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What is Raffa Yoga?
Raffa Power Yoga is a complete yoga program. It works your body, mind and soul from your fingertips to your toes. This dynamic yoga class is formatted for your success. It works on principles of breath, alignment, physical conditioning, flexibility, focus and fun. It incorporates aerobic conditioning, building lung capacity and metabolism efficiency, anaerobic muscle toning and definition and awareness of breath activity and reactivity of motion, stillness, balance and concentration.Classes are held in a heated environment to promote sweating and detoxification of our bodies. The classes are 90 minutes in length.
What should I know before my first visit?
Unless otherwise noted, classes are $15.00 (cash or check only) payment is due at time of services rendered. All classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis Please bring a towel and water Yoga mat rentals are $3.00 Bottled water is $2.00. You should arrive ten (10) minutes before class begins. Parking is free. All are welcome!
Can beginners attend class?
Yes. Our beginner classes are structured to lead you in an experience to find success and confidence in your own body both physically and mentally. Our expert staff will assist you with the information and instruction required to build a solid foundation for a personal yoga practice. Raffa Power Yoga has extensive experience with the novice yoga student or those new to an exercise program. In increments, you will build the strength, focus, understanding, stamina and flexibility needed for long-lasting change in your body and mind. Along the way even you will be soothing your soul and clearing the way for new healthy, positive habits to form. The beginners classes are heated to improve sweating and detoxification of our bodies from the inside out. The classes are 90 minutes in length.
I am an athlete. Will Raffa Power Yoga benefit me?
Yes. Raffa Power Yoga is an amazing exercise experience, which incorporates 5000 years of wisdom in its foundation of posturing, breath awareness and stamina building. This incredible, effective method of yoga vastly increases flexibility, improves breathing and oxygen intake, and instills superior balance, and core body control. Raffa Power Yoga builds integrative muscle control to train your focus and concentration so you can perform at your peak “in the zone.” It also relaxes you mentally as well as physically, bringing you clearly 100% into the present moment. It improves your athletic performance by raising your energy level, preventing injuries and speeding recovery time. It gives you the best sleep of your life and is just fun.
Will class be challenging for me?
Yes. You can determine the intensity with which you work in each and every breath, yoga pose and class. Raffa Power Yoga teaches you to find a balance of ease in all the effort of your yoga practice. Your first few classes may be very challenging. You may feel dizzy or even nauseous, but those symptoms will soon pass. And you will emerge stronger, more flexible and confident in your own empowerment to make healthy choices both on and off your yoga mat.
How often should I practice Raffa Power Yoga?
A successful yoga practice is built on commitment and consistency. We recommend attending ten (10) yoga classes in thirty (30) days if you are new to yoga. WE RECOMMEND 4-6 TIMES PER WEEK FOR ATHLETES OR THOSE TRULY LOOKING FOR LIFE CHANGING RESULTS. For those maintaining physical conditioning, we recommend a practice of 2-3 times weekly.
What about the F-word - Flexibility?
Flexibility begins in the mind, then the body follows. Traditionally, flexibility has meant the ability to lengthen the middle or belly of the muscle to allow an ideal functional relaxed muscle state. Increasingly, sports medicine scientists are realizing that developing more supple connective tissue is a vital factor in full body flexibility. In a recent Yoga Journal article on the science of flexibility, it stated that connective tissue makes up as much as 30% of a muscles total mass and accounts for approximately 41% of the total muscle resistance to movement. Raffa Power Yoga is deep sustained muscle stretches safely and effectively makes muscles more limber and encourages more blood flow and oxygen, which further lengthens and relaxes the entire muscle and not just the muscle belly.
Will I lose weight doing Raffa Power Yoga? How long until I see results?
Yes! Raffa Power Yoga has a cardiovascular element which assists with fat burning. Each body type, metabolism and the amount of physical energy exerted is different from person to person. Consistency in your yoga practice, healthy eating habits and lifestyle all contribute to change overtime. The effort you put into losing weight and exercising will be directly related to the results you receive. The Yoga program will work if you work it!
Can I do Raffa Power Yoga if I am injured?
Before beginning any exercise/yoga program, it is always best to consult your physician before attending class. It has been our experience that if you are nursing a persistent injury, stopping or resting alone does not address the problem. You know this because everytime you begin the activity again the injury returns. To heal the injury and resume the activity it is necessary to reveal the muscular imbalance and address the problem. Raffa Power Yoga is designed to do this. Through technique and muscle balance, we can assist you in discovering the healing ability within yourself.
Can I do Raffa Power Yoga if I am pregnant?
Yes. Specific medical concerns should always be discussed with your physician prior to attending class. Yoga during pregnancy is very helpful in assisting in muscle relaxation, and addressing the mental, physical and emotional changes of the body both before delivery and the challenges of parenthood after delivery.
Why should I cross-train my practice?
Come experience for yourself a complimentary style of yoga that will take your yoga practice to the next level. The Raffa Power Yoga Studios strive for excellence. That is why we are proud to add to our studios the addition of Forrest Yoga classes. These classes are inspired by the teachings of Yoga Master Ana Forrest of The Forrest Yoga Circle, based in Santa Monica, California. Ana has spent 30 years developing Forrest Yoga specifically to address people’s stresses and challenges both physical and emotional. Forrest Yoga uses intense pose sequencing, compassionately taught, to develop skills in awakening each of the senses. Forrest Yoga teaches you to bring aliveness, using breath, into every cell of your body, igniting your passion for living. The pillars of Forrest Yoga are breath, strength, integrity and spirit. Using these practices will create a sense of freedom, a connection to your spirit, and the courage to walk as your spirit dictates. By using these methods, you will go deeper to find the truth in your body and the encouragement to use this truth beyond your yoga mat and into the rest of your life. As a beginner to Forrest Yoga, you learn to breath deeply and connect to feeling in your body. As you progress, you will get proficient at safely tailoring each pose to work best for you, particularly with physical and emotional injuries. Learning to work honesty at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear, struggle and breakthroughs. This makes it possible for integrity, self-awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life. Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility: it only requires that you bring a willingness to learn how you feel authentically and respond honestly. As you advance in the Forrest Yoga Class, step-by-step you will learn to ride your breath into exhilarating advanced poses. In addition, you will learn to exercise your emotional body through full spectrum of feeling from the healing process all the way into ecstatic realms.
A Few Basic Forrest Yoga Moves:
HANDS AND FEET ACTIVE
How – spread the bones of the hand and feet, press through the heels and the balls of the feet, lift toes up and use active feet in every pose,
except Savasana. Benefits – moves blood and energy through the wrists and hand joints, brings health to the feet bones, nerves and muscles and stimulates the whole nervous system, gives support and a foundation for the toes, and supports the knees, hips and back.
ACTIVE FEET KEEP YOU PRESENT IN YOUR BODY!
TUCK YOUR TAILBONE
How -use your buttocks and belly muscles to take the tailbone and lengthen the low back
Benefits – decompresses the lower back and uses the strength of the buttock and belly muscles to support the back
EXPAND THE RIBS
How – spread the ribs laterally to the sides
Benefits – stretches the intercoastal muscles, helps increase breath capacity and creates freedom in the ribcage
TELESCOPE THE RIBS
How -separate each rib from the one below it, lengthening the torso
Benefits – decompress the back, organs, intestines, diaphragm and lungs. THIS IS NECESSARY TO INCREASE BREATH CAPACITY!
WRAP THE SHOULDERS
How – broaden and turn on the upper back, move shoulder blades towards the arm pits and activate chest muscles
Benefits – builds awareness and strength in the upper back, chest and arms, and supports shoulder joints in poses using the arms
RELAX THE NECK
How – release tension to allow the weight of the head to stretch the neck and use relaxed neck in every pose to retrain healthy habits
Benefits – opens passageways for increased blood flow and circulation to the brain, and soothes the whole nervous system
How – inhale to expand the ribs and fill every air sac of the lungs and exhale completely pulling belly in to expel used air and toxins
Benefits – cleanses and nourishes all cell tissue, breathing into tight or hurt spots helps the healing process, gives you clarity of thought and serenity and helps you to connect to your emotions and body-mind spirit.