If you would like to improve your flexibility, then this course is for you! You may have done this with me as a workshop and will remember just how helpful it is to work on the hips. The hips are an area of the body where we seem to hold a lot of tension which can lead to restricted movement and discomfort. What is flexibility? It is the ability for joints to move unrestricted and pain free with strength and stability allowing a full range of movement. To support and improve flexibility, stretching is an important type of exercise. There are 4 types of stretching:- Dynamic - this is where you are moving in and out of a pose allowing the muscles to gradually release so you can go a little deeper. To keep the brain interested and alert, sometimes you can add a different hand or foot placement. PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) - here you are contracting a muscle, holding it, and then on an outbreath relaxing it. There are a few ways of doing this depending which muscle you need to work on. This practice allows the nervous system to reset and the muscle to regain its normal length and function. Static - this type of stretch is held still for about 10 seconds and is useful as part of this wider exploration of stretching. Loaded - this type of stretch is done by adding a bit of effort (pulling yourself deeper) or using some sort of external weight to hold you in your stretch. This can be very effective but does rely on you listening to your body so that you do not to go too deep and cause injury or pain. By using all the different types of stretching you will have a better chance of finding the ones your body will respond well to. You are tapping directly into your nervous system when you work on your stretching to improve your flexibility. Now for some technical stuff! All muscles have Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO) and Spindles. These affect the muscles ability to lengthen. Then, if you stimulate them in specific ways you can re-educate the muscles and their connection to the nervous system to work more effectively, efficiently and without any pain. These exercises can and should be done on a regular basis. Gradually you will notice more movement with ease, less pain and stronger muscles. The stretches work best when incorporated into your yoga practice rather than doing them in isolation pre exercise. This is a buy to keep course which has 7 videos. Each one concentrates on different muscle groups which together affect the hips. With regular practice you will soon notice ease of movement and reduced tension. Aims To teach you different types of stretching and the benefits To teach you how to improve your muscle function Objectives To be able to follow a plan to improve your flexibility To understand why you are doing each stretch To make you stronger and increase body awareness

Module 1 Hips
Class Video 1 Introduction to Improving Your Flexibility Part 1 Hips
Class Video 2 1 Hamstrings
Class Video 3 2. Psoas
Class Video 4 3. Adductors
Class Video 5 4. Quads
Class Video 6 5. Outer Thigh
Class Video 7 6. Piriformis
Class Video 8 7. Pelvic Tilt