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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  • Flying Plank: Strengthening Yoga 22:01
    Flying Plank: Strengthening Yoga

    Clive Fogelman

    Join Clive for this strengthening yoga class: a progressive sequence of flying plank for developing arm and core strength. Starting from all fours and including variations from downward dog, high plank and forearm plank. There are 5 sequences in total. Build it up over time and go at your own pace. Leave the class feeling energised and motivated for the rest of the day. Great standalone practise or an add on to your other classes and movement practises.



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  • Full Body Tone01:03:33
    Full Body Tone

    Ava Riby-Williams

    An open level movement class to tone the full body, circulate the breath and energy body while connecting you to a meditative awareness. This class is playful and energetic offering poses such as crow and wheel, with variations for all abilities. You may need a block.



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  • Joint Health and Mobility29:25
    Joint Health and Mobility

    Ava Riby-Williams

    An accessible and gentle movement class to create more freedom and mobility in the joint spaces. Enjoy plenty of gentle, circular movements to create freedom in the joints, and with just one downward dog, this class is mostly suitable for those with wrist issues, or if you're not on a yoga mat or have limited space. There’s a long savasana at the end for deepening your relaxation.



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  • Flow to Scorpion Yoga Pose52:35
    Flow to Scorpion Yoga Pose

    Vidya Heisel

    This advanced level vinyasa flow is suitable for those with an existing inversions practice. After a warm-up, take your mat to the wall for some challenging, advanced level inversion variations. This class is not suitable for those who have any physical limitations, or those who do not have a regular inversions practice - the variations are tough. Of course, if you're not comfortable with the poses, please do sit out those poses and adopt child's pose, or a more suitable variation. If you are a mobile, fit and strong practitioner, you'll love these variations and have a lot of fun going upside down!



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  • Chair Yoga: Play, Release and Invert00:00
    Chair Yoga: Play, Release and Invert

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    Chair yoga can be fun and strong. This chair yoga class uses a chair to release tension in the upper back and shoulders to prepare us for deeper stretches. Have fun with your chair next to a wall and build up to pincha mayurasana forearm inversion. You will need a stable chair to be against the wall.



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  • Morning Yang Yoga with a touch of Yin55:18
    Morning Yang Yoga with a touch of Yin

    Carlene Bogues

    This energising morning yang yoga class starts in seated stillness and moves into a mobility warm up followed by a hatha flow with sun salutations at a mindful pace. Then explore poses that are held for longer, build strength and flexibility, working towards dancer’s pose by the wall. You will need one or perhaps two blocks, and perhaps a wall nearby. This morning yang class can be contrasted with Carlene’s Gently Energising Yin Class. Each practice with leave you feeling calm and relaxed in a different way. Try both each morning and let us know how you feel!



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  • Morning Mojo 2: 20 Minutes Morning Yoga22:36
    Morning Mojo 2: 20 Minutes Morning Yoga

    Lucy McCarthy

    A short and sweet, yet juicy morning hatha yoga class which energises and leaves us feeling open, ready for anything and empowered - full of morning mojo! Focus on exploring the power and spaciousness of the shoulders.



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  • Yoga for Every Body: Bend and Twist30:53
    Yoga for Every Body: Bend and Twist

    Kate Walker

    There’s no need to fear backbends in this accessible flowing yoga class that builds to various poses, including side bends, twists, backbends and forward bends for all over improved spinal mobility.



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  • Yoga for Every Body: Shoulders and Neck28:29
    Yoga for Every Body: Shoulders and Neck

    Kate Walker

    A yummy Hatha Yoga class which flows through a simple sequence to get energy moving in an accessible way. Find freedom and mobility in the upper back, including the shoulders, upper back, neck and chest. You will need a strap, or a scarf will do.



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  • Tutorial: How The Shoulders Work12:22
    Tutorial: How The Shoulders Work

    Lizzie Reumont

    This yoga tutorial looks at how the arms and shoulders help to support movement, expression, circulation and spinal health. Learn how to move and open your shoulders for greater connection to your body. This is also a great tutorial to help counter the effect on the shoulders of chaturanga and to support those with previous injuries to their shoulder such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder or bursitis. No need for a yoga mat, this tutorial can be done anywhere!



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  • Awaken Energy 2: Balls, Blocks and Massage11:20
    Awaken Energy 2: Balls, Blocks and Massage

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    A second class to move chi (or energy) in the body using tennis ball massage. This class is perfect in the morning to gently stimulate energy or as a prelude to yin class; ideal if you’re feeling tired and want to gently lift your energy with minimal movement. You will need 2 tennis balls or spiky massage balls and a block.



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  • Short Shoulder and Neck Relief Class05:28
    Short Shoulder and Neck Relief Class

    Kate Walker

    A quick but powerful class, done standing or seated, with just a strap. Create relief and release in the neck, shoulders and upper back - amazingly effective if you've been hunched over a computer.



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  • Vinyasa Flow: Move With Awareness58:51
    Vinyasa Flow: Move With Awareness

    Vanessa Michielon

    An intermediate vinyasa flow which invites us to stay present and to notice without judgement any distractions we might encounter when moving on our mat, including the fear of failing or our need to achieve specific yoga pose goals. This yoga class is a comprehensive sequence which starts with a meditation and breath work practice, followed by a shoulder and chest opening warm up, then balances and twists, including fallen angel pose, to unlock your spine. You may need a block.



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  • Your Calming Yoga Practice35:41
    Your Calming Yoga Practice

    Adam Hocke

    This yoga class helps to ground and calm an anxious body or mind and bring us back to the present moment. Start with some grounding self-massage, then move gently with simple, repetitive, and breath-led movements to stabilise the nervous system. Additionally, we will pay particular attention to releasing tension in the head, neck, and shoulders to bring about a profound sense of relaxation and ease. This class is perfect after a long day or when we're overwhelmed. You will need a narrow block or a folded blanket and a brick.



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  • Firefly Vinyasa Flow21:27
    Firefly Vinyasa Flow

    Vidya Heisel

    An advanced vinyasa flow towards firefly pose, Titibasana, and Flying Lizard. Class begins with breath of fire to stimulate the nervous system, and increase fire in the body. Then we move swiftly to hip opening poses which work towards these advanced arm balances. This class is very short and intense, without much warm up, so would be a great class to add onto your practice today. You will need two blocks.



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  • Vinyasa Flow: Release the Neck and Shoulders53:14
    Vinyasa Flow: Release the Neck and Shoulders

    Vanessa Michielon

    This vinyasa flow yoga class invites us to let go of holding onto patterns that might create tightness in our chest. A great class for those who carry tension in the neck and shoulders, particularly from computer use; it will encourage the opening of the shoulders and the front of the body. Start with lovely chest, shoulder and neck releasing warm ups, the vinyasa flow then goes to explore different backbends creating length in the spine and challenging ourselves to approach our practice with an open and courageous mind.



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  • Barre Workout: Strength, Core and Posture45:50
    Barre Workout: Strength, Core and Posture

    Vanessa Michielon

    This Barre class workout is all about maintaining length in the neck and whole spine even when practicing challenging movements. With a focus on shoulder stabilisation, the sequences will offer opportunities to strengthen the whole body while cultivating optimal posture. This is a great, full body workout and is perfect to work on posture whilst strengthening. You will need a chair or sturdy piece of furniture and possibly a small looped band, or a yoga strap.



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