Core Strength › Vanessa Michielon
It is crucial that you keep centred and strong in your yoga practice. Flexibility without strength coming from a powerful centre of integrity is really only half the story. Make sure that every practice, and everything you do in life comes from a position of strength, power and a strong sense of you. You’ll be much less prone to injury.
With a powerful, strong centre you will be able to access stability and strength in every area of your life.
With these daily yoga practices - plus tips and information about the importance of a powerful center for creating stability in every area of your life - you'll notice your body, your practice, and your sense of moving throughout your life from a position of strength and courage.
Have fun, enjoy that beautiful burn, feel the strength and power. Oh, and did we mention that your abs may start to look pretty hot too.
Vinyasa Flow: Find Strength and Space
A comprehensive vinyasa flow yoga class with a focus on the space in-between positions and movements. Can you practice giving yourself and your body more space? See if you can become aware of finding space in between thoughts and everything that usually captures our attention. By allowing ourselves to slow down, we can make space for more to arise to our consciousness. The session begins and closes with a breathing practice and offers plenty of opportunities and variations to open hips and release tension from hamstrings.
Stress Relief: Come Home To Your Body
In this yoga for stress relief session we focus on connecting to our centre, and creating a safe sense of expansion out into the world and contraction back to ourselves. We will explore the somatic pattern of navel radiation by gently waking up our core, and noticing how this supports our limbs and sense of inner connection. You will need a yoga strap or belt.
Barre Workout: Strength, Core and Posture
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.
Pilates: Mastering Breath & Alignment
A Pilates workout with the focus on mastering the breath pattern and correct alignment, while we move to improve spine stability and core functionality. This class is suitable for beginners and includes some of the key Pilates movements, including the 100s. We will apply lateral thoracic breathing to a series of abdominal and back exercises, so you can learn how to use your full lungs capacity to practice with more ease and efficiency (and never feel out of breath again). You will need an exercise band, or an old pair of socks!
Pilates for Strength: Back Mobility
Pilates for Strength: Ankle Stability for Balance
This Pilates-inspired flow focuses on improving the range of motion and creating more strength and mobility in the ankle joints. Good ankle stability and mobility reduces back pain and risk of injuries, and the core work improves strength and is great for back health. You will need an elastic band and a block/book.
Pilates for Strength: Healthy Knees
This well-rounded Pilates-inspired flow class helps to connect to the inner thighs and strengthen the muscles supporting your knees. This is vital to sustain your practice and prevent injuries. Expect a challenging flow for stronger inner thighs muscles as well as working the abdominal muscles. You will need a towel.
Pilates for Strength: Strong Spine in Spirals
Wake up and mobilise your spine! This Pilates-inspired flow helps you strengthen your whole body with a focus on your obliques; part of your abdominal muscles these are the muscles that help your torso twist. Keep your spine strong, mobile and healthy by learning how to spiral through your spine in a safe way and move with grace and fluidity. You will need an elastic band or strap/belt.
Pilates for Strength: Abdominals & Glutes
This Pilates-inspired flow class strengthens and lengthens the side body, so expect a lovely strong workout for your abdominals, especially your lateral abdominals and your glutes. These are muscles which can be weak in many of us who live a sedentary lifestyle, but it's so necessary to have strength and length for the health of your spine, and feel more spacious in the joints and well balanced in your posture. You might need an optional blanket to pad your knees and an optional chair for your balance.
Pilates for Strength: Strong Hamstrings
Get strong with this Pilates-inspired workout with a focus on the core and strengthening the hamstrings. In a world where a sedentary lifestyle leaves many of us are weak in the hamstrings, this class helps us to achieve better pelvic alignment and counterbalances the overworking of the thighs and front body. Expect a challenging and strong Pilates class. You will need a rolled towel and an elastic band or strap/belt you can pull.