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“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
Energise & Surrender: Shoulder Opening Vinyasa
This shoulder opening vinyasa yoga class is perfect to start the day with. Inspired by a song by Gerry Rafferty, 'Wise as a Serpent, Gentle as a Dove' which interprets the biblical saying: “butterflies are streetwise too, they have camouflage to predators, eyes painted on wings”. Harmonise the dual qualities of energetic zeal and and surrender in your yoga practice; play with yin and yang in each pose, in each breath, each balance. You will need a strap.
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.
Journey into Backbends (3)
This is a challenging backbending class, only for those ready to take the next step in their journey into backbends. The class features some pretty tricky backbends, again with twists to support the spine, but this class is mostly balancing backbends. Remember to engage your core to keep safe and just relax in child's pose for any poses your body isn't ready for. This short vinyasa sequece goes straight into some deep backbends, we recommend you warm up first, maybe withJourney 2 before this sequence, or give yourself the full Journey 1-3 for a real treat for your back. You will need a strap.
Journey into Backbends (2)
This backbending and twisting class will suit improvers/advanced but there are plenty of modification for those feeling less mobile. Backbends lift the spirits, open the heart and energise. This sequence is characteristically playful with plenty of twists to ease and align the spine during class. A great class to get you moving in the morning!
Journey into Backbends (1)
A fun, creative vinyasa sequence which focuses on keeping the spine healthy and freely moving through backbends. This is the first of three progressivly tricky backbending classes. The class features various backbends, cleverly sequenced with counter-poses, hip openers and twists to release and encourage movement and strength in the spine. This is great for those who already have a practice and will suit starters/improvers to yoga who have a good range of movement already. Keep a block handy.
Beginners Creative Vinyasa
A lovely introduction to the standing poses or for when you don't feel like a more dynamic practice. This is a slow, nourishing vinyasa without a sun salutation in sight. Highly recommend also for advanced level practitioners who are having a slower day. This sequence is highly restorative, as well as benefiting from being a breakdown of some of the more familiar poses.
Supported Practice for Slow Days
A restorative sequence featuring passive inversions to relax the brain. Attention is turned inward and focus turned on the breath to calm and restore the nervous system. This practice will be perfect for relaxing you before bed, but also great practice if you've done your exercise or 100 sun salutations and just want the yoga to work its magic. You will need access to a wall, blocks and a bolster.