day most of the time you still only stretch the muscles in the same direction they have been exercising or moving throughout the day.
Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion--activating the little-used muscles that support the the body. The body needs to be worked through all three planes of motion in order to remain balanced and healthy. In addition to the above, yoga’s been clinically proven to improve immune function, balance hormones and improve stress management, all of which is extremely beneficial to everyone. They have also found that by returning the body to its proper alignment you can improve your physical capacity for exercise making it easier to maintian a regular exercise pratice.
Finally, regular practice dramatically enhances your clarity and focus. Practiced regularly, yoga can give you the awareness and mindfulness you need to take both your training and tolorance of family to the next level. Put together; you can see why so many people have come to consider yoga every bit as indispensable to their lives and daily exercise.
by Joanna Noll
Vinyasa Yoga @ 5:00 pm
Restorative Yoga @ 6:15 pm
"Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don't like them." - Stacy London