Along with my Pilates certification, I am also qualified to teach Sports Yoga, and when appropriate, I use it in conjunction with my Pilates teaching.
Sports Yoga training consists of exercise sequences aimed at increasing your range of movement, core stability, balance, strength, flexibility and agility. These exercises are not the kind of complex poses associated with other yoga! Sports Yoga is all about movement (linear and non-linear), not getting into strange-looking and difficult poses! And, unlike Pilates, Sports Yoga uses no apparatus at all. It's all based on exercises which are done lying, standing, sitting or stretched out in various ways on an exercise mat, for padding and comfort. Sports Yoga is a combination exercise system that has evolved from Pilates, yoga, functional movement, and other body areas, such as kinesiology and fascia and soft tissue therapy.
Most of us are born with the capability to enjoy our body’s full range of movement (by the way, this is equally true for girls and boys). Over time we lose our flexibility - our ability to move freely and fluidly. This loss can be attributed to sports or exercise participation, but it can also be attributed to our lifestyle. As a result we often experience feelings of “stiffness” throughout different parts of our body. We just "...can’t seem to move there!” Or, “I ache here!” These aches, pains, and/or stiffness may be due to living a sedentary lifestyle, or to repetitive movements in your exercise or sport which may cause muscular imbalance in your body over a period of time.
Such issues may also be caused by “favouring” one side of your body as you use, or over use, certain body areas. Another likely cause of aches or stiffness may be from your body’s healing process which may have been initiated from an injury or illness. And, finally, your lack of flexibility may be from a combination of one or more other factors too numerous to list. Whatever the underlying reason(s) for your muscular imbalances or restrictions, these limit your personal flexibility, your ability to move, and limit you from enjoying and succeeding in your sport or exercise. It doesn't need to be this way, however! Pilates, Sports Yoga or a combination of the two can help to alleviate this massive problem and make playing your sport, or achieving your exercise goals more realistic as a proposition.