So, yes, yoga is great for stretching and mobility – for restoring length and tension of tissue. We all know that. But what if you think it’s kind of boring? What if the studio is very quiet, they are banging gongs and lighting incense and you aren’t sure if that’s where you belong? The practice of yoga can help you find calm and physical restoration through the combination of breath and movement…truly, gongs and incense can be an awesome part of that experience, but what if you don’t have time/interest to go to a yoga studio? Coach Liz practices “yoga” as she’s doing CrossFit. Calming the mind and calling attention to it is all it takes. What if you are an athlete with already over-taxed quads who doesn’t need a class full of warrior sequences and backbends that throw off your box jumps and powerlifts? What if you are an athlete who would prefer to practice yoga among others who love the gym the way you do and who use repetitive motions like you do and need yoga to help balance that out? Cues like “Use deadlift back” could be helpful. Maybe you need a different environment!
At Twin Flame Fitness, we don’t just hire a yoga instructor once a week to take us through a flow like most gyms. We are CrossFitters who also teach – and live – yoga. We do the things you do each day. We know how it affects our bodies. Coach Alison has created “Yoga for Athletic Recovery” and “Yoga for Athletic Balance” classes to serve people like us – athletes – best.
We say things like, “Love your body.” “Be kind to yourself.” Yes, it’s true we have crystals in the front of the gym, love essential oils, and talking about Ayurveda and the Yoga Sutras. Don’t assume that means we are all flower children who “om” (ok, some of us actually like it!) and are afraid of the “big people weights” in the gym. We don’t go slow during our WODs just because we happen to live a yogic lifestyle. You may come to a class here and hear echos of Linkin Park or Pearl Jam while breathing your way through a twist that releases the lower back that you just worked.
We do not compare ourselves with anyone – but ourselves. We are STILL driven; yoga teaches us to be true to our own nature and to live to our fullest potential. We have – and exceed – our goals. We bring intensity during a WOD. But we no longer have eating disorders and our stress levels are way down! Yoga is included in every membership – it is not required ever but you may want to check it out; yoga drop ins and series package purchases are welcome too!
Yoga for Athletic Recovery is a mellow practice designed to help your body and mind to rest, relax, and recover from your training. The focus is on unwinding any built up tension in the tissues of your body to keep your joints mobile and healthy so you bounce back quicker and therefore can continue to train and perform well. The goal is to reduce the amount of chronic stress your body and mind have to contend with in order to maintain resilience. This all-levels class is specifically created for athletes regardless of sport or level of fitness, no prior yoga experience is required.
Yoga for Athletic Balance is a practice designed to complement the work you do in training and at the box, without piling on more stress. As the name suggests, the focus is on finding a better balance between strength and mobility; from front to back, top to bottom, and left to right; and between work and rest. The goal is to limit the effects of inefficiencies and imbalances while reducing the chances of injury, overtraining, and mental burnout. This all-levels class is specifically created for athletes regardless of sport or level of fitness, no prior yoga experience is required.