Yoga for Strength & Flexibility

Yoga for Strength & Flexibility

“Strength without flexibility equals rigidity, and flexibility without strength equals instability.”

What comes to mind when you think of yoga? Do you picture bendy people twisted into impossible positions or people peacefully seated on colorful yoga mats? Do you think, nah, that’s not for me? I’m not flexible. Yoga can hardly be considered a good workout. How much physical benefit can yoga actually deliver?

The short answer? Yoga is good for EVERYBODY. No matter your age, level of fitness, or whether you live with a chronic condition, yoga at our Corpus Christi gym offers significant fitness and healing benefits.

So, you’re not flexible. That’s okay! Yoga improves flexibility, so it’s a great addition to your workout if your muscles are rigid and stiff.  Rigid and stiff muscles limit your range of motion and make you prone to injury. Slow movement and deep breathing help warm your muscles allowing them to open and lengthen.

People who suffer from chronic joint pain can also benefit from yoga.  Yoga helps improve fluid circulation to lubricate and mobilize joints.  This makes yoga is a great tool to manage chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Yoga also helps with strength and balance.  Holding the yoga postures builds core and muscular strength.  The balancing postures are excellent to build body stability and focus.

While you are getting stronger, more flexible, and more balanced, your heart will also enjoy the benefits of your practice. Body-wide inflammation, which contributes to heart disease, is reduced, along with blood pressure. Yoga is great for stress relief, as well as reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.  According to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.

It is important to know that there are many different forms of yoga that offer a variety of poses, breathing techniques and meditation. Check our group exercise listings to find the class that fits your schedule.