Flexibility and core strength
This is a mat based class that aims to improve the flexibility and mobility of movement through a sequence of exercises.
The class is suitable for most levels and where possible easier and tougher options are demonstrated. It is important to always work to a level that suits you and you feel comfortable with.
This class includes:
- Standing warm up
- Chest openings
- Standing scissors movement with leg extensions
- Standing one leg circle
- Roll downs into downward dog
- Cobra stretch
- Swimming in prone
- Side kick
- Arm openings
- Bridging with leg extensions
- Double leg stretch
- Glute and hamstring stretches
- ‘Y’ stretch in sitting
We start the class in standing and warm up our upper body with some chest openings and shoulder retractions and open out our spines with a mermaid stretch in standing.
In standing we work on some core and hip control with a scissors movement and one leg circle. We then roll down into a downward dog and add some calf stretches in this position. On our fronts we work on some upper and lower body control with a swimming exercise before stretching into extension with a cobra stretch.
On our sides we work on some glute and core control with a side kick movement as well as some upper body stretching with arm openings. Onto our backs we continue to work our core with a bridge and double leg stretch exercise as well as some hip mobility with a one leg circle.
We then cool down with a spinal rotation stretch and leg stretches before finishing with some gentle upper body stretches in sitting.
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