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JOGA vs Yoga

The difference between JOGA and yoga is that JOGA was designed for athletes and athletic movements. Traditional yoga involves static long holds, which doesn’t necessarily makes sense for athletic movements. The muscles become overstretched and the neurosystem can’t keep up with the stretch of the muscle, so athletes come out “flat”. JOGA is a movement system that emulates cadence of movements in sports and focuses on dynamic stretching. The goal is not flexibility but balance of strength and flexibility.

It’s a system that is designed to be implemented into an athletes training as a compliment to existing training and/or competition. The system involves 4 segments that can be executed all at once and used as a functional workout or individual segments can be used for dynamic warm-ups and/or stretching and relaxation. The movements/postures are the same every time and are infiltrated with bench mark postures so practitioners can test their own results in terms of finding a balance of strength and flexibility. The focus of JOGA is to educate participants about the mechanics of the body, how to move within the body’s limitations, and overall awareness of body intelligence. JOGA has been described as a “pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation yoga system.” JOGA speaks to the Athletic Body and Athletic Mind.

Three Focuses’:

Breath:

  • Techniques to coordinate breath and movement increasing range of motion and unison of mind and body
  • Techniques to integrate core breath function
  • Stretched breath control to maximize lung capacity and to channel Oxygen into blood flow more efficiently while releasing Carbon Dioxide and Monoxide from the muscle fibers encouraging injury prevention and enhanced performance
  • Specialized breathing exercises to balance the left and right side of the brain (balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system) eliciting a consistent calm state of mind

Physical Postures:

  • Postures are designed to incorporate power and flexibility  while challenging balance and core strength
  • Specific anatomical cues to find symmetry in the body so it can operate more efficiently and work less; imbalances anatomically causes weak muscles to get fragile, compensating muscles to get tighter increasing chance of injury
  • Precise postures that build joint stability and improve joint mobility

Relaxation/Meditation:

    • Restorative yoga postures that encourage muscles, connective tissue and joints to  release; ultimately increasing range of motion and longevity
    • Utilizing specific relaxation tools so that while the body is being challenged physically the mind remains calm and non-reactive
    • Particular breath and mantra (vibration words) to calm the mind and ease anxiety/pressure that comes with being an elite athlete in sport and in life.

 

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