Right now our balance at the gym is out of funk. The yin to our yang is missing. Something just doesn’t feel right. Thankfully, we think we’ve figured out the problem…
All of our current classes are high octane. They’re specifically created to cause a huge metabolic disturbance. Every class, from start to finish, is go-go-go. It’s full throttle 100% of the time. No stopping. No braking. It’s like everyone is drinking red bull for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
That’s a problem. In fitness, just like in life, balance is the key to longevity. Too much of anything isn’t healthy, even exercise. We’ve made that mistake at Ageless. We’ve completely ignored the opposite end of the fitness spectrum: relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We’ve become really good at taking our bodies almost to the point of exhaustion, but we’ve failed at aiding in their recovery. That is, until now.
Yog-E: How it’s different from bootcamp
- We focus on quality not quantity
- Exercises are counted with breaths, not repetitions
- We avoid exhaustion like it’s the Bubonic Plague.
- Form is key.
- Breathing is the most important aspect of the exercise.
Yog-E: Its goals
- Improve mobility in the thoracic spine, hips, and ankles.
- Breathe properly via the diaphragm
- Restore tissue length and minimize adhesions to facilitate proper recovery
- Teach proper, basic movement patterns, specifically the hip hinge, squat, and pushup
- Improve the ability to meditate and relax.
Yog-E: What to expect
Each class will be 30-40 minutes in length. We’ll start each class with a quick 5 minute dynamic warmup. The initial 5 minutes will probably be the most intense part of the class. You may even break a sweat. Once we’re warmed up, we’ll spend 5-10 minutes working on proper breathing patterns and meditation. Once we become proficient in the proper diaphragmatic breathing we’ll move into 15-20 minutes of slow wave stretching and poses. Once we become loose and hopefully gain mobility, we’ll finish the class with a few core exercises designed to challenge our basic movement patterns (squat, hip hinge, pushup). There will be progressions and regressions for each movement pattern so that every fitness level will have an exercise that is appropriate for them.
If at any time you lose the ability to breathe properly or become extremely tense during the class, you’ll go back to the breathing portion of the class to relax.
After the first few classes, and once everyone becomes comfortable with the flow of Yog-E, the sessions will be candlelit with relaxing music and incense. Our goal is minimize as much instruction as possible so that you can really focus on listening to your own body, as opposed to listening to someone else tell you how your body is supposed to feel. This is about you, not us. Your body is your temple!
What Yog-E Is Not
It is not true yoga. These are basic classes that focus on flexibility, mobility, and stability. We primarily use yoga’s breathing and meditative strategies, while focusing more on stretches, mobility exercises, and fundamental movement pattern exercises as opposed to yoga poses. 99% of us cannot and should not use the majority of yoga poses that we see in the magazines. You won’t see any of the poses shown below:
So if you’re looking for a true yoga class, this is not for you.
This class also isn’t designed to help you lose weight. You will not burn a lot of calories while taking this class. Our priorities are on moving better and feeling better. When you leave this class, we want you refreshed and rejuvenated, not exhausted. If you are just interested in losing weight, go to our bootcamp classes.
Yoge-E When and Where
Yog-E will be on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30. Right now, our class is full at 12 members. Because of the hands-on nature of the class, as well as the focus on quality, we have to limit its size. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please still sign the sheet up front. I’m sure we’ll have members drop out over the next month.