carole baker

yoga teacher / health & wellness advisor

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HOME PRACTICE - Twisting & Opening

Home Practice of 35 mins with Salute to the Sun, Standing Twists and Balances plus some slow deep twists and heart opening poses with the most wonderful Compassionate Heart Mudra to finish - part of July 16 Lesson Plan....enjoy! x

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HOME PRACTICE - Nurturing & Softening

HOME PRACTICE - Nurturing & Softening

20 minute Home Practice Yoga Class - from my February 2016 lesson plans - Theme: Nurturing & Softening slow vinyasa flow into hatha. Perfect if you can't make a class or want to double the benefits! email me for any personal advice.

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Salute to the Sun Yoga pose demo

Salute to the Sun Yoga pose demo

A comprehensive yet easy to view demo of the yoga sequence Salute to the Sun filmed in my lovely little studio! Contraindicated in Pregnancy - Variations available

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Bridge Pose Yoga Demo

Bridge Pose Yoga Demo - accompanies my Heart Health article for September 2016 in the Bury Free Press and other local newspapers. Opens up heart and improves breathing. Handout available to accompany this - please download from http://www.carolebaker.co.uk/resources/videos

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Yoga for Runners - ITBand pose for knee issues

Yoga for Runners - ITBand pose for knee issues

Stretch out the IT Band which can cause an imbalance in the knee - a very common cause of knee injuries in runners. Contraindicated in Pregnancy.

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Warrior 2 Yoga Pose Demo

Warrior 2 Yoga Pose Demo

Find the combination of strength and softness required in this dynamic standing yoga pose

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Warrior 1/ Power Warrior Yoga Pose Demo

Warrior 1/ Power Warrior Yoga Pose Demo

Strengthening quads, opening the psoas, stretching the calves and more in Warrior 1 Yoga Pose!

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Shiva/Standing Pigeon Pose

Shiva/Standing Pigeon Pose

Tight Piriformis or Sciatica? Standing Pigeon/Shiva Pose is perfect for you and will sort it right out!

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Warrior 3 Yoga Pose Demo

Warrior 3 Yoga Pose Demo

Warrior 3 Yoga Pose is about improving core strength & balance, improving coordination and concentration and stretching hamstrings and more!

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Triangle Yoga Pose Demo

Triangle Yoga Pose Demo

Extend your Triangle pose - open the hips and side body, stretch the legs and open the chest/heart. Open to the edge!

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Flank Stretch Yoga Pose Demo

Flank Stretch Yoga Pose Demo

Flank Stretch Yoga Pose Demo to stretch those hamstrings & release a tight lower back and much more!! Pregnancy don't fold over the leg but go to the centre line.

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Half Moon Pose Yoga Demo

Half Moon Pose Yoga Demo

Half Moon Pose to improve balance and core strength, open up hips and stretch across the chest and test your metal!!

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Cobra Pose Yoga Demo

One of the most beneficial poses for a weak back. Cobra pose strengthens the core muscles, stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals and decreases stiffness of the lower back. Its also fab for improving your posture, opening your heart and lungs. Contraindicated in Pregnancy.

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Standing Forward Bend Yoga Pose Demo

A demo of how to practice a Standing Forward Bend pose and its benefits and challenges. Releases tight hamstrings and lower back, calming, restorative and re-energises the mind! Take care with low blood pressure coming up and Pregnancy take legs extra wide and soften knees more.

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Head to Knee Yoga Pose Demo

A deep forward bend which targets tight lower backs especially if just above hip (from carrying children!) Also stretches hamstrings and opens hip. Don't be frustrated if head a long way away from knee - just let gravity and patience help you! Contraindicated in Pregnancy sorry.

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Upward Facing Dog Pose Yoga Demo

A demo of how to practice Upward Facing Dog Pose and an explanation of the benefits and common challenges. Opens heart and lungs and strengthens upper body - a relatively strong back bend. Contraindicated in Pregnancy

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Alternate knees to chest Yoga Pose Demo

Stiff, sore lower back? Back gone into spasm? This simple yoga pose is fab for releasing compression in the lumbar spine. A variation of Energy Freeing Pose it is a powerful release for a tight back. Also stretches the neck and upper back and helps with trapped wind and irritable bowel! Contraindicated in Pregnancy

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Squat Yoga Pose Demo

A demo of the Hindi Squat Yoga Pose - a regular feature in the lives of non Western cultures - we prefer chairs? Clear instructions on how to practice the pose, benefits and help with progressing. Safe in Pregnancy but after 30 weeks squats should be supported by the wall.

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Bird Squat Yoga Pose Demo

An unusual forward bend pose that releases a tight lower back and tight hips whilst strengthening arches of the feet, ankles and thighs. A form of squat that us Westerners find interesting! Ok in Pregnancy but keep hands on floor in front of you for balance!

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Tortoise Pose Yoga Demo

It's all about Hibernation which is never a quick process! Open up parts of your hips you're not sure you wanted to or even could! Release a tight lower back and take yourself to a place of deep interest! Learn to accept and let go in this intense forward bend....persevere you will get there. Use the bed as your base it's much more relaxing!

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Lying Twist (Maltese Cross) Yoga Pose Demo

One of the most beneficial yoga poses on the planet! A lying twist that will open your hips and stretch across your heart and release tight shoulders as well as improve digestion and settle your nervous system! How to practice the pose with suggestions on overcoming the challenges. Pregnancy - contraindicated

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Downward Facing Dog Pose Yoga Demo

Dogs are pretty brilliant at stretching all the time - Humans are fairly rubbish! Release a tight lower back, strengthen your upper body and stretch tight hamstrings and calves! Plus inverting the body sends fresh blood to the brain which reverses the ageing effects of gravity!! Ok in Pregnancy but legs bit wider, don't hold it too long and come out of it very slowly. Watch low blood pressure.

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Dolphin Yoga Pose Demo

Home Practice demo for Dolphin Yoga Pose to strengthen and open the shoulder girdle. Great for tight or weak shoulders/upper body. Excellent preparation pose for working towards Headstand

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Reverse Triangle Yoga Pose Demo

Reverse Triangle Yoga Pose Demo. A challenging standing twist which works to open just about every part of the body!1 Hamstrings and calves get a stretch, spine twists and opens , releases tight hips and shoulders and extends and rotates the neck! Contra indicated in pregnancy.

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Reclining Bound Angle Pose

One of the MOST restorative yoga poses ever!! Opens the hips and shoulders whilst being calming and relaxing. Great for opening the pelvic region so good for PMsS, Period challenges, Menopause and improves overall posture and upper back/shoulder stiffness. Pregnancy - support your knees with bolsters or cushions underneath them please.

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Pigeon Yoga Pose Demo

A deep hip opening yoga pose, targeting the piriformis and deep hip flexors...taking you to places in your hips you're not sure you wanted to open! However, open hips will release a tight lower back and keep you mobile into your old age!! Good for runners and cyclists! Pregnancy - take care with folding forward so as not to run out of space and no taking hands off and creating a back bend - use pillows to support it needed.

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FREE Intro to Yoga Beginners Programme

FREE Intro to Yoga Beginners Programme

10 Week Yoga Beginners Programme - a Free 1 hour Introduction. We discuss the benefits of yoga and look at the key types of yoga poses - Standing, Forward Bends, Balances, Backward Bends, Twists, Hip Openers, Core Strengtheners, Inversions plus we discover the differences between Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

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Yoga Beginners Session 1 Standing Poses

Yoga Beginners Session 1 Standing Poses

Week 1 of 10 Week Beginners Yoga Programme from Learn it Live - log in to view recording of Standing Poses 1 hour session

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Yoga Beginners Session 2 Forward Bends

Yoga Beginners Session 2 Forward Bends

Session 2 of 10 Looking at benefits of Forward Bend poses - Log in to view 1 hour class from Learn it Live

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Yoga Beginners Session 3 Balances

Yoga Beginners Session 3 Balances

Session 3 of 10 Yoga Beginners Programme focuses on Balances. Log in to Learn in Live to watch this 1 hour session.

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Yoga Beginners Session 4 Backward Bends

Yoga Beginners Session 4 Backward Bends

Session 4 of 10 Looking at benefits of Backward Bend poses - Log in to view 1 hour class from Learn it Live

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Yoga Beginners Session 5 Twists

Yoga Beginners Session 5 Twists

Week 5 of 10 Week Beginners Yoga Programme from Learn it Live - log in to view recording of Twist Poses 1 hour session

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Yoga Beginners Session 6 Hip Openers

Yoga Beginners Session 6 Hip Openers

Session 6 of 10 Beginners Intro to Yoga. Log in to Learn it Live to download this recorded class which focuses on opening all areas of the hips - some you didn't even know you could!

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Yoga Beginners Session 7 Core Strength

Yoga Beginners Session 7 Core Strength

7 out of the 10 Week Beginners Yoga Sessions focuses on strengthening the core muscles of the trunk including the lower back. Log in to Learn it Live to download this 1 hour class recording.

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Yoga Beginners Session 8 Inversions

Yoga Beginners Session 8 Inversions

Session 8 of 10 Week Beginners Yoga Course - who wants to reverse the ageing effects of gravity?!! Learn the principles and benefits of the main Inverted Yoga poses. Log in to Learn it Live to download this 1 hour recorded class.

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Alternate Nostril Breathing - Yoga relaxation and stress relief technique

If you don't do anything else, this is a simple yoga breathing exercise that can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. You will be glad you did. It is really powerful! However, you may, like me think at first that it is “rather weird and freaky” but trust me, it works brilliantly for reducing your stress levels, calming your mind, lowering your blood pressure and inducing deep relaxation…give it a go!

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Kapalabhati Yoga Breathing technique - energising / healing for digestion

Some people perform this technique simply for its relaxing benefits, while others perform it for the physical benefits it offers. Some people perform kapalbhati for weight loss as well because it works up the respiratory system and the abdominal muscles, helping you tone out your musculature and improve body tone. Kapalbhati clears the respiratory passages, minimizing risks of infections and allergies in the respiratory system. With the forceful breaths of kapalbhati, the allergens and the infectious materials in the lungs and the respiratory passages are blown away and removed from the body. Contraindicated in Pregnancy and other conditions - see handout on http://www.carolebaker.co.uk/resources/free-health-downloads/13-health-research-information.html

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