Sally Parkes's Videos
Abdominal Separation Recovery
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the central abdominal muscles that sometimes occurs in post-natal women. The muscles can be gently encouraged back in to place with the right kind movements. This sequence takes you through a gentle series of asana that works the transverse and oblique muscles whilst minimising pressure in the abdomen and uterus, and encourages the central abdominal muscles back together. You will need a strap and the block.
Gentle Post Natal Recovery
Post-Natal: Relax and Restore
Welcome home, you are free to relax! Sometimes with so much to do, we forget that our emotional batteries are nearly flat and become overwhelmed. Take time to focus on you and only you. Moving slowly and with ease, breathing deeply and thoughtfully, it's finally time to relax! You will need a bolster, strap and block.
Post-Natal: Free Your Spine
Our spine is not only our physical back bone but also our emotional one, and as mums we need to maintain its health for us to do our work well whilst feeling supported. The sequence will work on strengthening and freeing the muscles around the spine and back area, the aim of which is to be strong when you need to be and flexible when you just need to ‘let go’. You will need a strap and a block.
Subtle Hip Strength
Post Natal: Standing Sequence For Strength
A standing sequence of asana that require subtle strength and focus to help us become grounded, and energetically root down in to the earth. Breathe deeply in to the abdomen whilst feeling supported by the earth. In this way we can come back to the 'now' and become more accepting of what 'is'.
Post Natal: Energising Gentle Flow
Post Natal: Gentle Hatha Flow
Starting with gentle and slow Sun Salutation variations that aim to free up the neck, shoulders and lower back, this class getting you in the flow after having a baby, followed by some focused core work, the aim of which is to reenergise the pelvic region and give your spine more support when carrying your child. You will need a mat, block and strap.
Post Natal: Stretch And Breathe
A gentle sequence that focuses on the breath and making space, physically and emotionally. We will begin by mobilising each joint and gently moving and stretching the spine before working through a gentle hatha yoga flow and subtle breath awareness before moving into relaxation. You will need a bolster and a blanket. Suitable from about 8 weeks postnatal or 10 weeks+ if you had a c-section.
Post-Natal Gentle Abs
This gentle abs class will gently help your abs to recover, great for post-natal, but wait for at least 8 weeks post-birth before doing this class and ask your health advisor before starting this class. Also great for any of us who are looking to gently get their core strength back following illness or surgery. You will need a block.
Gentle Yoga for C-Section Recovery
A short, gentle yoga class which is great for after you've had a C-section. This class will give your back and abdominals a breath of life again and a good stretch, whilst also focusing on releasing the shoulders. Try this class from 10 weeks after a C-section or abdominal surgery, and go really slowly and gently, always taking all movement slowly and mindfully. You will need a strap and a block.
Post C-Section Recovery with Fitness Ball
A short movement class for women who have recently had a C-Section. This class uses a large fitness ball, the focus is on mobilising your lower back and starting to engage the abdominal muscles. You will need a large fitness ball and a yoga block. Depending on your own recovery, you might be able to start this class 10 weeks after your C-Section. Please consult a doctor before starting this class.
Mum and Baby Yoga
This class is for you to enjoy with your baby. Sally shows us ways we can stretch with your baby. After having a baby gentle stretches will help you to become a more mindful, fitter mum for all the picking up and work you're doing. This class incorporates your baby as part of the class and shows you how you can incorporate your baby as part of the class. Sally also shows us some nice stretches to relax your baby.
Pregnancy yoga for lower back and pelvis
2nd Trimester: Morning Energiser
Trimesters 2 & 3: Goddess Flow
Here’s the perfect practice to re-energise at the beginning or end of day. Sally leads an up-beat session to open the hips, shoulders and spine with some deep lunges and goddess pose variations. Perfect to re-set the mind and ease the hips particularly where there is sacro-iliac pain.
All trimesters: Hip Openers
This is a fabulous sequence for any time during pregnancy ”“a flowing freeing practice that loosens the shoulders, spine and hips. Using a chair for stability Sally moves us through side flexes to make space for baby with lunges and sitting hip openers to release the hips and lower back. Sally’s classes are perfect for new students who’ve started yoga during pregnancy and those of you who want tips to modify your current practice. Props: Chair
Trimester 1: Gentle flow