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Yoga is an ancient practice now known for its many benefits of the body and mind. The word yoga was derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. The union of your mind with your body; integrating with your outside surrounding and your inside consciousness.
For many, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives. It also provides many other mental and physical benefits. Yoga develops inner awareness, focusing your attention on your body’s abilities at the present moment. It helps develop breath and strength of mind and body. It’s also shown to aid with overall fitness, increasing muscle strength and flexibility, better body image by learning to focus inwards, heart benefits because it lowers blood pressure, weight control and mindful eating by practising mindfulness.
There are many different types of yoga offered at Barakah, we recommend trying different classes to see which best suits you.
Pilates focuses on stability and controlling your muscles so that you get better mobility and strength. Pilates is centered around your core muscles, this low-intensity workout has an extensive list of benefits such as improved posture, increased flexibility, better balance, it eases back aches and overall better performance in other workouts.
Pilates takes its name from German-born Joseph Pilates who developed this approach to exercise and body-conditioning during World War 1, when he briefly worked as a nurse and experimented on bed-bound patients by attaching springs to hospital beds, so that patients could start toning their muscles. He conceived it as a mental as well as a physical conditioning in which individuals could work their bodies to their full potential. Pilates was perhaps the first influential figure to combine Western and Eastern ideas about health and physical fitness.
Pilates focuses on the concept of control rather than endless reps or muscle exhaustion. In Pilates, your muscles are working to lift against gravity; your goal should be to take your time with the exercises, focus on the task at hand, and connect to your breath.
Barre incorporates a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. It offers a full-body workout focusing on balance and strength by using high repetitions of small range-of-motion movements while holding your body at a position.
Barre was created by the ballerina Lotte Berk in London in 1959. After injuring her back, Berk got the idea of combining her ballet barre routines with her rehabilitative therapy to form an exercise system.
Barre classes combine strength training and cardio, so it’s great for burning fat and building muscle. Other benefits of Barre include improved posture, muscle definition, weight loss, increased flexibility, and reduced stress.