NEW YOGA CLASS AT LONGWAVE YOGA
Warm Deep Stretch w/ Angela David
We are so excited to introduce a new class to the Longwave Yoga schedule. Our very own Angela David has designed Warm Deep Stretch on Wednesdays at 10:00am. This all-levels class is a great addition for yogis and athletes to balance regular cardiovascular and strength training exercise. Angela has offered to share her inspiration for and insights about her new class in our latest blog! Read below to learn more about her new class:
An active lifestyle offers many benefits, such as increased strength, endurance, and cardiovascular conditioning. But along with these benefits, sometimes, the intensity of exercise can take a toll on the body. Repetitive movements and demands placed upon the muscles and joints can potentially lead to overuse injuries, chronic pain, and decreased mobility. For example, when the piriformis muscle, which runs from the sacrum to the thigh bone, becomes tight, it can press against the sciatic nerve causing pain. For many runners and athletes, this is a common occurrence. Though the benefits of exercise outweigh the side effects, this is just one example of many that underscores how exercise can create tension in the body. And beyond the experience in the physical body, tightness in the hips, back, shoulders, and neck can manifest as psychological stress.
Having personally experienced tightness and pain from vigorous activity, I was inspired to create Warm Deep Stretch. This class is designed to release tension though a union of gentle movement, Yin-based asana, and self-myofascial release techniques. Yin yoga is a breath centered practice that targets the connective tissues in the body through long, deep, passive holds. While self-myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that uses props such as foam blocks or tennis balls to relieve tension in the fascia. This technique is designed to relieve pain, enhance recovery, and improve mobility. Combined, these practices balance the intensity of regular activity and exercising, leaving the body feeling more easeful and open.
In this class, I aim to create space for each person to explore sensation. Even more, I hope to offer the practitioner the opportunity to investigate and learn where and why he or she experiences congestion in the body and mind. This practice is guided, but the depth and intensity of stretch, and to some degree, areas targeted for release, are ultimately determined by the individual. This process of investigation empowers the practitioner, and leads to a greater understanding of the mind body connection.
Click HERE to register for Warm Deep Stretch.