You probably don’t need us to tell you that the mental and physical benefits of regular mobility and flexibility practice are endless. From stress reduction to improved performance and decreased chances of injury, it’s a pretty crucial part of any good training programme. But we also understand that yoga isn’t for everyone, and the spiritual style of some classes can be a little off-putting if that’s not your style. So, for those who train hard and want to support their training without becoming a fully-fledged yogi, here’s our pick of London’s best stretching and mobility classes…
The lowdown: “Whatever your sport, yoga can help improve your performance. By focusing on exercises that create better alignment, stretch muscles properly and develop critical strength, this class will help prevent future injuries and aid recovery from pre-existing ones. Emphasis will also be placed on expanding lung capacity in order to increase breathing efficiency. Open to all levels from complete beginners to more experienced students, with options given for different levels.”
The lowdown: “The most athletic and physically demanding form of yoga, a series of set postures practised in sequence. Each of our expert instructors has their own unique style to keep your practice interesting.”
The lowdown: “A dynamic Vinyasa flow, our teachers are versed in the areas of the body our athletes need to mobilize. Let your body have the recovery it deserves and improve your performance through integrated mobility classes.
What to expect:
- Basic yoga intro
- Vinyasa flow elements combined with specific mobility exercises”
The lowdown: “Engage and move through the flows of Yoga learning the disciplines and increasing your flexibility. Build your inner strength and develop key skills to maintain your journey in the Ashtanga and dynamic Vinyasa methods.”
The lowdown: “You work out, but do you work in? Mobility is designed to help you recover from your week of training and get you prepped for the next. We use foam rollers, lacrosse balls, breath-work and down-regulation techniques to make the body more supple, mobile and in a state of rest and digest.”
The lowdown: Can’t get to class? Never fear. Romwod is an online programme with a whole host of different mobility and stretching workouts, that can be tailored to suit your needs. Sign up for a free 7-day trial and see how regular practice can boost your performance, optimize your range of motion and accelerate your recovery.