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.



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  • Easy Spine: 108:00
    Easy Spine: 1

    Leila Sadeghee

    Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Maybe you’re wondering how to build movement into your daily life? Take this 4-part series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga block or stack of books. Yoga belt or tie/scarf.



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  • Easy Spine 311:44
    Easy Spine 3

    Leila Sadeghee

    Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Take this simple daily sequence to add freedom and mobility to the spine. In practice 3, Leila builds on the flexes, twists and side stretches building on last week’s class to create a greater range of movement for the back, neck and shoulders. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for beginners, those with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga belt or tie/scarf.



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  • Easy Spine: 209:53
    Easy Spine: 2

    Leila Sadeghee

    Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Take this simple daily sequence to add freedom and mobility to the spine. In practice 2, Leila builds on the flexes, twists and side stretches building on last week’s class to create a greater range of movement for the back, neck and shoulders. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for beginners, those with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga belt or tie/scarf.



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  • Easy Spine 413:59
    Easy Spine 4

    Leila Sadeghee

    For when your back needs some TLC. You will need a strap. this final class in the series, Leila guides us through some wonderfully simple yoga poses to release and strengthen the back. Great for when you're pushed for time



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  • Pilates Series (2)17:31
    Pilates Series (2)

    Sally Parkes

    The second in our Pilates challenge series. Today's class is a slightly tougher Pilates class, building on the same moves you found in Step 1 class with some more intermediate variations.



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  • Express Backbends43:35
    Express Backbends

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    A Jivamukti Vinyasa yoga backbending class. You'll get moving straight away, no chanting, no faffing, just a lovely well-rounded yoga sequence with a focus on backbends.



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  • Pilates Series (1)14:14
    Pilates Series (1)

    Sally Parkes

    The first in our progressive Pilates Series. This class shows you the basic Pilates moves to start building strength from within and get your abdominal strength. You'll be finding your table top, plank, push ups,bridge andside-lying balance and laying strong foundations on which to build strength. Take this class as many times as you need before moving on to the next class.



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  • Begin (again) 5: Open Up12:01
    Begin (again) 5: Open Up

    Adam Hocke

    This beginners yoga class focuses on the shoulders and upper back and is perfect for those of us who spend too much time seated or hunched over. Address chronic tightness in upper chest, back, and shoulders with this introduction to shoulder mobility and backbends. This is an active yoga class with chair poses, high lunges, and accessible backbend postures. You will need a strap. For beginners or refreshers.



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  • Release Tight Neck and Shoulders08:17
    Release Tight Neck and Shoulders

    Catherine Annis

    A gentle class to release neck and shoulders. Perfect to take a short break during the day whilst at work to release any build up of tension.



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  • Opening Up37:01
    Opening Up

    Nikita Akilapa

    This heart opening vinyasa flow class is designed to help you open up; open up to your potential, your experience, the sensations your body presents, the wisdom and inspiration available to you and to gratitude. Working on creating space in the chest and shoulder area, mobilising the spine and strengthening back muscles - this class will have you feeling wide open and ready to receive. You will need a brick and a strap.



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  • Ashtanga Yoga Flow: Backbending32:23
    Ashtanga Yoga Flow: Backbending

    Norman Blair

    An Ashtanga yoga class featuring mostly standing poses and a focus on backbending. A wonderful, invigorating class, the perfect way to start the day. With sun salutations, standing poses and a few backbends, this is a wonderfully energising but accessible way of practicing Ashtanga. You may need bricks, a belt, a block and a blanket.



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  • Opening The Shoulders49:18
    Opening The Shoulders

    Jean Hall

    The focus of this creatively-sequenced intermediate vinyasa is to release holding and tightness around the shoulders and reconnect the shoulders blades deep into the back. With an open chest, the heart can breathe more fully again. Working with back lengthening and strengthening poses this will help to create support, ease and poise. You will need a blanket (or rolled up yoga mat), 2 foams blocks and a strap.



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  • Abdominal Conditioning Workout26:11
    Abdominal Conditioning Workout

    Andrew McGonigle

    A tutorial and practice working on the different abdominal muscles including a full workout of of the abdominal muscles that support our core stability and the lumbar spine. This pilates-inspired class focuses on strengthening each layer of the abdominal muscles. You will need a blanket or a cushion.



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  • Start Your Day The Yin Way10:36
    Start Your Day The Yin Way

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    We often associate Yin Yoga with the afternoon or evenings, but it’s also a wonderful practice to start the day. This is a short Kidney meridian focused yin yoga class with just three Yin yoga poses and is a great bookend to a more yang class, or a prelude to morning meditation, and is great way to start the day when you’re short on time. You will need a bolster.



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  • Feisty Vinyasa: Exploring butterfly31:51
    Feisty Vinyasa: Exploring butterfly

    Liz Lark

    Exploring the butterfly theme. An adventurous, advanced vinyasa class which opens up the shoulders, chest and features backbends as well as balances. We recommend that you're already warmed up and ready to go, and the class flows swiftly into challenging poses and sequences. You'll need to finish the class with a long relaxation, so do go ahead and pick a relaxation class for afterwards. Expect variations on inversions and backbends and prepare to explore the transitioning butterfly.



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  • Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue26:07
    Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue

    Andrew McGonigle

    This class is a workshop-style yoga class to target areas that hold tension in the neck, causing fatigue. The class focuses on head and neck alignment, jaw release and strength and shoulder mobility. With exercises to gain awareness of where we might be unnecessarily straining our neck and holding tension, we explore head aligment and then use neck and shoulder stretches and strengthening exercises to help release tension. You will need a blanket, foam block, cushion and a strap.



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  • Spacious and Fluid Spine48:34
    Spacious and Fluid Spine

    Naomi Absalom

    This class is a somatics-based which focuses on how yoga feels from the inside rather than how the poses look from the outside. This practice is not a traditional posture-led yoga class but focuses on freedom of movement, giving spaciousness between the joints and especially the spine. With a focus on spaciousness between the joints and especially the spine, you might find that a stiff or sore back feels freer and you feel increased mobility in your spine and a stronger core.



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