WHY I CHOSE JOGA
As a young child I was always very athletic and loved sports but my main focus was Figure Skating. I became a competitive figure skater around the age or 10 and competed a Senior Nationals in 2005 & 2006. Our training varied so much from year to year but I always felt like there was something missing. I loved the gym but struggled to find the balance of mobility and stability. By the time I was 18 the injuries seemed to continue to pile on. I had chronic low back pain, hip pain and I tore my MCL and medial meniscus. After retiring from Skating I quickly switched sports and raced motocross for 5 years and now play ultimate frisbee. Even with rehab and rest the chronic pain in my Low Back and Hip seemed like it would never go away. I was diagnosed with a torn hip labrum and was advised to strengthen to help avoid surgery. Through all the strengthening my hip improved but the pain never fully went away.
Fast Forward to JOGA. I stumbled across JOGA online. I had heard of JOGA but didn’t know much about the program. As I began to do my research I instantly knew JOGA was for me. After the first 4 JOGA sessions I did I felt improvement in my body. Through JOGA I have completely eliminated the need to have hip surgery and I no longer have low back pain.
I have been a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2010. I have been working with Junior A hockey players since 2007 and I am currently the Head Athletic Therapist with the Pickering Panthers Jr A hockey Club. I also work with a variety of athletes including rugby players, football players, runners, dancers, cheerleaders, wrestlers and more. After seeing the changes I quickly made in my own body, I knew JOGA would help take all my athletes to the next level by increasing the mind body connection, learning how to move with breath and building mobility with stability to help decrease injury and calm the mind.
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“When Amanda invited me to do my first Joga session I had low expectations. I wasn’t experienced in any Yoga related programs before, but I have a lot of trust and respect for Amanda, so I gave it a try. I quickly noticed exceptional improvements with specific muscles. When it came to working out I found lifting a lot easier and I was able to increase my performance significantly compared to last year. I’ve also noticed my recovery time is a lot quicker from practicing breathing during Joga. I am so grateful to be involved in such an exceptional program and I can’t wait to use these techniques next year during my upcoming hockey season.”
“My name is Tyler Russell. I play hockey for the Los Angeles Jr Kings. I have been practicing JOGA for over 2 years. JOGA has helped me get stronger, especially with the strength in my legs. I really enjoy doing all of the JOGA exercises along with the salutation and the stretches. I consider JOGA a secret weapon because my body is in pain during the workout but I know that the pain is what will make me stronger. My JOGA coach, Carlie Chiovetti, is awesome. She is great at teaching all of the exercises and really cares that we are making improvements every week to help me be a stronger athlete.”
“What benefited me the most is the way we worked on my posture. In addition to that, my hips and hamstrings were always tight in the past. Now they, never get tight and I feel very fluid.”
“To be successful on the field, you have to be both physically and mentally prepared! I believe JOGA is the perfect blend of recovery, performance, and conditioning. I love JOGA because it not only makes my body feel better, but it allows my mind to let go.”
“I was looking for something new and that made sense with how my players move. This is when I was introduced to JOGA, a movement based program to help my players recover and maintain strength and mobility without sacrificing time. I felt it was an effective way of training”
“When trying to establish a foundation of strength JOGA segments 1 and 2 are very good for teaching the athlete balance and body control. This helps to increase strength and explosive power down the line.”
“JOGA is different than a traditional yoga class as it takes into consideration how athletes move, train and digest information. It’s program based and encompasses all of the physical properties needed to support elite performance.”
“When I started with Jana this past summer I noticed an immediate improvement in the way I felt physically. She paid close attention to the way my body was built and my strengths and weaknesses, allowing me to work on and improve strength and mobility that would immediately help me as an athlete. The work was very specific and tailored to my position. I’m very confident that it helped me on the ice when the season started. I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future.”
“JOGA can be an integral part of the off-season training of any athlete. It is important, however, to find an instructor who understands the demands of your sport and the strength and conditioning program. Jana and the JOGA staff have a done a great job of tailoring a program to meet the needs of my athletes and are willing and able to customize their sessions based on my feedback.”