Here a number of short, close-ups of simple inverted poses--how to get in and out of them safely. Also included is a much-needed stretch for hip muscles that can help with sciatica and hip stiffness.
Restorative Reboot: Floor Twist, Lying Bound Angle & Legs Up the Wall
Legs-Up-the-Wall has got to be everyone's favourite relaxation pose. Here's a short (12 minutes) practice that can stand alone as a method of recharging your batteries. Or, as a way to finish a longer practice and set your body/mind on an even keel.
On The Road: Foot Therapy for Travellers
This short video demonstrates how you can recover from all the walking you end up doing when you're a tourist wanting to get the most out of your travels. All it takes, and all in the spirit of being kind to your feet, is some gentle exercise and self-massage to release stiffness and aches. You might want to follow this five-minute routine with legs up the wall pose to enhance your recovery. As a friend says, it's better than a late-afternoon expresso for reviving and refreshing.
On the Road: Upper Back Stretches
Here's a short sequence to help your neck and shoulders release after hiking with a backpack. As a traveller, you want to be able to enjoy your holidays and the beautiful environments you're in. Sometimes all it takes is doing simple releasing stretches, such as these, to get you back on an even keel.
On The Road: Post Flight Back Extension
It's not always convenient to get to a yoga class, but it's generally possible to do a little 'first aid yoga', even when you're travelling long distances. Here's one way to alleviate the after-effects of plane, train or car travel--basically a great stretch for neck, shoulders and back.
Legs up the wall - Viparita Karani
Viparita Karani, also known as Legs Up the Wall, is a favourite among many yoga practitioners because it is so soothing that you will come out of it refreshed. Using a bolster under the hips makes the pose more accessible and restful. Some of the organs of the body that benefit from doing Viparita Karani regularly are: heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach and spleen. If you want to make the pose more of an inversion, you can add folded blankets to the bolster to give more height.
Supported Bridge Pose - Setu Bandhasana
Supported Bridge - Setu Bandhasana - is a passive backbend that calms the activity of the mind and facilitates better breathing. Staying quietly in the pose, even for five minutes, can help regulate blood pressure, ease headaches, improve digestion and rest tired legs.If you would like to make a donation to my continuing to create videos and recordings, please visit https://eveyoga/donation/.
Supported Shoulder Stand - Salamba Sarvangasana
Supported Shoulder Stand. This version of shoulderstand gives the support that allows you to stay in the pose for a bit longer. Which means you get the benefits of being upside down for more time with less effort. Plus, there's no toll on your wrists or neck. It's a little tricky to get into in the beginning, so this video will help make the pose more accessible for you.If you would like to make a donation to my continuing to create videos and recordings, please visit https://eveyoga/donation/.
Sirsasana - Headstand Preparation
Here's the step-by-step way a beginner can approach doing headstand. It's not even necessary to put weight onto the top of the head, so it's safe for the neck. The preparation at the wall helps build confidence, arm and shoulder strength, and upper back flexibility.
Yoga for Tight Hips
Here is a series of practices for your hips. Rather than emphasising ''opening your hips'', these exercises help you work with tightness and asymmetry between right and left sides.A good approach to this practice is to explore your anatomy with curiosity and interest. In this way, your practice will be unforced and enjoyable.If you would like to make a donation to my continuing to create videos and recordings, please visit https://eveyoga/donation/.
Turtle Pose - Child's Pose Variation
Safe to say, we all deal with stress on a regular basis, but when it becomes unending, we need to take time out for ourselves. In this variation of child's pose, our bodies take the outward shape of the turtle where the shell protects the vital organs--kidneys and adrenals--and we gently nourish ourselves. A five-minute practice that can be incorporated into a restorative practice...or even held for longer in a stand-alone tool for regeneration. The inspiration for this practice of turtle breathing comes from Dr. Willow Brown, https://drwillowbrown.com
Yoga Warmup for Singers
It's well-known that a little time devoted to doing a physical warmup before singing is important as you are tuning up the instrument of your body. Warming up the body before singing will also give you a more enjoyable experience and improve the quality of your voice. In this short video, I offer my experience in teaching yoga for many years to you as a singer so that your posture, breathing and physical body all come together to produce beautiful and joyful sound.
The Ayur Mantra
In this short video, Julie Spicer demonstrates and translates the beautiful Ayur Mantra for us. This is a chant for our own health and nourishment as well as that of others. It includes mudras or gestures that make the practice a physical one. This is a practical way of understanding how prana, the life force, moves through our bodies and minds.
Sit-to-Stand & Wall Chair Pose
Here's a way to safely strengthen your legs, which means you will be more stable in walking and standing and less likely to fall. Doing Sit-to-Stand is an accessible exercise for even the elderly. If done regularly, the older person will gain mobility and stability, and as a result more trust in their body. The wall chair pose is similar to the yoga pose 'utkatasaa'. With regular practice of it, the practitioner will soon strengthen quadraceps, glute medius and maximus.
Physiological Sigh: A Breathing Exercise
Yoga, we know, is effective for reducing stress, especially in its emphasis on the breath. This beautifully accessible breathing exercise, the physiological sigh, is a great one to have in your tool box of practices.In this short video, long time yoga teacher, Megan Jones https://www.meganjones.life/, explains and demonstrates the breathing.