Kraline (kruh-lean) Yoga: my original form of yoga with an emphasis on dynamic movement to improve strength, balance and functional flexibility.
Yoga can be a great form of exercise, but most traditional forms of the practice focus too much on static stretching, compromise your body’s natural alignment and encourage over stretching of muscles and joints. When you stretch, you’re not only stretching your muscle, but also the fascia tissue within your muscle and the connective tissue that support your joint. With too much stretching or stretching beyond your natural range of motion, fascia, ligaments and tendons can lose their ability to recoil. This can result in decreases in strength and joint stability making your joints more prone to injury. Over-stretched joints also carry higher risk of arthritis due to wear and tear on cartilage.
Kraline Yoga focuses on functional strength, flexibility and balance; the kind you need and use for everyday activities. Unless you are a gymnast, figure skater or ballerina, deep stretching of muscles and joints beyond what’s natural will not benefit you in any way. Even if you are an athlete that needs this kind of flexibility, it’s important to weigh the benefits and risks of such a program. Dynamic mobility is what will help keep your muscles and joints, strong, healthy and injury free.
Click the link below for Kraline Yoga workouts and exercises with video demonstrations.