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7 of the best morning yoga poses

By taking just 10 minutes every morning you can set yourself up well for the day ahead. Releasing the fatigue, stiffness and tiredness you usually feel for a positive, energised start will have you enjoying less stress and better concentration throughout the day. You can use these 7 poses alone or as a starting point for a longer practice. (1)  Child's Pose: A gentle way to ease the body into movement each morning and also a fabulous stretch...

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Power of the Pose: Plank

PLANK POSE Love it or hate it, this pose is incredibly effective. Here are 4 good reasons why you should include Plank in your daily exercise regime. (1) Builds core strength safely Planks are an incredibly effective way to strengthen and tone the core muscle group of the erector spinae (straighten & rotate the back), rectus abdominis (six-pack muscles located between sternum and pubic bone) and transverse abdominus (corset muscles). For anyone with back pain or disc issues,...

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Mental Benefits of Yoga

We all hear about the fabulous physical benefits that we get from regular yoga, but how does yoga help our mind? 1. Calms the Nervous System: Yoga moves you from the sympathetic nervous system (flight or flight) to the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Deep breathing helps us to transition to a state of relaxation and thus reducing stress. 2. Builds self-trust and confidence: Yoga is all about non-judgement and through this we build trust in...

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The Power of the Pose: Down Dog

Downward Facing Dog (or Down Dog) is one of the most common yoga poses which has found its way into Pilates, Barre and general exercise classes.  But what is it actually doing for your body? Bone health: While it may not appear difficult, this pose actually requires considerable strength, particularly in the shoulders. Being recognised as weight-bearing exercise means improved bone health in the prevention of osteoporosis. Increased blood flow: As with all inversions (where heart is above head),...

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Tweak your Week!

Sometimes small changes can make a big difference to our wellbeing. Instead of stressing about not fitting exercise into your busy working week, consider wider options. Perhaps take an early morning class. This will set you up well for the day ahead, not only helping you to feel calmer and more focused but will leave your evenings free for other things. Or perhaps it's swapping dinner with girlfriends for a spa afternoon. By prioritising your...

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Tried everything and still can’t sleep?

Sleeping well can be tough during these hot nights but for some people this is the norm. If you've tried the usual recommendations (dark room, no caffeine after 3pm etc) with no joy. So what else can you do to get a better nights sleep? 1. Establish a regular sleep routine. This helps to set your body clock and establish your biological clock. Create a dark space for sleeping and each morning open the blinds and let the...

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5 Good Reasons to Improve Your Posture

We're all aware of good posture, whether from school days where we are told to sit up straight and stop slouching or sore shoulders from long hours in front of computer screens. Here are 5 good reasons why posture is important: 1. Your body will work efficiently. The body is designed to work as a delicate interrelation of muscles, bones and ligaments, each relying on the other to support its function. If we force this delicate balance...

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Avoiding Common Injuries

The top 3 exercise injuries and how to prevent them. We all know how great we feel when we exercise regularly and how an injury can derail both our motivation and progress. Here are some quick tips to help you stay on track and avoid common injuries. Back Strain: With the amount of sitting over a desk, phone and driving we do it's no wonder our backs are weakened. Start a program to strengthen the...

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Men & Pilates

While women have dominated Pilates classes in the past, there is a growing swell of men taking part. Whether you’re a runner, golfer or cyclist, Pilates certainly has a place within any training regime. Pilates is all about subtlety, not speed or force. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not easy. Taking the momentum out of exercise means you work harder, tuning in to the movement and how that feels within your body. So what exactly are the...

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