• Joséphine Cousin - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    How did you first discover your love for yoga?

    I discovered yoga thanks to my mother who had been practising it and meditation for years. At first I was only going to really sweaty power yoga class and was not really a fan of the more.

    What sets yoga apart from other fitness disciplines?

    Yoga is not a fitness discipline. It is so much more than that. The asanas (physical postures) are only one of the eight pillars of yoga. With asanas you will gain in flexibility, strength and mobility. But it is only the tip of the iceberg: you learn to slow down, to connect with your breath and your body, to listen to your body. Yoga is a lifestyle and a mindset, it is about living your authentic life. In yoga you must put your ego aside. Yoga does not have the competitive aspect that other fitness discipline have, your sole focus should be yourself and not others.

    How has yoga improved your life?

    Yoga has improved my life on so many different levels. Apart from the physical benefits (I am more flexible and strong), it has taught me to slow down, connect with myself. I am a bit hyperactive, always doing a thousand different projects. I did not listen to my body telling me I needed to rest. I also used to be really anxious and impulsive and through my yoga journey I have learned (and I am still learning) to put things in perspective.

    How often do you practice yoga?

    I try to practice yoga everyday. When I say practice yoga I do not mean a one hour class plus a meditation. Even 10 minutes of yoga every morning can really shift your whole day. 10 minutes before bed or when coming home from work can really help wind down. Which is why, on my instagram page, I offer quick energizing morning flows to start your day feeling relaxed and energised or to unwind after a long day of work.

    What advice would you give to someone thinking of trying yoga for the first time?

    I would say to go for it and be kind to yourself. Some students might feel a bit frustrated at the beginning because they are not able to do every postures and variations. Which is why it is vital to let the teacher know you are a beginner so she/he can help you adapt the postures to your body. Yoga should always be adapted to the practitioner and not the other way around.

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    Tell us something unusual we may not know about you:

    I am not just a yoga teacher but also a Law student, I just passed the bar exam. I LOVE yoga but I love having multiple activities. I think yoga can and must be made accessible to everyone, even those with very busy jobs.

    Do you follow a specific diet plan?

    I do not really believe in diets. I am plant-based so obviously I am a strong advocate for eating lots of fruits and veggies and eating less animals products, for environment and health reasons. However, I think the diet culture (calorie counting, restrictions) has had negative impacts on people's mental and physical health. I believe that a balanced diet should be delicious in order to last long-term.

    How do you keep your knowledge up to date?

    Learning more about Yoga is a never ending journey. I sign up to various workshops and follow modules on specific aspects of yoga. I can really nerd out when it comes to yoga.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Ahimsa is a principle in yoga which basically means do no harm. For me this principle can be implemented in our daily lives, in various ways, for instance not harming our planet. The fashion industry is the second largest pollutant after the oil industry. Sundried is sustainable and ethical brand whose products last long-term. I have been using (a lot) their yoga mat for 4 years now. It is still intact and has not frayed yet, as opposed to some of my other yoga mats.

    What is your favourite fitness quote?

    My favourite yoga quote is more of a saying really: the posture is not goal. Being able to do the splits and handstands is not the goal of yoga. When practising yoga, you learn to put your ego aside and to appreciate your body for its abilities, to make peace with yourself.The true goal of yoga is to attain a state of bliss and peace.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Yvonne Davies - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    When did you start your fitness journey?

    Fitness has always been a part of my life. My first memory of running was winning my medal at the village Gala Day when I was 4! 

    My favourite win was winning gold at the 4 x 100 m Scottish relay championships at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Our team was incredible and I loved kicking off the bend and getting my team in the lead and watching my team mates accelerate away from all the other teams. 

    What do you do for your fitness?

    I have a daily yoga and meditation practice that sets me up for the day. Having a regular yoga and meditation practice really helps me to be the best version of myself. It also helps me perform better when I am playing golf. I also love mountain biking and running.

    How long have you being doing yoga?

    I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years. I am a qualified teacher having spent 3 years training with Yoga Scotland in Hatha Yoga and Meditation. I also gained my Forrest Yoga teaching qualification in Bali, Indonesia and I am an Aerial Yoga teacher too. I teach at events all over the UK and run international retreats. 

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    What’s your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement is my award winning online health platform, Yoga Warrior Online. This makes yoga, meditation and relaxation accessible to busy working people. It empowers people to look after their own mental and physical wellbeing and the feedback from my subscribers is truly incredible and it is why I do what I do.

    What are your goals?

    To continue to be the best that I can be in everything I do whether I am teaching yoga or tackling a challenging mountain bike trail. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I overcome setbacks by taking a step back and reflecting. I take time to breath, learn from the setback and push onwards. We always learn from experience whether that is good or bad. We can always use this to keep striving forward.

    Who inspires you?

    My dogs Bongo and Archie inspire me. They are lurchers so are very fast. They run to the best of their ability and then they have nothing left! They then spend hours being lazy and snoozing. They are a great reminder to me that we need a balance in life. As much as we all want to train hard, we also need to rest and my dogs are great at that!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am delighted to be a Sundried Ambassador because I have finally found a brand that works with athletes and the environment. We need to look after each other and our planet. I love that Sundried is an ethical company and stands by what they say. They are aware of their carbon footprint and also have an eco-range that is made from recycled fabrics. Representing a company that gives back to the community is super important to me too. Their work with Water for Kids and Surfers Against Sewage are two super important initiatives. 

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Sally Talbot - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    How did you first discover your love for yoga?

    In 2000, I was diagnosed with M.E. a chronic and debilitating illness. It took many years for me to recover fully. It was an illness that left me house bound and often bed ridden.

    In addition to nutritional changes (ones I still adopt to this day) Yoga played a huge part in my recovery. I found a local class and attended when I felt well enough. This weekly class gave me an insight into the importance of mindfulness and movement and what a powerful combination that can be when practised appropriately. As my health improved I became more curious about this ancient practise. I embarked on a 3 year Teacher Training Course with The British Wheel of Yoga. My passion for Yoga was ignited the moment I sat on my mat all those years ago, despite my ill health.

    What sets yoga apart from other fitness disciplines?

    The word “Yoga” means to unite. During a yoga class and by having a regular practise of Yoga we aim to unite both mind and body. This is achieved through posture work (asana), breathing exercises/awareness (pranayama), meditation (dharana) and relaxation techniques (yoga nidra). Yoga in essence is the ability to quieten the mind by working on all of the above principles. Unlike many other fitness disciplines, when practising Yoga, being competitive with either yourself or others is strongly discouraged.

    How has yoga improved your life?

    Yoga not only improved my life, I will always credit the practise for giving me my life back. Yoga allowed me to have a life. I learnt the meaning of listening to my body. I discovered tools we can use to quieten the mind. I started to understand how important the act of breathing is for our mental and physical well being. I cannot underestimate how important this practise has been in my life and continues to be. The philosophy of mindfulness that I learnt through this practise underpins everything I do both on and off the mat daily.

    How often do you practise yoga?

    I have a daily morning practise which includes mobility work, breathing and meditation.

    What advice would you give to someone thinking of trying yoga for the first time?

    You do not have to be flexible to practise Yoga. You just have to come on to your mat and breathe. Find a teacher you feel comfortable with and choose a practise that makes you feel good. If you don’t enjoy your first class, explore others. Find a teacher who offers you an experience you feel comfortable with. There are many different styles of Yoga. Some offer more breath work. Others will be more physical. Find a class, a style and a level that you enjoy.

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    Tell us something unusual we may not know about you.

    I have an identical Twin Sister.

    Do you follow a specific diet plan?

    Yes. I don’t eat meat. I haven’t done so for over 20 years. I rarely eat fish. I am mainly plant based. I drink milk alternatives such as almond, oat and soya. I do enjoy a homemade cake post long cycle ride or run though, but tend to avoid sugar as much as possible. I also avoid processed food. Preferring to eat seasonally and healthily. I adopted this method of eating in order to support my recovery. For me personally, it works. I don’t advocate this specific dietry plan but I do encourage everyone to find foods that make them feel well. Foods that nourish them. And in that discovery, become more mindful of where the food comes from.

    How do you keep your knowledge up to date?

    I am a member of the British Wheel of Yoga. They are the UK governing body of Yoga in the UK and who I trained with. They offer fantastic training days, extra modular courses and In Service Training Days. Pre covid I have enjoyed Yoga Retreats in the UK and abroad with well known and respected Teachers in the industry. I hope that these will one day resume. Until then, it’s making the most of on line learning, reading resources and being part of the Yoga community via The British Wheel.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am firm believer that how we treat the planet is equally as important as how we treat one another. At Sundried I have found a brand who shares this belief. Not only are their products built to last, they are created ethically and sustainably including a range of active wear made from 100% recycled plastic. I am also supporting a company that wants to give back to the community. This is demonstrated in the support to Water For Kids and Surfers Against Sewage. They are a brand that offers so much more than high quality, great looking clothing. And I am thrilled to be part of the team.

    Favourite fitness quote?

    Progress not Perfection.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • May Ling Perry-Foo - Yoga Instructor and Ambassador

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    How did you first discover your love for yoga?

    Wanting to release tension from my back and shoulders, I was told yoga might be a good way to address that. So there I was at my first yoga class ever and after 90 minutes I felt amazing. As I continued to practice more regularly to primarily release physical tension, I got absolutely hooked to it because I noticed how my body became stronger and flexible, and I always felt so much better after class. As my practice developed, so did my love for yoga and the only regret I have is that I didn’t discover yoga sooner!

    What sets yoga apart from other fitness disciplines?

    There’s something for everyone! Yoga can be calming and relaxing, but it can also be sweaty and challenging... and all the aforementioned at the same time! While yoga can be done as a single way to keep fit, it’s also a great way to complement any other fitness regime, not only to build strength, but also focus.

    How has yoga improved your life?

    Yoga has mostly taught me confidence. Through yoga I discovered that I’ve got a level of strength within me, both physically and mentally, that I didn’t even know was there. Also, yoga was what kept me sane when I was working in my previous corporate career in market research and consulting, eventually making me realise my purpose in life was not to be working on research projects, but to be sharing the magic of yoga with everyone!

    How often do you practice yoga?

    Every day! 

    What advice would you give to someone thinking of trying yoga for the first time?

    Go for it! There’s so many styles of yoga, be open to try out various styles and classes to see which ones work for you.
    Go into a class without expectations, keep an open mind and focus on what you’re feeling, rather than how you look. Listen to your body and don’t feel the need you have to do every single pose.

    And most importantly: breathe!

    If you are interested in getting into Yoga, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. Shop our Gym and Yoga Collection today. 

    Tell us something unusual we may not know about you:

    I love horror movies, especially the cheesy slashers from the eighties. Probably not something you’d expect from a yoga teacher!

    Do you follow a specific diet plan?

    I start every morning with some warm lemon water, and throughout the day I keep myself hydrated with water and green tea. I try to include as much fruit and veg into my meals every day to complement the steaks and burgers I enjoy so much!

    How do you keep your knowledge up to date?

    I attend additional yoga teacher trainings and listen to podcasts. I keep a collection of reference books around anatomy and class sequencing, and also continuously read up on the science and history behind yoga. And lots of self-practice, trying out poses and transitions to experience them properly so I know how to guide my students accordingly.

    Why work with Sundried?

    My aim is to keep yoga accessible to anyone who’s interested. Sundried offers clothing that is affordable, yet still maintains high quality with consideration of the environment. This proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to keep yourself supported, comfortable, and looking good while keeping yourself fit and staying kind to the planet.

    Favourite fitness quote

    “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
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    Obtenez votre dose quotidienne de mouvement avec des entraînements à domicile qui ne nécessitent rien d'autre que de la motivation pour les faire. Quels que soient vos objectifs ou votre méthode d'exercice préférée, nous savons qu'il y en a pour tous les goûts.

    Tous les entraînements suivants incluent des adaptations, des progressions et des régressions pour convenir à toutes les capacités.

    Veuillez noter que ce guide comprend les noms officiels des exercices / mouvements. Si vous avez du mal à comprendre ce qu'implique un exercice, You-Tube propose d'excellents tutoriels sur la façon de les exécuter. Tapez simplement le nom de l'exercice pour trouver une démonstration.

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    10 minutes d'échauffement avant l'entraînement

    Faites chaque exercice pendant 60 secondes.

    1. Mars en place
    2. Sauts étoiles
    3. Coups de pied
    4. alpinistes
    5. Coups hauts
    6. Squats côte à côte
    7. Fente latérale alternée
    8. Cercles de gros bras
    9. Cercles de la hanche
    10. Secoue tout

    10 minutes de récupération après l'entraînement

    Faites chaque exercice pendant 60 secondes.

    1. Toucher alterné des orteils sur le côté
    2. Étirement du fessier de chaque côté
    3. Quad stretch de chaque côté
    4. Étirement des plis latéraux de chaque côté
    5. Les triceps au-dessus de la tête s'étirent de chaque côté
    6. Balançoire poitrine croisée

    Entraînement 1:10 minutes Ab Blast

    En fonction de votre niveau de forme physique, vous pouvez choisir de faire n'importe quoi de 30 secondes par exercice avec 30 secondes de repos, à 50 secondes par exercice avec 10 secondes de repos.

    Exercer

    Régression

    Progression

    Planche

    Poussez vos fesses jusqu'au plafond pour créer une forme en V

    Planche à bascule

    Planche latérale avec un support de bras

    Équilibre sur votre genou plutôt que sur le côté de votre pied

    Équilibre sur une jambe

    Bugs morts lents en utilisant une alternative bras à jambe

    N'étirez qu'un bras ou une jambe à la fois

    Maintenez les extensions pendant 5 secondes

    Oiseau / chien lent

    N'étirez qu'un bras ou une jambe à la fois

    Tenez en extension pendant 5 secondes

    Aleknas lents

    Étendez seulement les deux jambes ou les deux bras à la fois

    Tenez en extension pendant 5 secondes

    Crunch lent du vélo avec les deux jambes levées au-dessus du sol

    Gardez une jambe sur le sol

    Tenez en position repliée pendant 5 secondes

    Élévation lente des jambes

    Pliez les jambes

    Ajoutez un lifting des hanches en haut de la jambe

    Alpinistes cross-body

    Mets-toi à genoux

    Augmentez la vitesse

    Prise en V-sit

    Pieds sur le sol

    Redressez les jambes et penchez-vous plus en arrière

    Du genou au coude en planche haute

    Mets-toi à genoux

    Homme araignée push ups

    Séance d'entraînement 2:10 minutes d'activation des fessiers

    En fonction de votre niveau de forme physique, vous pouvez choisir de faire n'importe quoi de 30 secondes par exercice avec 30 secondes de repos à 50 secondes par exercice avec 10 secondes de repos.

    Exercer

    Régression

    Progression

    Squats avec une seule impulsion en bas

    Retirer le pouls

    Tenez-vous en position accroupie et pulsez

    Fente inversée en alternance avec une seule impulsion en bas

    Retirer le pouls

    Tenez-vous en position de fente inversée et pulsez

    Fente latérale alternative avec une seule impulsion en bas

    Supprimer le pouls

    Tenez-vous en position de fente latérale et pulsez

    Alterner la jambe curtsy fente dans un coup de pied latéral

    Supprimer le coup de pied latéral

    Rendez-le rapide et élastique

    Pile squat avec élévation alternative du talon

    Retirer les soulèvements de talon

    Tenir en position avec les talons soulève

    Marches alternées sur le pont des fessiers

    Cale du pont fessier

    Étape unique pendant la moitié du temps, puis échangez sur l'autre jambe

    Palourdes latérales, la moitié du temps passé sur chaque jambe

    Allongez-vous sur le dos et laissez tomber les genoux alternés sur le côté

    Ajoutez une bande autour de vos genoux

    La jambe allongée sur le côté se soulève en gardant la jambe de travail relevée, la moitié du temps passé sur chaque jambe

    Revenez au repos après chaque augmentation

    Tenez la jambe vers le haut et pulsez

    Les pots-de-vin des ânes, la moitié du temps passé sur chaque jambe

    Alterner les jambes

    Tenez en haut du coup de pied et du pouls

    Bouche d'incendie, la moitié du temps passé sur chaque jambe

    Alterner les jambes

    Tenez au sommet du mouvement et du pouls

    Entraînement 3: Session HIIT de 20 minutes

    Terminez chaque exercice pendant 35 secondes et prenez 12 secondes de repos avant de passer au mouvement suivant.

    Répétez la séquence entière 4 x.

    1. Drop fente
    2. Crunch Burpee
    3. Planche jack hop
    4. Étape pour sauter squat
    5. Prises pop
    6. Les triceps appuient en arrière

    Régression: prenez 30 à 60 secondes de repos supplémentaire entre les séries si nécessaire.

    Progression: Augmentez le temps de travail, réduisez le temps de repos, ou les deux!

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    Séance d'entraînement 4: séance de renforcement corporel complet de 45 minutes

    Exercer

    Ensembles

    Répétitions / temps

    Adaptations

    Squats

    4

    15x

    Bandé autour du genou, lesté, jambe unique, excentrique ou saut

    Appuyez sur les hauteurs

    4

    10x

    Sur les pieds ou les genoux, pondérée, posture étroite, excentrique, inclinée, inclinée, triangulaire ou à un bras

    RDL à une jambe sur chaque jambe

    4

    15x

    Lesté, excentrique ou soulève le genou

    Triceps trempette

    4

    10x

    Jambes droites ou pliées, lestées ou excentriques

    Squats séparés bulgares sur chaque jambe

    4

    15x

    Pondéré, allongé ou excentrique

    Robinet d'épaule allongé

    4

    10x

    Pieds ou genoux, position large ou étroite, jambe unique

    Pont fessier

    4

    15x

    Jambe bandée, lestée, excentrique ou simple

    Super homme avec extension de bras

    4

    10x

    Pondéré

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    Séance d'entraînement 5: Session de renforcement du bas du corps de 30 minutes

    Exercer

    Ensembles

    Répétitions / temps

    Adaptations

    Squats

    4

    15x

    Bandé autour du genou, lesté, jambe unique, excentrique ou saut

    Impulsions en position accroupie

    4

    20x

    Bandé autour des genoux ou lesté

    Fentes avant, latérales et arrière sur chaque jambe

    4

    15x

    Pondéré, excentrique ou saut

    Assis et maintenez appuyé par le mur

    4

    Années 60

    Bandé autour des genoux ou lesté

    Step ups sur chaque jambe

    4

    15x

    Lesté, genou levé ou explosif

    Le mollet debout sur une jambe se soulève

    4

    20x

    Pondéré ou non pris en charge

    Séance d'entraînement 6: Session de renforcement du haut du corps de 30 minutes

    Exercer

    Ensembles

    Répétitions / temps

    Adaptations

    Appuyez sur les hauteurs

    4

    15x

    Sur les pieds ou les genoux, pondérée, position étroite, excentrique, inclinée, inclinée, triangle ou bras unique

    Inchworm

    4

    10x

    Sur les genoux ou les pieds

    Triceps trempette

    4

    15x

    Jambes droites ou pliées, lestées ou excentriques

    Poussée latérale des triceps latéraux de chaque côté

    4

    Années 60

    Bras lesté, excentrique ou simple

    Planche à bascule

    4

    15x

    Lesté, bras unique ou jambe unique

    Représentants du mur scapulaire

    4

    20x

    Pondéré



    Séance d'entraînement 7: séquence de yoga Vinyasaa de 30 minutes

    Avant de commencer cet entraînement, assurez-vous de disposer d'un espace plat confortable à utiliser. Utilisez un tapis de yoga si vous en avez un ou juste un sol plus souple. Si vous cherchez à acheter un tapis de yoga, achetez l'offre écologique de Sundriedici.

    Commencer la méditation (10 minutes)

    En position assise, fermez les yeux et pliez les côtés de votre langue vers l'intérieur pour Sitali Pranayama (souffle rafraîchissant). Inspirez à travers votre langue enroulée comme une paille. Fermez la bouche et expirez par le nez, créant un son «ha» au fond de votre gorge. Concentrez-vous sur votre respiration et essayez de garder votre esprit à l'écart des distractions. Répétez ce cycle pendant plusieurs minutes.

    Séquence de yoga

    Pose

    Temps

    Souffles

    Pose de chat-vache assis

    1 minute

    8-10

    Pose de demi-lune assise

    1 minute

    8-10

    Torsion de la colonne vertébrale assise

    1 minute

    8-10

    Assis en avant avec mudra

    1 minute

    8-10

    Pose de chat-vache

    2 minutes

    16-20

    Chien orienté vers le bas

    (adho mukha svanasanna)

    1 minute

    8-10

    Fente basse

    (ajaneysanna)

    1 minute de chaque côté

    8-10

    Pose du pigeon royal à une patte

    (eka pada rejakapotasana)

    1 minute de chaque côté

    8-10 de chaque côté

    Chose sauvage

    1 minute de chaque côté

    8-10 de chaque côté

    Guerrier II

    1 minute de chaque côté

    8-10 de chaque côté
    Variation Warrior II

    1 minute de chaque côté

    8-10 de chaque côté
    Pose d’enfants

    (balasana)

    2 minutes

    16-20
    Pose de pont

    1 minute

    8-10

    Méditation de conclusion (5 minutes)

    Étendez les deux jambes et allongez-vous confortablement sur le sol, en tournant les paumes ouvertes. Appuyez sur l’arrière de la tête dans le sol que vous inspirez profondément et se concentrer sur s’enfoncer dans le groupe. Lors d’une expiration, fermez doucement les yeux et adoucissez-vous. Observez le souffle pendant que vous absorbez les avantages de cette pratique.

    A propos de l’auteur: Laura Smith est une athlète qui a été un ambassadeur Sundried depuis 2017.

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