Ocean Flow Fitness YouTube favourites from 2018
2018 saw the rise of multi disciplinary coaches and teachers offering a more integral, personalised approach to your health, fitness and wellbeing. The year in which we had more online apps and wrist worn trackers than ever to help monitor our food and fitness journeys, with a whole wealth of virtual studios and resources offering everything from workouts to meditation.
The year of interval training and booty building, mobility madness and animal movement, a love of all things mindfulness, the explosion of the fitness festival, the increasing international popularity and spread of yoga, the year of the vegan, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) fever, Joe Dispenza ruling the energetic waves…
On a personal level this has been yet another exciting year for me in terms of personal growth. 2018 saw me; moving into my own home for the first time ever, developing my thirst for knowledge in Taoist yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with a Yin Yoga teacher training in Thailand; my love of the water was fuelled by a couple of surf trips to Bali and Morocco, and by bringing SUP Yoga to the people of Portsmouth, as well as collaborating with Island Feather teaching SUP Yoga at festivals with the brand around the UK.
The list of videos below are reflective of my personal journey with my body and mind throughout 2018 but are by no means completely independent of the trends within my industry throughout the course of the last year. Some videos have been my go to home practices, some have been discourses that I have gone to time and time again and some have been gateways and cookie trails that lead onto hours of getting lost in the vast depths of YouTube. I hope you find at least some of them of interest. And here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 to you all!
For cultivating your inner Yogi and Warrior
The continuing rise in popularity of the man behind Budokon yoga; Cameron Shayne is not without reason.Cameron is considered the father of the mixed movement arts culture, who along with the likes of Chris Heria from THENX, have been flooding the internet with exciting and insightful YouTube videos that are showing us the power and grace behind bodyweight and mobility training (not to mention their far from shabby bare chests!). In this free 30 minute home practice expect to mobilise your joints, build strength and fluidity and meditate on some wise words.
For probably still the best overview of Eastern philosophies in existence.
Dealing mainly with the concepts behind Taoism, but feeding elements of Confucianism, Zen Buddhism and a bit of Indian and Western theology in for good measure. No voice rings clearer or more eloquently than Alan Watts’s on this often hard to grasp and even harder to put into words ancient Chinese philosophy which states that “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
For when your home yoga practice needs some disciplining
As my yoga teacher and manual therapy training develops and I delve deeper into the reality of variable anatomy and creating practices suited to individual anatomical, physiological and energetic needs, I find that the restrictive universal alignment cues from the likes of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga no longer ring true for me. That’s not to say however that I don’t still enjoy the powerful effects of a full primary series practice on my body and mind every now and then. This Video with Clayton Horton is a great intermediate level video for a home Ashtanga practice. I won’t tell Clayton that we’re breaking some of the alignment rules if you don’t!
For teachers, managers or anyone in a position of power
Whilst this discourse on Taoism is a great bit of further listening regarding the key concepts of the philosophy; as a Teacher I connect to a whole wealth of insights that it presents for anyone who holds some kind of position of authority. Indeed much of the principal book on Taoism the Tao Te Ching, was in fact written as a guide for leaders on how to rule a state according to The Way (Tao). Written simply, read mindfully and broken down into thematic subsections, a great bathtime listen.
For any surfers looking to improve their pop up
A great way to get to see what’s really going on down there in those split seconds in which you pop up on your surfboard. This fascinating video slows down some of the worlds finest as they transition from paddling to ripping down the line and is a great way to analyse which techniques are being used by the pros.
For primal movement and mobility
Time to oil up the joints and get primal! Slightly dodgy song choice aside, this tutorial runs through a lot of accessible mobility movements in a relatively clear format and is great fun to have a go at at home.
For seekers and energy tweakers
Very much a buzz name in both the holistic health and fitness industry at the moment; Neuroscientist, Dr Joe Dispenza is fast becoming one of the most listened to voices on self transformation and energy evolution through his train of best selling books, online interviews and courses and international workshops. His secret? The intelligent fusing of up to date modern neuroscience with wisdom from the ancient mystics.
For anyone interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The man being interviewed here, Mantak Chia is a Taoist Master best known for teaching Taoist practices such as Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Qi Gong. This fascinating interview from the online channel London Real, is a fantastic overview of some of the main ideas behind TCM. Learn concepts such as how breath and the health of your organs can affect your emotional well being, from this most endearing of living masters. This channel also has a whole range of other interviews with everything from pro athletes to holistic healers. Worth checking out!