My abs are so sore! I’ve been in Bali for a few weeks, taking daily classes at the world-famous Yoga Barn studio, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that my stomach muscles are screaming at me. Don’t let anyone tell you that yoga is easy, boring or not real exercise. In fact, if you want strong, supple, beautifully-toned abs, this ancient practice might just be one of the safest and most effective ways to get there.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 Yoga 15 Strength series is designed to build muscular strength and endurance in a strategic and balanced way. The videos cycle through upper body, lower body and core workouts that become increasingly difficult as you progress through the series. Being strong is essential in every sport but aches, pains and injuries can occur when repetitive movement patterns cause muscular imbalances. For example, mountain bikers have over-developed quads and weak glutes and climbers build strength in their upper back and shoulders in preference to their chest and triceps.Read More
I talk a lot about stretching tight muscles that are pulling you out of alignment and causing muscular pain but weak muscles are equally as likely to be the culprit. For example, if your core is weak, the synergistic muscles at the lower back have to work overtime to stabilise the hips and spine and this may make them tight and sore.Read More
If you have a job that requires you to sit for much of the day, it's quite possible that you're suffering from a condition known as gluteal amnesia. Your gluteals or glutes are the 3 muscles that make up your butt. Over time, sitting leads to a shortening of the hip flexors – the muscles responsible for pulling the torso and thigh towards each other. And through a process known as reciprocal inhibition, when the hip flexors tighten, the opposing muscles – the glutes – become ‘inhibited' or weak.Read More
Physical strength is one of the most important metrics of a healthy body. Robust muscles, tendons and ligaments provide support for your bones and joints which reduces your susceptibility to injury. Unfortunately, muscle mass diminishes as we get older but effective strength training can build it back up at any age. Muscular strength increases bone density, improves posture, enhances balance, boosts stamina and increases the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. It's essential for optimal health.Read More