Cross training is a valuable fitness approach that is loosely defined as any incorporation of exercises varying from your traditional training or sports program. Most of the time, you’ll think about cross training if you want to reduce the risk of injury, increase weight loss, improve overall fitness, or just break free from the mental boredom of other activities in your routine. One example of cross training is barre. It’s not a foreign concept to most people who love health and fitness. But have you considered how barre can help you achieve these same benefits when strategically used as a form of cross training?Read More
For fitness fanatics, there is no shortage of workout trends to try. From HIIT to crossfit, and kickboxing to Zumba, the world of exercise is filled with endless variety! Even within specific niche workouts such as yoga, there are a variety of choices that suit all ages and fitness levels - Bikram, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga and Restorative - just to name a few. In the yoga world, one style that has gained popularity is Aerial Yoga, which offers many of the same benefits as other yoga styles… and also some additional benefits.
Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘yogic sleep’, is becoming widely popular due to the significant benefits thatstressed individuals are experiencing through it. Yogic sleep is a guided form of meditation that takes you to a point just above sleep, and anyone can do it. It takes you to a point where your body can experience true relaxation. In this day in age, most individuals never get out of fight-or-flight mode, activating the heightened stress response in the body. Between working, raising a family, the stresses of everyday life, and trying to work on yourself, everything is stressing us out on a cellular level- all the time!
How Many Runners Practice Yoga Today?
According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (conducted by the Yoga Journal, Yoga Alliance and Ipsos Public Affairs) there are 36.7 million people practicing yoga and 79% of those people also engage in running, cycling or weight lifting. Why? Yoga is just flat out good for you, it can increase flexibility, strength, athletic performance and decreases stress. Check out the report for more information regarding how Americans view yoga and what motivates them to practice this ancient technique.Read More
Practicing and teaching at the Village
Let's talk about flexibility. why is it so important?Read More
If someone were to ask me, "why do yoga?" My deepest answer would be "because it's essential." It's like asking "why water?" or "why food?" But that may seem a bit lofty and elusive, especially for new practitioners or those just considering walking into a studio for the first time.Read More
Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
(BUTI Yoga Style/Half Bound Lotus Intense Stretch Posture Variation)Read More
(Extended Side Angle Pose)
Samantha Lang - DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Yoga TeacherRead More