Well, it was a little damp, and there was quite the sound and light show (aka thunder and lightening) in the distance, but a few brave souls and I had a great outdoor class on Sunday morning!
The class focussed on movements that support cyclists – taking the joints into different movement planes, the spine into all ranges of motion, exploring how the pelvis moves on the femurs (thigh bones) and the shoulder blades on the rib cage.
I created this video so that the people who came can continue to practice the movements we went through, and for those who might not have been able to make it out. (I know of some people who didn’t come out because it was pouring rain at their house – just a few short blocks away!)
This is not a professional video, by any stretch of the imagination! I simply taught a class to my iPad and hoped for the best!
Please remember the following important things:
- Check with your doctor or health care provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have been inactive for a period of time.
- Pain does NOT equal healing! Practice the yogic principle of Ahimsa – non-harming – on yourself.
- A stretch is merely a sensation. Practice the movement well, feeling how the different boney parts move in relation to each other, and you MAY feel a stretch as a by-product, and you may not. Don’t chase after a sensation!
- Continue to breathe – low and slow – throughout the practice.
- Breathe, soften, allow and be. These are the keys to a great practice. Let your breath be easy and unforced, notice areas in your body where you are holding muscular tension and soften them, allow movement and positioning – don’t force, and simply “be” with where you are, suspending expectation and self-judgement.
If you have any questions or would like to pursue Yoga, mindful movement, relaxation therapy or massage therapy further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!