With my muscles shrinking and my joints creaking away, all that slow stretching would definitely help. but the key is to take it slow & easy bcos overstretching can be just as bad as not stretching at all, or maybe even worse.
In the 1 hour session, i was introduced to a couple of the usual poses for beginners.
- Downward facing Doggy/ stretches & strengthens the whole body.
- Cobra Pose/ increases flexibility of the spine.
- Camel Pose/ streches the front of the body & increases flexibility.
- Tree Pose/ strengthen legs & improve balance
- Cat-Cow Stretch/ increases flexibility & abdominal strength.
- Extended Triangle Pose/ stretches & strengthens legs, groins & hamstring
- Warrior Pose 1, 2 & 3/ strengthens legs & back.
- Mountain Pose/ basic standing pose
- Staff Pose/ basic sitting pose
- Child's Pose/ relaxes in between poses
- Corpse Pose/ relaxes at the end of each session.
After doing a little online research (read: googling of course lol) i know now that i had gone thru a Vinyasa Class i.e. a lot of movement incorporated into the stretching, which suits me just fine.
But hey, my first love will always be jumping about like a hyper monkey lol.. just hoping that the slow moves will balance it up a bit.
Dunno la.. we'll see ;p
And just for the record, its the benefit from all that controlled stretching & breathing that i'm seeking, not the yogic philosophy or way of life.
(didnt have the luxury of completing the additional 200m this morning bcos i would've been late for work).