One of the ways that yoga can help to alleviate pain and ward off injury is that it counteracts many of the issues we cause ourselves with poor posture and repetitive stress. The joint-by-joint theory, popular amongst the Functional Movement community, highlights some common issues.Read More
Here are 6 simple yoga poses that have some real superpowers. Often in yoga, it is not necessarily the more advanced postures that have the greatest benefits. These poses are especially effective for people who sit for much of the day and for athletes in all disciplines. I’d love to hear which poses you’d add to the list.Read More
Modern life has got us all bent out of shape. We sit too often on comfortable chairs instead of standing up or sitting on the floor, and get hooked on sports like cycling, surfing and golf, that ask us to generate speed and power from “unnatural” positions. Over time, our bodies adapt to make our favourite activities easier, but these biomechanical adjustments come at a high price, often leading to pain, injury and reduced performance.Read More
Yoga is no one-trick pony.
When you get into the rhythm of a regular practice, you’ll find that morning stiffness is a thing of the past and that your mind is a much friendlier neighbourhood to spend time in but it can also provide you with challenges if that is what you need. After all, a challenge is just something you don’t know that you can do yet.Read More
“I am a 40 year old father of 4. I enjoy getting out on my bike and enter the odd sportive and time trial. For years, I have been using the Sufferfest workouts to help maintain my fitness. I often found that after longer rides, I would suffer from back pain, which would keep me off the bike and stop me from doing what I love.”Read More
Doh! Hands up if you’ve paddled out, jumped on your bike, gone for a run cold or picked up a dumbbell at a funny angle and tweaked a muscle. And how many of those times had you skipped your warm-up? One of the benefits of a consistent yoga habit is that you're generally more supple and focussed but even yogis need to warm up. So here is a new yoga-inspired warm-up I just designed.Read More
My first ever student was a competitive mountain biker, who was in such debilitating lower back pain that often he was unable to lift himself out of bed. I showed him a couple of poses in a hotel garden on the bank of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, on the day I qualified as a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, 5 years ago.The effect was extraordinary. His lower back relaxed, his pelvis adjusted and the pain disappeared. I then spent the next few months working with him to design a complete yoga program to support his training, and Yoga 15 was born.Read More
There are three components to healthy ankles—stability, flexibility and mobility—and yoga can help to improve all three. When you practice yoga, you strengthen your feet, ankles and lower legs in all of the standing poses and in the transitions between them. This is a great start but I’m also going to give you some extra poses and a 15-minute video to take it to the next level.
Especially as an athlete, it’s as important to have strong hips as it is to have fully flexible hips.Your hips and pelvis create the base of power and support for all movement—for moving fast and changing direction at speed, for lifting and moving heavy objects and for jumping high and far.Read More
The most common cause of pain in between the shoulder blades is the poor posture that most of us slip into at work, when we're driving, eating or tapping away on our phones—rounded shoulders, head forward and chest collapsed. Combine this with a sport like cycling, in which you spend long periods of time rounded over the handlebars, or swimming, which puts considerable stress through the arms and shoulders, and over time, pain can show up in the upper and mid-back.Read More