A grounding yoga sequence for Autumn, featuring Vivo Barefoot
Mobility, as a practice, is all the rage these days. It seems however, that there’s some confusion between mobility and flexibility, which I’m going to bust for you in this blog.
Yoga teachers are all calm, clean-eating, spiritually superior human beings, right? Wrong. They probably eat junk food, sometimes miss practice *gasp* and majority are actually quite insecure…
A 30 minute practise in my gym, post-workout, featuring plank holds, lots and lots of lizard pose, downward dog holds and bridge pose working on strengthening those glutes!
Being a beginner to movement is one of the best places to be. Let me explain why, are you’re probably thinking I’m crazy here.
Below are some of the key areas of the body that need to be strong and open in order to safely get into poses such as full wheel, bow pose, camel and king pigeon pose.
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I always believe that it is so important to change up your fitness routine often to get the best results and to keep things interesting. A little while ago, I got to a point in my yoga practice where I felt like I had almost reached a plateau with my flexibility and needed to switch things up in order to keep progressing.
I first stepped on to a yoga mat about 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since. Both physically and mentally. I'd just bought myself a cheap Adidas mat while I was studying abroad in France, while simultaneously suffering from a prolonged bout of food poisoning I'd caught in Thailand.
I don't just teach yoga, I also write a great deal. In my other role, I am a writer and content creator (read: taking photographs and writing copy for brands for digital)…
I pretty much live by the motto “little and often”. My yoga journey has almost always been made up of weekly regular, short practises alongside a class if I’m lucky, rather than one two-hour practise or class once a week.
Lower back pain is such a huge thing for a lot of people, and I get many students asking me what poses I recommend to help ease their lower back tension. I have also experienced it myself, so I know just how de-motivating and challenging it can be.
These are some HIIT style exercises I love to practise if I'm time short in the gym and just want to do a strength building home workout.
I get a lot of students in my classes who really struggle with backbends. Backbends are some of the most challenging yoga poses there are, and as a yoga teacher I am really careful about introducing them in my classes, especially as so many people have a really limited range of thoracic (upper) spinal motion.
I'm starting to track my yoga practice so hopefully I can check back in a year/two years/several years later and look back on the progress I've made! Here goes week 1...
Today, there are so many different styles of yoga classes to choose from that it can be difficult to understand which is which.
Chaturanga Dandasana aka the yoga push-up or low plank, is that elusive yoga move that beginner yogis feel they’re never going to be able to do.
I personally love pigeon pose, but it wasn't always this way. When I was just starting out practising yoga, I had the tightest hips, and sitting in pigeon pose (see below image) was almost impossible without toppling over to the side.
Arm balances are those elusive poses that beginner yogis feel they're never going to be able to do. Believe me, I've been there. I remember the first time I tried kicking up into pincha mayurasana or (forearm balance - pictured above) back in 2014.