Yoga is a noun defined as a “Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.” Can I get an “OM”?!
Beyond the mental relaxation and meditation benefits brought on by yoga practice, physical benefits include: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance and protection from injury.
Lucky for you (and us!), California Family Fitness offers a wide variety of zen-inspired classes like yoga to bring some OM into your fitness journey.
Power Yoga: Bring out your inner warrior with these challenging poses and sequences. Poses are held for longer and often flow together with minimal rest breaks, but get ready to sweat!
Mixed Levels Yoga: Unwind in this class that is suitable for all levels. Modifications are offered for the more challenging poses and each participant is encouraged to work at their own pace. Although rated as similar in difficulty, each class will be different, as it is a reflection of the instructor's unique training and personality. Improve your strength, flexibility and balance and then take some time to relax at the end of your workout.
Gentle Yoga: This class is perfect for first-timers, those recovering from injuries, or anyone that wants a kinder approach to the practice of yoga avoiding inverted poses. It is also recommended for pre- and post-natal women and seniors.
PiYo: If yoga makes you yawn, PiYo will make you strong! PiYo is a unique core-strengthening workout inspired by yoga and Pilates with upbeat music and a constant flow of moves. It’s a rhythmic, dynamic, and intense workout designed to build strength and flexibility.
Piloga: This class will give you the best of both worlds, combining the core strengthening Pilates movements with classic yoga poses to make you strong, flexible and relaxed.
Choose a Yoga Class Based on Your Personality
Having trouble choosing which yoga class you should try? Consider your personality as a guide to which yoga class might be the right fit for you!
Friendly and Fun
If you have a bubbly personality but have trouble concentrating for long periods of time, try PiYo, which combines circuits of both Pilates movements and yoga poses with an upbeat and fast-paced class format.
Busy and stressed
If you’re ultra busy and looking for a quick toning workout but also but need a little bit of relaxation in your life, try Piloga to give you the best of both worlds of Pilates for muscle strength and yoga poses for flexibility and relaxation.
Chilled out, go-with-the-flow
If you’re calm in nature, are looking for meditation practice only or tend to be timid to try new things, try Gentle Yoga to ease your way into yoga through a lighter and kinder approach to the practice.
Curious and competitive
If you’re always ready for a new challenge or naturally competitive, try Mixed Levels Yoga or Power Yoga to bring out your inner warrior for an intense and sweaty yoga session.
Looking for a yoga class in your neighborhood? Find a California Fitness location near you and take advantage of the amazing benefits that come from yoga (see class schedules for Folsom Yoga, Rocklin Yoga, Roseville Yoga, Elk Grove Yoga and Natomas Yoga).