MoreYoga’s Summer Yoga Playlist

We’ve scoured our teachers’ playlists to bring you the most uplifting and energising tunes for your yoga playlist. We know how important your home practice is, and now you can make it feel just like you’re in the studio.

Follow our Spotify playlist here.

Start of with some gentle, spiritual mantras from well-known kundalini artists and fire up into your vinyasa with sublime EDM beats. Close with haunting piano melodies from Einaudi and you’ve got a signature MoreYoga class right in your living room!

Got suggestions for awesome tracks? We’re always on the lookout for amazing new tunes. If you’d like to hear your favourites in class, email katie@moreyoga.co.uk and we may just add it to our list!

4 Embarrassing Moments We’ve All Had In A Yoga Class

Yes, yes, yoga is all about abandoning the ego. But sometimes, you can’t help but feel a little self-conscious next to the yogi who can “float from bakasana into handstand” (I mean, how?!). Here are four very common, very embarrassing moments that have happened to all of us at some point (including to the ultra-fit superheroes of the class).

Falling out of an inversion

It is inevitable that during your practice as you progress onto more advanced asana that you will go bowling across the room into one or several neighbours. Probably right after your teacher warned not to do this asana unless you were confident, in case you knock over people next to you. Brush off, return to your mat and vow to stay upright forever more. Just kidding – if you fell, that means you’re trying your hardest! Well done.

Facing completely the wrong way 

After a long day at work it can be difficult to stay focused, and one day you may realise halfway through a Warrior sequence that literally everyone is facing the other way. Aside from some odd looks from your teacher, who now knows you don’t know your left from your right, there’s the added bonus that you can’t switch halfway through because it would mess up your chakras (or something). Sigh.

Turning up late

Fortunately, MoreYoga teachers understand that we have lives outside of the studio and that being late does happen from time to time. But many of us have experienced the burning glare of a strict teacher when we turn up late to class, creeping to the nearest mat and into Downward Facing Dog like we’d been there the whole time, honest. It could be worse – you could be a guy accidentally setting his mat down in a prenatal class five minutes late (a true story that recently made this MoreYogi chuckle).

Wind

You know it. I know it. We all know it. Yoga makes you fart. And if it doesn’t, then you clearly have phenomenal digestive control. One of the functions of the physical side of yoga is to get rid of that nasty gas – there’s a whole sequence called “The Wind Releasing Series”, for goodness’ sake. If it does happen during class, take comfort in knowing that it’s surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the location of an untimely toot. Unless your teacher is right next to you, in which case you should probable leave immediately and apply for a new identity.

At MoreYoga we understand the blushes and bumbles that come with being human – we promise that if you do any of the above in our studios we won’t laugh (much).

Got any more embarrassing moments we haven’t covered? Message us your stories on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to have them published (Anonymously, of course. We’re not that cruel.)

Wave Goodbye To Stress With These Simple Tips

No-one wants to be stressed out, but sometimes it seems like you just can’t climb out of the abyss. The most important thing is to recognise when you are stressed, so you can take a step back and re-evaluate what’s going on. Eating rubbish? Not sleeping well? Making weird, impulsive decisions? Give these quick fixes a whirl and you’ll be feeling chillaxed to the max (can we still say that in 2017?) in no time.

Go outside

Do it. Take a step into the great outdoors and start walking. It’s incredibly therapeutic to walk for no reason and you’ll find you get that much needed headspace that you’ve been craving. Not to mention that you’ll be reaping the benefits of the lovely vitamin D you’re exposed to, which has been proven to alleviate depression! Bonus points for leaving your phone at home.

Get moving

Whether it’s yoga, strength training or dance, exercise blows out the cobwebs and leaves you in much calmer space. Even gentle movement can disrupt any repetitive stressful thoughts and give you some new persepective. You might not be feeling a hardcore Jiva class right now, but your brain will thank you for 60-90 minutes of down time while your body does the work in the studio.

Read about your interests

Often, when you’re feeling anxious or stressed, it’s because your mind is so active – why not use up this mental energy on something constructive instead? If you always dreamt of becoming a nurse, go and read up about how to do so. If you’ve been fancying yoga teacher training for a while, find some course materials and dive in. Not only will you find you just don’t have the time to stress, you might find an exciting new path too! And yes, scrolling through Pinterest for dream houses definitely counts.

Ask yourself “What’s happening now?”

We all have a tendency to let our minds go racing into the future or delving into our deep, dark past. If you catch yourself doing this, first of all – well done! It’s not always easy to notice. Next, ask yourself the question – “What is happening now?”. Your attention will come zooming back to the present moment, where stressful situations are far less important and pivotal. After all, what’s the point in worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet, or that’s already done and dusted? Spend your awesome energy elsewhere, like on the Creme Egg you’re about to smash. At the very least, enjoy every decision that you’re making right now.

Smile at yourself

When’s the last time you smiled at yourself in the mirror? I mean, without picking apart the flaws that you see. Get those pearly whites out and grin at yourself for a minute – your fabulous brain will release hormones to make you feel good!

Life’s too short to be stressed! Sign up for our introductory offer of £10 for 10 days of unlimited yoga and stretch the stress away with MoreYoga. 

 

Workout for Rounded Shoulders

By Okan Caylak

Definitely in personal training we find that posture is one of the major limiting factors to our health and fitness. One of the most common posture problems you see is people with rounded shoulders.

Basically, when shoulders appear further forward often accompanied by a hunching or bending forward of the upper spine and protracted neck. Muscle imbalances and bad posture due to our lifestyle are the primary cause, but can be made worse by how we workout.

If we spend hours a day in front of the computer sitting at a desk, watching TV, driving  etc in a hunched over/forward position with rounded shoulders our body will adapt to it, because our body can adapt almost all physical activities or positions we put ourselves in. This is especially prevalent people who have a desk jobs. They must be very careful and know the correct sitting techniques, choosing the correct chair and learning and utilising the correct stretching and exercises to stay mobile and pain free.

The other common reason of rounded shoulder is that most people start workout with the muscles that they can see in the mirror. These are pecs, shoulders, biceps and abs and avoid the others they can’t see in the mirror, especially the back muscles. Without balancing your pressing (mirror muscle) movements with pull movements you will cause these muscles to become overdeveloped and other muscles become weakened leaving you in a forward dominated, rounded position.

Showing over-developed muscles that causes rounded shoulders
Over-developed muscles that causes rounded shoulders

To fix rounded shoulders we need to stretch the overdeveloped muscles and strengthen the weak ones. The tight and over-developed muscles are:

  • Pec major/minor
  • Anterior delts
  • Lats
  • Internal rotators

First off stretching the chest, anterior deltoids, and internal rotators can all be accomplished by one simple easy stretch which is doorway stretch.

You can also use chest foam rolling, supine chest stretch or behind the back stretch to relax your chest.Fixing the rounded shoulders can significantly improve performance, reduce injury, and make you look better.

Weakened (lengthened):

  • Rhomboid major/minor
  • Mid/Low Trapezius
  • Deltoids
  • External Rotators

Strengthening exercises are going to be targeting mainly the upper back. Exercise to be concentrating on are: bent over row, barbell row, inverted row, reverse dumbell flys, face pulls. also floor flatteners, dorsal raises, band pull aparts, dumbell external rotations.

 

About Okan Caylak Okan is passionate about helping people transform their lives and reach a better quality of life through health and fitness.His goal is to inspire and educate you with the necessary tools you’ll need to make to permanent and positive lifestyle change. Okan has an bachelor degree in Sports Science from Ege University Izmir/Turkey.He is a qualified PE teacher with background in playing and coaching competitive football and swimming.He is a REP level 3 personal trainer and He believes that if a workout doesn’t challenge you, it wont change you. Details: Ege University Bachelor degree in Sports Science, REP level 3 personal trainer, award in Circuit Instruction, award in teaching personal training outdoors, award in indoor Cycling, award in GP & Exercises Referral.