Let's face it, June just didn’t deliver the sunshine. Waking up to constant grey skies and torrential rain can sap your energy. Practising in our FAR infrared heated yoga studios will keep your mood buoyant and your joints juicy.
We've put together a few ways to increase your energy levels wherever you are:
1) Breath for energy - Visama Vritti 1 – Long Inhalation v Short Exhalation
This is a simple breathing practice that will perk you up like nobody’s business. This breath can be practised whenever you need some energy.
Find a comfortable seat and begin to breathe with softness in and out of the nose. With each inhale begin to lengthen the breath ever so slightly until eventually over the course of 5-10 breaths your inhalation is twice as long as your exhalation. Visualise that you are increasing levels of prana or upwards moving positive energy on the inhale and releasing apana or downwards moving or negative energy on the exhale. Practice this breathing technique for between 3-5 minutes before you allow your breath to return to its normal rhythm once more.
2) Legs up the wall pose to perk you up in an afternoon energy dip
This pose is the best remedy for tiredness, five minutes in this pose is a reviving tonic for the whole system as blood from the lower body is circulated with a little help from gravity to the heart and head, instantly reviving and refreshing.
Sit close to a wall, with your right shoulder and hip touching the wall and carefully swing your legs straight up on to the wall, inching your bottom as close to the wall but keeping the tailbone down. Pop blanket for cushioning under your head and let your legs feel totally supported by the wall. If you’re new to yoga or have tight hamstrings practice with slightly bent knees or pop your legs over the seat of a chair.
3) Ski Breath – no slopes required
This will wake up both mind and body, it’s like giving your spine a drink as you unroll on the way up, hydrating the discs, ten of these and you’ll feel ready for whatever the afternoon throws at you.
Stand with your feet hip distance and your toes slightly turned out. Float your arms over head with an inhale and then exhale with a long “haaaaaaaaaa” sound through the mouth and rag doll your body over your legs arms can reach back behind you momentarily before you release your arms towards your feet. Hang here, grounding and surrendering your weight through your feet, lift at the arches of your feet and begin to slowly unroll your way up with soft knees, connecting through inner thighs, pelvic floor, deep abdominals, your diaphragm all the way up to the crown of your head as your head comes to float above your ribs. Repeat 5 – 10 times.
Move for your mind
Getting your body moving isn't only good for a physical energy boost, it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, increase memory and concentration as well as improving sleep.
Here are 5 of our favourite classes to get you energised!
Glow Ballet Tone is our signature dance conditioning and Pilates class. It's high energy, fast paced and will get your heart pumping! Plus has the added benefit of toning and lengthening your limbs and giving you gorgeous dancer's posture.Tuesday 5pm, Thursday 7.15pm and Saturday 11.45am, Covent Garden and Monday 7.30am and Wednesday 7.15pm, Fitzrovia. Book in.
If you're looking for a class to build strength and confidence, the Cycle HIIT Bootcamp is the way to go. A low impact, high energy class that will not only get you sweating, but will also give a healthy boost to your metabolism, increasing your body's fat burning capacity. Why not try Nadine's themed ride tomorrow night to test the power of explicit lyrics, set to tunes that will kick ass! Wednesday 6.30pm, Fitzrovia. Book in.
Our Yang & Yin yoga class really does give you the best of both worlds. Starting off with a strong but mindful Vinyasa Flow to get you focused and tuned in to your body, before finishing off with restorative yoga, allowing your body to rest and recharge through the use of props to safely open and release stagnant energy.Wednesday 7.15pm and Sunday 11am, Covent Garden and Monday 7.15pm, Fitzrovia. Book in.
A 25 minute power booster to fit into any part of your day, hop on a power plate for a fat burning workout with a difference! The Power Plate breaks down fat sells, increases circulation and decreases the amount of time you need to spend working out. It's a full body workout, in half an hour! Power Plate classes run every day at both studios, starting 7.30am Monday to Friday, 10am on Saturdays and 12pm on Sundays (Covent Garden only). Book in.
Glow Yoga Bliss classes have been specially designed to recharge your batteries and nourish your body back into balance. Bliss classes impart a profound sense of renewal, relaxation and well-being through poses that support the body with props allowing it to gently release, and are the perfect counter balance to modern day stress, anxiety and fatigue. Friday 6pm and Sunday 3.15pm, Covent Garden and Thursday 7.15pm, Fitzrovia. Book in.
Tomorrow, join us for a Cycle HIIT Bootcamp that is shaping up to be a legendary ride! With master trainer Nadine, you'll test the theory that a little cussing can make you work harder, by riding to a set of tunes that will kick *rse! A low impact, high energy ride that will get you hooked! Wednesday 29th June 6.30pm, Fitzrovia. Book in.
Step on the mat with Jazzi for a Pilates workshop for beginners or those looking to improve technique and master tricky poses. Pilates helps you tap into your inner strength, and is the perfect compliment to your yoga practice, teaching you to move from your core and inner body. Saturday 9th July, 1.30pm, Fitzrovia. Book in
JungleFit is back and we're bringing the glowsticks for a Friday night party this time. A high energy, high intensity class to a soundtrack of old skool jungle & drum ‘n’ bass. Choreographed by professional dancer Claudia, the class plays a unique format of 3 dance tracks to one conditioning track to makes sure we target all muscle groups. Friday 29th July, 7.30pm, Covent Garden. Book in.
Lastly, we love hearing about how our classes and teachers have helped change not only our clients physical body, but their lives as well. Alexis Knox went on a journey with us, read all about it here.
See you in class!
Nahid and the Good Vibes Team x
28 June 2016