• 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
  • Nessun allenamento a casa dell'attrezzatura per tutte le età e abilità

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    Ottieni la tua dose giornaliera di movimento con allenamenti a casa che non richiedono altro che motivazione per portarli a termine. Indipendentemente dai tuoi obiettivi o dal metodo di esercizio preferito, sappiamo che ce n'è per tutti i gusti.Questa guida include anche un riscaldamento e un defaticamento generali che dovrebbero essere eseguiti prima e dopo qualsiasi allenamento ad alta intensità o rafforzamento, in modo retrospettivo.

    Tutti i seguenti allenamenti includono adattamenti, progressioni e regressioni per soddisfare tutte le abilità.

    Si prega di notare che questa guida include i nomi ufficiali di esercizi / mosse. Se stai lottando con ciò che un esercizio comporta, allora You-Tube ha alcuni ottimi tutorial su come eseguirli. Basta digitare il nome dell'esercizio per trovare una dimostrazione.

    Acquista Sundried'saccessori per l'allenamento a casaper portare il tuo allenamento al livello successivo.

    10 minuti di riscaldamento pre-allenamento

    Fai ogni esercizio per 60 secondi.

    1. Marzo in atto
    2. Jumping jack
    3. Calci in culo
    4. scalatori
    5. Calci alti
    6. Squat da lato a lato
    7. Affondo laterale alternato
    8. Grandi cerchi del braccio
    9. Cerchi dell'anca
    10. Scuoti tutto

    10 minuti di defaticamento dopo l'allenamento

    Fai ogni esercizio per 60 secondi.

    1. Tocco alternato della punta laterale
    2. Allungamento dei glutei su ogni lato
    3. Quad stretch su ogni lato
    4. Allungamento della piega laterale su ogni lato
    5. I tricipiti sopra la testa si allungano su ciascun lato
    6. Oscillazione del braccio trasversale del petto

    Allenamento 1:10 minuti Ab Blast

    A seconda del tuo livello di forma fisica, puoi scegliere di fare qualsiasi cosa da 30 secondi per esercizio con 30 secondi di riposo, a 50 secondi per esercizio con 10 secondi di riposo.

    Esercizio

    Regressione

    Progressione

    Plank

    Spingi il sedere fino al soffitto per creare una forma a V.

    Plancia a dondolo

    Plancia laterale con supporto per un braccio

    Mantieni l'equilibrio sul ginocchio anziché sul lato del piede

    Equilibrio su una gamba

    Insetti morti lenti usando un'alternativa da braccio a gamba

    Estendi solo 1 braccio o gamba alla volta

    Tieni le estensioni per 5 secondi

    Uccello / cane lento

    Estendi solo 1 braccio o gamba alla volta

    Tenere in estensione per 5 secondi

    Alekna lente

    Estendi solo entrambe le gambe o entrambe le braccia contemporaneamente

    Tenere in estensione per 5 secondi

    Crunch lento della bicicletta con entrambe le gambe sollevate da terra

    Tieni una gamba sul pavimento

    Mantieni la posizione nascosta per 5 secondi

    Sollevamento lento della gamba

    Piega le gambe

    Aggiungi un sollevamento dell'anca nella parte superiore del sollevamento della gamba

    Alpinisti cross-body

    Mettiti in ginocchio

    Aumenta la velocità

    V-sit hold

    Piedi sul pavimento

    Raddrizza le gambe e piegati più indietro

    Ginocchio al gomito in tavola alta

    Mettiti in ginocchio

    Spider man push up

    Allenamento 2:10 minuti di attivazione dei glutei

    A seconda del tuo livello di forma fisica, puoi scegliere di fare qualsiasi cosa da 30 secondi per esercizio con 30 secondi di riposo a 50 secondi per esercizio con 10 secondi di riposo.

    Esercizio

    Regressione

    Progressione

    Squat con un solo impulso in basso

    Rimuovi il polso

    Mantieni una posizione tozza e pulsa

    Affondo inverso della gamba alternata con un singolo impulso nella parte inferiore

    Rimuovi il polso

    Mantieni una posizione di affondo inverso e pulsa

    Affondo laterale alternativo della gamba con un solo impulso nella parte inferiore

    Rimuovi il polso

    Tenere in una posizione di affondo laterale e pulsare

    Affondo alternato con inchino alla gamba in un calcio laterale

    Rimuovere il calcio laterale

    Rendilo veloce ed elastico

    Pile squat con rialzi alternativi del tallone

    Rimuovere i rilanci del tallone

    Tenere in posizione con i talloni sollevati

    Marce alternate del ponte dei glutei delle gambe

    Tenuta del ponte gluteo

    Gamba singola per metà del tempo e poi passa all'altra gamba

    Vongole laterali, metà del tempo trascorso su ciascuna gamba

    Sdraiati sulla schiena e lascia cadere di lato le ginocchia alternate

    Aggiungi una fascia attorno alle ginocchia

    La gamba sdraiata lateralmente si solleva mantenendo la gamba che lavora sollevata, metà del tempo trascorso su ciascuna gamba

    Torna a riposare dopo ogni rilancio

    Tieni la gamba sollevata e pulsa

    Le tangenti dell'asino, metà del tempo speso su ciascuna gamba

    Gambe alternate

    Tieni la parte superiore del calcio e dell'impulso

    Idrante antincendio, metà del tempo trascorso su ciascuna gamba

    Gambe alternate

    Mantieni la parte superiore del movimento e dell'impulso

    Allenamento 3:20 minuti di sessione HIIT

    Completa ogni esercizio per 35 secondi e riposati per 12 secondi prima di passare al movimento successivo.

    Ripeti l'intera sequenza 4 volte.

    1. Affondo in caduta
    2. Burpee crunch
    3. Plank jack hop
    4. Step to jump squat
    5. Jack pop
    6. I tricipiti si spingono indietro

    Regressione: prendi 30-60 secondi di riposo aggiuntivo tra le serie, se necessario.

    Progressione: aumentare l'orario di lavoro, ridurre il tempo di riposo o entrambi!

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    Allenamento 4: 45 minuti di sessione di rafforzamento del corpo intero

    Esercizio

    Imposta

    Ripetizioni / tempo

    Adattamenti

    Squat

    4

    15x

    Fasciato intorno al ginocchio, appesantito, gamba singola, eccentrico o salto

    flessioni

    4

    10x

    In piedi o in ginocchio, in posizione ponderata, stretta, eccentrica, inclinata, in declino, a triangolo o con un solo braccio

    RDL a gamba singola su ciascuna gamba

    4

    15x

    Appesantito, eccentrico o alza il ginocchio

    Dip tricipiti

    4

    10x

    Gambe dritte o piegate, appesantite o eccentriche

    Squat spaccati bulgari su ogni gamba

    4

    15x

    Appesantito, esteso o eccentrico

    Spallina plank estesa

    4

    10x

    Su piedi o ginocchia, posizione ampia o stretta, gamba singola

    Ponte dei glutei

    4

    15x

    Fasciato, zavorrato, eccentrico o gamba singola

    Super uomo con estensione del braccio

    4

    10x

    Ponderato

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    Allenamento 5: sessione di rafforzamento della parte inferiore del corpo di 30 minuti

    Esercizio

    Imposta

    Ripetizioni / tempo

    Adattamenti

    Squat

    4

    15x

    Fasciato intorno al ginocchio, appesantito, gamba singola, eccentrico o salto

    Impulsi in posizione tozza

    4

    20x

    Fasciato intorno alle ginocchia o appesantito

    Affondi in avanti, laterali e all'indietro su ciascuna gamba

    4

    15x

    Appesantito, eccentrico o salto

    Supporto da parete per sedersi e tenere

    4

    Anni '60

    Fasciato intorno alle ginocchia o appesantito

    Step up su ogni gamba

    4

    15x

    Appesantito, ginocchio sollevato o esplosivo

    Sollevamento del polpaccio in piedi con una gamba sola

    4

    20x

    Ponderato o non supportato

    Allenamento 6: sessione di rafforzamento della parte superiore del corpo di 30 minuti

    Esercizio

    Imposta

    Ripetizioni / tempo

    Adattamenti

    flessioni

    4

    15x

    In piedi o in ginocchio, in posizione ponderata, stretta, eccentrica, inclinata, in declino, a triangolo o con un solo braccio

    Inchworm

    4

    10x

    In ginocchio o in piedi

    Dip tricipiti

    4

    15x

    Gambe dritte o piegate, appesantite o eccentriche

    Spinta laterale del tricipite laterale su ciascun lato

    4

    Anni '60

    Braccio ponderato, eccentrico o singolo

    Plancia a dondolo

    4

    15x

    Ponderato, braccio singolo o gamba singola

    Ripetizioni parete scapolare

    4

    20x

    Ponderato



    Allenamento 7:30 minuti di sequenza Vinyasaa Yoga

    Prima di iniziare questo allenamento assicurati di avere uno spazio piatto comodo da usare. Usa un tappetino da yoga se ne hai uno o solo un pavimento più morbido. Se stai cercando di acquistare un tappetino da yoga, acquista l'offerta ecologica di SundriedQui.

    Meditazione iniziale (10 minuti)

    In posizione seduta, chiudi gli occhi e piega i lati della lingua verso l'interno per Sitali Pranayama (Respiro rinfrescante). Inspira attraverso la lingua arricciata come una cannuccia. Chiudi la bocca ed espira attraverso il naso, creando un suono "ha" nella parte posteriore della gola. Concentrati sul tuo respiro e cerca di mantenere la mente libera dalle distrazioni. Ripeti questo ciclo per diversi minuti.

    Sequenza Yoga

    Posa

    Tempo

    Respiri

    Posa di mucca gatto seduto

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Posizione seduta a mezza luna

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Torsione della colonna vertebrale seduta

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Seduto in avanti con mudra

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Posa di mucca da gatto

    2 minuti

    16-20

    Cane rivolto verso il basso

    (adho mukha svanasanna)

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Affondo basso

    (ajaneysanna)

    1 minuto per lato

    8-10

    Posa del piccione reale con una gamba sola

    (eka pada rejakapotasana)

    1 minuto per lato

    8-10 per lato

    Cosa selvaggia

    1 minuto per lato

    8-10 per lato

    Guerriero II

    1 minuto per lato

    8-10 per lato
    Variazione Warrior II

    1 minuto per lato

    8-10 per lato
    Posa dei bambini

    (balasana)

    2 minuti

    16-20
    Posa del ponte

    1 minuto

    8-10

    Meditazione conclusiva (5 minuti)

    Estendi entrambe le gambe e sdraiati comodamente sul pavimento, aprendo i palmi delle mani. Premi la parte posteriore della testa nel terreno mentre inspiri profondamente e concentrati sull'affondamento nel gruppo. Durante un'espirazione, chiudi delicatamente gli occhi e ammorbidisci. Osserva il respiro mentre assorbi i benefici di questa pratica.

    Informazioni sull'autore: Laura Smith è un'atleta che è stata ambasciatrice di Sundried dal 2017.

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