We’re excited to introduce you to one of our Yoga Instructors, Michael Byrd! Franklin NC has so much to offer, why not talk about yoga for a little bit, right? Michael has been instructing Yoga at Franklin Health & Fitness for over three years and has classes every Monday morning (7:30 am – 8:30 am) and every Thursday evening (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm).
Fun Fact: All of our group exercise classes (yes, Yoga is a group “x” class) are included in our memberships!
Below enjoy Michael’s take on yoga in general, the style that he focuses on in his classes, as well as his favorite pose! Enjoy!
General Benefits of Yoga
Most people think of the physical aspects of a regular yoga practice; improving flexibility, strength, and toning of the core and really the entire body, and that’s all great, but Yoga can do so much more for us. We also do balancing poses which will greatly impact many areas of our lives. We focus on breathing which helps to calm and center our minds and spirit. And we learn to become more mindful, the art of being fully present in the moment, which improves our focus, clarity, and peace of mind. Overall, Yoga teaches us to be calm in uncomfortable situations which we can carry into our daily lives – off the Yoga mat – for a much happier, joyful, and loving experience of life.
There are many styles of Yoga and I like to draw from each of them, combining the qualities that will produce the greatest results for all the different students who practice as FHFC. My classes are for all levels of students. Most of the time, I will do a gentle to moderate Vinyasa Flow class, but once a month I will offer a different type of Yoga, called Yin Yoga.
Yin Yoga is specifically designed to target the connective tissue by holding poses for 5 to 8 minutes, using lots of props to make the pose as accessible as possible for each student. Yin Yoga is the perfect balance for many other types of Yoga as well as for people who do aerobics, boot camp, running, swimming, or even CrossFit. These activities can be hard on the connective tissue and joints, but Yin Yoga is wonderful for preventing overuse injuries, rehabbing an old injury, and giving the body a chance to heal and balance after a hard work out. Yin Yoga is for everybody and compliments all other activities at FHF.
Michael’s favorite pose
I’m a big fan of arm balances and headstands, but my favorite pose is called Bound Side Angle pose, which really allows me to get deep into my hip muscles, core muscles, and chest muscles all the while making me focus on balancing and breathing. It’s challenging but so worth it.
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