Cross-training is not only a pillar of the Longevity method, it is a dynamic approach to promoting overall health on both a mental and physical level. Integrating different types of training, like yoga with strength/resistance training, works to address the whole self - mind, body, and spirit. When we combine two already-effective forms of fitness, we also combine each of their benefits to create an efficient synergy.
Staying consistent with your workouts paves the way for a healthy (and successful) relationship with fitness. However- knowing which workouts complement each other, and why, gives you that extra leverage and leg up. We believe yoga pairs the bodyweight and strengthening exercises your body needs with the flexibility and tension-relief your body craves. Starting with just one day of practice per week can help connect to your breath, improve your posture, clear your mind, and leave you feeling strong, empowered and grounded.
How yoga can complement your current workout regimen
'Yoga is a wonderful complement to a strength training program beyond the obvious stretching that comes with the many poses we practice in yoga. Yoga also cultivates body and breath awareness, which can save you from overdoing your training and potentially causing injury. It helps you learn how to use your own body weight to build strength and engage your intrinsic muscles in each pose. ("muscular energy" in Anusara Yoga’s Five Universal Principles of Alignment™) These alignment principles also can be therapeutic in helping you recover from strength training. Finally, yoga facilitates the peace of mind and positive attitudes that can help you achieve the next level of fitness in your training program.' -Gail Corvette, Longevity Fitness Yoga Instructor
Gail’s students have described her classes as therapeutic, playful and intelligently paced. She is a featured teacher on YogaVibes.com and has worked with such specialized populations as cancer patients and survivors, young adults on the autism spectrum, a football team, and recovering addicts. She is proud to be a member of the Longevity team since we opened. Her credentials include: Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance’s e-RYT-500, Yoga 4 Cancer, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) and S.O.A.R. (Success Over Addiction and Relapse)
'It's important to move your body in all planes and ranges of motions, and yoga does just that! It will enhance your strength workouts even further by increasing the depth of your squat and improving your balance with exercises like a single leg deadlift. Plus, the mindfulness practiced in yoga is a great way to work on being present during your workouts. Mindful workouts allow you to pay closer attention to how your body feels.' -Michelle Fitzgerald, Longevity Fitness Yoga Instructor
Michelle is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, in addition to teaching cycling, barre, HIIT, TRX, kickboxing, and cardio dance classes. Putting mindful movement at the forefront, she strives to articulate proper alignment, monitor intensity, and offer progressions and regressions in such a way that is both educating and motivating.
Fine-tune your yoga practice with Gail on Thursdays at 10:30am and Sundays at 4:00pm, and flow with Michelle every Tuesday morning at 9:30am. If you're seeking something a little more tailored and intimate, we offer personal sessions with either qualified instructor.