Starting from Wednesday 4th September I will be teaching two new classes in at Yoga Point in Brixton. Yoga Point is an independent local yoga studio established in 2010 and I’m really looking forward to teaching in this wonderful space. Here are the class details:
This class is a meditative combination of flowing yang (active) postures and yin (floor-based
passive) postures accessing the body’s deep connective tissues and connecting
the breath with mindful movement. The intention of this yin andyang
flow is to create more space and integrity in the body,
finding ease and release while cultivating more mind/body awareness.
HATHA FLOW (13.00-14.00)
In this class we gracefully weave the asanas
(postures) together, orchestrated by the breath to build stamina and
flexibility. This class will release tension from the body, improve your
posture and leave you feeling stronger and more energised.
Daytime drop-in class prices at Yoga Point are £10 (£9
You can find Yoga Point at 122 Dalberg Road, Brixton, London SW2 1AP. For further details please visit www.yogapoint.co.uk.
In this short video filmed at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall, I show you how to do one of the poses I found helpful during my training for the Brighton Half Marathon a couple of years ago.
(TIP – Do you have a tendency to hyperextend your knees? I do. To avoid this, you will see here that I am [deliberately] keeping a bend to my knee as I extend my foot upwards. I am actually able to access a deeper stretch into my hamstrings and calf muscles as a result too.) Sliding the belt towards the ball of the foot and gently pointing the heel of the same foot up to the ceiling will target the calf muscles more.
Keeping the sole of my other foot flat to the floor provides more stability for my lower back than extending the leg straight along the ground.
Aim to do each leg for 1-3 minutes if you are a beginner, working up to 3-5 minutes if you are more experienced.
You can find full instructions on this and some of my other favourite yin yoga poses for runners over at the Embody Wellness blog which features the whole sequence I practised after the half marathon with NO soreness the next day: http://embodywellness.co.uk/yin-yoga-…
If you are in London you can join me at Embody every Sunday 6-7.15pm for Flow & Restore – a 75-minute combination of a steadily paced yoga flow followed by floor-based yin yoga postures to leave you feeling rested, uplifted and ready for your week ahead.
This is one of the restorative poses we regularly practice during the second half of SLOW FLOW YOGA – Mondays 6.30-7.30pm reCentre Health in Balham.
In this short video filmed at reCentre I show you how to do this restorative inversion with the aid of a bolster and a yoga belt. Here, the sacrum (directly below the lumbar spine) is supported by a bolster (or you can use cushions or a sturdy yoga block if you don’t have access to a bolster). Just a few of the benefits of Supported Bridge Pose can include:
– Helps to relieve stress and low moods
– Helps to calm the nervous system (activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is in charge of the body’s ‘rest and digest’ activities)
– Can help to reduce fatigue
– Stretches the spine from the shoulders all the way to the tailbone
– Can help to relieve lower back pain
– Stretches and opens the chest
Start by sitting on the bolster and place a looped belt around your lower legs. With knees bent and soles of both feet on the floor, place your hands on the floor behind you, lift your hips and slide them forward so that you can rest your sacrum (the flat bony place just below your lower back curve) onto the bolster. Then using your hands ease yourself back onto the floor so that you are in a Supported Bridge position. Allow your arms and hands to rest where they feel most comfortable – you may wish to rest arms by your side, or rest hands on your lower abdomen or reach arms back to the floor behind you as I am doing in this video.
To transition into Supported Shoulderstand, lift your feet into the air. This can be a nice alternative to Legs Up the Wall if you do not have access to wall space.
Rest here for up to five minutes or for as long as you feel comfortable.
From Sunday 2nd October my weekly Flow & Restore class at Embody Wellness will start fifteen minutes earlier at 6pm.
Flow & Restore – Sundays 6-7.15pm
In the first half of this beautifully balanced class I guide you through a series of flowing postures to help develop strength and flexibility. The pace then slows for the second half of the class with a focus on restorative and yin poses allowing your body to release both physical and mental tension. Finishing with a deep relaxation, you will leave feeling rested, uplifted and ready for your week ahead.