Cecily Milne

Cecily Milne

Broadcasting from: Squamish, Canada
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yogadetour/

As the Creator of Yoga Detour, I’ve developed a bit of a reputation as someone who’s obsessed with raising the standards of education in the yoga community. I’ve invested countless hours in creating an approach that connects science to intuition and learning to experience, shifting mindsets through movement.

After immersing myself in Ashtanga for over 10 years, body pain led me to my own detour. I ventured beyond the yoga community to train with multiple movement enthusiasts including the Ido Portal team, Agatsu Inc, Gymnastic Bodies and Fighting Monkey, looking for answers. I trained with Dr. Andreo Spina to become a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms) and a Functional Range Assessment provider. And because I just couldn’t seem to quench that thirst for knowledge, I also studied Applied Training/Sports Animation with internationally renowned Osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer D.O., creator of the SomaTraining system and ELDOA.

Collecting information from these incredible minds and applying it to my own body and movement patterns has eliminated pain from my practice. Yoga Detour is a reflection of that journey, culminating in a process that I now endeavour to share in all of my classes.

Together, we’ll allow the practice to become a laboratory of sensation, observation and experimentation. My classes combine structure and intention with exploration and play as I guide you toward new experiences in both body and mind. My goal is to have you walk out of my class not only feeling amazing, but also having learned something about movement and yourself. I look forward to practicing with you soon!

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  • MMP - Slow Burn - Abductors

    This class explores the difference between hip external rotation and hip abduction—something people often can’t feel in their bodies when it comes to intention and effort.

    We also looked at the role that the effort of hip extension plays in finding abduction since the default in many bodies is h...

  • MMP - Slow Burn: Adductors

    When was the last time you tuned into your adductors? Cecily's latest zeroes in on the inner thighs with precise activation techniques, seamlessly woven into familiar poses such as triangle and warrior 2.

    This practice will inspire a myriad of possibilities for infusing more adductor awareness i...

  • MMP - Untuck Your Butt

    Too many of us subconsciously default to a posterior pelvic tilt - aka a tucked under tailbone. And while intentionally using a posterior tilt is helpful in some movements (like the ones we explored in Anti-Backbend Exploration), that's only one option. We also want the ability use the effort of ...

  • MMP - Discover Your Lower Traps

    Looking to bring more ease and strength into overhead positions like downward dog, wheel, or handstand? If so, it's time to find your lower traps. This practice will provide you will endless opportunities to target this often-overlooked area of the upper body. When you bring your lower traps onli...

  • MMP - Harmonious Hamstrings

    This class targets hamstring engagement in two ways: first, combining hip flexion + knee extension and second, combining hip extension + knee flexion, using different movements to challenge the hamstrings in both lengthened and shortened states. Simply put: this class will have you feeling your h...

  • MMP - Anti-Backbend Exploration

    More often than not, we "borrow" movement from our lower backs without realizing it. This overreliance on spinal extension is most common when we're moving into hip extension—ie. lifting one leg behind you in downward dog, for example. In this class, you'll learn to harness "anti-backend energy",...

  • MMP - Triangle Pose

    Every month, Cecily leads a live Monthly Movement Practice in The Detour community platform. She kicked that series off with this class, deconstructing Triangle Pose through the lens of isolation, activation, and integration. According to those in attendance, "this practice felt like the good old...

  • Respire + Recover

    This practice is inspired by cold and flu season! If you find yourself returning to your mat after illness (or injury), this class is the perfect way to bring breath and movement back into your life. To make the most of this practice, have a bolster or dense cushion on hand, as well as 1-2 yoga b...

  • Fine-tune Your Shoulder CAR

    Shoulder CARs are another movement you'll see frequently in DVS classes. If you often wonder "am I getting these right?!", this is the practice for you. In this class, we deconstruct the shoulder CAR into the components of flexion, extension, internal and external rotation. Exploring each of thes...

  • Fine-Tune Your Hip CAR

    Hip CARs are commonly taught in DVS classes as prep movements—ways to prepare the body for complex postures. But what happens when we look at the hip CAR as a destination in and of itself? That's exactly what this class explores. Together, we'll delve into hip flexion, extension, rotation and ad/...

  • Bend the Knee - Part Three

    In the culminating workshop of this three-part series, you'll take all you've learned through the first two sessions and apply this to larger, more compound movements. Together we'll explore split squats, lunges, squats — on two legs as well as single leg variations — deadlifts, along with the pr...

  • Bend the Knee - Part Two

    In Part Two of this series, Cecily guides you through movements that target the front of the knee to access smaller but important muscles like the VMO. This work is complemented with exercises for the back of the knee where we use the distal hamstrings to fortify knee flexion. The props we'll use...

  • Bend the Knee - Part One

    In the first of three "Bend the Knee" workshops, Cecily explores the joints above and below the knees. Expect movements that target the often underused muscles of your outer hips, feet and ankles as we progress through a series of exercises that can be modified to your ability. For those with kne...

  • Progress Your Push-Up

    Use a "Strength Ladder" approach to make push-ups more accessible. We'll address common areas of tightness like the thoracic spine and shoulder before moving into loaded bodyweight movements. The "work" in this class targets small, often neglected muscles. We move through ranges of motion that wi...

  • Pre-Class Prep: Wrists

    Our "Pre-Class Prep" practices help you prime a specific area of your body before proceeding into additional practices or activities. This session targets the wrists, preparing you to weight-bear on your hands. It's the perfect pairing for any class that's full of planks, downward dogs, or invers...

  • S'more Core

    Investigate cross-body activation as you flow between standing poses, balance challenges and core-specific movements that will leave you feeling simultaneously stronger and more mobile.

  • Fabtastic Core

    This class is a fABulous complement to the online workshop "Core Reform" that Cecily offered in March 2023. See how it feels to produce intentional spinal movement (and intentional spinal stability!) using the power and integrity of your core.

  • CARs from Head to Toe

    You've seen CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) sprinkled throughout classes here on the DVS. Rarely do you get the opportunity to do all of them in one practice. That changes today! This sub-30 minute class addresses every major joint in the body using intentional rotations to increase blood f...

  • Broomstick Express

    Use a dowel, broomstick or mop handle to support a practice that touches on the hip flexors, side body and shoulders. We'll stretch, mobilize, and bring attention to those sticky spots so that you can walk away feeling like yourself again.

  • Groundwork: Shoulders

    This sneaky practice builds from the ground up, targeting the small and often overlooked rotator cuff muscles. Using light weights and body-weight movements, we'll focus on rotation, scapular mobility and overhead range of motion. You'll walk away feeling like your shoulders have dropped, with an...

  • Groundwork: Hips

    Inspired by hibernation season in the northern hemisphere, this 37 minute practice stays close to the ground—perfect for those days when all you want to do is roll out of bed, onto your mat. We'll explore various movements that target hip rotation, waking up the muscles that help to keep your pel...

  • Lowdown on the Lower Back - Part II

    This follow-up to "Part I" complements the online workshop by the same name, originally led by Cecily in September 2022. This class uses props and weights not typically seen in yoga studios: a longer dowel or broomstick, a large stability ball as well as two weights—one lighter, one heavier. We'l...

  • Pre-Class Prep: Core

    Our "Pre-Class Prep" practices help you prime a specific area of your body before proceeding into additional practices or activities. This session targets the core, bringing attention to the breath, spine and abdomen in preparation for wherever you want to go next.

  • Lowdown on the Low Back - Part I

    This practice complements our original "Lowdown on the Lower Back", an online workshop Cecily led in September 2022. This sequence follows the same principles shared in the workshop: spinal segmentation, core stability, hip mobility and the hip hinge. The movements shared in this practice can eas...