Yoga for Athletes
Athletes move more than the average person. Excellent. We think that’s laudable. You’re probably type A, you’re ambitious, you’re working towards goals in every aspect of your life. We love that kind of person. We’re like you. Except we found that when we just focused on our athletics, be it running, triathalons, cycling, ski-ing or whatever - our muscles started to feel tired, over-used and under-stretched. Brains can get frazzled. So find yoga for your overworked muscles, clear your brain and give yourself some space to perform better, more efficiently and much less prone to injury.
Happiness Toolkit Part (2): Hip Openers
The second part of the Happiness Toolkit are poses to lift your mood. The focus here is on hip-opening, perfect if you have a sedentary job or have been travelling a lot, or are an athlete and have been working on your strength. This flexibility class gives strong hamstring stretches, forward bends, and hip opening in pigeon pose. An all levels class. Beginners will need to be disciplined and not explore the 'edges' of all the modifications. Intermediates have plenty of modifications to keep their flexibility challenged!
A class that takes place entirely on the wall for lengthening your hamstrings. Ideal if you've just had a day seated, travelling or at work, or after running or cycling, which can really shorten your hamstrings - poses which are ideal for lengthening the hamstrings, not if you have any hamstring injuries, but pefect for gentle lengthening and for relieving lower back pain. You will need two yoga bricks.
Yoga for Athletic Strengthening
Yoga For Athletic Recovery
A recovery sequence for athletes designed to create openness and facilitate deep release in the body. A great complement to any physical activity, with hip openers, hamstring stretches, back bends and calf stretches - ideal after exercise of any kind, or indeed after a dynamic yoga class!
Lengthen & Strengthen Workout
An empowering and mindful flow to revitalise and reenergise the body for the day ahead and any time you feel like grounding yourself. With a focus on strengthening, especially the core and quads as well as lengthening hamstrings, hips and calves, this is a perfect addition to your workout whilst you work inwards.
Hips and Hamstrings For All
An athlete's class and also wonderful for those who have just been driving, on a flight or been sitting for too long. The hips and the hamstrings are targeted in relaxing, supine stretches. This class is wonderful for your lower back and will give you spaciousness back in your spine and hips from the hamstring stretches.
Yin Hip Opener
A calming Yin yoga class with a focus on the hips, great for after a tough sports practice - hip openers are ideal for runners, cyclists, triathletes - and perfect for after a long car journey or a long, seated day at work. A beautifully restorative class focusing on finding ease and deep breaths through opening the hips and releasing the lower spine.
Hamstring and Lower Back Stretch
Tight Hips Recovery
This short yoga class takes place supine, so it is great for those recovering from injuries or for after a really long walk, run or cycle-ride. Also great for after a long day at the office or for after travel to ease your hips back to health. Plenty of very accessible stretches to take the strain out of hips which tighten from exercise or from sitting still for a really long time. Thanks to Wellicious for their beautiful clothes!
Deep Tissue Stretch
This yin class is perfect for releasing the deep fascia, or connective tissue underneath the muscle, which is really resistent to stretching and often can only be really released by a deep tissue massage or a very deep fascia stretch. All athletes, cyclists, runners and type A personalities will benefit from this class and it's an ideal class to take after a vigourous vinyasa yoga class.
Your Intelligent Body for Beginners: The Back
First in Your Intelligent Body Series: a sequence designed for beginners and those with inflexible spines to open up their back body - great for those with tight hamstrings, tight upper back or shoulders. This may work for those new to yoga, but also if you're an athlete or spend the day desk-bound. We recommend that you practice this sequence every day until you feel more freedom and release in your spine. You will need a couple of blocks, blankets or cushions and a chair/sofa handy.
Forrest Yoga: Stand in your core
This is an awesome, all levels Forrest practice. You will be sure to be inspired, re-ignited and energised with this carefully sequenced practice which uses a point of focus in the body to gain insights. There is a beautiful focus on the breath, starting with a fiery Sivananada breath some core work (it wouldn't be a Forrest practice without the core!), there are plenty of feisty standing poses to strengthen but with some fantastically releasing modifications. Props: 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.
Yoga for Cyclists: Quads
This short beginner-level class focuses on the quads which can get really tight after a lot of cycling. You will need access to a wall for some really deep quad-stretching. This practice will also be useful for many sports which requires strength of quads, including running, ski-ing, horse-riding and many games such as football, rugby and even tennis.
Ready Steady Ski Part 3
Pre-Ski Pump It Up