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Yoga with SoSpa

May 4th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized | Yoga - (Comments Off on Yoga with SoSpa)

Yoga for Relaxation

Yoga Relax SoSpa Fitness Holiday

Yoga with SoSpa in Lindos May 2011

I love to end the day with my clients winding down with a relaxing Yoga workout.

After a long hard day on the beach!! It is so tranquil to find a perfect space overlooking the bay and move through some postures in the sunset.

In a studio environment and after a crazy day at work it is sometimes hard to get into a relaxed state during a yoga class. I love to create an association with a beautiful calm place so when clients return to their gym’s or studios they can take that headspace back with them to re-create during relaxation at home.

Yoga is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the U.S and it is expanding massively here the UK too.

I offer small group yoga sessions at my studio and work with four clients to one and this has  great benefits of being able to guide my people through each pose and educate them with the health benefits of each move as Yoga is hugely therapeutic and certain postures cleanse and detox the body. It has become an essential part of my exercise routine to counterbalance the stiffness from running and weight training which I love.

The benefits of yoga are truly endless  Here are just 3

The obvious one Flexibility

1 Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of Yoga.During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.

Food for the Joints

2.Each time you practice Yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.

 

Bone Building

3.It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like Downward- and Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

It really is worth putting on your workout list.

Kayaking with SoSpa

May 4th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Kayaking with SoSpa)
SoSpa Fitness Holiday

Julie in Lindos Bay

 

On my SoSpa breaks I like to use all of the environment and one of the fun but challenging beach workouts are with the Kayak’s.

The Health Benefits of Kayaking are

Calorie Burn

To move the kayak at about 5mph is going to require about 0.1hp of effort. Which is going to use up approx 340 kcals per hour for 150lb person

 

Toning

The Back,Chest,Stomach,shoulders and arms are used through kayak fitness training. When you are paddling expect to do about 500 maybe more, maybe less strokes per mile. Placing the paddle in the water and executing a good stroke is going to incorporate the muscles in the upper body and some is great for the abs too. In about one hour you are going to do about 1500 reps of low impact upper body movement. You feel well strong and toned after!

The fun Benefits

I only use the kayak on my fitness breaks but it is a great hobby and skills can be perfected to attend more challenging expeditions of days or weeks and like many other sports has a great social/group interaction in clubs. So if you want to spice up your workouts give it a go or the very least try it on your next holiday.

I get my clients doing some cruising around the caves and interval training across the bay…rather amusing for the sunbathers !!