Weightlifting isn't the only way to build muscle! Yoga uses your natural body weight and resistance to build lean muscle mass. Yoga improves blood flow by lengthening muscle and tissue. Better blood flow = more oxygen to muscles = faster recovery. Yoga can also help prevent injuries by improving flexibility and range of motion to lengthen muscles and eliminate strains and tightness. It also gives you better awareness of your body so you can recognize issues such as poor posture.
So many men now practice yoga, from movie/TV stars, to professional athletes, to your neighbor. Whether you are athletically active or spend hours at a desk, yoga can help in numerous ways. After just a 20-minute yoga session, research found people have improved memory which assists in maintaining focus, retaining information, and more energy.
Anxious about attending your first yoga class? Here’s a suggestion – learn a few poses beforehand! Start with the basics, such as, Downward Facing Dog. Everyone has at least heard of those pose, as it is one of the most common.
How to do it:
Get on your hands and knees. Curl your toes under and push into your hands. Straighten your legs, move your shoulders back so they are no longer over your wrists and raise your back end up high. Make your body in the shape of a V. Let your head hang heavy. Bend one knee and then the other, peddling out the feet and calves. You can keep your knees bent if you can't straighten your legs. Stay for 5 breaths.
To celebrate our male students and to invite more men into our yoga world, we are offering the below:
MEN'S YOGA MONTH
October 1st - October 31st, 2019
NEXT yoga - Wheaton & Elmhurst
FREE classes for Men on:
-10/1 - 4:30p - N2
-10/8 - 6:15p - Trad. Hot
-10/18 - 6:15p - Restore
-10/21 - 4:30p - Sculpt
-10/2 - 9:30a - N2
-10/7 - 12:00p - Trad. Hot
-10/16 - 8:00p - Restore
-10/22 - 6:30p - Sculpt
For the month of October, all men also receive their first month of our BTU Membership for only $39! (originally $89).
Grab your brother, husband, friend, boyfriend, uncle, or any man in your life for some yoga! If you have any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
September is a time to celebrate all of the healthy ways yoga benefits us!
In 2008, the Department of Health and Wellness officially designated September as National Yoga Month. This annual observance is a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate your friends about the health benefits associated with yoga.
If you are a seasoned practitioner, try out a different style this month and/or help raise awareness by spreading the word to others by sharing your enthusiasm for yoga.
If you’re new to yoga, you will notice benefits soon. In one study, people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga. Yoga is for everybody – all ages, shapes, and sizes.
Benefits of yoga include:
• Increased flexibility.
• Increased muscle strength and tone.
• Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
• Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
• Weight reduction.
• Cardio and circulatory health.
• Improved athletic performance.
• Protection from injury.
When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. When you're stronger and more flexible, your posture improves as well.
Almost all yoga styles use meditation techniques to help calm the mind. Deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from daily mind struggles to finding stillness and tranquility. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure and help can also help prevent heart disease.
Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. Each person’s yoga journey is constantly evolving. Having the yoga lifestyle means committing to living mindfully. It is a wonderful practice that helps us to let go of our egos and enjoy life without judgment.
“When you do something, do it with one hundred percent of the mind. Don’t do it half way. Whatever you do, do it with full concentration. That is Yoga.”
- Swami Satchidananda
Living a well-balanced life is essential for personal growth, peace of mind and overall health. We all have responsibilities, whether it is our career, relationships, family… there are things we want to do and things we have to do. The challenge is BALANCE. This is not always easy. Too much stress can cause physical and/or emotional health consequences.
Keeping a healthy life balance can boost to your productivity and allow you to give more focus and attention to that which you love.
Remember to always to balance work with fun – laugh, joke, play! Your everyday responsibilities will become more meaningful if you’re in a good place mentally.
At NEXT yoga, we believe that yoga is for everybody and every body; all ages, all
sizes and all lifestyles can embrace the physical, mental, and healing power of yoga.
Making yoga accessible to everyone empowers students to mirror their studio practice
into their daily lives.
Balance, strength, and wellness are our priority.
Do you practice yoga to achieve physical strength, physiological health, mental health,
emotional balance, better performance at work, at home, or on the basketball court? We
are dedicated to provide an environment that meets the needs of each of our students.
NEXT yoga classes challenge students to bring their practice to new heights, on and off
the mat. Our studio and instructors’ purpose is to promote personal awareness,
confidence, and strength.
You will sweat. You will get stronger. You will be faster, leaner and healthier. We
believe that yoga is the answer to achieving your personal goals and to providing you
with overall health, peace, and well-being for the rest of your life.
It is this passion for yoga that transcends us from just giving our students a great
At the end of the day, when life has given you as much as you can take, what’s next?
It may look like you’re just standing there, but we all know that isn’t entirely true. You are manifesting something quite amazing. You are becoming aware of each part of your body and the role it plays in stacking your bones and keeping your spine long. You are improving your posture, balance, and calm focus. Tadasana is preparing you for more poses to come. It is more than just alignment and muscle movements, it is a strong mindset.
YOGA FOR RUNNERS
Yoga is the perfect compliment to your regular running routine. It helps relieve soreness and tension in your body while restoring and improving flexibility. A regular yoga practice will enhance your running performance and prevent injuries by helping your body stay balanced.
The breathing techniques/pranayama used in yoga can help you breathe steady even during your most intense parts of your run.
Sunday, August 11
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Come join Jacky for a vinyasa style yoga practice that links sun salutations with strength building poses and stretches which target areas of your body most utilized by runners.
Benefits of Yoga for Runners:
- Restores balance and symmetry to body
- Improves flexibility to prevent injury
- Increases range of motion to improve performance
- Reduces physical stress created by running
- Increases body awareness
Day of Pricing
- Wear light, comfortable clothing.
- Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink lots of water afterwards.
- Bring mat and water.
(Mat/towel rental and water for purchase at the studio.)
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It can help with managing symptoms!
· Chronic pain
· Nausea/GI distress
“In some studies, it has as good an effect as medication and lower rate of symptom recurrence.”
This is a biofeedback session at the Pain Rehabilitation Center
at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Electrodes are placed on the
patient's shoulders to measure tension prior to and then during
diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
This photo represents regular breathing. The bottom
2 graphs show tension in the right & left shoulders.
This photo shows the exact moment her diaphragmatic
breathing kicked in, which caused the tension
in her shoulders to go instantly from highly active to
a relaxed state.
"Diaphragmatic breathing has been proven to be the quickest way to reduce tension."
So how do we do it?
· Sit or lie down in a comfortable and aligned position
· Gently bring awareness to your breath
· As you breathe in, allow your abdomen to expand (minimal shoulder and chest movement)
· As you breathe out, allow abdomen to contract
· Pace your breathing – pick a count that feels comfortable and practice slowing your breath over time
Practice is key!
· It’s like brushing your teeth…
· Practice when you are calm
· Set a schedule to practice daily
· Find out what works for you
· Find a place that is relaxing and quiet
· Aim for 45 – 60 min. (because you need at least 30…)
You can take deep breathing with you because when you know how to relax, you can help reduce your symptoms anytime, anywhere!
Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness of what is. It is seeing what is around you without interpreting. It is experiencing everything that goes on around you without thoughts about value or worth.
Mindfulness is focused attention on the present moment. It is staying in the moment, rather than the future or the past. It keeps us out of unhealthy patterns of catastrophizing about the future or focusing on regretful thoughts about losses/mistakes that have already happened.
Focusing on future problems or past struggles intensifies emotions. “What if” thoughts about the future cause anxiety. Judgmental or regretful thoughts about the past can cause depression, shame, guilt. Both lead to RUMINATION and AVOIDANCE.
Why Try It?
Mindfulness targets factors that trigger emotional problems.
Rumination (worry) focuses your attention on distress and possible causes or consequence.
Whereas mindfulness keeps you in the moment and prevents time traveling.
Experiential Avoidance is the numbing of or suppressing of strong emotions.
When you are mindful, you observe how emotions rise, crest, and slowly diminish. It helps you see emotions as a single aspect of your current experience.
Mindfulness can and should be practiced both on and off your yoga mat. Give it a try!
"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
Props are our greatest tools in Restorative Yoga and there is no prop more relaxing than the sandbag! In this workshop, Casey will guide you through an incredibly calming Restorative Yoga class and while you're in each posture, an instructor will come around and place sandbags strategically on your body. The sandbag will not only encourage your body a little bit deeper into the pose, but the weight of the sandbag will calm your central nervous system helping you to relax with more ease. This workshop is for all levels!
-Reduces stress by calming the central nervous system
-Helps fight anxiety and depression
-Helps with insomnia
-Helps fibromyalgia pain
-Eases restless leg
-And so much more!
Day of Pricing
- Wear long sleeves and long pants. Make sure clothing is light and comfortable.
- Avoid eating 1 hour before and drink lots of water afterwards.
- Bring mat and water. (Mat/towel rental and water available for purchase at studio.)
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Neti-Neti meditation is a form of self-inquiry in which the practitioner searches for the location of the self.
The name, from Sanskrit origins, translates to "not this, not that," which means that he is not limited to his thoughts, body, or ego.
Through this form of meditation, the practitioner realizes that he is not tied to the things he normally identifies with, whether it be personality, thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, sensations, bodies, perceptions, will, gender, occupation, etc.
Some Simple Techniques to Try:
• Following the sounds of your breath
• Gazing at an inspiring image, candle flame or sun-gazing
• Visualization (pink bubble, heart chakra, white light, etc)
• Chanting Mantra (in head or out loud)
• Physical Focus Point (hands, third eye, heart, etc)
• Mala or Prayer Beads
• Focus on your distractions as the meditation (hear ALL of the sounds that might pull you OUT of meditation
and make those the meditation itself)
• Counting (count backwards from 100 to 1, start over anytime you lose track & get lost in thought)
• Situational Meditation (walking meditation, eating meditation, general mindfulness)