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SUP Yogis | Alameda Yoga Studio

paddleboard yoga alamedaThe skies are clear and the air is warm on this beautiful island of Alameda, and it’s the perfect time to get out there and try something fun in the sun! That’s why the team at Symmetry Yoga Alameda is excited to bring you Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga!

Stand Up Paddleboarding (or SUP for short) is one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever experience. SUP takes place on a long, wide, and buoyant surf board, with a paddle custom-fit to your height. You plant your feet on the special grip-enhanced surface, engage your core, and use the paddle to navigate across the water. It’s a great opportunity to tone your arms and abs, it helps you strengthen your “balance muscles” (which are the first line of defense against joint injury) and supports your posture by strengthening your back and side-body.

The only thing better than SUP on it’s own is SUP plus Yoga, which offers all the same benefits as regular SUP times ten! The “balance muscles” get a great workout from yoga alone, so combining it with SUP is the perfect recipe for toned muscles and healthy connective tissues. This balance challenge adds more to every pose and enhances your focus on the practice. In our busy lives, it can be difficult to focus, but when you’re out on the bay, with the sounds of the water lapping on your board and the breeze in your hair, with an extra balance challenge to boot, you’ll be sure to “drop in” to your practice with ease!

SUP Yoga is a great way to get out in nature, build strength, burn calories, and integrate mind, body and spirit.

And here’s the best part: the Symmetry Yoga Alameda team will be offering a special SUP Yoga workshop September 18th from 10am-2pm. Check out the Symmetry Yoga Alameda workshop schedule to find out more!

 

 

What To Expect For Your First Power Plate® Experience

If you’ve wondered what all the vibrating is about, it’s time you step up to the Power Plate® to realize there’s so much more going on while standing on this cutting edge piece of machinery! Let’s talk numbers. If it’s your first time on the Power Plate® there’s a good chance that the machine is set to a vibration level of 30-40Hz. What that means is you now have an indication for how many involuntary muscle contractions are happening throughout your body during your workout. Yes, once you stand on the machine, it will feel like your muscles are shaking when actually they are contracting! At 30Hz for 60 seconds, that creates 1,800 (30×60) involuntary contractions per minute! Keep in mind, that’s just in one muscle! This is why standing on the Power Plate® is a workout in and of itself, and only 25 minutes is needed to accomplish what could take an hour in the gym!

In a previous post, we mentioned the Power Plate® improves bone density. Studies show, that Bone Density can improve with just 15 minutes a session at three days a week! Expect to feel how this is happening the first time you step up to the Power Plate®. The muscles contract and pull on the bone, which is how bone grows. Many mention the vibration reaching the top of the head when they hop up on the plate and stand tall. While this isn’t necessarily uncomfortable, it can be a surprise. The simple way to alleviate that sensation is to decrease the surface area in contact with the Power Plate®. If you lift your heels slightly or bend your knees taking you in to a squat, the vibration won’t be felt as high as the head.

Much like any form of exercise, it’s important to prepare your body before you begin. Be sure to hydrate before your first Power Plate® experience. Listen to your body’s thirst centers and energy level. Drink a tall glass of water in the morning to set the tone for your day and feel your brain (75% water) perk up. Some people (with lower hydration levels) have reported an itching sensation while on the plate, often on the bridge of the nose. This can be due to dehydration causing friction in the blood cells. We’ve found that a few glasses of water alleviate that problem pretty quickly.

Another important way to prepare your body for the Power Plate® is to select the right footwear. Due to the way the vibration moves, on three planes (X, Y, and Z axis), the Power Plate® will reinforce the posture of the user. We always encourage good posture for this reason during all classes. Certain shoes create poor posture (think: elevated heels) and certain shoes create a poor walking gait (think: flip-flops). For the experienced users, barefoot is ideal. If it’s your first time, a thinner-soled running shoe may work best.

If you’ve been wondering what all the excitement is about, stop by our cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda. Symmetry Yoga offers many options for first time students. Click here to sign up for your first class!