Okay. Okay, here we go. We're going to do the band. Today is a very special day. We have my friend Joni Mitchell, and maybe even more importantly we have my friend who I've known for a years and years and years and years. Ms Michelle Bruner who introduced my friend Joni Mitchell to me and she is taking all my classes and she's here as a surprise. So we're going to do a band class and we're both a little nervous, but that's okay. So stand on your band, so hold it so there's a little bit of tension in it and then just allow the band to assist you as you relax your shoulders. I don't need to push them down, I just want you to let the band pull on them.
We're going to start with a standing roll down, but before we do, let's just shift a little forward over the ankles or over the feet, leaning in and leaning back and just do that again. One more time. Leaning in and leaning back. And then just to assess when you're directly over the top of your feet and taking a deep breath in. And as you exhale, allow your head to draw forward around, down through the spine. The band as you roll down will lose its tension and that's fine.
Inhale as you lengthen the spine at the bottom, just looking for a little more in the next hill. Draw up through the abdominals, picking up the span, then picking up the tension. Feel the spine rise up. Allow the shoulders to do
Stacks the back of the body over the pelvis, the shoulders
We're going to bend the knees and lift the band up. Go back down pretty low. So here, just feel that your body is directly over your pelvis and your shoulders are pulled down. And then stretch the band a little as you straighten your legs and stand up in how we bend the knees, keeping a nice long body and exos stretch the band a little as you stand up and inhale, bend and Xcel reached down and just make sure that you're not sitting in the spine in front of the pelvis. So depending on our flexibility, that's going to be different for all of us. Want the shoulders just over the tops of the hips and reaching forward? I'm gonna just do three more reaching, bending at the same time.
So the arms and the legs move simultaneously. Here's two, just tuck a little dead and reach forward. And last one holding here. I want you to do a little poles apart on your band and little lifts. So we pull from the back from the shoulder area and up and down, uh, keeping the head in line with the spine. Here's number four out of 10, three, two sand all the way up and reach into the ocean with your body in your band.
Take the bottom arm and pull down on the band, increasing the stretch. Let the bottom arm come up and now lift the body and reach up and over to the other side. Pull down on the bottom arm but keep that upper shoulder stable. Lift and pull with the top arm to bring you up. And one more time through reaching over. Bottom arm pulls, it increases your stretch, it lets go. The top arm pulls you up and then over bottom arm pulls it.
Release's top arm pulls us up and bring the arms down the friend. We're going to sit down to the mat facing inwards, taking the band, wrap it around your feet. It's best in my opinion, to keep the band relatively long, meaning to let it be really scrunchy. Keep it as flat as possible around your feet. So we'll start with the knees bent and now use a down and back pull on the band so slightly towards the floor and slightly backwards to lift the spine up. So go forward a little Joanie, two inches. There you go. And now reach the arms forward. And Now Ben the spine, letting the band assist you as you roll away from your feet, keeping the pell, keeping the shoulders down. Find the lower back flat on the ground in here. Little lower or yet an XL curling, curling.
Find a rounded spine. Shoulders over the pelvis. We pull down and back on the band, lifting the body up. Take the arms, four, keep the arms straight so it's more of like a d. And then arms go forward and the spine goes back. So even as our spine is rounding down, we keep the shoulders pinned down, away from the ears. Inhale and the lower back. And exhale, bend yourself forward, forward, forward, pull down on the band to lift. The body up and reach forward and Xcel to curl.
Pause when you're just off your shoulders. And now just the tiniest little curl forward and down and forward, sinking the abdominals down into the spine and press down into the feet as you curl the spine.
So you're reaching the palms of the hands up and pulled backwards on the band lead. Oh, didn't break. He just lost it. And then pulling back, lifting the chest up, you got it. And forward. If it's not enough tension for you, hold on closer to your feet and pull. And it's just as much about the extension of the spine. So I want you to work your arms strongly, but I would like for you to try to feel that your spine is easy.
It's easily straight. Last three arms, strong spine, easy, definitely straight. Just easy light contraction in the abdominals to support the spinal muscles. Last one.
So the outside band is just over that, that far away knee and now we pull curling up and rolling back. So again, just working deeply to find that area of our back. Keep your arms straight. Both.
The band's giving us a little bit of assistance last too.
The spine rises each time and forward and three more reaching back, lifting effortlessly and last one and then we'll do the other side. So taking the arms back straight, start to bend the spine under, curling down, curling down. Find the low back. Find yourself [inaudible]
Take the band off your feet. Plant your feet down on the mat. Continue sitting tall and then rolling down towards the Mat. Just give the band a little pod. My hands are tired, so I'm now I'm just hooking with my thumbs so we find our way all the way down onto the mat. I'm just moving because I didn't have enough space behind me. Feel that you're pretty close into your feet. Band is just over the shoulders.
The arms are parallel to each other and the chest. Inhale, as we exhale, press down for a pelvic crow so we feel the spine flatten. We roller. Find your way to the top of your [inaudible].
So there's our pattern in here. As you exhale, lifting your pelvis, see that the ribs dropping below it has your rolling yourself up. Wrapping the boundary around the size we pull down and lift up and inhale to exhale enrolled. Yeah,
So let's make them count and rolling up.
We let the band reach all the way overhead and now we rolled down all the way through the spine. As your pelvis comes to the bottom, take the arms just over the chest again. Lift one way, lift the other leg, holding the legs together. Yep they had can stay down. I'm just having a look in yellow. As you tilt both knees over to one side, keep the arms still use both arms, can pull the band but they stay still and Xcel to come. Center and inhale as you go across and as you're using the band with your arms, I want you to feel that the shoulder blades are flat on the mat. And exhale, we draw backwards and inhale, so resist as you come through. Center the urge to push with your legs, pull with your center, allow the legs to work as a weight and heel across and exhale to come back and inhale across and exos or come back.
Last one. Inhale across and exhale to come back. And now we take the legs out straight and we curl the chest up.
You don't have to go that far back. So what I want you to do with your body, this is like the a hundred breathing, right? We want to just decide where we can bring the band without having to alter the position of our bodies and back. And in two, three, four, five and out. Two, three, curl higher into three, four. Don't let the body fall down. Exhale, two, three, curl higher. Two more to go and forward.
Last time for now and forward. Bend your knees, lower your spine down. Put the band just above you where you can reach back and pick it up when you need it. Take your hands behind your size, curl using your abdominal as your head and chest up. So find a nice solid position. Check that your pelvis is neutral, then let go and put your hands behind your head. So now we reach the toes away.
Just decide where they can go without the low back coming up and then lift and any other toes. Reach away. And as we pull in, we push the chest or let the chest float towards the legs. Inhale, exhale. And in your Damn Nice. Don't take the body down. Just keep the chest forth. It's not like a crunch. Just the legs moving. That's it. You got it. And up and now hold. We're going to just keep the legs right there and we're going to [inaudible] towards me and stay lifted in center and two with the other way and center two west and center and twist. Now here's the next thing. We go towards me. Hold that position. Take the legs away, live the legs back up and find center. Go the other way.
Take the legs away. Lift the body of the leg, come back up and find center. One more turn. Take the legs away. All the legs in the body together. Find Center. Go the other way. Take the legs away, pool the legs back, find center. Turn one more time towards me and hold that side with the opposite hand. Pull up a little higher. Take that arm and stretch it out straight.
And now just [inaudible] little less for 32 one the hand comes behind the head as we find center. Grab on hold, reestablish your connection. Good. It's the opposite leg. That's it. And now let go and reach out. Up, up, up, up, up. Come to center. Stay as lifted as you can and all the way down now. And now, stretching the legs out all the way. Reach overhead and grab your band and your hands.
Go ahead and center and rotate it. Nice and center and rotate. I love it. And Center.
So we straighten the arms all the way. Good. Michelle, your hands are good. Just not too far backwards. It just abs like definitely to the sides of you. Okay, here we go.
Nice. Nice. Don't round Joanie. Just arch arch down and up again.
Try to get the feet all the way on the ground.
I'll dry off while you find your band. Okay. All right, so feet separate now. Feet separate. Knees, straight, arms, straight, spine, straight. We start the spine stretch by inhaling [inaudible]
Inhale there and now exhale as you just start restacking the body, allowing the arms to just stretch out in front of you. As you sit all the way up.
Good. Keep those arms out and then just sit up to bring the arms forward and inhale and exhale as we fold forward, allowing me elbows to bend to our sides. Still focusing on the rounding of the spine. Start pressing what? Oh, okay. I thought someone was talking to me. Press out. Reach out through your chest, out through your chest. Lift, lift. Good. Find a nice flat back and come up.
We're going two more times. Here we go. Rolling down, bending the elbows, reaching the band out, reaching the spine. Now hold that right there with a flat back. Yep. Yep. Lift your chest staph, right like that. And now pulse with your arms
Bring your legs together, Bend your knees, hold your ankles, sliding your legs in close. Nice and close. Allow the feet to lift deep in the curvature of the spine. And then we just rock walking the spine back and balancing at the top and rocking the spine back and balancing at the top. And again,
Just the lower back and ruling. Finding our balance at the top and rolling back then. Rolling.
I want you to take that outside elbow and a reach all the way. Pass that forward French and the link. Thin your spine back all the way up on the diagonal and find center in heel, pressing the head into the hands as we turn. Exhale, feel the rotation and the flection of the spine as we go across. Then build the spine on the diagonal, lifting up and find center at a rotate, nice and easy and dye forward and build the spinal long and find center and rotate and reach across
Lower your body to the ground. He's over hips, hands on, nations' parallel to the floor for the double leg stretch. Take it all the way out and around and he inhaled unreached and ax, halted. Deeply potent. Inhale and reach. So here's another place that the upper body doesn't change at all. It's just the arms and the upper body and moving.
The chest stays curled forward. And around. Keep curling up. Keep that height and two more times and one more. Stay here please. Put both hands on your left knee. Stretch your right leg out. Now I want you to push down on your knee and pull your body up more. Keep that and switch. Push down.
So you want you low back to be on the ground, but you don't want to be struggling down here where you've got a lot of tension in your neck. You want to be nice and high in that solid curl. Use your arms to help you pull yourself there. Pull yourself there and while you're pulling yourself there, push your leg into an imaginary something. So there's lots of different energies happening here. Reach and reach. Not Too many more.
Say One more time on both legs. Now hands behind your head. We come across for the criss, cross and
Bend both knees. Take your hands behind your thighs, walk yourself up, pick up your band, ma. How are we going to get there? Just hold your legs again. Bring your band with you and roar off. Back Down. Placing the feet down on the mat. Arms above the shoulders. Inhale, prepare. As we exhale, we curl up into our pelvic curl. Listening nice and high. The ribs are adamantly below the pelvis. Good, good, beautiful position, Michelle. I love it.
Lift the left leg up and now take the left leg away from you and try to hit, come back and touch the bit. You might have to move your band a little forward, but touch and touch and touch. And last four, reaching down three, reaching down to reaching down. Oh and all the way back. Touch, happy and bend and set that foot down. And then we pick up the other leg, stretch it all the way up. Reach and touch the bandwidth it. And then take the leg down and all the way up each time.
So can we just melt down into the floor and then all the way down with the arms rollover or not? That's what's coming. Is the roll over then exercise. So we've got our legs up. We're going to do three rollers, three rollovers, and three Jack. Nice. So we're going to stretch the legs out. Gonna keep the shoulders down and lift the legs that don't change the angle between your legs and your pelvis.
Yeah. Nice. You got it. Flex separate and roll down. Yeah. Point, circle, touch and lift. Last one. Rollover.
Good. Keep the head in line with the spine. Get ready for the side kick. That's what's coming up. Are you ready? No, no. Here we go. Lift hand goes down. The other arm is reaching straight up. Lift that leg up. Nice and high. Nice, Nice. Flex and go forward. Point and go back. So how do we know if we're moving? Ours is our upper arm moving. Good. Keep the legs straight as it goes back. Squeeze from your bum, not your foot.
Forward and back. Nice forward. Nice, nice shoulder stability, Michelle. Great. Watch that you're not leaning back until it goes back. Better last for no, that's enough. Go down to the ground. Go all the way up and touch friend. Jump off the floor and reach behind you. Touch, touch up and forward. So you lift your leg up as high as you can, as high as you can each time. Good trend. Good.
Keep fighting for that. That's awesome. And up just two more up then over up and over. K I'm going to make a change. Here we go. I'm going to go up and over. I'm going to turn around towards the floor. Keep that leg reaching up on the diagonal.
Might want to undo the band in your hands. Just leave it where it is. And now we're just going [inaudible] up and back with that top way up and back. Up and back. Up and back. Up and back. Now turn so that you're facing your arms. Put your leg in the air down. Slide your other leg back.
So you're now in a plank position, holding your plank position. We're going to do five pushups. One good. Only going as low as you can control the lift up with your body. Three, two, one. Stay there. Put the knee closest to me. Back down onto the ground. Rotate your body back. Open and lift your, so you're coming towards me again. You put the, the same leg in the air. So do you want to go the other way?
So we're going back the way we came. Sorry. That was a really tricky transition. I thought it was gonna work. Uh, so here we are. Let's give it a stretch. So sit down on that hip. Okay. So leave the band. We're going to come across to the opposite side. So your legs shift over to, um, the other direction. So now if we were just, if I was just on my left hand, I'm going to be on my right. [inaudible] we're going to do the Ben and then we'll do the whole thing to the other side. Just switching arms, just switching arms a little. Here we go.
Lift up through your waist. Take your opposite arm on your leg. Good shoulder stability. Pull up with the ribs. And here we go. We lift into a side plank position. Nice. And now we lift lifts through the bottom. Waist, lift through the bottom, waist. The top arm reaches up and over. Find your way back to center.
Now we're going to bend our knees. What? We're not going to touch the floor. We're not? Nope. We're just going to hover and now we're going to go back up again. Entering in a recap. If you need to touch the floor, you can oh, but enjoy the stretch there.
Pull the band apart. Stretch it. Okay. I've now I'm with you. Dumb. I'm more into it and back. Just hadn't gotten there with myself yet and
Keep your leg straight and back and forward and back and forward and back on. One more forward and back. Now here we go. Down into the floor, we come up and around, touch, up and around. Touch, back up in, around touch. Front up in, around, touch back. You've got three to go higher each time. Higher. So that's it. Last two and two. Here's number one. Up and back. Now take the band over your head. Put it down on the mat. Now take that leg just little lifts up.
Little lifts up, kind of easy on the arms. Okay, so remember, I don't know. Now I'm lost. Last two. Now we're going to turn the hip. Put that upper leg on the ground. This is the leg that's gonna come back up. The one that you just put on the floor straight. Take the other leg up. Ruined five pushups here. Ready? Go One.
Keep the head in line with this spine at my pace too. I'm still on two, three, four. Number five, stretch up. Put the leg back down. So I'm now turning back the way I just, okay. Would be easier. Yes, yes, we've got it. We've got it. I lifted my leg up nice and high. Nice and high. Bend the knee, sit on it, reaching the opposite arm across. I am now to get into the side.
Then we just shift onto the hip that we're stretching and bring the legs across. Yes, we're all together. Good. Top leg on top of the bottom. Straight arm to our side.
So basically you want to figure out where your bent knees are gonna be straight and that's how far your shoulder has to come. So here we go. Straight up over the arm, lift the bottom, waste reached the top. I'm overhead, looked down just a little and then come back. So we're going to bend the knees and we're just going to reach down. We're going to hover. We're not lifting, we're not sitting down. And now we reach out and there's a little legs there and up and over and back and down. Good, good, good, good, good. Shoulders. This is it. Up in, over to here. And now. Turnover points. Your right foot lifted straight up. Five, four, three.
Hold the body stable to one. Put that foot in. Pick up the other foot. Five, four, three, two, one. Put that foot down. Round your spine and drop your knees towards the ground. Old rests on them. Just touch the floor and straighten and round the side. Just touch and straight.
Don't back up away from your arms and knees. Come towards the risks towards the wrists and back. One more you reach and we straighten and one more. And let the knees rest and slide out onto your mat all the way down and stretch your arms out in front of you and separating your arms just a little bit. Flied your arms backwards into your shoulder joints through the, you're lifted a little bit up into back extension. Good, good.
Kindness kind of small though. It's still in the ribs. And then we lift the left arm. Nice and high and low, right leg. Lift the little and we switch right arm less, less like hovers. So if you're focusing on anything in terms of what to focus on, lifting high, it's the arms, it's the [inaudible]. It's not even the back cause if you keep your body slightly lifted in your arms, good. We'll bring your back with you. Good. The legs just hover. Yeah, we're going one more time like this. One more time.
Now hold that both legs and arms and alternating arms and legs. Inhale, two, three, four. Nice and controlled. Inhale two, three, four. Exhale. Two, three, four. Nice. Straight arms. Four, four. Exhale, two, three, four, five. Everything gets longer and we rest. Turn your face this way.
Bring your hands behind you and interlock your fingers that that small a is up your back kind of high. Then drop your elbows towards the floor. Hover the legs. We're going to kick in. One, two, three and we're going to s the arms and the legs away from one another. Good. And now we go the other way with our face. Kick the legs in one. They stay together and strong and lifted off the ground and breech. And again, this is our grand finale ladies.
So you make it feel then make it worth it. Stretch everything. One, two, 3:00 AM each last time both sides. One, elbows down on the ground. Reach last one. One, two, three. [inaudible] hold here. Lift the arms. Just the hands a little, just the arms. And now let the hands go. I'm bringing my hands to the ground and push off your arms and walk your way back so that you're sitting down on your feet. Hmm.
Just rest there. Take a breath. He's nice. Long in here. Really see intention from the body.
Thank you guys for coming.
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