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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!

Advent Calendar 6: Wrist Stretches, Twisted Root, Down Dog

Here’s a mini sequence to ease tension in your fingers, hands, wrists and forearms, to strengthen your low abs muscles, and to give your hamstrings the opportunity to let go. Hope it brightens your day! 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 5: Forward Bend, Elbow to Knee, Pyramid

Happy 5th December! This sequence will help you to make space in your low back. Hope you enjoy it! 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.