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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.

Advent Calendar 4: Relax the Neck, Abs with a Roll, Warrior I

I hope this practice brings you a few moments of healing and warmth in your day. It includes something to release tension from your neck, something to put some fire in your belly, and something to make space around your heart. Happy Wednesday! 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 3: Spinal Twist , Twisted Root, Eagle Horse

Here’s your mini sequence for today! For the abs exercise, you get to meet the fantastic Forrest Yoga teacher Greg Jamiel. Hope you have a lovely Tuesday. 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 2: Shrugs, Elbow to Knee, Dolphin

Happy Monday! Here is your second capsule practice. My favourite time to incorporate yoga into my day is first thing, whilst still in pajamas - abs are best on an empty stomach, pajamas are nice and stretchy, and you can have shower and breakfast afterwards and start your day feeling great! But you can do this practice at any time of day that suits you. In your lunch break! While the baby naps!

Advent Calendar 1: Neck Release, Crossleg Twist, Abs with a Roll and Bridge

Happy first of December everyone! Here is the first of 24 capsule yoga practies to keep you cheery, comfortable, warm and sparkling throughout the run-up to Christmas. All of these poses are shown in this delicious 10 minute practice from Finlay Wilson, a FY teacher in Dundee. If you’re doing it without the video, do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical).

Audio Class 3: Hips and Hamstrings

Most of us have a very sedentary lifestyle, and this can leave us with tight hips and hamstrings. Runners and cyclists often find that these areas are achey too. This class can help bring a bit more freedom into these muscles. Chronic stress can also be linked to tight psoas muscles, which can make the hips and low back ache. For this class you will need a strap. If you don’t have one then you can use a big towel, a skipping rope, a dressing-gown belt, or anything else long that you have to hand.

Audio Class 2: Low Back, Mid Back

This hour-long recorded class is particularly for anyone who has a tight or aching back, though anyone will benefit from the sequence. People with back injuries should listen very, very carefully to their bodies and not do anything that hurts. Best of all, find yourself a Forrest teacher and have them guide you through your practice safely. Don’t ever stretch into pain, and always honour your edges. For this class you will need a roll or a block.

Audio Class 1: Shoulders

This hour-long audio class is designed to help you ease out tension in your shoulders. Most people I’ve ever met have some ache, discomfort or tweakiness here, perhaps from hunching over a screen or steering wheel, or from chronic stress, or both. I hope that by the end of this class you find yourself more comfortable and more relaxed, shoulders tingling pleasantly with all the new space and energy you’ve created there.

Finding Support Within

In this week’s classes we’ve been working with the intent of finding the support you need inside. Using two simple actions, grounding down and taking a full breath, it’s possible to tap into an internal strength which can help you through any challenges you face. This might be a yoga pose, or a delayed train, or an argument, or grief, or just the mild trauma of Sainsbury’s on a Saturday. Whatever the adversity, this simple formula can help you respond as your wiser self, and connect to your immense internal support system.

Twenty minute sequence for... shoulders

Tight neck and shoulders? Then this one’s for you! This is pretty much exactly my own practice when I don’t have much time in the morning - it works brilliantly to ease out the stiffness I wake up with. Go cautiously if you have any kind of neck injury or pain. Don’t do anything that hurts - listen carefully to the signals your body’s giving you - and stretch to just 80% of your capacity.