#Yoga favorites – Execution & programming
I was thinking of spending a day a week going through my yoga favorites, explain how to execute them, and eventually explain how you could start building programs.
Yoga is a form of exercise that I use a lot and that I highly recommend. Not necessarily because it is the most exciting form of training in the world. But because it does so much good for the body. My body keeps telling me that. When I take a break from yoga, the problems creep up on me, and pretty fast too.
So I made a short list of questions. If you can answer yes to more than two of these questions below, then I will recommend you to take a closer look at yoga, if you are not already practicing ..
- Want to get stronger and more flexible without neccesarily putting on the pounds?
- Could increased flexibility benefit you in other forms of sport and training?
- Looking for a new way to warm up without use of equipment and where you can avoid high impact moves like running, jumping etc?
- Do you exercise a lot with weights, or use a lot of isolation exercises?
- Would you like to improve your balance?
Have you answered a couple of YESes, then you should try yoga! I have given thousands of yoga classes with an eclectic mix of beginners and advanced yoginis, and where everyone has different needs. Therefore, I have gradually become better at building an class on the spot, based on what I see in front of me in class and on the vibe I get from the group.
Furthermore, as a dancer, I like to see a logical structure in the classes, and that there is a certain flow throughout the class. Nothing is worse than attendin a class which is completely randomly composed with God knows how many repetitions of the same exercise, no modifications neither up or down in difficulty, no natural transitions and worst of the worst; NO MUSIC !!
Therefore, I will also try to give some music suggestions through my posts. Cause lets face it; what is life without music ..? And it doesnt have to be pan flute or harp! Here is an samples of a returning intro sound to my yoga playlists, that sets the mood for a relaxing yoga class. This is from one of my absolute favorite albums of all time (nostalgia at a high level):
I will start tuesdays off by going through all the exercises in this yoga–loop that I use a lot, so that you can perform the moves as correctly as possible. This program is perfect surfers, swimmers, cross-country skiers and dancers to name a few. More about why in the coming weeks. Hope you tune in
All images in this post are from Lapoint in collaboration with photographer Pedro Machado during a training trip Lapoint held in Portugal together with Shape Up Norway and Kari Traa. Coaches were none other than Playbloggs own Pia Seeberg, together with Maren Erdvik and me. Missing you all girls ..