Hip Opening Sequence for Backbend Practice
This video contains an active flexibility sequence for opening the hips in preparation for a backbend practice. You’ll learn some of my favorite stretches and techniques for improving your backbends through the hips. Please have two yoga blocks, a strap, a cushion, and some wall space.
Level One Splits Sequence
Splits Sequence is an introductory video that provides a flow of stretches, alignment cues and technical information for front and centre splits. Transitions are made with resistance and control, varying the load through contraction and release, in order to develop more active ability in what are commonly passively held positions. While props are encouraged to ease accessibility and maintain stability, no other equipment is needed. The range of motion and hold time is managed by participant. A mind-body connection is encouraged throughout to aware oneself of the adaptive changes and signals given for both protection and progression. Prerequisites: The flow sequence may be modified to match range of motion, although it is advisable that participants be able to hold a plank position and kneel on the ground. The positions used to work in and out of our splits largely make use of either hands and or knees on floor. Props: Yoga blocks, chairs and padding underneath the knee may all be required for safety and progression. Video Intro: 0:05 Warm Up: 4:35 Front Split Sequence: 7:43 Middle Split Sequence A: 44:26 Middle Split Sequence B: 48:20
30 min Full Body Warmup
30 min full body warmup to prepare you for all types of training or use as a stand alone workout. This warmup makes my body feel prepared and ready for whatever activities I continue to do throughout the day. I begin by introducing my cat Lithium who is the real star of this video. Then we start with the feet and work our way up the body with joint mobility that continues onto wrists, forearms and shoulders. This leads us into legs, working into the hamstring and mobility. I sneak in a few pushups and continue into preparing the body for splits or pigeon. We finish off with a bit of abs.
Level 2 Splits Sequence
0:00 Intro 2:44 Warm Up Standing Sequences 15:35 Variation 1: Triangle & Half Moon 20:30 Variation 2: Pyramid and Standing Split 32:50 Lunge to Floor Splits 53:43 Centre Split A: Variation 1 55:13 Centre Split A: Variation 2 Centre Split B: Straddle Sequences 56:45 Variation 1: Reclined Straddle 58:59 Variation 2: Seated Straddle 1:01:59 Variation 3: Straddle Leg Lifts 1:04:00 Variation 4: Compass Pose 1:09:00 Arabesque & Attitude: Pigeon & Kneeling 1:11:36 Tilt Kick Prep: Kneeling Kicks & Balances 1:14:38 Variation 1 Parallel 1:16:48 Variation 2 Turnout 1:19:09 Variation 3 A la Seconde (Second Position)/To the Side 1:20:47 Variation 4 Dancer's Pose 1:22:35 Variation 5 Penche 1:24:38 Cool Down