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.
Back Care: Connecting Arms, Shoulders & Upper Back
General aches and pains anywhere along the spinal column can come from poor posture, sitting or standing for long periods or simply from staring at our devices over time.
This class 75-minute is a good antidote for stiffness or weakness and gets the upper back moving by connecting with the arms, shoulders and shoulder blades in a simple way.
Back Care: Upper Back Relief
Keeping your upper back mobile and strong is a way of looking after the whole of your spine.
In this 75-minute class, you will have a chance to create more back flexibility and access better posture and breathing through the sequence of movements and postures.
Back Care with Brahmari Humming Breath
Is it unusual to link humming breathing with back care? No, of course not! This is yoga, after all.
It's all about being aware of and sensitive to the movement of energy through the body. And sound helps us do that.
This 75-minute class will help you awaken and strengthen the core in through a simple and focussed practice. It incorporates postures, movement and relaxation.
Healthy and Whole: Yoga Twists for Core Strength
This 75 minute class emphasises one of the benefits of doing twists in yoga poses--strengthening core muscles as you rotate the spine. I describe the twisting movement as wringing out the muscles of the abdominal area, but also the diaphragm and the underlying internal organs. When the twist is released, there's a surge of new fresh circulation--something like squeezing a tea towel, rinsing and cleansing internally. This sequence presents lying down, seated and standing poses, so no part of the body is neglected.
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.
For Your Bones: A Yoga Visualisation for the Health of Your Bones
This visualisation gives you time to scan your body and connect with the parts that give you stability and support, your bones. By taking time and sensing into these individual parts of our bony skeleton, we can appreciate them and contribute to their health.
When there are conditions of the bones, for example, arthritis or osteoporosis, yoga tools can be hugely beneficial and not invasive. Practising Yoga Nidra, Loving Kindness Meditation and a visualisation, such as this one, can bring clarity and calm when the mind is disturbed.
Befriending Backbends. Part 1: Elongate.
Making space in the chest, strengthening glutes and hamstrings and creating vitality are just some of the reasons we do yoga backbends.
This is a 75-minute modulated backbend practice with the aim of having you feel energetic and calm by using an intelligent approach.
You'll find a written version of the practice at the end of the video.
Befriending Backbends. Part 2: Strengthening the Glutes and Hamstrings
This 75 minute class is designed to wake up the muscles that make for easeful backbending poses. When the gluteus medius, minimus and hamstrings support an even arching of the spine, there is less stress and effort. You will get to enjoy more of the benefits of these valuable postures: stimulation of the nervous system, opening the lungs and correction of stooped posture.
Befriending Backbends. Part 3: Shoulder blade flexibility and strength.
Keeping the dorsal thoracic - the upper back - strong and flexible is such a benefit to our posture and the strength of our bones.
A further advantage is that we can experience more freedom when we do backbends as we avoid pinching the lower back, hunching the shoulders and making the neck cranky.
Here's a 75 minute all-round practice to create fluid movement in the shoulder blades, especially, and the whole body, as well.
Kindness to your upper back: Shoulder Blade Flexibility and Stability
Your shoulder blades and your dorsal thoracic spine are a sort of a mystery area because they can't be seen.
This is a lovely, mainly standing pose practice to help you feel and sense into your upper back so as to create relief in the neck and shoulders.
This 1:15 hr practice begins with live harp music and finishes with a visualisation on 'The Air We Breathe'.
Pelvic movement and stability
The pelvis is an amazing fulcrum of the body and has lots of potential for movement in various directions. When we experience stiffness or soreness, it might mean that we've lost some our mobility or perhaps are even too mobile.Here's a session to explore and experience some of the movements of your pelvis.If you would like to make a donation to my continuing to create videos and recordings, please visit https://eveyoga/donation/.
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/.
Back Care: Maintenance with Classic Poses
The way to have a healthy spine is to keep it supple and strong. Back bending and forward bending, lateral movements and mindful holding of basic postures encourage mobility.This 75-minute class offers a simple routine that if done regularly allows you maintain good posture and keep backache at bay.