This video is part of our "Yoga Recess for Parents" series, specifically designed to be a quick break for parents during distance learning. This practice focuses on the shoulders. In most cases, tight shoulders are the result of tight trapezius muscles. The trapezius runs from the back of the head to the lower thoracic spine and also attaches to the shoulder blade. What usually happens when you spend too much time sitting is that the muscles in the front body shorten and those in the back body become weak. Yoga can help you to lengthen the front body and tone the back body so that you can find a more upright posture. This 15-minute sequence will stretch out your shoulders, strengthen your back body and release your hips. Props: 2 Blocks
This video is part of our "Yoga Recess for Parents" series, specifically designed to be a quick break for parents during distance learning. This practice focuses on the hip flexors and core. Do you ever wonder why the deep muscles in your hips feel so tight all the time? They could be compensating for weak or inhibited hip flexors. The hip flexors not only move the legs, but also stabilize the pelvis and lower back. Hip flexors need to be both supple and strong. This quick yoga recess for parents will help you strengthen your hips as well as your core! Props: 2 Blocks
Recess for adults? Yes, please! The transition to distance learning can be challenging for children AND parents! Parents not only need to think differently about how to support their children, but also how to support themselves in the process. This is a quick 15-minute YOGA RECESS FOR PARENTS to stretch all the tense areas in the body, specifically the areas that block you from taking a deep breath. You can do this routine while your little one is at recess or after virtual schooling to decompress. Enjoy side body stretches, spine lengthening and shoulder stretching as you ease your body into taking deep de-stressing breaths.
A little something we all need a little more of… Room To Breathe. This is a quick class to remind you how to take a deep breath. This is a seated yoga practice so can be done at your desk in the middle of your work day or at home after a long busy day. Props: 1 Strap or equivalent
This is a quick booty blast to awaken your glute muscles from long periods of sitting or underuse. Simple movements you can add to re-awaken your glutes and help your body create core stability.
Ardha Chandrasana, or balancing half-moon, is a fantastic pose to improve hip strength and mobility. It also helps stretch and strengthen the hamstrings all while you engage your core to create balance and extension in the spine. This class breaks down Ardha Chandrasana to make sure you are getting all the benefits this pose has to offer.
Your yoga mat is a rectangle. Your life is not! Join me in this class as we explore some diagonal stretches and subtle strengthening to help improve the ways we move in our everyday life. All poses are done on the back, seated and on the knees. A gentle way to start or end the day and free up tension in hidden areas.
Wondering if you have tight hips? Here's a simple test. Stand and look down at your feet. If your toes point outward rather than straight ahead, your hip muscles are probably overworked and need to be stretched. For people who sit a long time at work, the hip flexors and rotators become tight, and the gluteal muscles become weak. This combination negatively affects our ability to walk and maintain proper posture. This quick yoga hip sequence focuses on stretching the muscles around the whole circumference of the hip joint.
In this video, Wendy G uses the wall to engage and rotate the shoulders. This is a great 20 minute break from sitting at a computer, holding a baby or after a long commute. Using the wall helps engage the muscles as they are stretched, thus improving mobility.
Do you carry stress in your shoulders, causing back pain and poor posture? If so, this 20 minute yoga sequence will help open your shoulders, increase flexibility, and strengthen your upper body.
Did you know the average American spends around 10 hours of their time sitting down every day? If you are one of those people whose work and lifestyle involve being confined to a chair all day or you regularly like to binge watch your favorite shows on netflix, you might want to check out this yoga sequence by Wendy G. It’s designed to reverse the long-term effects of sitting. Optional Props: Blocks
Whether you need some extra support during a challenging pose, or you want a prop to help you deepen a pose and open up during your practice, there’s one handy yoga prop that everyone has on hand, which often goes unnoticed…I’m talking of course about…the wall! A simple wall can be a yogi’s best friend, providing support, a balancing tool, or stretching assistance.