Get Back to Your Mat
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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. After a long summer of rest and falling out of our usual routines your body and mind will benefit from getting back to a movement practice 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.
This two-week course is perfect for:
- All Levels
- Supports you in building a habit
- 14 classes
WHY GET BACK TO THE MAT NOW?
After summer, we can all feel sluggish and it feels like an extra effort to get on the mat. Yet this is a great time to make yoga a habit. As the days are starting to get shorter, and the holidays have most likely meant that you have had a pause in your regular routine. This shift in energy can give you extra impetus to recommit to yoga and to get an extra boost in forming new habits. 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 14 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 Minutes 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 ourselvef.
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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Ease into Your Day
23:24 | Lucy McCarthy
This gentle hatha yoga classes eases us into the day, but is great for any time of day. This class will gently and slowly allow us to feel integrated and grounded, ready for the day. With plenty of supine hip openers, some standing and balancing poses and closing with a calming savasana, ready for the day.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Energised
19:26 | Clive Fogelman
This energising hatha yoga class is a great boost to start our day with vitality. This class is largely flow based with awakening and energising movements to make us feel strong and motivated as we continue into the rest of your day.
|19:26||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
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|
Detox, Breathe And Energise
16:15 | Lucy McCarthy
A breath-work (pranayama) and twisting class designed to get sluggish digestive systems working. Great to help detox, or eliminate stagnant energy as well as for improving the circulation, this class is great for simple explanations of breath-work techniques. Perfect for after travel or for during a cleansing/detox programme.
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.
29:11 | Ava Riby-Williams
An open level meditation practise to balance the soothing and intense energies within you. Using this mediation, we invite you to rest in the peaceful ground of being, getting under all the layers of your personality and lived experience to discover your blissful stillness. This space is the ground of your consciousness and your true identity. You may wish to sit on a cushion or in a chair with a blanket for support during this practice.
Qigong for Nourishing the Heart
23:29 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
In addition to pumping and circulating our blood tirelessly all day long, our hearts also work to metabolise all life experience. As such, it deserves to be nurtured and appreciated. This is exactly what we will do in this qigong class! Qigong Fire element meridian forms are followed by practices that cultivate playful intentions and healing energy. All forms will be done standing, but they can also be done seated. No mat necessary! All levels of mobility welcome, these practices are accessible to all bodies.
|23:29||Mimi Kuo-Deemer||All Levels|
Gentle Floor Flow
15:19 | Zephyr Wildman
A gentle, floor based yoga flow to gently re-invigorate and re-energise your body. Ideal for after a long day when you'd like to re-energise gently, or if you'd like a gentle start to your day. Thanks to Fabletics for their clothing.
Yoga for Every Body: Bend and Twist
30:53 | Kate Walker
There’s no need to fear backbends in this accessible flowing yoga class that builds to various poses, including side bends, twists, backbends and forward bends for all over improved spinal mobility.
|30:53||Kate Walker||All Levels|
Rise and Shine
16:15 | Clive Fogelman
This class that can be done at work, in a hotel or when you're on the go - there’s no need for a mat. A perfect morning class, mid-day refresher or pre-yoga class warmup; there’s just ten movements to kick off your day, mobilise, find balance, strength and to feel alive! Working from top to toe, you will leave this class feeling grounded, awakened, and energised. When you haven’t got much time but want to fit a quick practise in to kick off your day this is the one for you.
|16:15||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
Morning Routine: Tap, Shake and Stretch
30:40 | Norman Blair
A perfect morning routine, suitable for all bodies. Start the day with shaking! Great for getting the blood circulating. Then some body tapping which wakes up the yin channels of the body and feels just great. Arm movements wake up the body, then Yin Yoga stretches on the ground to gently stretch out the body to wake up gently. You don't need a yoga mat.
|30:40||Norman Blair||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.
Harmonising Effort and Ease – Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation
29:27 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
The Buddha emphsised using right effort in our actions and intentions in meditation and life. This practice looks at how we can approach strength building practices, especially in the legs, using right effort so that we create more space for awareness and less reactivity. We’ll also explore the idea in qigong of using intention, not force – or yong yi, buyong l – and apply it through a blend of yoga and qigong forms to explore how we can harmonise effort and ease.
Rise and Shine 2
15:30 | Clive Fogelman
Rise and Shine, again! The second in the Rise and Shine series, back due to popular demand. Really simple 10 movements to gently start the day. No need for a yoga mat, these are movements to increase circulation and joint mobility with a little bit of strength. All from standing. Use it as a warm up for other classes or in the morning to get the body going. Equally good as a midday energiser or at the end of the day if you've been sitting for long periods or driving. A great way to break up the dy and feel more refreshed, centered and focused for the day ahead.
|15:30||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|