Hips don't lie

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The benefits of mobile hips

If you sit down all day or are involved in a sport, you need to get a little more mobile in the hips.

Why? Because sitting in the same position for sustained periods of time shortens the hip joint flexors and weakens the glutes. Running with poor technique over trains the same muscles and puts a load on the joints, particularly the knees.  Both states can develop imbalances in the body, joint instability and injury.

How to counter it? Mix up your activities to keep your body fluid and elastic. The hip is a ball and socket joint and needs to be able to move in all directions, ensuring that you don’t get stuck in one direction.

An accessible hip mobility exercise that you can do everyday is leg circles, and you can even do it standing.

Stand on one leg, with one hand on a wall and start to make circles with the other in one direction for a few counts and then the other. The movement comes from circling the ball of the thigh bone in the hip socket, aim for a smooth and uninterrupted circle. Circle both legs and notice the how much more fluid your movements become.

A few easy ways to increase hip mobility at Good Vibes:

The Power Plate  increases mobility by 7 degrees in every exercise, it also improves your explosive power and creates stability around the knee.

The one-to-one sessions can be tailored specifically for you.

Glow Yoga pulls your body into a more 3D pattern - try the Beginners & Improvers Yoga workshops or the Foundation class if you’ve never practised yoga or want to improve you technique.

The Glow Yin class accesses the deeper tissues and musculature of the body, such as connective tissue and fascia that encompass the joints to give you more freedom in movement.

Glow Pilates will balance out your body by working all the little muscles that pull in the bigger often overworked muscles.

Glow Cycle will keep on improving your aerobic base rate, improves your leg speed and increases your range of motion. To get you started the Good Vibes cycling one-to-ones are an investment that pays off with immediate effects.

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Yoga for Runners and Cyclists £25 

Saturday 28th March 2pm – 4pm Fitzrovia

Training for the Marathon? Injury-proof your body and strengthen your resolve with a two-hour workshop designed specifically for runners and cyclists. These practical, flowing sessions use yoga’s physical postures and mental training methods to keep the mind sharp and body strong throughout training and racing.

Teacher Lexie is a BWY and Yoga Sport Science ®-trained teacher and fitness writer. She is the author of Yoga for Runners and Yoga for Cyclists and teaches runners, sprinters, cyclists and triathletes 1/2/1. She also trains for 10K, triathlons and duathlons.

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Glow Yoga Foundation for Beginners and Improvers £25

Saturday 11th April  1.30pm - 3.30pm Fitzrovia

Glow yoga Foundation workshops are for both beginners and those wanting to improve their technique. This workshop looks at shoulder and upper body alignment and will explore the common downward dog pose as well as look  at all poses that rely on mobility and openness in the shoulder girdle. A fun and inclusive 2 hour workshop to get you moving with ease.

Led by Good Vibes Founder, Nahid is a BWY accredited teacher, as well as a registered restorative yoga teacher and trained in complete yoga nidra. She offers mindful classes and embraces an open approach to her continuing learning and teaching. She is also the yoga expert for Women’s Health Magazine UK and Aveda UK.

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Happy Body Bootcamp £65

Saturday 18th April 3pm – 8pm Covent Garden

Those who practise restorative yoga are more likely to stick to their good habits than those who don't. This Bootcamp takes a 360 degree approach to your fitness, a 2 hour Pilates session with Antonia followed by a 2 hour restorative yoga session with Nahid to calm the mind and release the body and setting good intentions with yoga nidra ( a guided meditation).

Green juices and light healthy snacks provided.

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Pranayama Workshop £25

Sunday 26th April 5pm – 7pm Covent Garden

The first thing we do on earth to signal our healthy arrival and the last thing we do before we exit this lifetime – breath is life.

Breath is the bridge between our mind and body, and managing this bridge with intention can lead us to deep understanding and profound change.

Teacher, Clive has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background.

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21 March 2015