BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 25 March '16

Yeo Valley puts Bio Live yoghurt and a dose of yoga on the menu

Yeo Valley - Organic Yoghurt Yeo Valley family farm is already on a mission to deliver ‘great taste, the right way’ – so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the new Bio Live packs, which hit supermarket shelves this month, are made with no added refined sugar.

For those of you who know a bit about the company, it’ll also come as no surprise that the launch spurred Yeo Valley staff to make wider improvements to their health and wellbeing. We’re not talking hardcore gym workouts and crash diets: having a laugh is as central as the soil to life at Yeo Valley HQ. Instead, staff were inspired to have some fun and burn some energy with their very own morning Yeo-ga session.

Here are some of our favourite poses – click here for more, and share your own Yeo-ga pics using #ahealthieryeo!

‘As organic farmers we are only too aware how the balance in the soil of water, air, humus and bacteria is critical to the health and wellbeing of the plants we grow and the animals that eat those plants. Applying the same holistic approach to our own wellbeing comes as second nature.’

Tim Mead, owner of Yeo Valley family farm

Yeo-ga for breakfast - Pitchfork

Pitchfork

Benefits: Awareness of standing posture, as well as shoulder mobility and chest opening.

Breathe in and lift arms up and wide, with the elbows bent. Feel your shoulder blades squeeze back and down to mobilise the shoulders and open the chest.

Yeo-ga for breakfast - Dog

Dog

Benefits: Stretches out the backs of your legs, opens your shoulders, lengthens the spine.

From your hands and knees, tuck your toes under and lift your hips to the sky. Spread your fingers out and push the floor away. Feel your hips lift up and back. Keeping your hips high, gently press your heels towards the ground. You should feel the stretch down the backs of your legs.


Yeo-ga for breakfast - Pig in the mud

Pig in the mud

Benefits: Lower back release and hip opening.

Lie on your back. Bend your knees and bring them in towards the sides of your ribcage. Keeping your knees bent, direct your feet to the sky. Hold on to your feet with your hands, or hold on to your ankles or legs. See if you can get your lower back to press softly into the ground. Gently rock side to side, whilst smiling, to release your lower back.


Yeo-ga for breakfast - Stargazing

Stargazing

Benefits: Rest.

Come to a restful position on the ground. Make sure you are as comfortable as you can be – with legs straight or bent and arms resting on the floor or your belly. Take a deep breath in and allow your body to relax as you breathe out. Start with your eyes open, as if you are gazing up at the stars, and then slowly allow your eyes to close whilst still seeing the stars in your mind. Just rest and breathe.

Click here for Yeo Valley’s full Yeo-ga workout.