What is Joga?

Sep 25, 2017

Let me start off by saying that as a Physiotherapist, I am not easily won over by exercise fads, or even by common exercises that I find don’t benefit people properly. There are a lot of ways in which common exercises can be done wrong, and while I know a lot of exercises that can work all the muscles of the body, it can be challenging to find someone who properly instructs them to ensure you get what you need out of it. I myself am very particular because I want to ensure that my clients get what they need from me. After completing my joga teacher certification, I can honestly say it is a great way for people to get the right muscles working consistently.

The name joga, is the definition of the practice combined. It's yoga for jocks. An athletic style of yoga, where you get the benefits of a regular class (like improving breath control), while activating the right muscles to correct muscular imbalances in the body. It's designed to expose weaknesses and therefore will give the muscles that are overactive a chance to relax while activating the muscles that aren't active enough. This means that you could feel a difference with the muscles that always feel tight, as they now have a chance to relax and lengthen again because they don't have to work as hard. Due to the constant cue of the core throughout joga, you can't help but engage all the right muscles and develop the strength where you need it most.

Another benefit of joga is that it works with your range of motion, instead of trying to force yourself into specific poses, it allows you to do the poses properly and activate the specific muscles. Having attended many yoga classes myself, one thing I noticed was that I wasn't able to achieve some of the poses because I didn't have the range of motion. I don't consider myself as someone who's flexibility is lacking, so I decided that I would only do what I could as I couldn't achieve the pose as it was designed. With joga, you don't have to compromise poses, so I feel much more successful within my practice.

Unlike most types of yoga, joga poses are a combination of dynamic and static muscular contractions which means there's more movement associated with joga and therefore, it's more functional for the athletic body. The movements target joint stability and mobility which is helpful for injury prevention.

While most of joga focuses on strength and stability, it is also focuses on strength and relaxation allowing the neuromyofascia and mind to calm. After the stretching section, I've had many people in the class ready to fall asleep, it can be that relaxing.

If you would like to learn more about joga, I am teaching a regular class on Mondays starting October 2 at 7pm for the fall session. Email clinic@activephysioworks.com for more details.


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