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WHAT IS HAPPINESS?
Have you ever thought about what happiness is? Most of us don’t pause to give it a second thought, but happiness or our sense of joy, contentment and well-being is intertwined with all sorts of other emotions like joy, pride, zest, patience, kindness and gratitude. This course explores these qualities through dynamic flow and invites you to cultivate the many qualities that make our lives feel meaningful, worthwhile and satisfying.
This course is:
- 11 classes
- Suitable for intermediate / advanced students
- Vinyasa Flow
Yoga For Happiness (1): Honesty
37:42 | Nikita Akilapa
This is the first class in Nikita's Yoga for Happiness Series. This is a nourishing and supportive, mindfully paced vinyasa flow yoga class. A perfect to start your day with mindfulness, openness and honesty. With slowness to the flow comes depth of feeling and depth of breath. This class isn't complicated, but it does require that you come to the mat being honest with yourself, your needs or your limits; the boundaries being set by the body. Enjoy a simple, well rounded flow class where you'll find you're able to build self-kindness and self-confidence through an honest acceptance of your body in the here and now. The Yoga For Happiness Series is designed to help us move towards self-acceptance - meeting ourselves where we are, as we are, without judgement. This set of nourishing and supportive classes will invite you to really see yourself, both on and off the mat.
|37:42||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Yoga For Happiness (2): Gratitude
34:30 | Nikita Akilapa
Adopting an attitude of gratitude is a game-changer for journeying into joy. Gratitude for your breath and your body; gratitude for your relationships and experiences; gratitude for who you are and what you bring to the world; gratitude for the opportunity to see yourself clearly and non judgementally. This beautifully paced and sequenced vinyasa flow yoga class has shoulder and upper back opening focus, great to release tight shoulders and stiffness in the upper back and perfect to open the heart to gratitude. This class is about shifting from our habitual responses. You will need two bricks.
Yoga For Happiness (3): Patience
48:57 | Nikita Akilapa
In this yoga class, Nikita will take you through a slow vinyasa flow with a focus on patience. If you are able to see with honesty where you are, you are able to grow from this point of awareness. But growth doesn't necessarily happen quickly. Expansions will happen a a rate and pace that feels appropriate to the body, the heart, the mind. When we rush, when we push too far too fast, we can often be met with some form of shut-down. Without any harsh judgement of yourself, consider the ways that you could be more patient. It could be moving more slowly on the commute, it could be by allowing your loved ones to do things in their own way at their own pace. Where can you afford to introduce some more patience to your life? You may need a brick.
|48:57||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Yoga For Happiness (4): Kindness
30:41 | Nikita Akilapa
In this gentle vinyasa yoga class, the focus is on ahimsa (non violence). In the body, we can work with soft negotiation rather than force or brutality. In the mind, we can be aware of the tone with which we speak to ourselves. Pay attention to what you ask of your body in today's practice; notice when you are forcing it to do something it doesn't want to do / ignoring or overriding body wisdom. Pay attention to the internal dialogue and notice the tone of internal dialogue. Make a note of any recurring thoughts. Finally, write a mantra, something supportive and loving, that you can repeat to yourself (e.g. you are perfect as you are).
|30:41||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Positive Psychology Yoga (1): Zest
28:57 | Mercedes Sieff
This is the first of Mercedes' Positive Psychology infused vinyasa yoga sequences! Zest is a way of approaching life - it's an energy but also a way of cultivating a positive approach to problems. This fast and fun vinyasa flow is not for attaining each pose, but about keeping a positive outlook even through challenge. This yoga class leads to advanced arm balance s- perfect for a well-rounded, energy-filled start to the day. But do be careful and only practice within your body's limitations. Remember that this class is about working on your an approach to poses and building courage rather than achievement!
Positive Psychology Series (2): Patience
35:49 | Mercedes Sieff
Patience is one of the six character traits to focus on in positive psychology. This yoga class class features long hip opening holds interfused with some creative vinyasa and balance. A perfect class for those of us who are sedentary.
Positive Psychology Series (3): Resilience
30:16 | Mercedes Sieff
A fun, fast, feisty vinyasa yoga class where we learn to build grit; the ability to get back up when you fall. Expect new and creative ways of dynamic sequencing, arm balances and inversions infused into this power flow. A great class to try something new and challenging! You're not looking to achieve perfect poses here, but to try to do what your body is able to do, and build resilience in the process. Do listen to your body though! If class is too fast-moving and feisty, and goes to poses which aren't suitable for you, take rest pose or listen to your body and modify the pose to bespoke the practice for your own body and capabilities.
Positive Psychology Series (4): Gratitude
09:54 | Mercedes Sieff
A short, easy to follow meditation class focusing on curating more gratitude for what we have versus longing for what we don’t, a very important characteristic to help cultivate positivity in our lives.
|09:54||Mercedes Sieff||All Levels|
Positive Psychology Series (5): Creativity
15:23 | Mercedes Sieff
In the final yoga class of the Positive Psychology Series, the sequence focuses on creativity. This is a beautifully creative and fiesty vinyasa yoga sequence with plenty of variations and dance-like movements to cultivate creativity. You will need a strap.
Happiness Toolkit Part 1
17:49 | Sylvia Garcia
A heart-opening practice with back-bends, giving yourself space to focus on here and now.
|17:49||Sylvia Garcia||All Levels|
Happiness Toolkit Part (2): Hip Openers
19:59 | Sylvia Garcia
The second part of the Happiness Toolkit are poses to lift your mood. The focus here is on hip-opening, perfect if you have a sedentary job or have been travelling a lot, or are an athlete and have been working on your strength. This flexibility class gives strong hamstring stretches, forward bends, and hip opening in pigeon pose. An all levels class. Beginners will need to be disciplined and not explore the 'edges' of all the modifications. Intermediates have plenty of modifications to keep their flexibility challenged!