Awaken Your Spine

Guy Friswell
Instructor Guy Friswell
Average: 4.8 (8 votes)
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In this class, Guy takes you through a gentle hatha yoga flow, while helping you understand and experience the key movements of your spine: extension, forward bending, backward bending, side bending and twisting. He teaches you how to apply the principles in standing, lunging and reclining poses, leaving your spine feeling vibrant and relaxed.

Equipment: None
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Back Care


Jessielhona 3 weeks ago

Would you recommend this class to a person with a slipped disk? I am interested but don't want to make things worse.

Guy Friswell 3 weeks ago

Hi there — good question and I’m glad you’ve held off from doing the class. The first thing I’d say is that I’m a yoga teacher, I’m not a GP, chiropractor, physiotherapist or other kind of credentialed medical professional. I teach people how to come into wholeness of body, breath and mind. So, truly understanding slipped discs and what might be safe for YOUR body should be a discussion between you and a medical professional. That said, this particular practice is is slow and if approached with caution and mindfulness on your part should be soothing for your spine. But any sense of gripping or numbness or pain should be an immediate signal for you to back off! I hope this helps and I hope that you get to enjoy this class when you feel ready. All the best! Guy

handstoheart 2 months ago

That was a really interesting class, it is amazing what feels different when you slow down and pay attention to what seem to be simple stretches.

Guy, I find I am a bit wobbly on the lunge poses. What can I do to strengthen this foundation?

Guy Friswell 2 months ago

Hi there! I’m glad to hear that this class brought my attention to your inner experience. Thrilled in fact! On the lunges, there are a few points I could suggest:
* On your rear leg, play with putting more pressure into your big toe mound, moving your heel higher or lower, and moving your hip more forwards.
* Rotate your rear foot to allow your whole foot to be on the ground — so Warrior 1 stance.
* Drop your back knee to the ground and build stability there first.
* Accept the wobbliness as something that your body wants to work on!
I hope these are helpful and thanks for practicing with me! All the best, Guy

annalisa2 3 months ago

Great class! I appreciated Guy's clear instructions and easy to follow pace.

rberg 6 months ago

I enjoyed your nice calm approach and your clear instructions to the movements of the spine.