Cooling breath

Cooling breath

This is a breathing technique that I learnt on my yoga teacher training.  It is said to cool the body and so should only be practiced during hot weather. As I write this in July 2022, we are experiencing a heatwave (temperatures over 27C and rising) and I am finding...
Standing pec Stretch

Standing pec Stretch

The front of the shoulders and across the top of the chest and rib cage can get quite happily tight with modern life, where we are sitting hunched over a computer.  I frequently find that many upper back issues seem to come from a quietly comfortable, tight pectoral...
Spinal mobility – Arm sways

Spinal mobility – Arm sways

This is one of my favourite spinal mobility movements to do as it really feels like it gets the bit of the spine between my shoulder blades moving.  It is also quite a quick motion to do, and the check at the end is as much to confirm it has done what I want it to do....
Piriformis Stretch

Piriformis Stretch

The piriformis stretch is quite a classic position, especially for yoga and pilates, where it is sometimes referred to as the Sign of Four.  The piriformis muscles attach the sacrum at the back of the pelvis to the femurs or thigh bones. Classically their action is to...
Spinal mobility – standing

Spinal mobility – standing

This is a great series of movements that take your spine through a series of small movements that exaggerate the spinal movements we need for easy walking.  There are two sections. Equipment None needed. Motion 1: Bending forwards   Steps Stand upright and take a...
Inner thigh stretch – Adductors

Inner thigh stretch – Adductors

The inner thigh muscles are called the adductors.  Their action is to bring the thighs and knees together. The muscles originate on the pubic bone and around to the ischial tuberosity (sitting bone).  The longest extends to below the knee.  They can be very tight on...