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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
Flow Towards Freedom: Radical Radiance
A beautifully uplifting heart and chest opening flow yoga class. Starting with breathwork to feel deeply into the heart, this class has the intention of lifting and clearing out the heart space so you can move into joy. A playful, uplifting all-levels vinyasa flow class that includes chest opener at the wall, handstand at the wall followed by some fun backbends. This class aims to help you remove the blockages that get in the way of experiencing your innate joy and bliss.
Flow Towards Freedom: Vibrant Vitality
A fabulous, uplifting, awakening yoga class to super-charge your life force energy! This class will leave you feeling bright, alert and ready for action. Including breathwork, kapalabhati breathwork some juicy core work, and the peak of royal dancer with a strap. This class is all about connecting to your life force energy, prana, and tuning into to its power potency, and is a wonderful class to get you moving in the morning!
Flow Towards Freedom: Bountiful Body
A beautiful, well-round 20 minute flow yoga class to get you in your body finding joy from the simplicity of moving and breathing mindfully. Connect deeply to your body and the miracle that is it is with this wonderful, all-levels yoga class. You will need two bricks or blocks.
Yoga for Desk-Bound Backs 2
This class focuses on releasing tension often held in the shoulders if we sit at a desk for prolonged periods as well as unravelling tension held in the hips, another frequently tight area for those desk jockeys out there. Great for unwinding the effects of prolonged sitting. This class is great to take as a break in the course of the day, or at the end of the day. You will need a strap.
Yoga for Desk-Bound Backs
This gentle, hatha class gives the back and neck some simple releases for those of us who have been stuck at a desk, on a train, plane or behind the wheel all day. You will find that you have new, oxygenated bloodflow to the spine and feel a million times better after these simple poses. You may need a block.
Yoga for Cyclists: Hamstrings
Lucy gives us some wonderful simple stretches for the backs of the legs, hamstrings, hips, shoulders and lower back - areas which can tighten up with a lot of cycling. With stretched muscles, you'll find you can go so much further...Try these stretches if you're a regular cyclist, if you're preparing for a cycling holiday or after a big ride. Props: Strap or belt.
Free the Spine
Free the Spine - the mind will follow! This short practice will give your back the welcome break it needs from hunching, rounding and slouching all day at your desk or in your car. Simple exercises give your spine and shoulders opening and length. I was at least 10 foot tall after doing this practice. All you need is a block or something to sit on.
After work - Energiser
After work: Release & restore
This wonderful nurturing practice introduces the idea of restorative practice ”“ constructive rest - often the very best thing to do after a hard day at work. Lucy guides a practice using the support of blankets and cushions and finishes with the legs against the wall ”“ the most effective poses to rest the body and settle the mind.