Anyone and everyone can do yoga. At Casa Calm, we adapt the practice to you and your needs.
What Is Yoga?
Yoga is exercise. The level of effort is up to you.
Why Do Yoga?
Yoga differs from other forms of exercise in that it's a more systemic approach. For example, to perform a yoga pose, you employ a wider range of muscle groups than you do during typical daily activity or most other forms of exercise. Why does this matter? In yoga, we recruit rarely used muscles for the purpose of strengthening those areas. Over time, when these areas become strong, you have more muscles available for your use. As a result, there is less strain on any one area of your body (like your lower back and knees). Having more use of your whole body will also increase your range of motion (otherwise known as flexibility).
The human body has about 650 muscles. In other words, even if you feel strong and active, there are many muscles you've probably been neglecting. Common movements, such as walking and lifting, employ the same few muscle groups repeatedly. This means you're strengthening some muscles, while other muscles become weak and atrophy. What you're left with is an imbalance. When this occurs, the limited active portion of your muscular system must bear the load of the whole body, thereby leaving you vulnerable to chronic pain and injury, not to mention limited range of motion. Yoga removes these disproportions. It brings the body into balance and to its fullest potential. This is why professional athletes, such as football and baseball players, now do yoga.
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Is Yoga Relaxing?
In the same way that taking a long walk is relaxing, yes, it is. The body is meant to be moved. When you move your body, it's happier and more relaxed. When you move your body in directions it hasn't moved in a long time, like we do in yoga, your body is much happier and much more relaxed.
Move a muscle, change a feeling.
New to Yoga?
Great! Suggestion: Wear comfortable clothing. We'll do the rest.