Back pain is a common ailment that affects most people at some point in their life. It normally feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back. The pain can be triggered by bad posture while sitting for long hours in an office, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly. Backache occurs most often in the lower back, although it can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck down to your hips. Practicing yoga has been shown to relieve back pain. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, a recent study has determined that weekly yoga classes can significantly reduce back pain and improve back movement. A number of yoga teachers have developed yoga sequences designed specifically for sufferers of back pain with a specific focus on target muscle groups. Morning Core Activation by Celest Pereira
1. Morning Core Activation
Your back isn't designed for long hours of sitting, so learning to activate your core is crucial for long term health. In particular, your transverse abdominis has endurance fibres that help to keep your back supported and safe. This quick session will activate and build strength to keep you feeling great.
2. Afternoon Stretch
Poor posture and high levels of stress can create tension throughout your body from your head to your feet. This quick stretching session will help you ease that discomfort and get you back to performing your best.
3. Strong Core For Injury Prevention
Many of us sit for prolonged periods during the day which can lead to aches and pains. This class focuses on strengthening your posterior chain and core, from hamstrings to low-back. Stick with Sam Skelton to increase your strength and feel that pain melt away.
4. Mindful Movements #1 - Restore & Breathe
This routine is designed to give your body a break following intense workouts from prior days and also to learn how to improve your breathing and open up tight muscles to enhance your performance in all of your activities. This is not a strenuous flow, but instead includes movements where you will be holding stretches and poses intended to promote recovery and rejuvenation. You will be amazed at how much your range of motion improved from the start of the routine to the end!
5. Advanced Pilates: Intense Abs & Core Burn
Ready to take it up to the next level? If yes, this full-body, ab-blasting Pilates routine is for you. In this video, Elaine builds on the movements from her beginner and intermediate Pilates/Abs videos and incorporates cardio blasts and intense toning movements. So if you are looking for a challenging routine that will have you sweating, grab a mat and let's get going.
6. Intermediate Pilates: Fire Up Your Abs & Core
This is a great class for Intermediates and is focused on firing up the core, but also works on flexibility and balance. Many of the exercises are performed on the mat and Elaine offers a range of modifications for each movement to accommodate beginners and challenge the most advanced Pilates students. This low-impact, full body workout will get you tight and toned, so grab your mat and enjoy!