This accessable practice is a blend of Yoga and strength work using a chair. It’s a great practice if you are new to resistance training but has much to offer the seasoned practitioner as well. The so called antigravity muscles help you to stay vertical when moving or in stillness.
This is a go to practice when you really NEED to get on your mat for some Yin, but can’t commit mentally or time wise to a full guided practice. I’ve provided an image and a brief description of each pose for you. You will make good use of your pause button so this practice is best taken from your phone or tablet.
Petey and I want you to know that your lower body, especially your calf muscles are highly related to metabolism. The soleus muscle especially, when toned and strong is thought to increase metabolism by returning blood from the periphery more quickly to the heart.
A quick standing practice to fire up your legs. This practice targets the posterior, anti gravity muscles: calves, hamstrings, glutes and also the quads.
This is my absolute favorite way to do strength work. As someone who is hypermobile, having the stability and feedback from the floor is so helpful. If you are just getting into strength work, having the floor will give you that extra security and stability that you need to feel safe and confident.
It’s time to slay the myth that stretching is the key to reducing stiffness and pain. It could not be more false. This practice is and evidence informed method to help you to release your hips. Even when we have pain we can work on strength and awareness. In fact, we should work on these things especially when we have pain!