Core Activation Yoga™ in Rockville, Maryland
Advanced Spine & Wellness Center uses a unique form of yoga we like to call Core Activation Yoga™. This core yoga is based on the works of the late Roger Eischens and newer works of Jon Hinds, with Monkey Bar Gym, Core Activation Yoga™ focuses on alignment, stability and strength. Applied in our office as yoga therapy, our professionals utilize the newest concepts in spine and posture improvement with the timeless discipline of yoga.
Helping injured people move beyond pain and leading them back to health
In a typical yoga class or one-on-one session, students are led through a series of yoga poses designed to energize and balance the body. We use props to create alignment in the poses and to stimulate internal activations (wake up parts of the body that are “asleep” or underactivated). This style of yoga creates core strength and many people experience a lightness of body and spirit.
This style works for people with different body types, including the ‘too tight’ and ‘too loose’ bodies. A person with tight muscles, without much flexibility, can come to this practice and gain freedom of movement. We work to balance the body and the body's energ flow, and this creates balance and a sense of ease (as opposed to forced effort).
Preventing future injuries with core yoga by creating more balance in the body
Our therapists partner up with each student to serve as a mirror in a pose and also to give proprioceptive feedback, using the principle of “where I push, you resist.” For example, in a standing pose, we will exert light pressure on the student’s shin so that she can resist her shin into the teacher’s hand, into the applied pressure. This creates an internal activation or “waking up” a part of the body (in this case the lower leg, foot and ankle) that is otherwise not fully energized and engaged.
Profound and complete core strength through yoga
Whether you are a weekend warrior professional athlete, core strength is tantamount to producing athletic performance results. Core Activation Yoga™ creates core strength that is profound and complete. Core Activation Yoga™ uses a movement sequence that creates multiplanar core strength. Core strength and freedom of movement are essential for any sports endeavors. This style of yoga has helped improve students’ golf games, swimming strokes, lacrosse shots and many more. The applications to sports endeavors are endless.
Athletes often have the attitude, “how much pain do you endure because you think it’s part of the package?” Muscle soreness is not a given if you are an athlete. Muscle soreness isn’t a necessary part of life. Practice of just a few simple yoga poses can create relief in the body. Balance Activation Yoga has phenomenal restorative and regenerative qualities that help athletes recover and prepare them for more movement.
Creating unbelievable levels of fitness through progressions of movement
Daily normal life can be exhausting and rigorous. How much coffee do we drink? How much sugar do we need to stimulate ourselves just to get through the day? Can you find that energy another way? Can you find this energy without external, artificial stimulants? An underlying part of Core Activation Yoga™ is that it balances your energy systems. When the energetic system is balanced and allowed to flow freely, there is less strain. If muscles are tight, our energy can’t flow freely, it is blocked. Once blockage exists, normal daily movements make you tired, which makes you need coffee, which makes you need sugar. You don’t need to go in deprivation mode. But, just try it…if you step back from this negative cycle and get the energy flowing, you may not need that stuff anymore.
Physical and mental well being
People are led to yoga classes for a variety of reasons. People come first for the physical and stay for the other benefits. Many people come for relief of muscle soreness, for which it works great! Some folks come to yoga classes for relief from chronic pain or to rehabilitate from an injury. As well as the purely physical benefits, most people come back for the sense of relaxation that is a result of a class. They often experience an increase in energy, as well as relaxation. The longer I do this, the more regular students I see coming back and having them embody it as well. They’ll tell me great anecdotes like, “I feel lighter”, “I walk/run/bike with more ease” or “My kids tell me to go to yoga because I’m a kinder, gentler person”. It’s more than when you just come to yoga class. You start to take it outside with you."
Core Activation Yoga™ is effective as a warm-up:
- It activates and increases blood flow to every area of the body
- Prepares an athlete for dynamic activity by aligning muscles and bones
Why people practice Core Activation Yoga™:
- To strengthen weak or underactivated areas of the body
- To maintain or restore full range of motion and movement which helps prevent injury
- To have better posture, which makes every activity easier
- To ease pain related to stiff and tight muscles
- To decrease soreness related to overworking certain areas of the body
Interested in core yoga and great core training that will prevent future injuries? Visit us today! We are located in Rockville, Maryland, but people from all over Montgomery County come see us.