Yoga


Yoga Joi offers several different styles of yoga

mat


Yoga is Australia’s preferred cardio, strength and flexibility exercise*. It’s growing popularity is in line with a global rise in participation of the ancient practice.

Yoga’s health benefits are widely recognized and accepted. Doctors routinely suggest their patients take up yoga.

Not everyone is into yoga for yoga’s sake. Some are definitely chasing visually impressive arm balances, however, others (most?) are simply looking to get a little stronger, improve cardiovascular function, or get some help with sleep, pain, anxiety, energy levels, stiffness.

Google “benefits of yoga” and immerse yourself in the +16 million hits. No matter what your current level of fitness or flexibility, you can take up yoga. Chat with your doctor first if you have any serious medical issues.

*Roy Morgan research

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Inversion therapy isn’t new. Inversion tables, chairs and even boots have been around for years. Many people suffering from back pain receive recommendations from their physician to try an inversion table.

Being inverted (having your head below your heart) is common in mat yoga (Downward Facing Dog, Forward Folds, Headstands, Handstands) although not necessarily available to all. The Yoga Trapeze offers everyone* the opportunity to invert safely.

Trapeze benefits:

spinal traction

back pain relief

improve core strength

deepen your backbends

open your shoulders

build functional strength

*If you have any significant health issues, please ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to do work on the yoga trapeze. It’s not dangerous but we need to be careful, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, if you take prescription muscle relaxants, have had recent surgery, have serious scoliosis (mild to moderate is usually ok), if you are pregnant or in the trauma phase (initial 72 hours) of any injury. 

yin


Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, mostly done on the floor, with long held postures (1-5 minutes). Absolutely everyone can do Yin—it’s the perfect introduction to yoga for those starting their journey.

The goal is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility and range of motion by stressing connective tissues (tendons, fascia and ligaments). This style of yoga does not build strength or cardiovascular endurance but it has challenges.

Yin cultivates mindfulness. Being mindful and still in a pose for several minutes is a challenge—we are are hooked on stimulation and distraction.

Yin is a crucial balance for practitioners of the active yoga styles or a fitness regime, those looking to regain lost functional mobility and/or anyone with a crazy busy life.

Yin is not new, it was founded by Master Pauli Zinc decades ago. It’s (relatively) recent climb to popularity may be because it is a very effective stress relief tool. Modern life is full of demands and stress—we need tools to ensure that stress is managed and our lives balanced. Yin is all about balance. Black and white. Hot and cold. Yin and Yang.

myofascial


Therapy rollers are used for self-massage. They help soothe tight, sore areas of musculature and connective tissue.

This process of rolling out tight muscles and relieving tension is known as self-myofascial release (SMR). Sometimes called “poor man’s massage” because it’s what massage therapists have been doing for years.

Rolling out your fascia (a layer of fibrous connective tissue that surrounds all your muscles) will result in increased blood flow, lubricated healthy fascia, improved muscular range of motion and a release of sore tight spots known as trigger points.

Trigger points are permanently contracted clusters of muscle fibers which form nodules. Once formed trigger points will not dissolve on their own—they need to be massaged away—either by you or your massage therapist.

Trigger points cause sensations ranging from minor occasional discomfort to constant incapacitating pain. They can cause active pain or no pain until the spot is touched. They also cause referred pain (pain not at the site of the trigger point); frozen shoulder, chronic neck stiffness, migraines are examples of referred pain related to trigger points.

Self myofascial release is crucial for athletes. It’s also an important part of overall self care for the rest of us.