Detour Spotlight

Detour Spotlight

Detour Spotlight classes highlight specific areas of the body in a way that provides targeted work while also teaching you something about how certain joints/muscles work together to create strength and mobility in your favourite postures and movements. Some classes may spotlight the upper body, lower body, or the infamous “core”, while in others we might take a look at something more specific like the hamstrings, TFL (tensor fascia latae) or TVA (transverse abdominis).

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Detour Spotlight
  • 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",...

  • Shoulder Rotation Compilation

    No props needed for this practice, pull up your mat and enjoy 45 minutes of some of my favourite ways of sprinkling shoulder mobility movements into your yoga.

  • 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/...

  • Thoracic Action: Essential Neck, Shoulders, and T Spine

    Let’s mobilize your neck, shoulders, and thoracic spine to address feelings of “stiffness”. These areas are designed to move separately but sometimes get stuck moving together. This check in with your upper body offers gentle challenges to feel more spacious in this area. The only props needed ar...

  • Love Your Hips

    If you want to care for your hips, explore this easy, breezy, slow and accessible journey. This class offers diverse movements to prepare your hips and pelvis for more challenging postures such as 90/90/90s. Grab a blanket and a chair and let’s get started.

  • 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...

  • Stable and Able Hips

    Build some capacity in your hips as you progressively mobilize and activate in all the primary actions of the hips. Move from the wall to some Copenhagens and finally to standing. Blocks, Blankets, and a ball/small pillow will be helpful.

  • Pre-Class Prep Neck & Shoulders

    Our "Pre-Class Prep" practices help you prime a specific area of your body before proceeding into additional practices or activities. This short session targets the neck, shoulders, and scapulae. We work through a few simple isolations and activations that would also be an excellent stand-alone p...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Quick Shoulder Loops

    Using a strap, we explore effective movement and intentional tension in our shoulder girdle. This class will be a nice compliment to any class where we need more access to shoulder overhead ROM, or if you need a productive but quick break from your work day. Expand your shoulder mobility potentia...

  • Floor Based Hip Mobility

    Challenge your pelvis to move fluidly in several different orientations to gravity. Explore your hip joint end range in some unusual ways with the support of props and feedback from the floor. This practice is designed to maintain your hip strength with movements you might not do every day. All y...

  • 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...

  • Your Hamstrings Will Sing

    Spend time waking up and activating the hamstrings with some cramptastic mobility work. Then find some blissful ease in your new found range in your forward folds. Great as a post Squat session or when you need some hamstring love!

  • 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...

  • Reach for the Sky

    Sometimes you have to reach farther! Here’s a sweet little opportunity to test how your eyes are working in partnership with your spine and pelvis. We will strengthen our shoulders, isolate our pelvis, and explore powerful overhead reach. Then we will investigate side angle pose and culminate the...

  • 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...