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Five weeks to a better back: yoga therapy via Zoom for small groups

Have you ever wanted some simple techniques to ease your back pain, and to develop the strength and flexibility required to prevent relapses or flare-ups?

This new online course allows you to do just that in the comfort of your own home. ‘Five Weeks to a Better Back’ are five group yoga therapy sessions that will give you the tools to release tight muscles, strengthen your core, improve your posture and optimise your breathing. They will help you manage your back pain at home and teach you what to do to prevent more pain from developing in the future.

Starting on Saturday 10 October, 4-5:15pm and the next four consecutive Saturdays 17th, 24th, 31st October and 7 November.

How to stretch your back during a long walk

One of the joys during the easing of lockdown restrictions this summer has been to walk or hike in nature. Still now, with the threat of a second lockdown in the air, walking in the outdoors is our precious chance to feel more free and connected with nature. When you have back pain, however, long walks or hiking may not always be pleasant. The whole body feels more tired as the back muscles tighten and ache. In this blog I am describing a few simple releasing exercises that can be helpful to stretch your back during a long walk.

How Covid and Zoom transformed yoga for students and teachers

It has been an emotional 5 months, filled with uncertainty, fears, limitations, new possibilities and change. Covid and Zoom transformed yoga for students and teachers alike. Whereas it was deemed superior to teach yoga or yoga therapy in person, suddenly necessity made online yoga not only acceptable but also desirable. Obviously, I am grateful to have found continuity, connection with other people and fun by teaching yoga online, but I still marvel at how my work so suddenly changed to being fully online.

Yoga stretches to counter too much sitting

Human beings were not made for sitting all day long. Sitting, especially with a bad posture, tightens and shortens the muscles along the front of the trunk and back of the legs: the hip flexors, hamstrings, chest muscles and abdominal muscles all remain in a contracted state for many hours. Meanwhile, the back is held in a rounded position and thus weakens, the gluts are underused and tighten. If you have found that your lower back feels tight and painful after too much sitting, the exercises below could help.  These yoga stretches to counter too much sitting are meant to open the front of the trunk, stretch the thighs and hip flexors.  They may also strengthen the upper back and release tension in the lower back.