BODY AND MIND PRACTISE
Because human beings have different strengths and weaknesses, the masters of ExtremeHiitYoga® have designed various approaches, so that yoga, hiit and extreme training can be helpful to everyone. Thus there are different programs, which correspond to specific body, emotional and mental capacities or preferences. Some sequences and exercises has been designed with different progressions and regressions to ensure that all participants are able to take part of it. Opcions for special populations are always designed as a part of the exercise.
Posture and technique will be one of our priorities. To make it easy, and to make sure everybody succed, we will have to work on a basis standard of quality. Aligment of head, shoulders, spine, ribcage, knees and feet it will be necessary and mandatory. On the one hand we know that no two bodies are alike and how a pose feels is more important than how it looks. How you do a pose does matter. Alignment is not just about making the pose look pretty. In most cases, the correct alignment offers the safest way to do the posture. Often this involves stacking the bones for optimal stability and to minimize wear and tear on the joints. You may be able to muscle yourself into a facsimile of a complex pose (or even a simple one), but without the proper alignment, you are at greater risk of an injury. Part of acceptance is the willingness to take help when you need it. In modern yoga, this means using props liberally, as pioneered by Iyengar. With props, you can assume more postures in a way that supports safe alignment.
The role of breath is very important in the practice of Asanas or yoga positions and extreme functional exercises. First we need to understand why breathing is incorporated in ExtremeHiitYoga® practice. The breath is Prana or vital forcé for Yoga. Our body requirements of oxygen or pranic energy are changing depending on our actions. If we exercise then more oxygen is required so breathing becomes faster and with force but if we are relaxing then this need of vital energy is lower and the breathing becomes relaxed and deep. Also the mental activities affect the breathing. Breath is not only an involuntary action of human body. We will have to control our breathing to increase or decrease our heart rate whilst doing diferent types of trainings. Speed it up when HIIT, and slow it down when Yoga. Ready for the Challenge?
The position on our body in relationship to momento and space it’s an important principle to make sure that all students will be ready to start the exercise or the sequence in its best condition. Knowing which joints, planes, axys, surfaces and parts of the body used will be able that students will struggle or enjoy one exercise. It’s important to ensure we know perfectly all the dimensions and space references, using references like mirror, windows, door…, instead of using right/left or front/back references. The placement of our body in relationship of the mat or the props will be necessary to make sure all students are in the proper situation before the exercise or sequence starts. We will avoid to get out of the hammock or disturb other participants by not getting into the right position.
Fitness should carry through all known and widely accepted energy pathways. An athlete should be able to perform well in activities lasting over various time periods, from very short to very long. The three metabolic energy pathways are the phosphagen system, glycolysis and the aerobic system. Some of the sequences in ExtremeHiitYoga® will be created specifically to increase and improve the cardio component, so it will be very important to ensure what are the goals and results of each energetic sequence of ExtremeHiitYoga®. Intensity will be a very important aspect for this principle.
For each asana, we have to come into the posture with enough flexibility for the posture to exist. Every day, every practice is different, and we have to let the posture have its latitude to change and vary from time to time. This space allows our asanas to evolve, progress, and advance. We also have to create room in our self practice to listen to ourselves. Even with a planned practice where each asana is followed by another, we have to listen to how we feel at that moment. Allowing our plans to change when practicing or teaching is very important, and this flexibility comes from an open mind, and a capacity to keep room for change and creativity. We create space in our minds during meditation, or breath work in the asanas, by quieting our minds and freeing a lot of the thoughts and worries that we keep there.
Mountains tumbling into head stands, suddenly converting into speeding cycles. Bridges collapsing into roaring lions, cocooned caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies. These amazing pictures are nothing but scenes from any normal household. Watch a child and you will know. The natural postures of a child are yoga asanas. This is what the body is born with – simple yoga asanas that are part of a child’s body language from the minute he is born. Have you seen a six-month old baby lying on its back with its legs up? It kicks its legs and head also up, almost like what you do with the abs (abdominal) machine. One is born with yoga but the modern mind is preoccupied with so many things, so many judgements, so many opinions, and so many impressions that we are unable to observe, perceive the refined things we naturally have an affinity for. It’s time to come back to our childhood and enjoy the benefits or being a kid again.
LET IT FLOW
Some days you step onto your mat and need a neatly prescribed yoga routine. Other days you just want to let your body and breath move you on a journey from pose to pose. The flow concept in ExtremeHiitYoga® is about using your body as a dance machine, going woth the flow by using the breath into a different concept. Is not only exercising but using your body like a dancer, feeling how your body is dancing to the rhythm and enjoying this awesome ExtremeHiitYoga® flow journey.
Body awareness is an intrinsic part of yoga. After all, the word “yoga” itself translates to mean, “to yoke,” which is another way of saying “to unite.” Without making students aware of this exciting benefit, though, they could easily miss out on it. Therefore, yoga teachers should make a point of explaining the concept of propioception to their students. Propioception refers to the sense of how different parts of the body are positioned and how they work together. It’s a somewhat fancy way of saying “body awareness” or “body mindfulness.” Many muscles in the body are used so regularly and repetitively that people stop being conscious of using them. This is the first step of becoming out of touch with your own body. The older we get, the less in touch with our bodies we’re likely to become. Yoga is a powerful way to help people trust and know their bodies again, so it’s a terrific tool for improving propioception.