What is it?

  • A strength flexibility exercise, initially created for people who don’t necessarily like yoga but need it – yoga, without the zen!
  • A mixture of yoga, mobility, stability, balance and body weight exercises
  • We aim to relate the movements back to sport or fitness and the mobility required to be physically active
  • Movements focus on increasing flexibility, mobility, strength and body awareness
  • Beneficial for injury prevention, body awareness and enabling proper form or function

Yogability for injury rehabilitation

  • Yogability is different from conventional medicine in its approach to injury
  • Used to prevent injury, and also extremely beneficial for rehabilitation and corrective exercise from an injury or medical condition
  • An excellent way to build strength in weak or injured muscles by lengthening and strengthening muscle tissue and enhancing range of motion
  • Beneficial for both recovery from overuse muscle injuries and as physical therapy intervention for pain management and correcting postural imbalances associated with injuries and disorders
  • Can also reduce cortisol levels, a stress hormone that has been linked with a number of adverse effects that inhibit injury recovery

Suffers of chronic pain find they can ‘move through’ the pain instead of resisting it.

The combination of warmer and more flexible muscles increases joint health and decreases ligament tension, which reduces muscle pain. It is a natural pain reliever. The flows and poses stimulate fascia (a strong connective tissue that surrounds and separates muscles), promoting adaptation that may not be efficiently addressed with single joint exercises. These poses can also treat multiple problems, for example, hip weakness or poor ankle flexibility often plays a role in knee pain. These muscle deficiencies in various locations can be challenged by a single yoga pose, addressing multiple problems simultaneously.


Enfys started her Yogability journey after scans revealed severe arthritis in both hips. In her hospital appointment, she was told to go home to seriously consider bilateral hip replacements.

She says: “I did not want surgery as this would impact my working life and the risks involved were high. Also, I did not think having these new hips would improve my flexibility. This is when I decided to take a year out of my gym classes and do Yogability with Alecs. I was not looking forward to giving up the gym but something had to change. I still get very frustrated sometimes and have nearly broken down on a few occasions as I cant do certain poses but Al is so patient and a wonderful instructor. Due to her dedication and her willingness to help people, I fully trust Al and this has been proved with the results that I have received today.”

– 18 months after starting Yogability, Enfys was told by her consultant that due to her hard work, she is “far better off with her own hips, and does not need a double hip replacement at present time”.

Yoga and Sports Rehab as a combined intervention

  • If used in conjunction with physical therapy, yoga has the ability to aid with treating multiple muscles at once, potentially speeding up recovery, improving muscle movement and focus the mind
  • The more we learn about the benefits of these seemingly different aspects of health, the more we realize the combination of the two goes well beyond flexibility and strength building
  • At Functional Rehab, we have been using Yogability in conjunction with physical therapy and have witnessed some pretty amazing results


One of our clients initially came to us with chronic shoulder pain, and had not been able to lift his arm above 90 degrees for 10 years following a shoulder operation. He had been to see a specialist, who recommended more surgery. Instead, he committed to biweekly treatment sessions consisting of acupuncture and movement therapy, coupled with biweekly Yogability sessions. Six months later he was back swimming and training in the gym multiple times a week with very minimal pain.

Yogability for Performance

Coupled with some one to one Personal Training sessions, we have had excellent results with Crossfitters who are looking to improve their handstand skills or squat technique, triathletes who need to improve their single limb strength and avoid injuries, swimmers with limited shoulder mobility, rowers with muscular imbalances, and regular gym goers who just want to take care of themselves by increasing their body awareness and moving better.

“How do you teach Yoga to Athletes? Give them what they truly need, not what they think they need. Often the thing we need most is what we want to do least”

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