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Yoga therapy & sequences for colds So that time of year is here again! The kid’s are back to school and with that comes the trailing back home of all manner of bugs and sniffles. Added to that we’re torn between the regulating of our body temperatures with the do we don’t we put the heating on argument and the constant battle of clothing layers coming on and off between fresh natural environments and stuffy heated interiors such as offices and shops. In spite of the tendency to want to crawl under a blanket and do as little as possible at the first sign 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 →

Anahata vinyasa flow

Anyone who has ever attended an Ocean Flow Fitness yoga class will be aware that music is an integral part of any class. From the minute we set off on our yoga journey in class, music is there to guide us through the flow of the practice we are embarking on. With feel good acoustic Indie pop, or mellow melodies normally staring off our warm up asanas. The energy then starts to raise a bit once we enter our first Sun Salutations, which can often lead to full on high energy beats by the time we hit the main flow of the class. This mayRead More →

Yin yoga straddle

My experiences with Yin Yoga – From Yinginner to Yinster! So at the beginning of this year in a hot yoga Shala in the Goan jungle, as the scorching sun of the day was just starting to set to the sounds of the serenading monkeys and birds all around us, I was introduced to Yin yoga: a form of yoga which left me somewhat out of my comfort zone in terms of a yoga practice, due to the utter stillness and prolonged sustaining of the poses that contrasted so profoundly with my own style of choice up until then, Vinyasa. But a style that hasRead 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 →

Upward facing dog at the end of a jetty on a summers day

Yoga for all over toning and core engagment Particularly beneficial for releasing the Hamstrings and glutes and for building strength in the shoulders, wrists and core. Please do not attempt the jump backs into Chaturanga unless you have practiced it with an experienced teacher. Instead simply step back into plank and then drop down into chaturanga if you would like to, or leave this pose out all together. If you do feel like you’re ready to include this more advanced asana into your practice then make sure that you always jump back into bent elbows, as jumping back into straight arm plank will jolt yourRead More →