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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

 

  • Slow Flow for Meditation39:22
    Slow Flow for Meditation

    Adam Hocke

    How can you tame a wandering mind in practice? How can you find solitude on your mat? This all-around yoga class will help you work with the concept of meditation in movement so that you can easily incorporate mindfulness into postures and flow. Expect to physically connect to the internal focus of your core and the external focus of your gaze while practising feel-good postures for head, neck, and shoulders.



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  • Quick Fix Hatha12:23
    Quick Fix Hatha

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    This hatha yoga class is a simple series of five yoga poses. If you have time for nothing else, this is the perfect class. All poses are lying down or seated and you'll need a timer. Take your time to get into each pose, pause the video and take long, smooth breaths. Enjoy the spaciousness in your spine and peace with nothing to look at and no instruction, just you in a guided self-practice. A great class if you if you have limited space and time for practicing yoga.



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  • Yoga for the Workplace: Release Stress09:37
    Yoga for the Workplace: Release Stress

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    A short yoga class using the wall, perfect if you're at the office, in a hotel room or short on space and you need to quickly release stress. With neck and shoulder stretches and hamstring releasing you'll find that just a few minutes is all it takes to transform body and mind and give yourself just the refreshing pause in the day you need. You'll just need a wall.



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  • Yoga for the Workplace: Ease Tension08:54
    Yoga for the Workplace: Ease Tension

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    Gently ease tension in your body whilst you're at work or when you're seated. This gentle chair yoga class focuses on stretches to ease the body and mind during stressful times at work. It is also an ideal class if your mobility is limited, if floor or standing poses aren't possible for you right now or if you have limited space and you need to ease tension and stretch out.



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  • Tune In Tune Up: The Crown Centre05:57
    Tune In Tune Up: The Crown Centre

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    This yoga class is all about connection with the divine! The crown chakra is where our ego dissolves and we connect with the source. Headstand is the posture for this class. If you don't have a regular headstand practice, then just place your head on the ground in your child's pose and you'll feel the same benefits.



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  • Wind Down Your Day22:49
    Wind Down Your Day

    Kristin Campbell

    Wind down and recover from a busy day with a yoga class poses that will actively release your shoulders, hips, hamstrings and lower back. Suggested props are a belt to help support opening your hamstrings and for the shoulder opening, and a block to sit on.



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  • Love Your Neck, Shoulders & Upper Back22:33
    Love Your Neck, Shoulders & Upper Back

    Kristin Campbell

    A simple yoga class, perfect as a bookend as a warm up or wind down to the beginning or end of a practice, even perfect as a post-athletic stretch out, or a break during the day. With a focus on with poses that open your shoulders, hips, hamstrings and lower back. You will be doing some seated poses so if you have tender knees or ankles, I recommend having a block for under your pelvis. We use the wall in this practice, so you'll need to be near a wall as a prop. You may want a bolster for legs up the wall, our closing posture, it feels great under the pelvis, it really helps to support hamstring lengthening. You wil need a block and a belt handy.



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  • Functional Back Care: Somatic Spine15:33
    Functional Back Care: Somatic Spine

    Mollie McClelland Morris

    A somatic movement class of gentle, but deep practice to bring awareness to the lower spine and sacroiliac area. This class is deeply restful and unwinding for the spine and can leave you feeling relaxed, but moved in interesting ways. Help your body access its own intelligence through embodiment, touch and intuitive movement. Class takes place entirely on the floor. You will need two blankets.



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  • Everybody Flows: Shoulder & Wrist Love19:51
    Everybody Flows: Shoulder & Wrist Love

    Adam Hocke

    This yoga class explores new and classic ways to stretch, release, and mobilise your shoulders and wrists. This is your opportunity to care for parts of you that hold on to much stress and can take a beating in flow yoga. You can use this as a preparation for a more vigorous practice, or to just help to mobilise shoulders and wrists to help manage areas of the body that might be holding onto stress. You will need a yoga brick and a massage ball or tennis ball.



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  • Unwind & Declutter40:03
    Unwind & Declutter

    Catherine Annis

    A simple, Scaravelli class which teaches us how yoga can help to empty us. This class is perfect if you're feeling busy, anxious or overwhelmed. Just as we create space and de-clutter our house, it's also useful to de-clutter our minds and bodies as you move towards stillness. This class is almost entirely supine, working with bridge position - just exploring the space in the pelvis, the spine and the shoulders, and stretching hamstrings, then we move into standing postures . You will need a strap and a blanket.



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  • Healthy Back (3) Supine hips and lower back17:06
    Healthy Back (3) Supine hips and lower back

    Lizzie Reumont

    A lovely and gentle class all on the back, to create space in the hips and lower back. A perfect class for winding down and getting ready for bed, as well as for when travelling, after a day at the desk, or for when you've had to be seated for long periods.



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  • Start Your Day The Yin Way10:36
    Start Your Day The Yin Way

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    We often associate Yin Yoga with the afternoon or evenings, but it’s also a wonderful practice to start the day. This is a short Kidney meridian focused yin yoga class with just three Yin yoga poses and is a great bookend to a more yang class, or a prelude to morning meditation, and is great way to start the day when you’re short on time. You will need a bolster.



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  • Warm Up, Cool down20:53
    Warm Up, Cool down

    Jean Hall

    The perfect 'bookend' class, which is beautiful for either side of the day, a lovely gentle, warm up, or a cool down and release the day. With long holds, deep twists and supported backbends, this is a really nourishing start of your day practice, or class to round off your day. For a weekend treat, we recommend following with Jean's Vinyasa class now your body is open. You will need a block.



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  • Slow Flow for Shoulders36:17
    Slow Flow for Shoulders

    Aoife Kane

    A forrest-insprired yoga class with special emphasis on unwinding the neck, shoulders and upper-back, areas which plague most of us who spend too much time looking at computers, or for the stressed-amongst us, who carry stress in the shoulders and upper-back. A deeeply stress-relieving class, be ready to be unwound as you slow flow! You may need a strap, you will need an extra, rolled up yoga mat.



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  • Free the Upper Body01:01:00
    Free the Upper Body

    Zephyr Wildman

    A beautiful hatha yoga class to release the shoulder girdle, open up the connective tissues around the neck, arms, shoulders and jaws. An expansive class, suitable for all levels and featuring some wonderfully innovative stretches to help us to nurture the tissues around these areas. Highly recommended for all of us who spend a long time at computers, seated, after travel or after driving. You will need a yoga belt.



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  • Restorative Practice27:05
    Restorative Practice

    Lucy McCarthy

    This restorative class gives several variations of savasana (corpse pose) and will leave your body feeling deeply nourished, released and restored. You will need a yoga bolster, or cushions, a mat and some blocks.



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  • Compassion through Slow Flow55:22
    Compassion through Slow Flow

    Bridget Woods-Kramer

    In this mindfully slow-flow vinyasa yoga class, Bridget explores the theme of compassion to ourselves. Class starts with a 10 minute discussion reminding us the importance of being compassionate to ourselves. The asana is a slow flow which focuses on the hips, with plenty of lunging work and variation. There is an opportunity for a handstand suppported by the wall or a partner and class finishes with a long, nourishing guided relaxation. You may need a belt, a wall and a partner could be handy too!



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  • Free the Spine14:56
    Free the Spine

    Lucy McCarthy

    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.



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