Did you know that strength and flexibility are not opposites? In fact, you can strengthen your muscles in ways that actually increase your flexibility over time! Each video in this series is dedicated to a particular muscle group in the body. We’ll begin with awareness of breath to connect to the body, then we’ll activate or “wake up” the area of the body we’re exploring with various movements, followed by specific versions of yoga poses to strengthen the targeted area, and end with some passive stretching.
Alia’s teaching is inspired by the idea that strength, mobility, and awareness are the key components for a healthy movement practice. Alia’s “stiff” body type led her to learn from various yoga and movement professionals that deepened her understanding of how our bodies are meant to move, the nervous system’s impact on our movement patterns, the benefits of an individualized approach to teaching, and the adaptive potential of the human body. Alia received her initial 200 Hour training from Tattva Yoga in Brooklyn, continued her education with Leslie Kaminoff of the Breathing Project and Jules Mitchell of Yoga Biomechanics, and is a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist. She is currently working closely with her mentor, Jenn Pilotti of BeWell Personal Training.