Yoga

Yoga is a centuries-old practice, and with good reason! Yoga improves bone-density, burns calories and is an incredible full-body workout. Although those reasons are impressive enough to begin practicing, yoga provides so much more.

It also improves…

Posture: As we age, muscles in the core and upper back atrophy, which promotes spinal compression and a forward lean in the upper body. This can age us tremendously! Yoga reverses these conditions through the decompressive and core-strengthening poses that are repeated each session. These poses are also extremely beneficial to our youth, who are forever looking down to view phones, tablets and laptop screens. This forward flexion is becoming an epidemic that yoga easily reverses.

Balance: It is essential to keep your very foundation (feet, ankles and all the muscles surrounding them) strong. As I tell my athletes, “You’re only as strong as your weakest muscle group”.  If your quadriceps and glutes are well-developed, but you have weak ankles, it’s only a matter of time until you are sidelined by a sprained ankle. Yoga corrects this imbalance.

Maria Ulbricht Showing the Star Pose

Breath: Many people hold their breath during stressful situations, and isn’t that the worst action we can take? In yoga you will learn how to breathe and stay calm in an uncomfortable situation, which is great practice for life!

Focus: Sending oxygenated blood to the brain improves decision-making skills and mental focus. This transfers beautifully into other tasks, such as intense work meetings, athletic pursuits and test-taking.  I often remind my high school and collegiate athletes to breathe during their exams. It will make all the difference in their scores.

Flexibility: With improved flexibility comes better range of motion, which prevents injuries and promotes power.

Strength:  Because certain yoga poses are held for longer periods of time, muscular endurance is improved. Additionally, yoga relies on eccentric contraction, where the muscle stretches as it contracts, creating a strong and sleek look.

Mind-Body: Our bodies respond to exactly what our brains communicate. This is the main reason stress breaks down the body. Learning how to communicate calm, healing thoughts has been shown to dramatically improve both physical and mental illness as well as depression and anxiety.

Yoga is a very important part of my healing program, both for myself and my clients. With a solid teaching practice since 1998, I have a wide spectrum of experience with teenagers, overweight/obese clients, collegiate and high school athletes, menopausal women and those with physical and mental illness. Teaching yoga is an absolute passion of mine!

Yoga package investments:

One-on-One: Couples: Groups (3-6):
4 sessions: $300 4 sessions: $175/person 4 sessions: $150/person
1 session: $80 1 session: $50/person 1 session: $40/person

These sessions are available for those who live in the Annapolis, MD area. I travel to private homes, parks, or to the beautiful Annapolis Power Yoga studio on West Street. Videos forthcoming to purchase.