by nperez

March 3, 2019

Image of a young woman in the yoga position half moon, in front of the ocean, with text overlay: Breathe. Move. Be.

There are three types of yoga classes that I often hear people ask for: yoga for strength, yoga for flexibility, and yoga for balance.

Well, my friends, today’s class is going to give you all three! Plus some pranayama and guided meditation!

Related: What is Pranayama? A Guide to Yogic Breath

Yoga for Strength

I have a teacher who once told me that the sign of healthy muscles is equal parts strength and flexibility, and this has truly stuck with me.

Strength is the foundation on which we build a safe physical yoga practice.

Without strength, flexibility can become dangerous and put us at risk for injury. Without strength, balance is nearly impossible.

This is why I incorporate some sort of strength-building into nearly all of my classes (except for yin or restorative).

Not only is strength important for our yoga practice, but it’s important for our lives as physical beings on this planet.

Yoga for Flexibility

The other half of what makes healthy muscles is flexibility.

Physically, too much strength and not enough flexibility leads to tightness and stiffness in the body. And in life, a lack of flexibility makes us rigid and unable to go with the flow of our lives.

Physical flexibility is often thought of as the “goal” of yoga, but (oddly enough), it’s also often seen as a prerequisite.

Neither of these is true. Will practicing yoga regularly increase your flexibility? Probably. But the real gift is the flexibility of mind that one develops through the practice.

Yoga for Balance

When I talk about yoga for balance, I’m talking about much more than balancing poses.

I’m talking about the balance between strength and flexibility. Balance between strong practices and soothing ones. Balance between doing and being. Between giving and receiving.

Balance in all things, really.

And yes, of course, balancing poses too. But the balancing poses really serve as a physical representation of the balance you can cultivate in the rest of your life.

What do balancing poses require? A steady gaze, a sense of groundedness, and a stable core. This is what balance requires in all aspects of our lives too – focus, groundedness, and stability.

Image of a young woman in the yoga position half moon, in front of the ocean, with text overlay: Yoga for Strength, Flexibility, and Balance.
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Breathe. Move. Be.

Today’s practice will focus on all three of these elements – strength, flexibility, and balance. But it will also incorporate other elements of the yoga practice – pranayama (breath work) and meditation.

Because the yoga practice is not just about the physical postures, and it’s all about balance, right? We’ll start and end this practice with pranayama, and we’ll close with a guided meditation.

And to help you bridge the gap between your practice on the mat, and your life off the mat, I’ve created a journaling worksheet to accompany the guided meditation. Sign up below to get it straight to your inbox!

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I am a yoga teacher who focuses on bridging the gap between what happens on the mat and life off the mat. Yoga is life – it is meant to be lived!

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