Yoga for “Desking”

A class created with counteracting the side effects of modern, desk life in mind. Opening the front of the body, working on your posture, releasing the neck and back muscles, and strengthening core and glutes. Have your blanket and yoga blocks at the ready and enjoy! https://youtu.be/7kNNfwYkO6c

Find Your Balance

Balance isn't about being still and stable - it's about movement, and the constant, minute adjustments you need to make within your body to stay in place. From teetering on tiny footholds on a slab, to something as simple as stepping from one foot to another, we rely on our ability to balance all the … Continue reading Find Your Balance

Make the Most of Your Bolster

Do you love your bolster as much as we love ours? If so, you might like to try this super short restorative sequence. Obviously, if you have the time and feel comfortable, you can hold the postures for a wee longer than suggested. Just press pause and enjoy. Same goes the other way round! Virasana … Continue reading Make the Most of Your Bolster

Vasisthasana

We love Vasisthasana, a.k.a Side Plank. It’s an awesome pose to strengthen some major core and lower back stabiliser muscles, such as the obliques and quadratus lumborum. In addition, it also works our arms, shoulders and legs. It’s also a balancing pose, which can help to improve your concentration skills! However, please avoid this pose … Continue reading Vasisthasana

Ardha bhekasana Sandra Berlin

Ardha Bhekasana

If there was a pose in yoga that I am not a great fan of, it would be Bhekasana (the Frog)! As someone who has suffered from a torn ACL in the past, the unnatural rotation of the knees when bringing the heels towards the floor by your hips always made me cringe a little. … Continue reading Ardha Bhekasana

Tree pose Alice Gioia

Tree Pose

Learning to balance on one foot is incredibly important for climbers. Pistol squats, tree pose variations, half-moon… all these Asanas have something to teach you about moving with control.  So the next time you’re on a slab, balancing on a tiny foothold, you’ll know what muscle groups you need to recruit to move forward.  STEP … Continue reading Tree Pose

A chilled out way of working on your posture

 This is a posture I often use at the start of my classes and my students love it! It is relaxing. You are lying on the floor, grounding yourself, setting up for class..... But the great thing about it is that this is also a lovely chest opener, ideal to gently relieve upper back pain … Continue reading A chilled out way of working on your posture

Dolphin Sandra Berlin

Dolphin

I love Dolphin! It is great to strengthen our upper body, helping us to prepare for a number of inversions. Think headstands and forearm balances! As a climber, practicing Dolphin will offer some excellent benefits, such as strengthening antagonistic muscles on the shoulders and the triceps; opening the upper torso (chest, shoulders and armpits) and … Continue reading Dolphin

Garudasana Sandra Berlin

Tie yourself in knots with Garudasana – From Chair to Eagle Pose, a strong leg workout

For my first asana blog of 2018 I chose not one but 2 poses: Utkatasana (Chair Pose) and  Garudasana (Eagle pose). I love sequencing them together, so I thought it would make sense having them both here. These poses are great for strengthening the legs and hip flexors, stretching the shoulders and working on concentration … Continue reading Tie yourself in knots with Garudasana – From Chair to Eagle Pose, a strong leg workout

Warrior 2 Virabhadrasana II Sandra Berlin

Build up resilience and open up your hips with Warrior II

From one of my least it became one of my favourite standing poses! Back to the time I had my right ACL reconstructed this was a key pose to help me to get back to full recovery.  Virabhadrasana II, or Warrior 2, is considered a beginner’s pose but don't be fooled, it's more complex than … Continue reading Build up resilience and open up your hips with Warrior II