Friday, May 16, 2008

Power Yoga: For better balance and strength

Power yoga is one mode of training that creates strength along with flexibility and balance. Although yoga videos are useful, the optimum environment to learn yoga is in a studio or class. The difference between yoga and stretching is that yoga is more dynamic and is a closer simulation of athletic activity. You are moving through the poses in many positions and transitioning between the positions. In the coming months I will put together a visual article of 4 yoga stretches with the assistance of my yoga instructor that can be used as a supplement for a yoga class when time does permit attending one. Until then many classes will offer introductory sessions so that you can find the right pace and intensity that is right for you. For me, yoga has helped me avoid a second surgery on my knee, eliminated my previous back pain, and helped me with better balance and strength with skiing and soccer in particular. Many of my patients have exhibited dramatic improvements after attending yoga classes. So go do it! Take a yoga class! For info on power poses here is a link:

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