Monthly Archives: April 2017

International Day of Yoga – Yogathon – Robyn’s quest for comfort

Yogathon for Robyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help us to raise money for Robyn’s quest for comfort. This cause is very close to my heart, Robyn’s amazing mum Kate, first came to my pilates classes about 5 years ago with disc problems and back pain, she attended every week and her back problems improved so much. Kate moved into my pregnancy pilates classes when she was expecting Robyn and attended right up until giving birth.

Beautiful Robyn suffered severe brain damage at birth and as a result now suffers from a list of medical conditions that dictate her daily life.

Robyn needs specialist equipment to help make life more comfortable. Kate has continued to support our studio and business despite the challenges she faces caring for Robyn, and has also become a great friend. I would love to raise as much money as possible to help my fab friend, her family and Robyn.

The Yogathon will start at 8:30am with Wake Up Yoga and run through till 8:30pm, classes will be 90 minutes long. You can take part in as many classes as you like, suggested donation £5 per class. To book your class contact Sarah

Yogathon timetable:

8:30 – 10:00 – Wake Up Yoga

10:00 – 11:30 – Slow Flow Yoga

11:30 – 13:00 – Hatha Yoga

13:00 – 14:30 – Hip focus session

14:30 – 16:00 – Yoga for Sports

16:00 – 17:30 – Upper body focus session

17:30 – 19:00 – Sunday Chill Yoga

19:00 – 20:30 – Yin Yoga

 

Yoga for office workers

 

Yoga for Office

Working at a desk all day, being hunched over a computer can seriously affect your posture. Shoulders become rounded leading to tight chest muscles and lengthened upper back muscles, head is pushed forward creating strain on the neck and hip flexors are shortened causing lower back pain as well as hip pain. Yoga can help open up the chest, lengthen hip flexors and realign posture to relive aches and pains. Yoga also reduces stress levels through breathing techniques and releasing muscular tension in the fight or flight muscles that are under constant threat throughout the day at work. If you would like to try a free taster of Yoga for Office Workers please contact David to arrange.

Marathon recovery stretches

Congratulations on completing your marathon, here are a couple of yoga stretches to help ease your aches and pains

Marathon recovery yoga stretches

Its all about the booty!

IMG_3455You stretch your hip flexors after every run/ bike ride/ gym session but you still have tight hips! Frustrating isn’t it?! The number one reason all this stretching isn’t making is a blind bit of difference is because your bum is weak! The gluteus maximus is the opposing muscle to your hip flexors (psoas), if glute max isn’t strong enough to open up the hips and oppose the hip flexors the hip flexors will never gain their length. This means they will always be in a shortened position because they will be doing the lions share in the hip department, shortened muscles equal tight muscles. The best exercises you can do to strengthen your glute max is squats, lunges and specific pilates moves such as prone squeeze and swimming legs.

There is another reason why your hip flexors are tight despite all the stretching, and that is because of modern living. We spend an awful lot of time sat down either at desks, in the car, or watching TV, when we are in a seated position the hip flexors are shortened which is when they become tight, the more time we spend seated the more shortened and tight the hip flexors get.

Tight hip flexors can be a cause of lower back pain due to the anterior tilt it puts on the pelvis. An excessive anterior tilt can cause compression in the lumbar discs, nerve damage and muscular imbalances. The best form of attack to prevent back problems caused by tight hip flexors is a combination of Pilates and Yoga. The hip flexors do need stretching but without strengthening the glutes, the stretching is worthless.

For info on our available classes check out our timetable or contact Sarah

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