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
Beginners 4: Twist to unwind
Easy Spine: 1
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.
Easy Spine 3
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.
Easy Spine: 2
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.
Easy Spine 4
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Flow: Backbending
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.
Opening The Shoulders
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.
Abdominal Conditioning Workout
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.
Start Your Day The Yin Way
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.
Feisty Vinyasa: Exploring butterfly
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.
Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue
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.
Spacious and Fluid Spine
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.
Release Tension in the Upper Back
This gentle, all level, alignment based yoga class will help you to release tension from your upper back and neck. Learn how to open your upper back gently and safely with some helpful alignment tips to stop you from bending from the most mobile part of your back, and to start to bend from the usually 'stuck' with tension area between the shoulder blades. Great to practice at any time of the day, this class will improve your energy levels and help leave you feel invigorated. You will need a rolled up tee-shirt, a bolster, foam block and eye bag.
Scaravelli Workshop: Shoulders and Upper Back
We all love a good shoulder massage. Join this workshop-style Scaravelli class to focus on creating more awareness in your upper back and shoulder area. Learn to relax the arms, let go of the shoulders, and find some more space and ease in your upper spine. You will need a bolster, two blocks and a strap.
The Psoas: A Workshop
The psoas muscles are among the deepest muscles in our bodies. They are involved in almost every movement - from walking and running to sitting, and throughout our yoga practice. However, we often find it difficult to consciously feel them, or even know where they are within us. Join this class to learn where they are and some simple approaches to help with accessing this key area, and give it time and space to release. Working the Psoas be helpful for those with lower back pain, or who are feeling tired and lacking in energy. You will need a bolster and a belt.
Progress Your Practice: Backbends
The third class in progressing your practice series, this beginners yoga class focuses on backbends. Backbends help to keep the back and shoulders open after days hunched over a computer or smartphone and are essential to keep the back and spine healthy. With some slow flow and twists to counterbalance your backbending class. You will need a blanket, rolled up and two bricks.
Progress Your Practice: Healthy Spine and Twists
The second class in progressing your practice series, this class is perfect for keeping your spine healthy with twists. 'You're as old as your spine' is the saying and there is no better way to keep your spine healthy than with plenty of twists and gentle movement of the spine. A perfect way to progress your practice and to keep healthy every day. You will need two bricks.