This class seamlessly blends Resistance Bands into a Hatha yoga practice. The aim is to help you feel stronger, more confident and more at home in your body.
You’ll build strength, stability, tone & flexibility, safely and progressively, with the unique added feedback and assistance of Resistance bands, and other props.
Most importantly, this is still a Yoga Class (it's not a “fitness class’). You can expect plenty of heart and soul, and not just ‘meat and bones’.
Whilst challenge is implicit (delivered at your own pace and within your own scope and range) the practice is Mindful, Nurturing, Fun, & Explorative.
You’ll deeply release tension and feel lighter, relaxed, re-invigorated and refreshed after each class, and during ‘in-class segments’. Each class starts with a Guided grounding Meditation and ends with a Guided Yoga Nidra or Relaxation.
Why combine Resistance Bands with Yoga?
We often use props in Yoga to make poses more accessible and sustainable.
Resistance bands, although not a traditional Yoga prop, offer a unique support and beneficial experience – providing bi-directional resistance/load and reciprocal assistance (support) within the practice.
Resistance bands provide constant tensile feedback, and as we move with or against the bands, our nervous system gets more feedback and sensory input than in traditional Yoga Asana (physical) practice. This helps to both build strength and stability, whilst improving motor control – a proven way to reduce pain.
Inclusion of Resistance bands in the also class helps build flexibility, as the bands guide you in and out of stretches (great if you’re feeling ‘tight’), and builds Stability (essential to avoid injury if you’re hyper-mobile).
Additional Benefits of Resistance Bands
- Applies principles of biomechanics to meet individual students’ unique needs
- Changes our experience of movement and the body’s relationship to gravity, by acting as ‘external ligaments’ to provide either resistance or assistance depending on the muscles targeted in the pose
- Increases and decreases range of motion within poses, to help maximize stability and muscle force output (muscle tension.)
- Changes pose orientation to regress, progress, or work new avenues of strength within poses and exercises
- Changes the body’s lever length to progress and regress the demands of an exercise or pose
- Provides joint tractioning for improved joint congruency during movement.
- Enhances proprioception (felt awareness of body/parts position in space) globally as well as at individual joints
- Provides global feedback to the body for improved coordination of complex movement patterns, as well as enhanced motor control and balance.