Stretching is a form of physical and mental exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately lengthened in order to improve muscle's elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. Stretching is also used therapeutically to alleviate cramps.
It is essential to use relaxed breathing while stretching, allowing the muscles to lengthen and not force the stretch, which could result in pain or muscle tearing.
This class is more than just stretching. We'll be learning to understand the messages our body communicates and experience first hand the feeling of being in tuned with it. We'll also do a little intention setting, then a light warm up exercises, then we'll go over the most needed stretches and and go over various stretching techniques and body alignment postures. Make sure to wear loose and comfortable (warm or cooling) clothing. You can bring a yoga mat, if you wish.
Mediation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, or just onto the breath itself, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. It has been practiced for centuries in numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Since the 19th century, it has spread from its origins to other cultures where it is commonly practiced in private and business life.
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and well-being. It is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.
In this class we'll learn about and practice mindfulness, breath control and various meditating techniques. Make sure to wear loose and comfortable (warm or cooling) clothing. You can bring a yoga mat or a meditation pillow, if you wish.