Mind & Body
In addition to the numerous group exercise classes we offer, Midlothian Athletic Club also has a secluded mind/body studio where we offer yoga classes that will provide you with an opportunity to stretch and work on flexibility, to train strength in all muscle groups, and to quiet the mind. While all mind/body classes are by definition “all levels” classes, we do offer a variety of formats as described below.
One of the best benefits of yoga is how a regular practice helps a person manage stress. Stress is known and proven to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration.
The many physical benefits of yoga include:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
Yoga: Yoga classes vary from beginner to experienced levels. Yoga is a type of exercise that will tap into your wellbeing, health, and fitness. It is a mental, physical, emotional, and social exercise that promotes moving the body with breathing awareness. By regularly practicing different techniques that include moving in different postures, breathing exercises, and concentrating while also relaxing, yoga incorporates a variety of techniques that focus on self-reflection and meditation while exercising the body.
Fitness Yoga: Fitness Yoga is for those who want to work their entire body while burning fat and creating or toning your muscles. This type of yoga is for strength training as well as fitness instead of following the usual yoga regimen. Fitness yoga is a great alternative to those who like yoga but want a bit more of a workout. By incorporating poses from a daily routine as well as strength training exercises, you’re able to get a very beneficial workout.
Chair Yoga: This type of yoga is pretty straight forward. It’s a more gentle form of yoga that involves sitting in a chair or standing while using it to support your body. There are a few different types of Chair Yoga, but this yoga class includes using a chair for support while you’re doing different poses. Learn more about chair yoga by contacting us.
Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga includes the concepts of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are the opposite and complementary principles that make up nature. This means that you are digging deeper into your practice and in turn, you’re bypassing the superficial, surface positions due to the asana portion as well as digging into the muscular tissue or the yang tissue. This yoga class focuses on working connective tissues such as the bones, joints, and ligaments that we don’t work often enough.
Vinyasa Flow: This yoga class is more of a dynamic flowing sequence. This type of class is the yoga that most people think of because it’s most popular in the States. By connecting your breathing to your flow movements, vinyasa flow is much more geared toward moving your body in constant motion while synchronizing your breathing.
Gentle Yoga: Gentle Yoga is perfect for those who have finished with a hard workout class and need something to relax the body. This type of yoga is not as strenuous on the muscles. It’s more minimalistic. You’re not concentrating in contouring your body into several positions, but you’re doing less intense positions that are more restorative and meditative.
BodyFlow™: This is a Les Mills program that is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi. With this class, you’ll have a blend of exercises that build on your strength and your flexibility. It works the whole body while leaving you feeling centered and calm. It also stretches your body while moving it in a holistic and harmonic balance.
Yoga Sculpt: This hybrid yoga-strength class is designed to target flexibility, strength training, and functional training by working multiple muscle groups at all times, through multiple planes and in different directions. The use of light weights works the muscles to fatigue and builds strength. The flexibility focus helps to prevent injury. A few plyometric bursts will be thrown in just for fun. Prior experience with either fitness classes or yoga is strongly suggested, as this is not a beginner’s class. Come with bare feet and yoga mat, and be prepared to challenge your mind and body in new ways. Intermediate-Advanced
Pilates: Classic Pilates to strengthen the core and improve balance. All levels