Moving your spine, and keeping it mobile and flexible, helps to raise and balance energy in all areas of your life. The seven chakras, or energy wheels as they are referred to in yoga, are located along the length of your spine. Each one corresponds to different aspects of energy expression in your life, including giving and receiving love, manifesting creativity, communication, and so on. Unfortunately, most people sit at a desk all day or engage in physical exercises which don’t call for full, free-form movement of the spine.
In this around 5-minute simple spine-opening series, you will start to awaken the energy along the length of your spine. Consciously moving the physical will help you to tap into deeper and greater aspects of your energy.
Hi,I am doing much better since the accident.Amanda and the others at Wild Lotus have whipped me back into mobility.I was a personal asst to the coordinaters of the New Orlean’s Veggie Fest and although I hurt myself again ,it was well worth it.It is wonderful being around Vegans and animal rescuers all the time.I go to a chiropractor/rolfer once a week and do yoga every day.I will never be able to replace my disc but I am still flexable.Yes,I do all those moves and do them on a BIO-MAT.The infared heat and negative ions plus crystals really help.Sometimes I put a foam roller under neath and rollout that scar tissue on my IT band.Hope you can come back to New Orleans again.
Wow, sounds l like you are taking good care though. Please say hi to Amanda for me. I do hope to come back to New Orleans sometime!
Love it! I slept on my side last night so this was a perfect quick fix!
Great! It’s easy to get imbalanced from daily life’s activities, so great to consciously rebalance.
This is a very informative video. Thank you for sharing and sending out positive vibrations to the masses. Hopefully, this yoga technique will also help with lower back pain. I look forward to making this apart of my daily routine!
Great Tiffany! For lower back pain also try some gently twists and forward bends. I’ll so video at some point on those also. OM
Beautiful workout. Kimberly you are a true star, with your “blessings” I will get there!
You are very sweet, thank you!
And yes you will!!
I just read your article about the effects of dairy, ex. acne. You said you had other reasons not to consume dairy? What are they? And what are your feelings on raw milk?
I have an entire chapter on dairy in The Beauty Detox Solution, which I suggest you read.
Raw milk doesn’t have the detrimental effects of pasteurization, but it is still not intended by nature to be consumed by adult humans. It is mucus-forming, acid-forming, difficult to digest, and contains large amounts of casein protein, cited in The China Study as the type of protein most strongly linked to promoting cancer.
That looks like an awesome routine! I’m certified and I really like spine opening.
Great! Let me know how your spine feels 🙂
Kept getting distracted by the furniture in the room and the chair in front of the door. Surely this is a hotel room, can not be Kimberly’s house.
Yes it is my hotel in Atlanta- mentioned that in the beginning. 🙂 Focus on your spine girl!!
Kimberly, I can’t wait to try this routine!
Hi Kim! It’s uncanny–I did those very poses in that same order this morning, to reset my lower back 🙂
Well we must be on the same cosmic wavelength! We are all truly connected. 🙂
I have to sit leaning forward all day for my job, and I get very tight in my lower back and shoulders. This spine-opening routine feels great, and I’m going to try to do it before and after work from now on. My spine must be very closed, as I cannot get my chest to touch the floor on that last move. I’ll keep working at it. Thanks so much!
You look great. What is your fitness routine? Just yoga? or Yoga and cardio? Please share!
BTW, my 13 yr old daughter and I have been folowing your Beauty Detox advice for about 2 months now. we are addicted to the GGS every morning, and have come to love the new whole and organic foods in our diet. We are not completey vegan, but have cut out most dairy (cheese and yogurt are hard to give up…working on it) and are eating meat much less often and choosing better quality animal proteins to have at our evening meal. I am trying very hard to follow your food combining rules.
I have even got my son and husband to eat better (but they don’t know it)! We are enjoying clearer skin, more energy and have even lost a few pounds without really trying (a welcome bonus!)
You are our guru! I share your book with everyone! Can’t wait for a book of recipes, I’ll be first in line to buy it. Thank you!
Wow Lorri, congrats!! That is so terrific. And thanks so much for helping to spread the word, that means a lot. xx
I’m thrilled to hear that this helps your spine! Please stick with it. Over time you will have more mobility. Don’t worry about touching all the way down in Anahata Asana- just stretch down, and you’ll get the benefits.
I only practice yoga, and I try to walk to errands when I’m in NY. I know that sounds crazy to some, but I can honestly say that my body is more toned now because of ongoing cleansing. It opens up more space in the body for oxygen to flow so it reaches your muscles. Most people are also chronically bloated.
So be sure to take your digestive enzymes, probiotics, and all the methods I outline in Chapter 6 of The Beauty Detox Solution!!
I wasn’t sure the best place to post my comment and question – but here it goes:
I re-injured my knee (3rd patella dislocation) in March. I was in a immobilzer for 3wks and then had 6+ weeks of Physical Therapy.
On 22 May I had Surgery (MPFL Reconstruction and Microfracture). I am currently non weight bearing for 8 weeks. Along with that being difficult in itself – I am doing physical therapy (which mostly includes leg lifts). I’m being told 6mo until I am cleared and unrestricted/full recovery. Most days I am sitting almost all day with my leg elevated…it’s hard to have such a small amount of physical activity and movement, but my body get exhausted quickly between my knee/leg soreness and crutches I can only take so much.
Is there anything you can recommend as far as diet or other possible exercises to help my body heal/recover and continue to cleanse? I’ve been drinking the GGS for probably 4 mo now at least 4 days a week. I’m still have some ‘bowel’ issues from all the meds I was on (between anethesia and Lortab-pain killers). I do eat gluten free and have a generally low dairy intake (trying to ween off of it!)
Are there any particular foods or supplements you can recommend for my current situation that would be the most helpful?
Sorry for the long post!
I just read your post regardin your MPFL Reconstruction and would love to know more about your thoughts on the surgery and results.
I am scheduled to have this in the fall and with 3 young children at home I am terrified!!
Hey Samantha, it’s critical you rebuild your gut/immunity with probiotics and probiotic-rich foods. This will also help you absorb nutrients better. Chia seeds for extra amino acids would be good to add daily, as would bee pollen, for it’s potent healing and antioxidant properties. xx
Loved this routine – it felt great! Thanks!
I loved this!!! I am newer to yoga… but absolutely love it and want to keep learning more. I actually started because of Kimberly. The beauty detox solution has helped me sooooo much! I have lost more than 40 lbs in about 9 months. Kim is so inspiring… I saw the pictures of her doing yoga on her website and I thought they were so amazing that it motivated me to start taking classes. Kim, if you read this, thank you sooo much for everything and keep the Yoga videos coming! 🙂
Amazing!! Great for you! Keep up the good work. I’m thrilled you have are changing your diet and bringing yoga into your life.
I received your video today on the yoga moves for opening up my spine. It came at a perfect time, I found out on Thursday that I need more surgery, but neither me or the doctor want to jump in to it. Back surgery is horrendous! I watched this video and can’t wait to try all the moves, they all look doable to me and I think they will help me to feel better in no time. I am going to do them as son as I can! I am also starting physical therapy next week to help alleviate my pain and allow my spine to move more with less pain.
I truly thank you for taking the time to make this video and send it to me. I love your ideas, and even your green smoothie makes me feel better! You are an amazing person to share your knowledge with just plain old people like me, as well as highly paying celebrities.
Again, I truly appreciate this and can’t wait to get started! I will let you know how I feel after a week or two of doing the Yoga!
Thank you so much for your kind words. And yes do report back to me on how you are doing!
Oh and one more thing- I never want you to refer to yourself as “plain old people like me”. You are not plain, and you are truly as old as your energy. You have light and spirit and it is amazing we can be on this path together! 🙂
Hi!! Do you think hatha yoga can improve my posture? I’ve had bad posture ever since because of my height that’s why I bought a yoga dvd a few weeks ago. I’ve been practicing it everyday for about a week now. How long do you think will it take to see the results on my posture?
Hi Andrea, the key is for you to become more and more away of your posture off the mat, and be present with self-adjustments throughout the day. If you need to post little reminders for yourself on your mirror or front door, etc. that can be helpful. xx
This is helpful and feels good for elongating the spine in a safe way. Many yoga videos include some moves that are potentially harmful to the joints.
Do you have plans to produce a yoga video?
If not, could you recommend a good yoga video that builds strength and flexibility without damaging the spine?
Hey Mike, yes I shot a full yoga video and we are working out the music. Stay tuned!
I would try an Iyengar video, as that type of yoga is really alignment based, so you’re less likely to go off kilter and hurt joints. xx
Thanks for the spine routine, it looks great. Are there any yoga videos you can recommend to get a great workout?
Thanks! Try ones by Shiva Rea. 🙂
I just wanted to say thank you. I just joined a gym because I need to get back into shape and figured yoga would be a good way to start, but I’m nervous to go because it’s been so long … this routine was simple but effective and a great intro which gave me the push I needed to just do it! You are such an inspiration.
Thanks Jessica! I am so happy you are going back to the mat. It is always there to welcome you when you are ready.
I’m relatively new to yoga, so this video is a great beginning session for me! Thanks for posting.
love the yoga video! please do more
Thanks Julie and Susan (below). I will!
Thanks Kimberly. Easy/straightforward routine that makes alot of sense! Keep them coming!
I love your book and have been following a lot of the concepts!
I did have a question regarding nutritional yeast however. I noticed the most salad recipes include it in the dressing and (as far as I can see) it is a main source of B vitamins etc in the raw meals.
I tried nutritional yeast and got a bad reaction to it (unfortunately because I loved the taste!) …is there anything that you can suggest as a replacement in the beauty detox meal plan??
Hi Jesse, bee pollen is also a great source of B vitamins. You can also try taking a whole food based multi as good nutritional insurance, to be sure you are getting all your B’s. xx
Thank you for this sequence Kimberly!
I love that you do the side wiggle after cat-cow, I always do the same- it feels amazing!
I especially enjoyed the final posture, for the heart chakra. A whole new sensation for me, I will definitely be adding it to my morning stretch routine.
Safe and happy travels, and NAMASTE!
Wonderful! Om Shanti!
You should do a complete yoga DVD series of some kind 🙂 You’re very easy and enjoyable to follow.
It’s coming love! thank you
You are absolutely amazing! I love this and am going to do this daily. When is your yoga DVD going to be released?
Thanks for all that you do!
Thank you so much! There is not a set date, but hopefully in the next few months. It is shot in an amazingly serene setting, I think you will love it!
Thank you. The stretching exercises really loosened my shoulders and next. I felt like a weight was lifted off of my entire being.
I have seen your Spine opening video, juste fantastic, I have not done it yet, but I will try to do so.
Thank you so much for all your wonderful and extraordinary blogs.
Thanks and love, Edith
Thank you Edith, for sharing with me. Please come visit more! Love, Kimberly
Kimberly, thank you so much for this video. It felt so good to move my spine. You are an excellent instructor. I look forward to more yoga blogs and can’t wait for your new book!!!
Thank you!! Yes me too 🙂
Are you still working on your yoga DVD? If so, when can we expect it?
Hopefully the next few months!
Thank you, Kimberly, wonderful. This is exactly where I’m at. I’m new to all these stretches, but this is simple and well explained.
FYI – I’m in Thailand visiting…borrowing a blender so that each morning I can have a GGS!!
Interesting to mix the Thai lettuce with my apple and banana…new flavor, but yummy!
Thank you so much for this! There are so many contradicting ideas about diet and health out there, but the one thing I’ve noticed that most every health trainer recommends is yoga. As soon as school gets out I’m going to try to take up a class, but this video is a great help! Please continue with your wonderful work 🙂
Great April. Listen to what feels good to your body!
This feels amazing! I cannot wait to learn more!
Kim that’s a great video-I wasn’t sure how to start doing yoga and it seems like I need it. Do you have any recommendations on where to buy raw organic nuts and seeds? Having an issue with cheese and I think if I can make nut/seed cheese I will be more successful. Thank you!
Hi Shelly! You can find them at health stores like Wholefoods or online. xx
That was great Kimberly! I have been looking forward to yoga tips from you 🙂 Hope you bring out a DVD soon! I live in Brisbane, Australia and have recently discovered your book, I have learnt so much and am trying to implement it in my life and share it with those around me… you are changing lives! Thank you xox
Great Gabriela, thanks for connecting with me. It’s wonderful you are making good changes. The full DVD is coming! I have been to Brisbane several times and it is a really lovely city. xx
Very nice video! My yoga instructor opens up many of her classes with the same moves you showed; I notice a big difference in my back for the rest of the class. Personal question: how long did it take for you to master scorpion? 🙂 That’s my summer goal, but my strength and concentration aren’t quite there yet.
Great! It took me about 3 years to be able to do scorpion in a forearm stand, then another year or 2 to do it in a handstand.
It comes when you’re body is ready, and everyone’s body is different. The “tricky” poses are fun and I love them too, but remember your pranayama and meditation practice is what is most important. xx
I read your book and started making some of the changes you recommended back in January.. I am not a motivated cook so I am verey happy to be eating simply and healthy. The probiotic salade has done for me what nothing else in all my life could do. Thank you thank you thank you. I have had friends tell me my skin is glowing. I have dropped 10 lbs and am looking forward to getting back to my most comfortable weight slowly and naturally. My cholesterol count has gone from a combined 272 to 218 in 6 short months.
I am thrilled with this video as I have been at a loss for getting back into excercise meaning I just haven’t known where to begin. I have always loved yoga and so this could not have come to me at a more fortuitous time.
I have shared your book with 3 friends so far and they love it and it is helping them to make changes is their life and health as well.
My favorite is avocado. I eat them every day and I finally have made guacomole, YEAH!!!
Thank you for helping me to change my life and health. Keep up the excellent work. You are a blessing to everyone that you touch.
Wow Barbara, thank you so much for a heartfelt and very touching comment. I really appreciate you reaching out to me!
I am thrilled to hear of your positive life and health changes. I wish you all the best, and that you continue to hit higher and higher levels. Please do definitely keep in touch with me hear, and keep me updated on your progress!
Hi Kim! I just found a a short info about you in the German Instyle magazine. I was so excited! I’ve been reading your blog for years now and am so happy how everything is turning out for you! Congratulations!
Wow, I didn’t know I was in there. That’s great! Thanks so much for visiting and please come back soon. xx
Thank you for sharing your yoga routine.You are an inspiration for me to get yoga back into my daily routine! I also want to let you know that I am enjoying your book “The Beauty Detox Solution”…a great reference book with many delicious healthy recipes!
Great, thanks Jackie!
Loved this!! They used to do this in my mat pilates class and forgot how much I loved this and felt so much more connected to my body. I began taking INTENSE SPX pilate classes, so intense I nearly got sick a couple times during class; so I discontinued the classes and though the students and teachers had phenom bodies there skin looked terrible and mine didn’t look good either. Hmmm…? And when I did mat pilates or interval cardio my skin glowed, enough so that friends commented. I believe there is a connection between doing exercises that open you up and where you are breathing deeply.
Anyways, loved your video Kimberly! I used to do yoga but stopped as many involve chanting, etc. If your video when it comes out is in the same style as this video, I would love to check it out 🙂 !
Hi Jade, I wonder if the people in your old class were eating high protein/low carb diets. When people eat those types of diets then tend to look really hard and lined in the skin.
Glad you liked the video! Yes my DVD is a full series, in this style. xx
I always love your yoga videos. You give very clear and specific instructions that are very helpful. I’ve recently started doing yoga again. I got some foam squares that interlock and give me a 8′ x 6′ area on my deck outside. I’ve been using Richard Hittleman’s yoga 28 day program from his book. I like the book, but your videos help me see how to do exercises a little more clearly. I am 57 so the spine exercises are just what I need. Thanks for your generous spirit.
So very thankful for you:) Some of your most basic principles have been life changing. You are such a blessing:) Thank you
Thanks Franklin, and that is wonderful! Do keep up a routine to open your spine- it will help keep you healthy in many areas. Om Shanti!
Thank you so much for this! I tried it and it felt amazing! I am definitely going to incorporate this into my morning routine.
I have always wanted to try yoga, but didn’t really know where to start.
Thanks Kim! This sequence is a perfect way to start your day – a gentle and natural method to wake your body up. Look forward to your yoga video! I really appreciate you sharing such pertinent information.
This is great. A quick and easy routine to stretch out and feel better. I do this in my normal yoga classes but of course they are mixed with many other poses. This is best for at home, or if you can, at work. Thanks so much!
I read your book a couple months ago and it’s become my bible! I reference it or your blog at least once a day! I’ve always been a pretty healthy eatter but I’ve really tightened up my diet to follow the beauty detox solution. I feel great; it’s so empowering! I love to tell everyone how much they can change thier life, just by eatting more thoughtfully. People think I’m crazy but I don’t care 😉 My husband is on the bandwagon with me, we love promoting health!
I’ve always been active and a runner but now, I need to go find a Shiva Rea yoga videos so I can get started on that aspect of health.
Thank you for helping take me to the next step!!
PS, couldn’t you just live off of open faced avo beauty sammies and sundried tomato/macadamia mash? omg yum!
Is there a particular brand of coconut oil or cream you reccommend?
well i am recently tryuing to start living a healthier lifestyle this summer and just wanted to say that this video is fantastic…i feel alot more focused and with more energy after doing this video…i usually suffer of having low energy and falling asleep constantly just wanted to ask of any yoga videos, reciepes, ect. that will help me (a beginner) with having more energy through out the day…any comments welcome
oh and p.s. kimberly you are my healthy living rolemodel from now on! 😀
Lots of Love
I have just got your book at dymocks yesterday, is great, I would like to start making yoga at home as I have children and few time, could you please recommend a dvd video I could get ?
I love your site, book, and blog. I was wondering what I can put in the GGS instead of banana – I do not do very well with banana, but I love everything else in your smoothie.
hey kim, im in a really important time of my life right now. more recently in my life, i have decided to embarque full throttle on my journey to mental physical and spiritaul wholeness… its going well except for one part…im addicted to pain killers..i got injured in the military and the doctors started me on some pretty hardcore opiates. i am trying to get off them so bad now, i hate them. however, the physical pain of quitting them is unbearable as well as the horrible stomache upset that comes with. is there anything to help cope with these side effects or any yoga advice to help with pain. it also drains my energy to the point where i feel like my legs will buckle under me, and pain and restlessness pretty much prohibit any sleep my body so badly craves. i eat and i drink fluids so its not malnutrition pulling me to the floor. i want to quit but i have a life that im obligated to be a functioning part of everyday. thought you might have some advice for me.
As a yoga instructor, have you ever seen anyone start out as totally, embarassingly inflexible and without grace, but turn out to be a great yogi? I’ve always wanted to be graceful and flexible, but I feel like I have the genetic make-up of a female body-builder. I hate it! :'( I’ve got slightly broader shoulders, larger arms and an overall more dense muscle mass than normal women, and I’m like that without lifting weights (I avoid them like the plague). I mean, I’m not exactly like a female Arnold Schwarzenegger or anything, but I’m afraid that the way my body was designed is going to keep me from achieving what I really, REALLY want. Be honest, is there any hope for me?
I can attest as a former embarassingly inflexible and without grace person that it is possible to be a great yogi! The secret is to keep at it no matter how frustrating or inflexible you are…you’re seriously see results if you go multiple times a week and stretch at home.
when is your yoga Dvd being launched?