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The average Americans find themselves sitting more than is really healthy for their bodies. So while you may not be an excessive sitter, you likely know someone who is. Most people will benefit from this basic hip flexor stretch that has variations for different bodies.
The hip flexors are the muscles in the front of the hip that bring the knee closer to the body when we walk, run, sit, and curl-up. The major hip flexors are the psoas and the quadriceps. A common cause of some types of low back pain is tight hip flexors. In our Yoga practice we move through variations quadricep stretches, lunges, and back bends to lengthen and release tension from these powerful forward movers. While there are dramatic poses that help expand the hip flexors range of motion, a basic thigh stretch is perfect for everyday body balance.
Slouching over computers, hunched in our cars, lounging on our couches at the end of the day….. it’s a lot for a pair of shoulders to bear. This quick shoulder alignment exercise helps to re-align the shoulders, strengthen your mid-back postural muscles, and helps to stretch your chest and shoulders, which releases upper body tension, strengthens your inner core, and will even give you more energy, by allowing you to breathe easier. Doing the exercise standing gives you the core work but you can do it sitting down too. Like right now…. go ahead give it a go…. your body will thank you!
To perform the exercise: Stand tall (or sit tall), interlace your fingers, flip your palms away from you and press your arms straight out in front of you. With your elbows straight, "root" your armbones deeper into your shoulder socket. You shoulder feel your shoulder blades slide back...