Bridge Pose Yoga Demo - accompanies my Heart Health article for September 2016 in the Bury Free Press and other local newspapers. Opens up heart and improves breathing. Handout available to accompany this - please download from http://www.carolebaker.co.uk/resources/videos
One of the most beneficial poses for a weak back. Cobra pose strengthens the core muscles, stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals and decreases stiffness of the lower back. Its also fab for improving your posture, opening your heart and lungs. Contraindicated in Pregnancy.
A demo of how to practice a Standing Forward Bend pose and its benefits and challenges. Releases tight hamstrings and lower back, calming, restorative and re-energises the mind! Take care with low blood pressure coming up and Pregnancy take legs extra wide and soften knees more.
A deep forward bend which targets tight lower backs especially if just above hip (from carrying children!) Also stretches hamstrings and opens hip. Don't be frustrated if head a long way away from knee - just let gravity and patience help you! Contraindicated in Pregnancy sorry.
Stiff, sore lower back? Back gone into spasm? This simple yoga pose is fab for releasing compression in the lumbar spine. A variation of Energy Freeing Pose it is a powerful release for a tight back. Also stretches the neck and upper back and helps with trapped wind and irritable bowel! Contraindicated in Pregnancy
A demo of the Hindi Squat Yoga Pose - a regular feature in the lives of non Western cultures - we prefer chairs? Clear instructions on how to practice the pose, benefits and help with progressing. Safe in Pregnancy but after 30 weeks squats should be supported by the wall.
It's all about Hibernation which is never a quick process! Open up parts of your hips you're not sure you wanted to or even could! Release a tight lower back and take yourself to a place of deep interest! Learn to accept and let go in this intense forward bend....persevere you will get there. Use the bed as your base it's much more relaxing!
One of the most beneficial yoga poses on the planet! A lying twist that will open your hips and stretch across your heart and release tight shoulders as well as improve digestion and settle your nervous system! How to practice the pose with suggestions on overcoming the challenges. Pregnancy - contraindicated
Dogs are pretty brilliant at stretching all the time - Humans are fairly rubbish! Release a tight lower back, strengthen your upper body and stretch tight hamstrings and calves! Plus inverting the body sends fresh blood to the brain which reverses the ageing effects of gravity!! Ok in Pregnancy but legs bit wider, don't hold it too long and come out of it very slowly. Watch low blood pressure.
Reverse Triangle Yoga Pose Demo. A challenging standing twist which works to open just about every part of the body!1 Hamstrings and calves get a stretch, spine twists and opens , releases tight hips and shoulders and extends and rotates the neck! Contra indicated in pregnancy.
One of the MOST restorative yoga poses ever!! Opens the hips and shoulders whilst being calming and relaxing. Great for opening the pelvic region so good for PMsS, Period challenges, Menopause and improves overall posture and upper back/shoulder stiffness. Pregnancy - support your knees with bolsters or cushions underneath them please.
A deep hip opening yoga pose, targeting the piriformis and deep hip flexors...taking you to places in your hips you're not sure you wanted to open! However, open hips will release a tight lower back and keep you mobile into your old age!! Good for runners and cyclists! Pregnancy - take care with folding forward so as not to run out of space and no taking hands off and creating a back bend - use pillows to support it needed.
10 Week Yoga Beginners Programme - a Free 1 hour Introduction. We discuss the benefits of yoga and look at the key types of yoga poses - Standing, Forward Bends, Balances, Backward Bends, Twists, Hip Openers, Core Strengtheners, Inversions plus we discover the differences between Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
If you don't do anything else, this is a simple yoga breathing exercise that can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. You will be glad you did. It is really powerful! However, you may, like me think at first that it is “rather weird and freaky” but trust me, it works brilliantly for reducing your stress levels, calming your mind, lowering your blood pressure and inducing deep relaxation…give it a go!
Some people perform this technique simply for its relaxing benefits, while others perform it for the physical benefits it offers. Some people perform kapalbhati for weight loss as well because it works up the respiratory system and the abdominal muscles, helping you tone out your musculature and improve body tone. Kapalbhati clears the respiratory passages, minimizing risks of infections and allergies in the respiratory system. With the forceful breaths of kapalbhati, the allergens and the infectious materials in the lungs and the respiratory passages are blown away and removed from the body. Contraindicated in Pregnancy and other conditions - see handout on http://www.carolebaker.co.uk/resources/free-health-downloads/13-health-research-information.html