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Advice and discussions for teaching yoga. Use these videos to find out more about the philosophy behind yoga or when you need advice, inspiration and motivation to take your teaching to the next level.
Tutorial on Chaturanga
There's no 'right' or 'wrong' in any yoga pose, so long as movements are made slowly and in a controlled way, mindfully and with the breath, and of course so long as there is no pain or pre-existing injury! With that in mind, Chaturanga or low plank, is one of the hardest yoga poses to master. This short tutorial on the yoga pose Chaturanga shows the action needed for the pose. Do take heed, the pose needs a LOT of strength in the shoulders and abdomen, which you'll need to build separately and whilst you build that strength, or if the pose is not suitable for your body, do please practice with your knees to the ground, or simply do a high push up, rather than the low push of Chaturanga. Enjoy!
Yoga Breath Tutorial
A tutorial that looks into different kinds of yoga breath. This class takes an anotomical perspective into the breath, and how breath-work might be of help in different situations. Ever wondered why yogis focus upon the exhale? Find out why! A great class for beginners who are getting to know how and why to take yoga breaths.
Upward Facing Dog tutorial
Boat Pose (Navasana) Tutorial
What Limits Our Movement?
Hyperflexibility: Tips to Strengthen and Stabilise
Super important advice for anyone who practices yoga regularly. Packed with tips to train your nervous system to recognise hyper extension. This workshop, focusing on hyper extension of the elbow and knee joints explains everything you need to know about this complicated topic. You will need a block and strap/belt.
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.
Tree Pose (Vriksasana) Tutorial
This tutorial takes you step by step into Tree Pose, a wonderful asana to help you to develop focus, build core strength and find the balance between effort and ease in your practice. This tutorial takes you step by step into Vriksasana, a great asana to build strength in your legs, length in your side body and improve mobility and length in your spine.
Eagle Pose Tutorial
Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal
A very short tutorial explaining why oh why, in yoga class do we find so many differences in bodies in positions that focus on the hips. And why some some of us are desitined to struggle in poses that others find so easy. A real eye opener for anyone who's stuck on a particular pose!
Shoulder Stabilisation Workshop
Dr Yogi gives us an essential series of movements for anyone with troubled shoulders. Shoulder stabilisation and strengthening is essential for all vinyasa flow yoga practices and for those of us who suffer from painful shoulders from poor posture, arthritis, instability or injury. This yoga class can improve your shoulder strength and stability when you practice this sequence regularly. You will need a strap, a block and a bolster.
Knee Stabilisation Workshop
Ease painful, swollen or stiff knees with this sequence from Dr Yogi, which will stabilise the knee area and build strength and stability in the knee joint. Includes Dr Yogi's advice on why the knee is vulnerable to injury and top tips to keep the knee safe during yoga. Whether sore knees are caused by sports and exercise or arthritis, regular and mindful use of this video will improve strength and mobility and reduce pain. You will need a block and blanket.
Lower Back Workshop
In this workshop-style tutorial, Dr Yogi discusses why the lower back is so often prone to injury and offers general advice for supporting your lower back during your yoga practice. Following this, a short sequence focusing on the lower back and strengthening the core has been carefully designed to simultaneously strengthen and release tension your spine. This is perfect for anyone with lower back aches and pains. Try to do this video at least three times a week to really feel the benefits and as with any sensitive area of the body, seek medical advice where appropriate.
Bridge Pose Tutorial
Camel Pose Tutorial