If you feel stiff when you wake up or struggle to manage your energy throughout the day, now is the perfect time to start focusing on your health and wellbeing, before the negative effects of modern life take their toll.
When you practice yoga for a short time every day, you'll find that you can move more comfortably, that you have much more energy and no longer suffer from recurring niggling aches and pains, especially at the lower back, neck or shoulders.
The most effective at-home training
I started working from home in 2009, which meant that before the popularity of at-home fitness training, I had to find a way to keep myself fit and healthy that I could stay consistent with over the long-term and that didn't require much space or equipment. Although I was already certified as an NASM Personal Trainer, I had become disillusioned with the repetitive style of training and no longer had access to a fully-equipped gym.
For me, yoga was the obvious solution. I started practicing yoga every day for my physical health and meditation for my sanity with online teachers. However, unfortunately, very quickly I came up against some significant road blocks.
I rarely, if ever, had 90 minutes to spare for a full yoga class.
I couldn't find classes had a clear objective that I was guaranteed to achieve if I put in the time.
I am a very introspective and spiritual person but it's not something I think about when I'm working out! You can find out more about more personal thoughts on this subject on my blog.
So I did the only sensible thing. I went to Guatemala to take my first Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training certificate and designed my own, comprehensive yoga program!
The birth of Yoga 15
I broke the discipline of yoga into 5 core skills—Flexibility, Strength, Mobility, Relaxation and Balance. And then created a system that works you through each of these areas systematically, all the time increasing your level of ability and expertise. I cut the time needed to practice down to 15 minutes, which is the MED (minimum effective dose)—giving you just enough time to warm up, stretch out and cool down. And decided to focus on achieving just one skill or objective in each session. (eg. to improve my hamstrings flexibility, opening up my hips or building core strength).
5 years later and these are still the only sequences that I need to keep me performing at the top of my game.
15 Minutes x 15-Day Total Yoga Challenge
In this 15-day online yoga course, I lead you through a total yoga challenge that takes just 15 minutes a day. We cycle through each of the 5 different Yoga 15 skills—strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance, and mobility—practicing 5 sequences for each. The videos become increasingly more difficult as you progress through the challenge, as your abilities incrementally improve. Unlike other yoga programs, this course is designed to be highly effective and super efficient. It is part 1 of a 6-part series that you can repeat as many times as you like—learning something new each time you practice the sequence.
Why practice yoga?
Gain a better understanding of your body.
Improve your flexibility.
Increase your range of motion.
Strengthen your entire body, especially your core.
Improve your coordination.
Learn how to breathe better and more effectively.
Eliminate aches and pains.
Alleviate post-workout soreness.
Reduce your injuries.
Start each day on the right foot—alert, centred and in the zone.
What you can expect
15 unique sequences taught by a world-class yoga instructor with an in-depth experience of yoga and your body.
15 beautifully-designed, downloadable handouts.
A definitive step-by-step guide to creating your perfect yoga environment.
An extensive pose library with highly-detailed tutorials.
Testimonials for Abi's "15 Minutes x 15-Day Total Yoga Challenge"
“Fantastic course. Bitesize 15-minute yoga. I have done it daily for weeks now and I feel a huge benefit” Anna Davey
“I keep rotating among 6 of Abi's 5x15 series and obviously am a fan. Excellent in all respects.” Randolph Harper
“It is a real treasure and a gift this course. Abi is an instructor who transmits balance, serenity and focus. I am very happy and grateful for it.” Claus Charley
“This is amazing course, made me practise yoga consistently in lockdown era. Some balancing poses are super hard, I am nearing the end of 15 days now, I am going to redo the whole course again because there is a huge margin to improve. Thanks to everyone involved.” Bharat
“I woke up with stiffness and this class help me to relieve the stress my body was in." Margaret Duran
“Was a beginner and this allowed me to do yoga comfortably in my own home and build up slowly. Will continue to use regularly.” Kristina DM
“It is one of the best yoga course. The duration is very good with the well-managed course.” Rajendra Prasad Neupane
“Course is really good..Step by Step Progression is helpful for beginners." Swapnil Jain
“Perfect length of time and level of effort to give me a boost at the beginning or middle of my day!” Terry Brogan
“Good short lessons that you can fit into a busy schedule.” Schuyler Berg
“This course is what i was looking for!! 15 min per day is a great combo, i think i will buy the others form the same author!! Good job keep doing it!” Giorgio Guidazzi
“I think the 15-minute segments are the perfect length. Since I'm working from home these days, I can easily silence my phone and email for a bit, do some quick yoga, and then get back to work feeling refreshed.” Gabriel Jones
Abi Carver – Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor & NASM Personal Trainer
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