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Advent Calendar 16: BK Twisting Variation, Abs with a Roll, Turbo Puppy

Welcome to the 16th mini sequence! One of my favourite things about doing Forrest Yoga is feeling strong. I am 5’2”, and before I started doing this form of yoga I had never felt powerful in my body. But I have found Forrest Yoga is a great way not only to build strength fast but also to break free from your limiting beliefs and self-mutilating mental monologues, and to stop cowering inside your comfort zone.

Advent Calendar 15: Wrist Stretches, Twisted Root, Extended Warrior Variation

Whenever I do Wrist Stretches I am still surprised at how much tension I’ve been unconsciously holding in my wrists, hands and fingers, and how great it feels to stretch it out. I hope you, too, find a way of using these stretches to discover delicious sensations. Happy 15th December! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs.

Advent Calendar 14: BK Forward Bend, Elbow to Knee, Warrior II Kite Hawk

Happy 14th December! Your intent today is, in each pose, to ask yourself ‘What part of this can I enjoy?’. Focus on pleasurable sensations as you move and breathe. Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain. Take care of your body. If you’re pregnant then skip the abs exercise and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.

Advent Calendar 13: Relax the Neck, Abs with a Roll, Lunge with Back Traction

Sometimes the most simple poses can achieve profound results. Relaxing the Neck has helped me a lot in my long journey of unwinding the complex and longstanding knots in my neck, jaw and shoulders. Forrest Yoga is unusual in teaching students to have a relaxed neck at all opportunities - it’s just so necessary for healing the body of a modern human who drives, types and texts! Hope it works for you as well as it does for me.

Advent Calendar 12: Spinal Twist, Twisted Root, Unlocking Shoulders

Your intent for today’s practice is to feel your breath. Each time your focus drifts away from the sensation of breathing, as it will many times, congratulate yourself kindly for having noticed, then gently bring your attention back. Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain. Take care of your body.

Advent Calendar 11: Shrugs, Elbow to Knee, Horse Birdwing

Today’s sequence includes two of my favourite poses to remedy tight shoulders. To release tension in the body you need both to relax and stretch the tight muscles, and also to strengthen the muscles which help them to stay relaxed and not just clench up again. Shoulder Shrugs takes care of the first of these goals, and Birdwing takes care of the second. Add in Elbow to Knee to build support for your spine, and Horse to bring activation and sparkling energy into your legs, and you’re onto a winner!

Advent Calendar 10: Seated Twist, Abs with a Roll, Suns

Today brings you a capsule practice with its roots firmly in traditional yoga, but with a distinct and wonderful Forrest flavour. Do as many Sun Salutations as you wish. Even just one will help lubricate your joints and ease out tight muscles. Enjoy! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain.

Advent Calendar 9: Neck Release, Twisted Root, Tree

Happy 9th, all! This is one of my favourites of these capsule practices. Neck release never fails to do wonders in the neck and shoulders, no matter how many times you’ve done it, and I love how tree helps to balance my mind as well as my body. Hope it helps you too! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical).

Advent Calendar 8: Forward Bend, Elbow to Knee, Easy Twisting Lunge

Welcome to day 8! Today’s poses are all about helping you to connect in feeling with different areas of your back. They also give you lots of opportunities to release habitually held tension from your neck. Hope you enjoy feeling more spacious afterwards! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain.

Advent Calendar 7: BK Twisting Variation, Abs with a Roll, Warrior II Archer

Happy 7th everyone! Hope your first week of December went well! Here’s today’s mini sequence. The first pose is great for easing out the muscles which get tight from sitting lots. Abs with a Roll is a really nice way to dredge out tension from the low back. Your zingy pose is a really open one today, to counteract all the hunching against the cold we’ve all been doing. Hope it helps you feel great!