Is Ballet Barre Pilates Right for You?

ballet barre pilates

Ballet Barre Pilates

If you’ve never taken advantage of Pilates, you should know you are missing out. Fortunately, though, no matter how old you are, Pilates can still be of benefit. There are many types of Pilates, so you’ll want to speak with a local instructor to determine which type is best for you. Since some types are more physical and challenging than others, you also want to get it cleared with your physician to take part in the type of Pilates you want to try. Here’s a close look at Ballet Barre Pilates and whether or not it’s right for you.

What is Ballet Barre Pilates?

As you might have guessed, Ballet Barre Pilates was created by a ballerina. The equipment used in this type of Pilates is the same that ballet professionals use — the ballet barre. Most of the moves performed in Ballet Barre Pilates are based on classical ballet moves; however, there is lots of conditioning in this form of Pilates when compared to other types. The creator of this form of Pilates incorporated rehabilitative therapy into the positions, making it perfect for those who are healing from back injuries.

If you can’t dance or perform ballet moves as of now, there’s no need to fret. Many people who can’t dance have taken advantage of Ballet Barre Pilates. It’s all about practice and experience. The more you practice, the better you will get. Most barre classes are fairly similar in nature, regardless of who the instructor is. A warm up performed on your mat will likely include planks and push-ups, and then you’ll move onto doing arm exercises. Once you are ready to go to the bar, you’ll perform moves that strengthen your lower body, including your thighs and glutes. Core-focused moves are usually performed before your cool-down.

How does this form of Pilates differ from other types of exercise?

When you take part in a Ballet Barre Pilates, you’ll be doing moves that are considered isometric. The moves are performed in tiny increments, with the most common saying in a Ballet Barre Pilates class being “down an inch, now up an inch.” You won’t be performing squats or shoulder presses, but still yet, you’ll be greatly improving your strength.

You may not notice much of an improvement after your first couple classes of Ballet Barre Pilates, but by your fourth or fifth session, you should. The strength improvement won’t be astronomical, but it will increase with each class you partake in, and by the time you’ve been doing Pilates for several months, your body and mind should feel much healthier.

To learn more about Ballet Barre Pilates, as well as other types of Pilates and yoga, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a Vacaville professional instructor today.

Aerial Yoga: Is It Right for You?

 

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga

As with most things in life, yoga isn’t just yoga. If you sign up for a yoga class, you should first make sure that it’s the type of yoga you are expecting. With so many types available, you can rest assured that there is one to meet your health and exercise preferences. Here’s a close look at aerial yoga, including its characteristics and tips for choosing if it’s right for you.

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga, also known as anit-gravity yoga, is a new type of practice that combines the traditional yoga poses, pilates and dance with the use of a hammock. In the yoga industry, this type of hammock is generally referred to as a yoga swing. It helps students learn and master a variety of yoga positions, and best of all, people of all ages can enjoy it.  As long as you can do two consecutive push ups, you’ll do well with aerial yoga.

Don’t fret if you’re nervous during you first trip to a local aerial yoga class. Almost everyone is.  However, with a highly-qualified instructor, you will learn all about this form of yoga, including what to wear and the results to be expected. Keep in mind that this form of yoga isn’t just healthy for your body, it’s also a great way to rejuvenate your spiritual life and mentality.

Knowing what to wear

If you don’t want to go to your first aerial yoga class in the wrong attire, then make sure to follow these tips below:

  • Wear clothes that cover your armpits and legs
  • Clothing should be made from some form of cotton blend
  • Cotton material should be non-slippery
  • Don’t wear jewelry
  • Clothing should be snug and not loose
  • You can wear gloves and/or socks

Are there any props needed?

As mentioned before, you will be using a yoga swing or hammock during an aerial yoga class; however, you don’t have to purchase your own.  Your local yoga class will provide a swing for use during classes. You will also need a sweat towel and yoga mat if you have them. If not, you will most likely be able to borrow them at the studio.

Is there any reason I shouldn’t choose aerial yoga?

If you are prone to getting dizzy very easily, then aerial yoga may not be best for you. However, you can speak with a local yoga instructor about the best form of yoga for you to take advantage of.

With the right instructor and the correct type of yoga, your mind and body will be feeling better as soon as you complete your first session.

 

Understanding Yoga and the Many Different Types

Yoga

Yoga

If you’re interested in yoga in Vacaville, it’s important that you obtain training and instruction through a reputable and highly experienced instructor. This person will be able to provide you with lots of tips and tricks for mastering several types of yoga.

Even better, a good instructor can help you choose which type of yoga is best for you. Here’s a quick look at four types of yoga.

Kundalini Yoga

This form of yoga focuses heavily on spirituality and philosophy. If you’re looking for a class that provides a large amount of time devoted to meditation and breathing techniques, then this is the type you will want to practice. There is also a lot of chanting in Kundalini yoga, so you’ll want to keep that in mind, as well.

Power Yoga

If you’re athletic, then this form of yoga will pique your interests. A person will need to be athletic and flexible to enjoy power yoga, with a large portion of class sessions being devoted to improving upper-body strength. Each pose is performed in a flowing motion from one pose to the next.

Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga focuses on gravity — and defying it. You will use a fabric hammock during your aerial classes, but there’s no need to buy one for yourself unless you want to practice the moves at home. Instead, your instructor will provide one for you at the facility in which the classes are offered.

If you have a tendency to get dizzy easy, you will definitely want to speak with your instructor before your first class. You may find that a different form of yoga best suits your needs and preferences.

Bikram Yoga

For those with a desire to try an extremely challenging form of yoga, Bikram yoga will be best. There are 26 poses performed in this form of yoga, and while the positions may not be difficult on their own, it’s imperative to note that they are carried out in a room that exceeds 100 degrees.

If you have any type of medical condition, especially any type of diabetes or hypertension, you should be cleared by your doctor before taking advantage of Bikram yoga.

Yoga and Pilates are very similar to one another. Although we offer both forms of exercise, you can speak with one of our highly-trained teachers to decide which type is best. You may find that combining both forms of exercise into your routine will be of the best benefit.

By taking into account any medical conditions you have, as well as your expectations and exercise needs, it becomes simple to determine which of our services will benefit you the most.