Muscle Control not only helps you to better control your body, it helps you to better feel it.
Muscle control is the primary way that you feel your body.
As an example, each time you focus on your breath, the "feeling" of your breath is created by muscles activating and relaxing.
When focusing on your breath you are actually focusing on feeling the muscles that you breath with activate and relax (unless you are concentrating on the feeling of air passing through your nasal passage or your throat or mouth).
Muscle activation and relaxation is what provides the different sensations of inhaling and exhaling.
The exercises in the videos and ebooks below all focus on helping you to improve some aspect of muscle control so that you can better feel your body and better control it.
The exercises are a little like breathing exercises in that you focus on feeling your muscles activate and relax.
But instead of just feeling and controlling your breath, you work towards feeling and controlling the rest of your body.
includes all materals from Option 1 plus
As a yoga teacher, I'm constantly exploring new exercises, new ways of doing yoga poses. Each new way isn't necessarily better. It is simply a different way of using the body.
There is no single "right way" of doing a yoga pose. Instead, there are options. And the better you are at "feeling" your body, the better you can get at choosing the right option for your body as it is now.
Often in a yoga class you don't have the time or opportunity to actually learn your body. You are too busy moving from pose to pose, or you get so much information in a short period of time that its difficult to remember any of it, let alone all of it. And then in the next class you are learning something different and so it takes a long time (and a lot of classes) to actually learn anything.
As a teacher my goal is to help my students learn to feel and control their body. My goal is to help them learn. (Not just give them a good workout). I want them to learn. As a result, we'll practice a technique over the course of several poses, or even throughout a practice.
The idea is to become good at using each technique to the point that it can be used in any pose, even those it hasn't been practiced in. And of course, the idea is that they actually learn the technique so that they can remember it easily.
This approach is a little like learning to drive a car, or better yet, a motorcycle. You practice using the brakes so that you know how to use them. Only then do you move on to the next skill. And that is more or less the approach taken in this collection of body awareness (proprioception) ebooks and videos. Each focuses on a particular technique (or set of techniques) so that you can become proficient at the use of that technique.
Each technique includes an element of "feel" and an element of "control". So they are actually more than just techniques, they are ways of feeling and controlling your body. That means they can be applicable in anything, not just yoga!
These techniques are not dependent on how flexible you are.
However, given time they can help you improve your flexibility. More importantly, they can help you get a better feel for your body.
Bar the first ebook (Yoga Basics 1) each focuses on muscle control. That means activating muscle and relaxing it. But more than that it also means that you learn to feel your muscles and the way their activation changes patterns of tension in your body.
Muscles are in a large part, how we feel our body.
This is important in muscle control because a big part of muscle control is deliberately moving parts of your body or deliberately keeping parts of your body still.
Sometimes the simple act of just keeping parts of your body still can be a good exercise in body awareness (and muscle control).
One of the interesting side effects of practicing muscle control is that you don't have to be constantly flowing from pose to pose in order to get into the flow. the simple act of feeling your muscles activate and relax helps get you there.
As a result, you may find that your yoga practices that where you focus on muscle control can leave you feeling refreshed and energized and not worn out.
With muscle control, the focus is on what is going on inside of your body. And the focus is on deliberately creating changes within your body. While there is some movement, the changes are smaller and more regular than simply doing vinyasas from one pose to the next.
An advantage of muscle control, particularly if you practice slow and smooth activations and relaxations (a point that is particularly evident in the videos) is that you can get better at feeling the minimum required effort to do a pose.
You'll still be working in your poses, there will still be muscular activation (since you need it to feel your body) however, the activation, the effort will be the minimum required.
Note that this package has two options.
Options 1 includes the ebooks: Yoga Basics 1, Yoga Basics 2 plus the ebook and video Basic Muscle Control for Stronger Arms and Legs (Frictional Arm and Leg Strength).
All three include an hour long routine (roughly) that focuses on a particular aspect of body awareness.
This option is enough to get you started on "learning your body".
Yoga basics 1 and 2 focus on the differences between deliberately moving a part of your body versus deliberately keeping it still. Both are examples of control and both require that you feel your body as well as control it.
Basic muscle control (also known as "frictional muscle control") focuses on working against the floor to activate muscles. You'll learn to use both friction and pressure to activate muscles. A benefit of these exercises is that you'll get better at feeling your connections with the floor and noticing what is happening at those connection.
Option 2 includes all of the material from option 1.
The three additional programs it contains are in video format.
Thigh Muscle Control Front and Back focuses on feeling and controlling the quadriceps, superficial hip flexors, hamstrings and gluteus maximus muscles.
It includes the different exercises I use to help the students who have difficulties with these actions.
Extreme Stability focuses on activating the feet and ankles. It's one way of creating stability within the body and you may find it helps you when you work on stretching your hamstrings and or hips.
Improve Hip Control, Feel and Control Your Pelvis, focuses on using the pelvis (and pelvic landmarks) as a means of improving hip control.
As an extra extra option, option 3 includes all of the above materials from options 1 and 2 plus the Hip Control Guide Ebook.
These programs are all based on my "in class" experience as a teacher. That being said, the exercises may not work for you. If for that reason or any other reason you aren't satisfied, contact me for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.