The perfect surf warm up! - the 5 Tibetan Rites

If you only do one land based activity before getting out in the ocean for a surf then do this! The only surf warm up you’ll ever need! The 5 Tibetan Rites The benefits of this ancient practice, which originates from a condensed daily yoga practice created by Tibetan monks over 2000 years ago, are touted as everything from the reduction of anxiety and stress, to reversing the aging process! As surfers though the main benefits of this mini spiritual workout that we’re interested in are: improvement of overall strength and flexibility, the strengthening of core and back muscles, improved respiration, oxygenating the blood stream,Read More →

Knees-chest-chin tutorial

Make vinyasa transitions between Plank and Cobra flow more fluidly with this Knees-chest-chin tutorial. An often challenging pose for beginners, this preparatory pose for Chaturanga dadasana is more about technique and alignment than actual strength to perform correctly. However an engaged core and a degree of shoulder stability gained through strengthening your supporting shoulder muscles, will help you make your way through this vinyasa yoga transition more gracefully Remember to keep those wings in by sliding your elbows along your ribs, which will in turn plug your shoulder blades down onto your back creating more stability when transitioning down to the floor and leaving you setRead More →

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Chandra namaskar/Moon salutations A wonderful alternative to Sun Salutations, this slightly lesser known yoga sequence has a more grounding effect than its sun counterpart making it great for an evening practice. Working a lot with hip openers, which helps free built up emotional tension that is said to be stored in this area, this series of asanas is also great for toning the legs and glutes. This tutorial takes the first one slowly and then invites you to practice 2 more guided rounds in time with the flow of your breath. Don’t worry too much about your breath pattern, just let if flow freely withRead More →

Pigeon pose on a terrace in Goa

Multi level yoga flow using Sun salutations to build heat and then working with Pigeon pose as a base pose from which to explore other hip opening poses, twists and backbends. Please note that if you’re not yet using Pigeon in your practice that you can swap this part of the practice for Figure of four pose and then rejoin the flow in Downdog after Pigeon. Alternative poses offered for beginners, this is a full yoga practice and great cardio work-out and strength builder that is also suitable for intermediate/advanced practitioners. A great way to stop your hips from seizing up due to hours ofRead More →

Using micro movements for the rotator cuff

This 15 minute flow uses Warrior 1 as its base pose from which to use a range of micro movements in order to work the supporting smaller muscle groups of the back and shoulders such as the rotator cuff muscles. Helping you to acheive better alignment in your warrior 1 and 2 as well as toning your arms, abdomen and all of the muscles along the back of your body. A great example of how sometimes less really is more! This yoga sequence demands of you strength and focus and should really leave you feeling like you’ve worked if done with mindfulness in your movements.Read More →

Yoga in a sculpture garden

Yoga flow for the Shoulders/Shoulder girdle/Back & Core Parts 2 and 3 of the 30 minute Fly like an eagle flow, focus on strength building in the shoulders and core through side planks, plank crunches and Chaturanga. They also include some deep backbends such as Anahata asana and Bow. Building strength in our core helps protect our back from injury and aids us in our backbening asanas. And by first practicing modified Chaturanga and side plank we can build strength in the major shoulder muscles to protect from the all too common shoulder injuries that occur in the full expression of these poses. This flowRead More →

Shoulder releasing yoga flow

Strengthening & Releasing yoga flow for the Back/Shoulders This 15 minute flow can be used as a warm up to part 2 of the Eagle flow, or as a practice on its own to release, strengthen and find proper alignment in the shoulders, shoulder girlde and back. A mutli level practice with modifications and a great way to start to prepare yourself for shoulder heavy asanas such as Handstand and Chaturanga. Beginners be cautious with dropping back too far into the backbends without support as this can be very intense on your stomach muscles as well as your lumbar spine. Instead consider just focusing onRead More →

Flying fish pose on the beach

15 minute flow building strength in the shoulders and upper back Perfect for toning your glutes and thighs, this strength building flow builds stamina in the shoulders and upper back to help you achieve a more accomplished and better aligned Shoulderstand. Using the breath to guide you through a series of controlled asanas working with Bridge pose as its foundation, this 15 minute flow will leave you feeling toned, empowered and centred. The last part of the tutorial will guide you into a full Shoulderstand, followed by some work with Plough and then all finished off with some counter poses before inviting you to restRead More →

Wide legged forward fold with side twist

Full Yoga class for releasing the lumbar spine This 40 minute yoga class uses a combination of twists and forward folds to release tension built up in the lower back and right along the back of the body. Including a warm up, flow and floor work, this multi level class is available to anyone to use at home for their personal practice. Beneficial for maintaining good spinal health, whether you are suffering from back or neck issues or not. And a great all round toner. This class will leave you feeling destressed, mentally and physically wringing you out of toxic tensions. Enjoy and Namaste!Read More →

Malasana with side stretch in a pretty English garden

Yoga for releasing the lumbar spine This 40 minute yoga class uses a combination of twists and forward folds to release tension built up in the lower back and right along the back of the body. Including a warm up, flow and floor work, this multi level class is available to anyone to use at home for their personal practice. Beneficial for maintaining good spinal health, whether you are suffering from back or neck issues or not. And a great all round toner. This class will leave you feeling destressed, mentally and physically wringing you out of toxic tensions. Enjoy and Namaste!Read More →