Back and Shoulders

“You are only as old as your spine”

Goes the saying. It’s really important for you to keep your spine moving so that it stays strong, healthy and flexible. But you knew that already. These videos are great if you have a desk job and don’t move as much as you could, or if you already have stiff spine, shoulders or hips. Just remember to do the practices in these videos. Every day. We have got videos of different lengths here so you don’t need to put your back out trying to fit it in your schedule.

We don’t guarantee that you’ll be ready to join the Chinese circus, but we think that your back will appreciate the extra loving you give it and will reward you with less pain. You’ll start feeling that your life has some backbone, quite literally. This will lead to you making better decisions, possibly leading a life from a position of courage. You may start to feel your back is longer, you may start to sit up taller, you may start to notice when you slump or st... Show more

 

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  • Beginners 4: Twist to unwind 20:00
    Beginners 4: Twist to unwind

    Clare Beagley

    Twists help you feel yourself again. So whether you’re stiff, stressed-out, sluggish, or plain out of sorts, Clare’s simple twist practice will leave you feeling grounded and re-energised. Perfect for morning or evening. The class ends on a savasana, so feel free to lay down and soak up the practice for as long as you need.



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  • Gentle Somatic Movement: Standing Tall After Sitting for Long Periods14:52
    Gentle Somatic Movement: Standing Tall After Sitting for Long Periods

    Nahid de Belgeonne

    A gentle, exploratory somatic movement class. In this class we are standing ideally in bare feet, reaching out in different directions to wake up the nervous system after a period of sitting. Suitable for everyone, needs no equipment and can be done in limited space. Be curious and perhaps you'll be surprised at how awake and energised your body feels after just doing subtle movements.



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  • Hatha Yoga to Feel Invigorated25:09
    Hatha Yoga to Feel Invigorated

    Clive Fogelman

    This hatha yoga class is all about using our practise to invigorate the body and mind. We will explore some side bending, twisting and strengthening movements to activate and open up the body. Leave the class feeling energised, uplifted and ready to tackle the day ahead.



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  • Yoga Flow to Free your Shoulders 35:02
    Yoga Flow to Free your Shoulders

    Margi Young

    A relaxed, contentment-inducing flow, perfect for anytime of day. Focus of the class is on shoulder and neck releases. Try this class after a busy day's work, after a long drive or travel, or to start the day feeling relaxed and open in the heart and shoulders. This class begins reclined over two blocks to begin the process of opening the front of the shoulders, lungs and heart. Move into some neck releases and twists, all with an emphasis on freedom of the shoulder area. After a few standing poses, the class ends with a supported inversion and hip opener. Props: 2 Blocks and a strap



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  • Yoga for Back Pain Relief 31:31
    Yoga for Back Pain Relief

    Vanessa Michielon

    A wonderful class for Prenatal back pain, suitable for all trimesters. This class can also suit most of us for most stages in life! Back pain and back stiffness is common during pregnancy, but also for all of us who live sedentary, modern lives. This class is the perfect antidote! Embrace gentle movements like thread the needle pose, open twists, oyramid pose and Happy Baby, which promote spinal flexibility and tension relief. The practice gracefully closes with heart-opening poses like Camel Pose and Bridge, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and empowered to navigate the physical changes of pregnancy with ease. Suggested props: 2 bricks. If practicing pregnant please contact your healthcare provider to check the suitability of this class.



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  • Gentle Somatic Movement: Release Tension in the Head and Neck15:57
    Gentle Somatic Movement: Release Tension in the Head and Neck

    Nahid de Belgeonne

    This gentle somatic movement class is seated and can be done at work, in the office, in a hotel room after travel or anywhere. The movements are very small and subtle, simply but very effectively releasing tension in the head and neck using circular movements. You don't need any equipment and can do this class in a limited space, it's one to save!



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  • Gentle Somatic Movement: Release Back Pain15:13
    Gentle Somatic Movement: Release Back Pain

    Nahid de Belgeonne

    If you've been feeling like your back is tight or you're suffering from back pain, this class is great, It is also a great class if you're recovering from illness and injury, or have energy challenges, because the class is entirely on the back and movements are simply sliding your body on the floor ,so no need for a yoga mat. Get curious about how your body moves and how your breath moves through your body. Feel release throughout the back and pelvis through this very nurturing, kind and gentle class which will make you feel human again with your nervous system restored and recovered. Find a comfortable place to lie down and let your body feel nurtured and nourished by this gentle somatic movement.



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  • Ease into your Morning: Side Bends and Breathwork26:15
    Ease into your Morning: Side Bends and Breathwork

    Margi Young

    A luscious, evenly-paced slow flow vinyasa flow which is the perfect way to start the day. Full body stretches focusing on side bends and breathwork. A great class for after driving, travelling, or just to awaken and enliven the whole body. BKS Iyengar said, “if you open your armpits you won’t get depressed” and I believe it! In this sidebending class we open the armpits and stretch the whole side body. Including side bends lying down, seated and standing, your side body and lungs will be ready for some gentle breathwork. This is a soothing, feel good practice- one Margi's personal favourites! You may need a strap, block and blanket.



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  • Morning Vinyasa Flow 3: Replay of Live Class45:20
    Morning Vinyasa Flow 3: Replay of Live Class

    Lucy McCarthy

    Wake up, move and breathe with the MFML community. This is an all-levels, well rounded vinyasa flow class to gently energise. There is plenty of breath work and movement to warm the body. The class focuses on back bending. It explores the delight of working on foundational alignment principles for backbends to create freedom in the lower back and expansion and ease in the chest and heart. This is part 3 of a 3-part online series of live classes with the MFML community.



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  • Strengthen the Knees and Back22:41
    Strengthen the Knees and Back

    Norman Blair

    This thereapeutic gentle yoga class helps to strengthen the back and knees to help prevent injury. Starting in constructive rest, then butterfly, the rest of the class is somatics to gently strengthen. But all done subtly and gently. After the lying down practice, at the beginning, there are standing exercises to strengthen the backs and knees. This class really is highly recommended for those with knee issues, to gently stretch the hips and tighten the knees. You may need blocks and a brick.



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  • Yoga for Hips and Shoulders30:02
    Yoga for Hips and Shoulders

    Norman Blair

    If you've been working at a computer or spending time sitting whilst travelling, this class is the perfect antidote freeing your hips and shoulders and regaining mobility, gently. Most of this gentle hatha yoga class is seated and can even be done in a chair, stretching the shoulders. Then the hips practice is the second half and the hip stretches are butterfly pose variations on the floor. You'll need blocks (or books) and a blanket or towel and a strap.



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  • Dynamic Yoga To Awaken Our Shoulders44:59
    Dynamic Yoga To Awaken Our Shoulders

    Vanessa Michielon

    Strengthen and mobilise the shoulders and upper body with this challenging, dynamic Vinyasa flow. Feel more energised and spacious, especially in the upper body, whilst also mobilising and strengthening the whole body. This is a challenging class, go gently whilst exploring flexibility in the shoulders with binds whilst opening the chest through backbends, including Camel, Locust and Floor Bow Pose. Suggested prop: 1 belt.



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  • Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga To Mobilise The Spine43:41
    Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga To Mobilise The Spine

    Vanessa Michielon

    This dynamic vinyasa flow yoga discovers different ways to move the spine and to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. This challenging yoga class features postures such as Cobra, Plough Pose and Reverse Warrior. This is a great class to unwind the whole body and is great for after long periods of time sitting, to unlock tension around your torso. Feel refreshed, taller and at ease in your whole body



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  • Nahid de Belgeonne - The Human Method: The Shoulders32:41
    Nahid de Belgeonne - The Human Method: The Shoulders

    Nahid de Belgeonne

    This somatics class takes place entirely on the back. It's a great class to learn about the movement of the shoulders whilst relaxing completely. This is a subtle exploration to clarify the movements of your shoulders. When we are clearer on your understanding of how your individual parts interact, the whole self becomes clarified. This class needs a rolled up blanket, as well as a carpeted floor to lie on and wear clothes that keep you warm and allow you to move around.



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  • Vinyasa Energy Boost19:24
    Vinyasa Energy Boost

    Lucy McCarthy

    Get energised and feel revitalised - even in a short time. Perfect for building heat in the winter, or whenever you're in need of some inner fire. This short, punchy vinyasa practice will give our whole being a big energy boost. Starting with Kapalabhati, to build heat, then building heat through the core, opening the spine with twists and build to a sweet lunge backbend.



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  • Barre Fitness Energy Flow35:34
    Barre Fitness Energy Flow

    Amy Holly

    A fabulous Barre class for all body strength and balance. This upbeat, and quite challenging Barre workout is strengthening muscles without increasing bulk and will improve stamina, balance and posture. The focus of this class is 'every move you make' because every move has to come from the core! Done regularly barre workouts will increase your bone density, which will help prevent conditions like osteoporosis.



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  • Prenatal Pilates - Arms and Back focus (for all levels and trimesters)27:58
    Prenatal Pilates - Arms and Back focus (for all levels and trimesters)

    Vanessa Michielon

    Strengthen the upper body, arms and back. Using an elastic band, or a long strap, or tins of beans work just fine too, this class targets your arms and back muscles. You will begin with standing arm exercises, such as biceps curls and triceps work, and explore further upper body focused patterns, including safe modified press-ups on your knees and triceps dips, with variations to suit your energy levels. The practice will help you improve your posture and strengthen your back, so that you can better accommodate the changes your body is going through, and reduce back discomfort and weakness. Suggested prop: long elastic band or tins of beans! If practicing pregnant please contact your healthcare provider to check the suitability of this class.



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  • Morning Flow for Lightness and Ease01:00:32
    Morning Flow for Lightness and Ease

    Vanessa Michielon

    A beautifully sequenced well rounded vinyasa yoga class, perfect to gently energise in the mornings, with a focus on the shoulders and hips, keeping them mobile and ready for the day. This standing yoga flow lengthens tight muscles and create space in our whole body through the repetition of gentle movements in connection with the breath. Class begins with fluid patterns to lubricate our hips and shoulders, then progresses to half sun salutations and continues with easeful standing movements and balances. We finish with a series of supported floor-based postures and a guided breathing meditation to relieve stress and facilitate the shift into the rest and digest state of our nervous system.



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