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WHY BUILD STRENGTH?
We all want to feel strong. Physical strength helps us to move better, reduces the risk of injury and illness. We feel stronger, more courageous and more resilient when we have inner as well as outer strength. You may be surprised that yoga really can help us to build inner and outer strength for our daily lives, as well as helping us to achieve some of more fiesty poses, and inversions. Building strength can feel daunting. This course of yoga classes specifically to help you to build strength is perfect if warmer days are inspiring you to build your strength but you’re not sure where to start. We focus on core and upper body strength and offer you classes and tutorials to help you build your strength and then invite you to try out your stronger body in classes that will offer you just the right degree of physical challenge. With yoga, you can apply your strength through stronger arm balances or inversions.
This course offers:
- 28 classes
- Suitable for mobile, physically fit improvers and advanced yoga practitioners
- Classes to build upper body and core strength
- Strategies to tackle fear of advanced inversions
- Classes to understand alignment for more advanced poses
- Live discussions on strength building with our teachers including Adam Hocke on 30 June in our movers' group
- Opportunity to practice with other movers: We start together on 29 June 2020 where you can join the Movers group for group inspiration and support. Or go at your own pace in your own time.
Daytime Energy Boost
27:25 | Clive Fogelman
This vinyasa yoga class is perfect for getting yourself moving when you need an energising boost! With a focus on your core, this is a great way to start the day by creating strength in your body. It will also help shift your state of mind if you feel like you need to cultivate more dynamic energy into your day. This class has a mindful, core focus on the abdominals so is great if you’re looking to build core strength in a mindful way.
Hit The Wall Hatha
31:00 | Adam Hocke
A complete hatha yoga class at the wall with alignment focus. The wall is a fabulous prop to give us support and give us feedback on our alignment, so move your mat to the wall for this fun and revealing complete practice. As you use the wall's support and feedback, you will learn much about the way you transmit force through your body and where there may be imbalances and inefficiencies in your alignment. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to invert, twist, and stretch with more leverage and depth. Meet your new favourite prop! You will also need a chair.
All About Your Core
24:05 | Naomi Absalom
A lovely slow flow which won't let you forget your strong core. With variations for beginners and advanced core-travellers this flow is ideal for creating strength and stability in the lower back as the abs strengthen.
Create a Steady & Strong Yoga Foundation
49:07 | Zephyr Wildman
Learn how to stay safe during your yoga class; how to be strong and engage the correct muscles when you do your yoga practice. This sequence breaks down some basic biomechanics; learn how to engage the glutes and core in your practice to stabilise your yoga.This is a slightly different way to practice a yoga class. It encourages a greater control while in yoga poses and more of an even distribution of work for the whole body. The results is a refinement of body, mind and energy. You will need a strap and a belt.
|49:07||Zephyr Wildman||All Levels|
Ashtanga Slowed Down
01:18:41 | Corrie Ananda
A full Ashtanga yoga class, but slowed down and with all the detail! If you're new to Ashtanga and are looking for detailed instruction through the full flow, this soft flow Ashtanga yoga flow for beginners is for you. Also a great tutorial style Ashtanga class for seasoned Ashtangis who want some more alignment detail from your class.
Glute and Core Strength
32:00 | Zephyr Wildman
A strengthening workout for the glutes, pelvic area and core, perfect for yogis who are often over-mobile - this sequence will help to prevent injury. Great for those who those of us who sit all day who have weak or under-used glutes, we really do need this class to strengthen and prevent back pain. Also a great class for those with diastasis recti from pregnancy and/or weak piriformis/glutes (which is most of us!) -but be ready for the burn. This sequence is focused on the hip stabilisers and core muscle relationship providing a stable base for the spine to advance in asana.
Abdominal Conditioning Workout
26:11 | Andrew McGonigle
A tutorial and practice working on the different abdominal muscles including a full workout of of the abdominal muscles that support our core stability and the lumbar spine. This pilates-inspired class focuses on strengthening each layer of the abdominal muscles. You will need a blanket or a cushion.
|26:11||Andrew McGonigle||All Levels|
Learn Crow Pose
11:25 | Adam Hocke
A workshop-style tutorial class in which Adam will help you develop your bakasana (crow or crane pose) practice with three different training variations. We will explore this shape in varying orientations to help you develop the requisite skills to execute it well. If this pose is difficult for you, you will find a path forward or learn some options on what to do instead. You will need a block.
Crow (1) Understanding the Forgotten Handstand
12:17 | Daniel Peppiatt
Crow (or Bakasana) is a handstand, although not many of us every consider this! It forms the basis of all hand balances and in this session we take look at the many factors that make crow a challenging position and how we might overcome these and refine our crow pose if we already have one. You may need 2 blocks.
|12:17||Daniel Peppiatt||All Levels|
Crow (2) Flowing Towards Flight
19:47 | Daniel Peppiatt
In this video we look at how we might go about best preparing the body and mind for crow pose. Once we understand the individual elements at play in this fun but challenging posture we can create a logical progression to perfect the pose in our own special way. With wrist, arm and core warm ups and moving into one leg crow. You may need a block.
Inversions For Fearlessness
13:50 | Zephyr Wildman
Face your fears in this short but sweet class. Try some challenging inversions but always with the safety of the wall and plenty of time to recover inbetween. Ends with a gorgeous and well deserved relaxation.
Upside Down At The Wall
06:13 | Adam Hocke
Practise handstand, forearm-stand and headstand at the wall with support and guidance. Straightforward and direct, we will go step-by-step through the progression of these postures with the support of the wall. Add this to your daily practice (remembering it takes time to develop these postures!) or whenever you need a reminder.
Vinyasa to inversion
25:19 | Sylvia Garcia
A fast-moving vinyasa designed to get you ready to handstand, mostly with core work, plenty of vinyasa, ideal to practice before one of our Handstand classes in the Handstand Challenge, or for your own handstand practice. Without a cool-down, you will need a twisting and backbending sequence as well as a savasana after this class. We think that adding a yin or restorative class onto the end instead of, or after your handstands is just perfect!
A Frame In Which To Fly
01:16:37 | Lizzie Reumont
An uplifting class involving balances and inversions while exploring space and boundaries. This practice is mostly at the wall so make sure you have access to a clear wall space.
Building Strength for Inversions
43:39 | Kristin Campbell
Set yourself up for success in inversions like handstand, forearm stand and headstand! This is a preparatory practices for inversions and will emphasise the component parts of these poses; so what needs to be opened, warmed up, strengthened and educated. Learn to warm up the hamstrings and wrists, engage the core, stabilise the shoulders and root into the earth. If you wish to build on this practice, you can do so with Kristen's tadasana and headstand tutorials. If you wish to continue your practice, you can do so with a savasana. You may need a strap and two blocks.
25:18 | Nikita Akilapa
A strong vinyasa flow class that cultivates and amplifies strength of body, heart and mind. Lean into your own power to start the day with some home-grown magic. This class focuses on building core strength, you'll need resilience in body and mind, perfect to prepare for the day ahead.
Finding Strength & Flexibility
52:56 | Jean Hall
In this strong, challenging vinyasa yoga class we explore the edge of flexibility and mobility. Learn to be strong as well as flexible, challenge your boundaries and progress your strength, mobility, flexibility and balance through both the upper and lower body and into the core. This yoga class builds gradually and gracefully from the ground through to flowing sun salutes, arm balances, standing poses, into the peak pose of Utthita Vasisthasana. You will need a strap.
Balance and stability flow
59:11 | Jonelle Lewis
A beautiful grounding yoga class with a very gentle start, moving into a dynamic flow. It starts with Jonelle’s Get Grounded Prep class; combining myofascial release for the feet, qigong and yin yoga. Then, it progresses into Jonelle’s strong but mindfully paced Earth Mandala vinyasa flow. It is perfect for the start of the day to wake the body up and connect to the new day. Use it to develop balance, stability and a maintain a connection to the earth. You will need a tennis ball, strap and bricks.
36:37 | Zephyr Wildman
Dynamic core sequence which will challenge the strongest yogi or athlete and give strength to the rest of us. Zephyr brings real spirit to this core practice, prepare to work.
Effort Without Struggle
57:14 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
In doing yoga, we can learn from the Buddha’s wisdom of working with right effort. This practice will look at how we can move through a practice and learn to identify when we’re putting in healthy effort, or when our effort feels a bit more like a struggle! There will be some strong arm balances like one-legged crow (eka pada galavasana) where we can play our edge, but also moments of surrender. Hope you enjoy it.
Flow Towards Freedom: Vibrant Vitality
35:21 | Lucy McCarthy
A fabulous, uplifting, awakening yoga class to super-charge your life force energy! This class will leave you feeling bright, alert and ready for action. Including breathwork, kapalabhati breathwork some juicy core work, and the peak of royal dancer with a strap. This class is all about connecting to your life force energy, prana, and tuning into to its power potency, and is a wonderful class to get you moving in the morning!
|35:21||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
30 min of Power
29:01 | Dylan Ayaloo
A fantastic full-on power yoga class but made shorter. A great idea if you're in a hurry. Join the yoga party whether you're an improver or intermediate, Dylan offers modifications for you all. The classic power warm-up with added twists, forward bends, back bends and inversions. So whether you’re waking up or on your lunch break you'll get your full yoga class.
Rocket Happy Hour
01:06:33 | Katarina Rayburn
This dynamic vinyasa yoga class is Rocket Yoga - an energetic and invigorating practice which has its roots in Ashtanga vinyasa. Expect something similar to Ashtanga, but with more flight, more variety and perhaps a little more fire than you'd get from a primary series class. This class is fast moving, after sun salutes you'll have the opportunity to get into crow pose, and then plenty of more advanced postures such as arm balances and inversions but modifications will be given. Linking breath and movement, this dynamic class will leave you with a sense of play, fun and you'll certainly feel it. Come with an open and playful mind; leave your ego behind and don't be afraid to fly or fall! You will need two bricks.
Arm Balance Party
38:08 | Adam Hocke
This full vinyasa yoga class aims to make arm balances fun and accessible for everybody. Go step by step into the poses, including crow, side crow, and side plank variations, together with modifications or alternative paths to the full yoga pose if it doesn’t happen today. You will need a yoga brick and a good sense of humour.
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.
Vinyasa for cultivating fearlessness
55:13 | Leila Sadeghee
A fast-moving yoga class which takes us to the edge of expansion and creativity, taking us to the edges - the polar opposites of the connection to life as 'always becoming' and experience life as 'always being'. A swift, heated sequence but with holding energy. Plenty of lovely creative sequencing, lots of strength, twists and fun. You may need a block and a strap.
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!
Arm balances: Strength & Power
47:46 | Leila Sadeghee
Challenge yourself with Leila’s slow burn dynamic sequence, building strength in the shoulders and core guided smoothly by the breath. Leila preps the body with deep twists, ”˜jack-knife’ hand stand and intense hip openers like 10 O’ Clock splits (wide hanumansana) ”“ all in preparation for the big arm balances to come.