Yoga and Functional Movement
Melita's unique functional yoga classes have provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop a stronger and more balanced yoga practice. I take this into my daily tasks with greater mobility.
Robbie Henderson - Client
Transform your everyday movement into extraordinary movement.
Do you want to maintain a good range of movement as you age? Are you looking to gain better mobility? Practising smart movement that combines strength, alignment and stability will help you gain greater mobility in everyday life. Based on principles of functional anatomy and movement mechanics, our Yoga sequences are specifically designed to retrain old movement habits and postural imbalances.
Functional movement in yoga means moving your body safely in a variety of ways that are fun and challenging. You will be challenged and amazed at what you can do!
Every class starts with the most fundamental movement patterns, laying the groundwork before moving into more complex functional patterns. It’s a bit like setting the foundations of a statue in order to secure the main body of the structure in place. Moving functionally gives you increased mobility, coordination and energy.
Melita Eisenberg - Yoga Teacher
Do you ever hear yourself saying, "I'm too busy for movement today"? It's true, life can be hectic, with responsibilities and endless to-do lists. I get it. I’ve worked in corporate roles and know what it’s like to have a full schedule. Life, in general can be overwhelming at times and have you feeling physically and mentally tired. That lack of vitality can also leave you more vulnerable to injuries. To feel our best, we need to slow down, refuel and regain strength.
Yoga can help you to strengthen, unwind and so much more, however, a sustainable practise requires sustainable movement. Over the years I've practised yoga, I was often encouraged to twist further and fold deeper in certain postures, (for no apparent reason). I pushed myself into uncomfortable shapes and of course, felt worse off for it! Thankfully I found a style of yoga that is safe, informed, and fabulous minus the stress of folding into a pretzel!
Finding The Right Balance.
As a certified teacher of LYT™ Yoga Method, my classes are inspired by and based on principles of functional anatomy and neurodevelopmental patterns of movement. LYT™ Yoga method was created by physical therapist and yoga teacher Lara Heimann. The LYT™ style is a core-based vinyasa practise that emphasizes smart alignment and more conscious movement patterns. Once functional movement becomes natural it provides people with a renewed experience when they move their bodies. With the abundance of knowledge I've gained through LYT™ Yoga trainings, I am able to bring you an informed style of yoga that is smart, safe and completely uplifting.
Whether you're an experienced yogi or new to yoga, I am committed to igniting your passion for movement by guiding you through this truly transformative practice. You deserve to feel the joy and power of your body. I’m here to show you practical ways to incorporate yoga into all aspects of your life. Wherever you are on your journey, I’m here to back you!!
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How Yoga Can Improve Your Wellbeing
When you put good stress on your bones, joints, and muscles they become stronger and more stable. Finding your physical strength will help you understand your body's capabilities. Let's not forget mental strength. Yoga has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health. The physiological effect that occurs stimulates the mind, often replacing stress and anxiety with feelings of positivity and engagement in life. The feel-goods.
Moving your body in a variety of ways opens up areas that might feel tight or stuck. You'll gain more strength, control and freedom to move fluidly. Good mobility is excellent protection for times when we may fall out of alignment, thus preventing aches and pains in the muscles and joints.
Movement and breathing are powerful tools. They can help calm you down and deepen your self-awareness. They help you engage in the here and now, a great alternative to a racing mind, which can be stressful and unproductive. Each class starts with relaxed breathing to help you slow down and transition to your physical practice. We aim to incorporate the breath throughout the practise.
Mind Body Connection
Pranayama is an ancient practice of breath control. Prana, in Sanskrit, means 'Life Force'. Pranayama, yoga, and mindfulness can lower your heart rate and decrease your stress levels. The mind and body are powerful allies. As a result, there's a shift in balance whereby the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated, sending us from 'fight or flight mode, to one of ease, 'rest and digest'.
In Sanskrit the word ‘yoga’ translates to ‘union’ or ‘connection’. The practice of yoga is a uniting of mind and body, mind and soul, and ultimately a union of the individual soul with the universal soul.
Functional movement has a huge impact on the well-being of your joints. When patterns of movement are repeated they become reinforced in the brain, (pathways get created) giving your body a solid roadmap. Once these pathways are formed, you'll have the awareness to perform safe, functional actions. This readiness is called adaptability.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
"Mel's unique functional yoga classes have provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop a stronger and more balanced yoga practice. I take this into my daily tasks with greater mobility."
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