Yoga Classes at Rise Up Martial arts: Alicia BlancharYoga for fitness and balance
What is Rise Up Yoga and Why Are We Bringing It To A Martial Arts Academy?
Yoga complements all aspects of martial arts. If we look at the art of jiu jitsu, for example, a main component is flexibility; however, flexibility is an attribute most try to go without. Yoga helps open joints, stretch out the body and elongate, and feel less stress and struggle when in certain positions. By adding in yoga, there is an increase of strength, a restoration of balance, a focus on how to control breathing and using that knowledge to help transition between movements, and a higher level of body awareness. All of those features are added benefits to the practice of jiu jitsu. Martial arts certainly teaches its students to have perseverance, precision, and determination which are also characteristics of yoga.
It is no secret that when people give yoga a try, they often add it to their everyday life. The collaboration allows the residents of McFarland and folks in the surrounding areas to come to a place that can improve the lives of all different types of people in various forms. There is a class for every person of any age and skill level.
I truly look forward to helping you achieve your personal goals and to see where this journey takes you.
Hi! My name is Alicia. I was born and raised here in McFarland and absolutely love it here. Outside of yoga, I love spending time outdoors. In the summer you can find me on the lake, playing kickball, horseback riding, and rollerblading. Even in the cold, snowy winter, I am outside – snowboarding, sledding, and playing with my daughter.
Like most people, I have had my share of ups and downs in life. Shortly after my daughter was born, I began feeling disconnected with myself and others. I was going through a shift – being a new mom, becoming a stay-at-home parent, amongst other things – and began thinking about how to become connected again. While I have always been active and there was a point I spent quite a bit of time in the gym, I decided to try yoga. Unlike the time spent at the gym where I was counting calories, competing with and trying to look good for others, and focused on weight loss, yoga was for me and me alone – mentally and physically.
From the first time I stepped onto my mat, there was a change. I began to feel connected with myself, body and mind, and others again. I have been practicing for a little over a year and while I still endure the normal ups and downs in life, I am able to face them with an attitude of calmness and ease. Enduring the ever-changing tides and streams of life has become free flowing. Yoga has brought a better equilibrium; a welcomed sense of balance from being in touch with my body and mind. When I am on my mat, I am there for me. No boundaries set, no unreachable goals, nothing to prove to anyone. It has become a lifestyle, a piece of my life’s puzzle. So many aspects of my life have improved – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – from incorporating meditation and yoga and I hope to help others achieve that, as well.
Are you looking for a yoga workshop that will give you a glimpse into full body awareness, learn new poses and enhance old ones all while exploring Madison’s newest distillery location? For only 35$ you’ve found it! Alicia Blanchar, yoga instructor at Rise Up Martial Arts Academy, is hosting a 20-20-20 mindfulness workshop at Yahara Bay Distillery in Fitchburg. All proceeds benefit a local family in need.