Solomon Yogalates™, developed by Louise Solomon in Australia, is an exercise system which fuses the best of ancient yogic practice with the core stabilising, functional, and regenerative dynamics of Pilates. It is a movement system that stretches and strengthens all the major muscle groups developing a streamlined slenderness rather than bulk. At the same time it has excellent therapeutic value for calming the mind and spirit.
Yogalates is ideal for those needing to strengthen their backs, those suffering from arthritis or osteoporosis as well as post
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Chronic back pain is a common problem affecting around 80% of the world’s population at some point in life. That is four out of every five people! There is a high chance that you have suffered previously, are suffering currently or will be suffering from back pain in the future. Anyone who has suffered from back pain knows how limiting this can be when trying to get on with your daily activities.
A major cause of this back pain “epidemic” is our sedentary lifestyle. We
The Abdominal Roll Down is a great exercise that will tone your abdominals, strengthen your core as well as mobilise your spine. I find this exercise quite calming and relaxing as it makes you focus on the movements and your breathing. It is almost like a moving meditation. Try to do this workout somewhere outside in your back yard or in a park if you can – it feels fantastic hearing the birds singing and feeling the warmth of the sun and a slight breeze
Does your back feel tense some time? – If so, then try the following 3 back exercises. They are great for mobilising and strengthening your spine. You can do them daily. It only takes a few minutes out of your day but will make a huge difference.
The Cat Pose is a great exercise for limbering the spine. It feels fantastic after you have been sitting for long periods of time.
How to do it:
Begin with limbering your wrists – rotating your hands around your wrists.
Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana is one of the most easily recognised yoga poses and is great for stretching and strengthening the whole body by placing emphasis on strengthening the wrists, arms and shoulders as well as stretching the whole back of the body including the back of the legs (hamstrings), calves and ankles. It improves digestion, respiration and circulation. This pose also oxygenates the blood and therefore revitalises body and mind, and is fantastic for building endurance and stamina.
How to do it:
The Tree Pose is one of my favourite balancing yoga poses. It is great for strengthening the muscles in the legs, the knees as well as the ankles and the spine. This exercise is a fantastic hip opening exercise which stretches the groin and inner thigh area. What I love about this pose is that it improves balance as well as increases focus, memory and concentration. The Tree Pose can be a bit challenging to start with, but once you master it, you will love
Knee Folds are one of the fundamental Pilates exercises – often used to help relieve back pain. It is great for developing pelvic stability which plays an important role in keeping the spine and pelvis in optimal alignment, and ensuring that the muscles and joints of the lower limbs are functioning properly.
How to do it:
Lie on your back with your knees and feet placed on the floor hip-width apart (Figure 1). You can have your arms beside your body with your palms facing down, orread more...