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Friday Night Flow 8!

Friday Night Flow 8 Alameda YogaFriday August 26th 8:00-9:30pm

Let’s celebrate the changing of seasons with live music that will inspire you to move through this open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi. This month we are joined by singer-songwriter Elissa Sun who will inspire your practice with melodic vocals and guitar playing, mixing between originals and soulful covers!

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and Elissa will invite you to deepen your experience of Vinyasa Flow. Through music and movement you will find a sense of play in your practice, learning to listen to the body’s intuition, and how to move like your most embodied self.

A California girl at heart, Elissa Sun was raised in Seal Beach, CA where she was exposed to a variety of musical genres that have inspired her musical path. Some of her influences include Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, and Lauryn Hill. Elissa began songwriting and singing as a form of therapy and storytelling, using her words and voice to release mental and emotional energy. To hear some of Elissa’s heartfelt sounds please visit: www.ellisasun.com

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Complete Your Yoga Practice With Power Plate® Strength Training!

Alameda Fitness and Yoga Studio

Yoga can feel like another language to your muscles, that’s why it’s called a practice. Much like speaking another language, if you get out of practice, it can be challenging to remain fluent.

There’s a way to work on the nuances of your muscle’s “speech” by strengthening the muscles that support your Yoga practice. You can improve your practice before you even enter the studio. Sign up for a package of Power Plate® classes at the cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda, Symmetry Yoga. Holding high plank on a Power Plate® that’s vibrating at 40Hz for 60 seconds creates 2,400 muscle contractions (40×60) per minute, per muscle.

Just imagine what that will do for the stability of your low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana) during your Yoga practice. Some people have a weekly Yoga practice and some practice daily. Because Yoga and Power Plate complement each other, try adding one of the Stretch, Strength, and Balance classes on Power Plate® into your weekly practice. Mix that in with one of our Core classes and start to notice the difference in your strength during your Yoga practice. Depending on the Yoga class, your body may feel empowered or on the sharp end of a learning curve.

There’s a special brand of confidence that comes in the moment of stillness when your muscles keep you right where you want them to hold. In your head the phrase, “I got this” actually means something as you hold Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) for the first time without shaking. Your shoulders, low back, buttocks, and core can feel strong and stable in many other poses as well. The balance work that’s done in the Stretch, Strength, and Balance Power Plate® classes will make Tree Pose (Vrksasana) feel like standing at the bus stop.

It’s worth mentioning that all of this strength can, of course, come from a committed Yoga practice as you work towards your 10,000 hours of mastery. However, 2,400 muscle contractions per minute, per muscle is a powerful alternative to finding confidence in your Yoga practice if 10,000 hours isn’t realistic for your schedule.

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Fitness Friday With Team Symmetry

Alameda Yoga Studio

Symmetry Health Center is not your typical Chiropractic office. There’s so much activity, education, and excitement happening all at once that you may wonder if you’re in the right place-especially on #fitnessfriday! You may find the energy level a bit higher on Fridays, since the team is preparing for weekend activities with a little extra pizazz! Find The Greatness in Fridays (TGIF) when you hear upbeat music that makes you want to move. Experience TGIF as the provider team and staff welcome you dressed in clothes that are designed for activity.

Yes, Fitness Friday is all about movement at Symmetry Health Center. While you don’t have to wait until Friday to move your body, it’s a great day to experience Symmetry Yoga in Alameda which is located inside Symmetry Health Center. We offer a 10 A.M. Gentle Yoga Class with Elena Kelly on Fridays, and Power Plate® classes are in full swing through the early afternoon! From 7:30am to 1:00pm there are six different options for Power Plate® classes!

Anything that you’re doing to stay fit on the weekends can be enhanced with Power Plate®. Are you sprinting, distance running, building a stronger core, or improving your balance? The cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda can help you improve your fast-twitch muscle fibers, slow-twitch muscle fibers, dynamic core strength, and ankle stability. Of course, classes on other days of the week can help you to grow stronger. But, Fitness Fridays will make for happier hours after a challenging work week and before enjoying the weekend with friends and family.

Ask the friendly front desk staff how you can get your hands on the new Symmetry Yoga water bottle-available with ANY membership purchase! Wrap your hand around 32 ounces of BPA free hydration with a secure top to avoid spills during your Power Plate® workout.

How will you celebrate Fitness Friday? Show us by tagging @healthyposture whenever you post to Instagram using the hashtag #FitnessFriday. We are proudly Celebrating Ten Years Serving the Alameda Community!

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Do It In The Morning… Yoga

Alameda yoga studio

Alameda’s own Symmetry Yoga team is all about helping you develop habits that improve the quality of your life. There are countless reasons why practicing yoga in the morning is great for body, mind and spirit.

First and foremost, the body! Stretching in the morning is the first line of defense against injury. Our muscles and joints naturally tighten up as we sleep, as a part of the restoration and repair process, so it’s absolutely crucial to loosen everything back up as soon as we can, to prevent tears, strains and sprains. Morning Yoga also helps us realign our bodies, so our posture is better through the day and we reinforce good movement patterns instead of bad ones.

Next up: the mind! One of the most important parts of any yoga practice is deep, meditative breathing! When we breathe deeply, we oxygenate the whole body -especially the brain! Deep breathing leaves you feeling energized, focused and refreshed, partly because our muscles are being fed fresh oxygen and nutrients, and partly because the brain itself is getting more of the good stuff it needs to work its very best!

And finally: the spirit! Some of the happiest, most successful people in the world set intentions at the beginning of the day, to help channel their energies towards their optimal health, happiness and achievement. Getting off on the right foot is as simple as stepping on the mat and opening your heart each morning with the wisdom and guidance of our Symmetry Yoga teachers!

Check the Symmetry Yoga schedule for healing and energizing morning classes. You’ll be so happy that you did!

Reclaim Your Upper Extremity Gifts With Power Plate®

Power Plate Classes in Alameda

Rehab used to be such a dreadful word. It’s what one does when an injury attempts to sideline us from the game of life. But, there was just no vitality in a word as boring as rehab. At the cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda, we’d like to introduce Power Rehab! In one of our Power Rehab classes, you can do more than just rehab, you can reclaim your ability! Check out the Power Plate® schedule for our Power Rehab – Upper Extremity and Core Strength class.

The powerful feeling of cheering, applauding, or expressing excitement without holding back can be reclaimed. The proud feeling of multi-tasking, playing with/lifting children, or embracing a loved one without pain can be reclaimed. Any injury that has left one or both of your upper extremities (read: shoulder, elbow, wrist, et al.) in a diminished level of ability, can become a distant memory. If you’re not sure that this class is for you, come in for a muscle test. Many of us tend to favor one side over the other. Many of us don’t realize the damage that can come from years of using a mouse. (“Mouse shoulder” is an actual condition that tends to create unilateral weakness and rapid fatigue.)

During a Power Plate® class, members are often reminded to “power up” in order to reach the apex of a movement. Take a moment and imagine the power in every contracting muscle as you engage, focus your ability and rise up with power! Imagine what that feels like when you stand up. Imagine that determination coming from your mind and your body.

This class isn’t your normal rehab. This is Power Rehab and feeling the difference does more than words can express. Reclaim your ability to perform push-ups after slowly reaching the bottom of the movement, power up to the top! While the push-up exercise is only one example of an exercise that might happen in the Power Rehab class, it’s one that will strengthen both arms and the core. As the name suggests, the core (a network of muscles in the torso that help us to maintain ideal posture and balance while moving our bodies) is, arguably, the most important part of any fitness regimen.

Join Symmetry Yoga in Alameda to reclaim your power in the Power Rehab – Upper Extremity and Core Strength class. Sign Up Now!

The Secret To Improving Balance And Preventing Falls

Power Plate Fitness Alameda, CA

It’s the season of summer action movies and everyone wants the secret to those awesome hero skills. Sure, you could hire Marvel to provide special effects and a wire harness. Or, you could reserve a spot in class at the cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda. We can teach you how to improve on, the secret that all the heroes know, balance. Fitness is not just defined by strength, stamina, or body fat percentage.

There are actually 10 components of fitness that determine if someone is “in shape”. One of those 10 components is balance and it’s so important because we aren’t just going to stay upright by magic. Our body is constantly at work to maintain our postural control. Symmetry Yoga in Alameda has balance embedded in the name and this cutting edge Power Plate® studio will help improve your balance.

Our bodies are constantly learning and improving. When we begin a new strength-training program, the first few weeks of strength gains are actually a result of the brain learning when to fire which muscles and in which order. Our body learns to work smarter and the Power Plate® is an excellent teacher. “The Power Plate® generates vibrations that activate sensory receptors in the body, in turn provoking reflexive muscle contractions in leg and trunk muscles. As both sensory and motor pathways are strongly stimulated during Power Plate® training…” a recent study concluded that 12 months of training would result in improved postural control. See more details on that study at this link.

While training on the Power Plate® in Alameda will help to improve the other 9 components of fitness (Agility/Reaction Time, Body Composition, Cardiovascular Endurance, Coordination, Flexibility, Muscular Endurance, Speed, Strength, and Power) it will also improve bone density.

Wolff’s Law states that our healthy bones will adapt to the loads under which they are placed. The bones adapt to the load by becoming stronger with greater density. With Power Plate® training, the focus is on acceleration (via whole body vibration) instead of mass in order to improve the potential force (think: strength and bone density, specifically).

As your bones adapt to the acceleration (load) your bone density improves. If you’re ready for stronger bones, better balance, and preventing falls, step up to the Power Plate.  Sign Up Now for our $49 New Student Special!

Friday Night Flow 7!

Friday Night Flow Yoga in AlamedaFriday July 29th 8:00-9:30pm

Kick off your weekend with live music that will inspire you to move through an open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi. This month we are joined by sitar player Brian Karvelas to inspire your practice with these dreamy Middle Eastern tunes!
Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and Brian will invite you to deepen your experience of Vinyasa Flow. Through music and movement you will find a sense of play in your practice, learning to listen to the body’s intuition, and how to move like your most embodied self.
Throughout Brian’s life he has been drawn to musical experience and the ways in which it serves to communicate in a realm beyond words and beyond thought. Musical soundscapes can be spaces of profound healing and powerful inspiration, and it is the tiny drops and glimpses of this power that kindle his desire to play and to devote himself to musical community. His greatest aspiration and fulfillment lies in creating music that provides a space in which we can heal our relationship with the earth and meditate upon our place in greater ecologies.
To hear some of Brian’s enchanting sounds please visit: https://soundcloud.com/alexanderkarvelas Class is Sure to Sell Out! Sign Up Now!

Living a Low Carb Lifestyle | Alameda Health Center

Symmetry Alameda healthy eating

Saturday July 30th 11:30-12:30pm

Join Symmetry Health Center in Alameda for a nutrition workshop that is designed to help you manage your health in a world with so many choices! If you are looking to lose weight, maintain weight or just make healthier choices, this is the workshop for you! Team Symmetry will provide education and the tools to help support a lifestyle you can maintain. This monthly event is designed to SUPPORT a healthier version of YOU! Lunch will be provided by Greens and Grains!

*Please See Our Online Calendar As Dates May Vary on Holiday Weekends. Please Call Us or Email to Register for this FREE. Workshop

Drishti 101: Balance and Focus Through Gaze | Alameda CA

Alameda Yoga Studio

If you’ve attended one of our classes at Symmetry Yoga Alameda, you’ve probably heard our teachers refer to something called “Dristhi” (pronounced “DRUSH-dee”). This term means “focused gaze” and it refers to a special Yogic way of looking at the world. This tradition was developed thousands of years ago by the ancients to help them focus intently on their meditative practices. Drishtis were valuable parts of their seated meditation sessions as well as their moving “asana” practice. In some schools of yoga (like Astanga for example) there’s a specific Drishti associated with every pose, but Drishtis are a common addition to classes of other styles too.

Using Drishtis is a great way to maintain balance during standing poses. Symmetry Yoga teachers will often advise students to look down at a spot on the floor in order to ground down with their feet more firmly. This is especially helpful in poses like Tree, where only one foot is on the earth at a time, and stability can be extra tricky!

Drishtis are a useful tool for less advanced poses too. Upward Facing Dog is a great opportunity to use the gaze to support a long, graceful arch of the neck and spine. Seated twists are enhanced by a gentle use of Drishti too, as looking over the shoulder helps stretch the trapezius muscles, and complete the rotation around the central axis of the spine.

Drishtis are also very helpful in avoiding distraction during practice. When we control the direction and intention of our gaze it becomes much easier to stay in a focused, intentional space. When the gaze wanders around the room, we can get caught up looking out the window, at other students, etc. but with a strong Drishti it’s easy to avoid those pitfalls and stay focused on your own practice and meditative intent.

The metaphor of the Drishti is a powerful tool in itself: when we keep our focus on the things that support us in succeeding, the distractions fall away and we find ourselves on a clear path to where we want to be. If you’re excited about taking a step in this direction then head over to the Symmetry Yoga Alameda schedule and pick out a class! Your future self will thank you for it!

Setting Intent with Symmetry Yoga | Alameda CA

Yoga Alameda at Symmetry Health Center

Setting Intent is a powerful way to take charge of your life and approach the challenges you face from a place of power. The team at Symmetry Yoga Alameda are the perfect support system to help you set intents that are powerful and authentic, enabling you to stay true to your goals and live your best life!

But what exactly is “Setting Intent”? And how is it different from setting goals?

The biggest difference between Intentions and goals is that Intentions are more general and goals are more specific. Examples of a powerful intention are: “I will welcome abundance into my life” or “I will only eat foods that nourish my body”. Examples of goals are: “I will put 20% of every paycheck in my savings account this year” or “I will stop eating sugar for 30 days”. The actions you take as a result of the Intentions and goals are often the same, but there’s a big difference in how our brains process the different approaches. And here’s the best part: you don’t have to choose between the two! Setting intentions is one of the best ways to help us reach our goals, and stay committed to them when the going gets tough!

Setting Intentions in the context of a yoga class is a fun and inspiring way to workout your mind and spirit as well as your body. Yoga Intentions can be specific to that day’s practice, your own unique yoga journey, your professional or personal life, or even the health and happiness of a loved one. Sometimes the Symmetry Yoga teachers will guide the whole class into a specific Intention, and sometimes they might leave it more open. But no matter what there will always be something in it for you!

The biggest obstacle to powerful intentions is the voice inside that says “I can’t” or “that’s not possible”.  This is where the yoga comes in, because our deepest, wisest selves know that ALL things are possible if we set our minds and hearts to the task! When we set an intent from this kind of Yogic mindset, we gain access to power and determination that we might never find otherwise.

Check the schedule at Symmetry Yoga Alameda for your next opportunity to come set life-changing Intentions with our team of skilled teachers! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.