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FRAZZLE FREE FESTIVITIES
If In the northern hemisphere, as ever-darkening days lead us to the winter solstice we mark the season with lights and merry-making. Our bodies take their cue from nature and urge us to take a step back and hibernate. Our course offers support at this busy time of year with plenty of restorative and yin classes to allow you to give in to the urge to rest and restore. We have classes to warm you from the inside as you go about your December errands and we help you to find joy in this special season where we celebrate the special bonds for those we love and the joy of the communities we live in. Gather your bolsters, pillows, cushions and blankets, light your candles, roll out your mat and join us for a month of frazzle-free festivities:
This course is:
- Open level with most classes available to most able bodies
- 32 classes to take you from 1 December to 1 January
- Restorative and winter focussed
Go Slow Floor Flow
36:02 | Jean Hall
Beautiful slow sequence, all based on the floor so you can release bodily tension into gravity. Take your time, resist the temptation to speed up and enjoy this rejuvenating flow which is perfect for any time when you need to look after yourself and restore peace and serenity in your life.
Inner Axis - All Levels
59:50 | Max Strom
Inner Axis is new wellbeing movement class developed by Max Strom and deals directly with stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness. It is gentle and graceful, utilising breath-based yoga inspired movement, inspiring visualizations, and immediately effective relaxation techniques. It is accessible to all fitness levels. A very calming practice, a great antidote for stressful modern lives. (There is no chanting or sanskrit.)
Flow And Restore
41:51 | Lucy McCarthy
A delicious balanced practice to both uplift and relax you - a grounding and steadying class, to prepare for a deep, restful sleep. Beginning with a steady nourishing flow and leading to big rejuvenation through restorative yoga poses. A yin and yang practice to bring you into balance. You will need a bolster, two bricks, a strap and an eye bag.
|41:51||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony
26:26 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Finding Harmony is the first of three classes in the series of Qigong and Restorative Yoga. It focuses on harmonising breath, body movement and the balance of yin and yang. It can be hard to find harmony in our lives of conflicting needs and priorities. Class starts with active qigong and then go on to a relaxing restorative yoga class. Ideally, have a yoga bolster and two blankets. Alternatively, you can also use a sofa cushion and two bed pillows.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance
26:56 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
This is the second class in the three-part series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga. The first part of this class is a qigong elemental practice that will help balance the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in your constitution. We will then do some quieting restorative practices to finish. You’ll want to have a yoga bolster or sofa cushion and a blanket.
Yoga for Self Care
01:29:01 | Clive Fogelman
It's time to get seriously comfy! This relaxation class is about taking some time and space for yourself. Perhaps you feel really busy and overwhelmed. Maybe you have been ill recently. Maybe you have been helping others a lot and now it’s time to look after yourself. Starting with self-massage, and then with relaxation, this is an opportunity for nurturing ourselves and creating deep nourishment and replenishment. You may need blankets, massage oils, a bolster and an eye pillow.
Evening Yin/Yang Flow
37:16 | Jonelle Lewis
A peaceful Yin/Yang flow to wind down and relax for the end of the day. With some spinal rolling and freeing, some poses from QiGong, some restorative and Yin poses, this fusion yoga class is a perfect way to wind down and relax at the end of the day, or for whenever you need to calm, nourish and restore yourself. The perfect self-care solution to our overwhelmed lives. You will need a bolster (or pillows), a blanket, 2 yoga bricks and a foam block and a strap.
|37:16||Jonelle Lewis||All Levels|
Winter Warmers: Yoga and Qigong for the Inner Fire" part I: kindling the fire
24:56 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Yoga and QiGong for kindling the inner fire. Movement and circulation for warming the body in the cooler months. With Sun Salutations and twists for firing the spirit up. This class will do the trick for any time you feel like you need a little extra fire in your life and is perfect for morning time.
Winter warmers Yoga and Qigong: Spirit Warming 2
21:01 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
The second part of Yoga and Qigong for warming the spirit. This is to warm your internal sun, the heart, to bring warmth to the heart, bringing sun salutes, Qigong, dancing warrior and backbends to cultivate energy. Perfect for winter mornings, this yoga class will give you that gentle pick me up.
Winter Warmers Yoga and Qigong: Spirit Warming 3 Settling the Spirit
23:11 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
This yoga and Qigong class is perfect for when you've had a frantic day and you need to settle your spirit. It's gentle mainly floor-based, so is great for the evenings to settle into the evening and to de-tangle your nerves and settle your spirit so that you can get stoked about the next thing... bed?!
|23:11||Mimi Kuo-Deemer||All Levels|
One Blanket Restorative
25:48 | Adam Hocke
Restorative yoga is so important. Give your body the chance to rest fully, even if you are limited on props. All you need for this restful practice is one blanket or towel. Through a handful of supported postures we will bring a calming awareness to body and breath. Great to calm you down when anxiety is high or when you are preparing for sleep.An essential daily practice for those overwhelmed and busy.
|25:48||Adam Hocke||All Levels|
36:44 | Adam Hocke
A slow flow yoga class which is perfect if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Adam's class is incredibly grounding. Move towards feeling stabilised and balance again by re-grounding anxious energy which embodies anxious mind and restless body. Learn to meet any anxiety with kindness by feeling its physical symptoms, not just the stories you may associate with it. We will use to the tools of yoga, including stilling our gaze and heightening our feelings of embodiment, to bring you back and re-ground you in the present moment. You will need a bolster and a block or a folded blanket.
Compassion through Slow Flow
55:22 | Bridget Woods-Kramer
In this mindfully slow-flow vinyasa yoga class, Bridget explores the theme of compassion to ourselves. Class starts with a 10 minute discussion reminding us the importance of being compassionate to ourselves. The asana is a slow flow which focuses on the hips, with plenty of lunging work and variation. There is an opportunity for a handstand suppported by the wall or a partner and class finishes with a long, nourishing guided relaxation. You may need a belt, a wall and a partner could be handy too!
41:40 | Jean Hall
A gentle, restorative class which is really nourishing to the fascia and cells of the body and is great for deep relaxation and stress-reduction as well as being a fantastic preparation for sleep.
01:01:00 | Adrianna Zaccardi
Anxiety, to various degrees, can be part of the human experience more frequently than we would like. You may practice this at any time of the day that feels best for you, knowing that this 1 hour long practice includes several poses that help soothe and support your nervous system without feeling overly exposed. I will be holding the space with you for the entire practice. It must be mentioned that this sequence is not a substitute for any professional support you may need. If your anxiety is at a point that is too much for you, then please seek additional support.
|01:01:00||Adrianna Zaccardi||All Levels|
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease
24:13 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Third in the series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga focuses on finding ease. This class opens the chest and shoulders. Often, ease eludes us because we feel tension, we feel stuck in our bodies. The qigong class starts with a qigong practice which fosters ease through tension release and heart-opening. We will then do some gentle restorative yoga practices to finish. You'll need a yoga bolster or sofa cushion, and a blanket for the restorative yoga.
Quiet Time 1: At Peace With Yourself
34:23 | Norman Blair
This Yin yoga practice is a great way of finding some quiet time, exploring the inner body and cultivating qualities of attention. You will hold poses for minutes whilst you focus on your breathing and your inner world. You will need two blocks.
|34:23||Norman Blair||All Levels|
Pranayama To Calm
17:02 | Bridget Woods-Kramer
A pranayama (or breath-work) class to teach various breathing techniques which create a sense of calm. These are wonderful techniques to use when life is challenging, or when you're facing a more stressful time in your life.
|17:02||Bridget Woods-Kramer||All Levels|
Unwind & Declutter
40:03 | Catherine Annis
A simple, Scaravelli class which teaches us how yoga can help to empty us. This class is perfect if you're feeling busy, anxious or overwhelmed. Just as we create space and de-clutter our house, it's also useful to de-clutter our minds and bodies as you move towards stillness. This class is almost entirely supine, working with bridge position - just exploring the space in the pelvis, the spine and the shoulders, and stretching hamstrings, then we move into standing postures . You will need a strap and a blanket.
12:09 | Lucy McCarthy
This short class will restore your body to wellness after any time you feel you have been treating it badly. This gentle class will stimulate your liver and kidneys and relax your nervous system with very gentle yoga and breathing techniques. You will need a block. Thanks to Asquith London for their clothing!
01:06:00 | Adrianna Zaccardi
Although we may believe the restorative yoga is best before bed, this practice has been designed for you to practice first thing in the morning, so that you may experience the level of presence and vitality as it filter through your day. Granted this may be on the weekend, but do try it and experience first hand your vitality through this nourishing restorative practice.
Twist Into Joy
20:53 | Zephyr Wildman
Enjoy a class full of fluid movements and plenty of juicy twists. Guaranteed to leave you feeling more open and happy. Get ready to feel creative, speak the truth and be heard in the world.
Blossoming into Joy
11:34 | Lizzie Reumont
A short, gentle hatha yoga class, perfect to start the day, or for whenever you need a short burst of rejuvenation. You're planing new seeds of joy and lightness into your day. With a focus on long, steady breaths, and holding the poses, you'll find rejuvenation throughout your cells to help you to blossom into lightness and joy, fully refreshed.
The Sacred Pause
37:14 | Adrianna Zaccardi
The shorter, darker days are coming, this practice is an invitation to honour the call to pause. In this practice we will be exploring savasana’s variations, where you can fully rest. Note: if you are pregnant, I would advise remaining in the first pose of this sequence for the length of this. Unless you are still in the first trimester and feel comfortable transitioning onto your back for the second pose.
|37:14||Adrianna Zaccardi||All Levels|
Breath and Peace
13:13 | Daniel Peppiatt
A chilled and relaxing short breathing yoga class perfect for Christmas day, or whenever your life is busy and a bit overwhelming. With this class you'll be able to take some time out for yourself and return your breath back to a natural efficient pattern, preparing you for the challenges that the day and that the festive period can bring.
Rest and Digest
35:19 | Andrea Kwiatkowski
A Yin Yoga class to calm and aid the digestive system at the end of the day. This class is perfect for after a stressful day at work, after travelling (especially long-haul flights) and if you want to detox to aid your digestive system. This is not suitable for pregnancy or if you have an existing stomach condition.
Supported Practice for Slow Days
31:32 | Liz Lark
A restorative sequence featuring passive inversions to relax the brain. Attention is turned inward and focus turned on the breath to calm and restore the nervous system. This practice will be perfect for relaxing you before bed, but also great practice if you've done your exercise or 100 sun salutations and just want the yoga to work its magic. You will need access to a wall, blocks and a bolster.
Total Body Recharge
01:06:02 | Joo Teoh
A very peaceful yoga class to have you fully relaxed and restored. With just a few restorative poses and all held for several minutes, this class is a wonderfully healthy way to recharge after a busy day. With minimal instruction during the long holds, this class is conducive to deeply recharging and letting go. Rather than getting ready for bed, this class will have you restored and recharged afterwards. After deep relaxation, we finish standing tall, refreshed and recharged. Although class calls for two bolsters, one bolster and rolled blankets or cushions will work just as well.
|01:06:02||Joo Teoh||All Levels|
Yoga Nidra with Dan
32:54 | Daniel Peppiatt
Yoga Nidra: A half hour guided yoga nidra, with an emphasis on connection to the breath, grounding in the physical body and body based visualisation.
|32:54||Daniel Peppiatt||All Levels|
Homecoming To Wholeness Relaxation Meditation
10:11 | Lucy McCarthy
A deeply relaxing meditation journey through the give layers to leave you deeply relaxed and holistically connecting you to your entire being. Wonderful as a savasana, or anytime you need to pause, re-set and relax.
|10:11||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
Cultivating Our Inner Light
42:26 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
A beautiful flow to open the heart, warm the back and still the mind. In the Yoga Sutra, the busy mind is described as quieting down through a number of ways: lengthening the breath, concentration on objects, or on experiences in deep sleep or dream states. It is also suggested that the mind can be quieted by concentration on the ever-present source of light that is believed to dwell inside the human heart. This light grows brighter when we do practices – like polishing a jewel that begins to shine and reflects the light all around it. We’ll look at ways to work with sunlight and moonlight in this fluid vinyasa-based sequence, and help awaken the source of light within each of us.
New Year Refreshing Sequence
15:11 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
A short sequence that will leave you refreshed and energised. Includes twists, stretches, side plank for strengthening and backbends to open your heart and help you look forward.