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GET BACK TO YOUR MAT
If your yoga practice has lapsed, or you’ve never been able to build yoga into your daily routine, when is the best time to get back to the mat? Now. September is the perfect time for making and sticking to resolutions and you have extra support from nature to help you too! Your body and mind will benefit from getting back to a movement routine but it can be hard to make yoga a habit. We understand; we really do. We understand the commitment and adjustment it can take to build in yoga around a busy life with work and family commitments. We have put this course together especially for you, selecting classes that you can readily fit into your day and selecting seasonal favourites to support you in making yoga a part of your routine. Our tips will support you as you build yoga into your life everyday and here is a class from Lucy McCarthy to get you started.
This two-week course is perfect for:
- All Levels
- Supports you in building a habit
- 15 classes
WHY GET BACK TO THE MAT IN SEPTEMBER?
September marks the end of long, lazy summer days. Children head back to school, workplaces fill up and we move towards the autumn equinox. This shift in energy can give you extra impetus to recommit to yoga and to get an extra boost in forming new habits. As the weather changes, it is easier to re-focus; we relinquish the heat and passion of summer and find it easier to slow down and make space for what matters to us. Traditionally in Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, autumn is dominated by airy, spacey elements and the body yearns for the steadiness and stability of routine. The slower pace of the season gives you the time and space to make and stick to a schedule. It is a good time to slow down in your yoga too and reflect the more introspective nature of the season, perhaps trying yin or restorative yoga, introducing meditation and maybe a slow mindful flow. Focussing on yourself and your wellbeing can feel soothing. By making your yoga match your mood, you are more likely to stick to it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We have selected 15 classes all under 30 minutes so that you can schedule this into your diary. The classes in this course are accessible to all levels and include steadying, balancing and grounding classes which allow you to slow down and begin to form a habit. We have included different styles of yoga so you can explore what will work for you in the long term and we’ve included classes suitable for different times of the day, so you can experiment with what works best for you. By finding your sweet spot, you will find it easier to commit to yoga long-term.
WHY LITTLE AND OFTEN?
Doing something little and often makes it easier. By committing to doing some yoga every day you are laying down a healthy new pattern and in the long term, you will find this is more effective than doing a two-hour class once a fortnight. Pushing yourself hard once will not support you in developing a daily discipline. By carving out time for yourself which you guard, you are also making sure that you are prioritising your wellbeing. You can also support yourself in making this habit by scheduling in your class just before or after you regularly do something so that your yoga becomes an extension of your other regular activity.
HOW TO PRACTICE AT HOME AND FORM A HABIT THAT LASTS
We think that with a little planning, the rewards of doing yoga at home are so much richer because you do your yoga on your own terms. So here are our suggestions:
- Schedule in your yoga class
- Make a Movelist
- Set Your Alarm Clock a little earlier
- Write it into your diary
- Show up for your class - if you'd booked in at a studio, you'd turn up. Treat your class at home in the same way.
- Find an accountability buddy and make sure they check in with you
- If you really, honestly can't squeeze in half an hour for our suggested class, don't be hard on yourself. That's OK, but do pick a shorter class from our Under 10 Mins selection
- The trick to forming a habit is not to miss a day, no matter how busy you are. Everyone can fit in under 10 minutes to take care of yourself.
- Do a quick body and mind scan before and after your class. When you can feel the benefits from your practice, you'll be more likely to take the time to schedule it in for tomorrow.
- Reward yourself
Making it easier to get started also helps you to form a habit. You might want to find a space in your home that you can regularly do your yoga in. It doesn’t have to be a dedicated space, but perhaps find somewhere uncluttered where you can easily roll out your yoga mat. You don’t want to use your precious time, tidying your space.
LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS
Finally, Let go of your expectations: you will feel different each day. Accept what you find and use the class as an opportunity to connect with what is going on for yourself. Finally, remember the important thing is that you do yoga. You don’t need a mat or special props or clothes. Use and adapt what you have at home.
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Good Morning Flow
21:10 | Kirsty Norton
An energising way to start the day! A short, playful vinyasa yoga class ideal for the mornings. You will open up the backs of the legs and release tight hip flexors. Waking up the body and helping circulation, this vinyasa yoga class is a great way to make sure your day flows. Thanks to Wellicious for their gorgeous clothing!
Salutations To This Day
21:51 | Kristin Campbell
Start your day the right way with a beautiful slow-flow vinyasa yoga class with variations of Sun salutations to uplift and refresh your energy. A perfect morning yoga class, but great anytime you need an energy refresh!
Flow Towards Freedom: Bountiful Body
21:42 | Lucy McCarthy
A beautiful, well-round 20 minute flow yoga class to get you in your body finding joy from the simplicity of moving and breathing mindfully. Connect deeply to your body and the miracle that is it is with this wonderful, all-levels yoga class. You will need two bricks or blocks.
|21:42||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
Start Your Day The Yin Way
10:36 | Andrea Kwiatkowski
We often associate Yin Yoga with the afternoon or evenings, but it’s also a wonderful practice to start the day. This is a short Kidney meridian focused yin yoga class with just three Yin yoga poses and is a great bookend to a more yang class, or a prelude to morning meditation, and is great way to start the day when you’re short on time. You will need a bolster.
|10:36||Andrea Kwiatkowski||All Levels|
Be a Warrior Not a Worrier!
19:44 | Andrea Kwiatkowski
An alignment focused Hatha class based at the wall for standing poses, including the warrior poses. This class uses the wall, two yoga bricks and a strap to make sure that your standing poses are perfectly alighted for your body. The wall is used to give us information as to our alignment. This class is an invaluable tool for checking your standing pose alignment.
Wrist Free Flow
23:01 | Clive Fogelman
A gently challenging, all-levels class, that will have you engaging in space and listening carefully to your body as you move around your mat. A lovely standing flow which is entirely wrist free (no planks or downward dogs), perfect for those recovering from wrist and shoulder injuries or looking for some variety in their practice.
|23:01||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
After work - Energiser
16:48 | Lucy McCarthy
This is the perfect class if you’ve been sat at a desk all day and want to move off the day. Lucy leads a nice simple practice to release the shoulders, spine and hips.
End of Day Recharge
19:00 | Clive Fogelman
A great transition sequence to do at the end of a busy day if you’ve just got home from work or if you have been out doing lots of different things. Or if you want a little break during the day but don’t have much time or space this might be just what you need. It starts from standing then we move to all fours and finish on the back.
Dealing with Overwhelm
22:10 | Mollie McClelland Morris
Mollie shows us some really useful bodywork practices for when life just gets too tough and stressful, to create some space in your body, your tissues and your head. She uses tapping, breathwork and yoga - some of which you can learn and use at your desk for when life moves too fast. Optional prop: a blanket.
|22:10||Mollie McClelland Morris||Beginners|
Power to Go
20:01 | Dylan Ayaloo
Only 20 mins to spare from your busy schedule? Get some Power Yoga into your life. All levels - with improvers and advanced modifications. Time is now no excuse to get your heart pumping through power vinyasa and feel the flow
|20:01||Dylan Ayaloo||All Levels|
10 Min Meditation Break: Breath
11:03 | Clive Fogelman
A short mindfulness practise focusing on the breath that can be done anywhere, anytime, any place. This is great for steadiness, grounding and relaxation.
|11:03||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
Stoking the Fire
29:21 | Joo Teoh
Great for mornings, if you're lethargic or you have cold feet or hands. A gently awakening qi-gong and yoga fusion class designed to raise the body heat if you’re feeling cold or lethargic, perfect for getting moving on cold wintery mornings. Using a chair to increase accessibility. With fluid and heating qi gong poses to gently increase strength, stability and balance and yoga to increase flexibility. You will need a chair.
Evening Floor Based Flow
22:01 | Jean Hall
A mindfully paced, gentle, floor-based vinyasa to calm and relax you ready for a peaceful evening. Stretch out your hamstrings, give yourself relaxing neck and shoulder moves, stretch your upper back and shoulders and move with your breath. You will need a strap.
Soothe Your Soul
21:46 | Kirsty Norton
A gentle, nourishing way to start or end the day. A steady hatha yoga hip opener with focus on the breath, especially for moving into calm and to release any tension and anxiety. Perfect for post-travel, or after work unravelling of the body and mind.
|21:46||Kirsty Norton||All Levels|
Everybody Flows: You Need Savasana
22:51 | Adam Hocke
This class is perhaps the most important of yoga poses. Savasana, resting pose. This class will allow you to enter into, prop, and experience savasana, the final relaxation posture. After a short cool-down you will learn a few ways to prop savasana and will be offered some guidance into easing your mind into rest. Once set, we will stay together for fifteen minutes. You will need a couple blankets, a bolster or cushion, an eye-bag or a soft washcloth.
|22:51||Adam Hocke||All Levels|