We sat down with our JOGA instructor, Dori Hishon, to bring you more information on this new class…
Dori, where did JOGA come from?
JOGA is the brainchild of Canadian athlete and Ishta yoga instructor, Jana Webb. She developed JOGA after practicing yoga to treat an injury. She was a yoga enthusiast and wanted to “bridge the gap between fitness and yoga”. She refers to JOGA as “an athletic-based style of yoga that speaks to the athletic mind and athletic body” which incorporates postures and breathing techniques with the goal of achieving strength and flexibility.
How does JOGA differ from yoga?
The postures in JOGA involve a combination of dynamic and static stretching as opposed to traditional long holds. JOGA does involve the same poses as a typical yoga class but has an emphasis on strength training, whereas traditional yoga classes emphasize flexibility and stretching.
What are the main focuses of a JOGA class?
- Postures (ie., planks, downward dog, child’s pose, push-ups, etc.). Postures are designed to incorporate power and flexibility while challenging balance and core strength.
- Breathing. These techniques are used to coordinate breath with movement as well as increase range of motion and unison of mind and body.
- Relaxation and meditation. Specific relaxation tools are used to encourage the mind to remain calm and nonreactive while the body is being challenged physically.
Who should give this class a try?
This class is suitable for anyone looking to improve their overall flexibility, strength and alignment. For those already practicing yoga, you will find a new challenge and perhaps identify new ways to address your body’s imbalances.
What should participants bring to class?
Comfortable yoga attire, water, your own mat (optional), a small towel and an open mind.
When will this class be offered?
This will be a weekly core offering beginning on Thursday, January 3rd from 5:20 to 6:05 pm.