A gentle practice for happy knees

Spending a little bit of time observing the body pays dividends.
When the knees are tight, often they need a little more time to allow the tissues to release. Practice and repetition also helps.
Imagine you are giving your knees a treat, listen to them carefully, explore gentle movement, find out what works for each knee individually. Who knows you might even find that the hamstrings will release a little too 🙂
I have been practicing this sequence for a little while now and I find it super relaxing.
Stay with soft attentive movement, if something does not feel quite right just accept it, release and maybe try again.
I usually find that if I gently try a second time, movement comes a little easier.
Listen to your and body practice with care.

Love and light,
Lucy

Campervan Yoga #1

This little sequence is designed to get your head around practicing in a small space. Maybe your standing pose stance will be a little narrower, maybe your space will not allow you to stretch your arms over your head… who knows, only your practice area will let you know.
The poses here are all simple ones I have taught before, and are suitable for a regular practice.
Look around and modify your practice to suit your space. If using support make sure that it is strong enough and will hold you.
Most importantly, maintain your sense of humour.
Love and light,
Lucy

Happy Standing Poses

What to say? Dan said it all; “Happy standing poses!”.
The winter brings such joy when the sun shines.

You might notice that I have shoes on my mat… the shoes were clean and new. I bought them last summer but i had no-where to wear them out. They have come into their own now though. It was a little strange wearing shoes on my yoga mat at first, I got used to it pretty quickly and they are so much more comfortable than slipping around in socks (toe-socks or otherwise)

Join me as i run (well, stand and jump) through these poses.
Enjoy, and work within your own capacity.

See you soon, love and light
Lucy

Tadasana up Trencrom

It’s important to get outside, especially during the shorter winter days.
This practice was one of those crisp January days, bright sun, biting wind.
When it is cold it’s good to feel your way gently into movement and see how the body responds.
There are just a few poses in this practice with a little more reflection on Tadasana (Mountain Pose), in my walking boots as the ground was way too soggy for a yoga mat.

Enjoy, listen to your body.

Love and light

Lucy

 

If you have high blood pressure or are having to be mindful of your back it is advisable to keep your arms down.

Just a little side note, Trencrom is only 175m above sea level, Watch Croft is apparently the highest being 225m… sorry for the mis-information x

A practice for your legs

This practice is a great way to start the day.
Not much knee bending in this session, a simple practice with shoulder stand at the end.
Lift up your knee-caps, energize your thighs. Your legs should feel great after this routine.
Listen to your body and respond to it’s needs. It is the only one you’ve got!
Enjoy

Sea where I teach

There is no instruction with this film, it was way too windy.
I thought it would be nice just for you to see one of our “home” beaches. Standing poses are presented here with a modified sun-salutation.
If you would like me to draw you some stick figures to go along with the video, pop me a message and I will email them back to you.

Float your boat

I’ll be honest, Navasana (boat pose) does not come naturally to me.
Note to self, it’s a practice, not a perfect. Although it’s much easier than it used to be.
This practice draws attention to the hip, thigh and abdominal area, bringing with it strength and tone.
Please excuse my spelling mistake adha should have been ardha (half), you’ll hear it. As Homer Simpson once said “I am so smart, I am so smart , s m r t , s, m, a, r, t. ”
This sequence is not suitable for people with low back problems, menstruation or pregnancy.

Enjoy!
Lucy

Half moon in half an hour

Fly me to the moon
Let me sing among those stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words…

I had this song running through my head during this practice, I love this pose! When you get it correct it resonates through out the whole body. In fact I reckon old blue eyes would have loved it too.
Body…. look after yours, it is the only one you’ve got.

Please be true,
In other words
Please love you!

Enjoy!

benefits

  • Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and para-spinal muscles
  • lengthens hamstrings, groins and spine
  • Opens up the shoulders and chest,
  • Improves  balance and coordination
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve stress

Cautions

  • Headache or migraine
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hamstring issues

40 minute home practice number 1

This practice is to help develop confidence in building your own home yoga routine.
Start with this simple sequence of standing poses.
All you need is a mat, 2 blocks and a wall or a belt (it is always handy to have a blanket nearby too).
Hold each asana to your own capacity and regard your body with utmost reverence.
Enjoy
Shine bright
Lucy