Stretch and Strength
Our Stretch and Strength Program offers a variety of classes that will help you to unwind, relax, stretch, and nurture the harmony of center. With focus on flexibilty, lengthening, balance, coordination, and even strengthening… you will receive a culminated blend of moves and exercises that will promote mindfulness, alignment and centering of the mind, body and spirit.
Stretch and Strength Offers 3 Class Formats
PiYo is a total-body fitness system designed to whip you into shape from head to toe. It is inspired by the principles behind both Pilates and Yoga, helping to build strength, develop lean muscle, and increase flexibility, coordination and balance… all while having a great time flowing to the beat of some awesome music.
By combining cardio with the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates, in addition to the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga… you will see results that are effective and guaranteed to make you smile. PiYo delivers a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined.
Pilates is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core… the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt, and so on. For this reason, Pilates develops much of what exercisers need… strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture. Pilates has a much lower chance of injury than other forms of exercise. The discipline emphasizes correct form instead of going for the burn. With so many exercise variations and progressions, you may have a hard time getting bored with Pilates.
Pilates moves require you to engage virtually your whole body. At times, you may try to strengthen one muscle while stretching another. The moves take lots of concentration; you can’t simply go through the motions like you can on gym equipment. And then, for every move you think you’ve mastered, Pilates has another version that’s a little different and a little harder.
Pilates is named after its inventor, Joseph Pilates, a former carpenter and gymnast who invented the exercise for injured dancers. Many of the moves were inspired by yoga or patterned after the movements of zoo animals such as swans, seals, and big cats.
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.