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Established in 2015, Flow Tunbridge Wells has evolved through a unique partnership between husband and wife team, Ben Parker (BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine) & Lucy Parker (Senior Yoga Teacher, YAP) working alongside a talented group of dedicated and inspirational teachers and practitioners.
Ben & Lucy work closely together to support individuals through careful and specific rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of each client. Working with both Osteopathy and Yoga to find ease, comfort and optimal health.
From their beautiful, calm garden haven in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, they offer regular yoga classes, workshops, courses, trainings and retreats. Flow aims to help people to ‘self-evolve’, through deep inner work, meditation, reflection, observation and self-study.
The studio runs many regular workshops on interesting and specialist topics run by Internationally recognised teachers, many of whom are on MFML, including Liz Lark, Jean Hall and Alexander Filmer-Lorch. Ben & Lucy offer an annual Advanced Applied Anatomy course dedicated to support Yoga Teachers and Teachers training. This course aims to deepen their understanding of human anatomy which benefits their own movement practice as well as the safe, effective and coherent teaching of others.
They also run a bespoke and pioneering 330 hour Understanding Yoga Teacher Training course with 8 specialist teachers in their own field, including MFML teachers, Lucy & Ben Parker, Liz Lark and Alexander Filmer-Lorch. This in-depth training is only open to 12 students at a time with a new intake every 2 years. Flow is an hour from London by train or car so if you’re in London or nearby please do feel very welcome to visit. If not, please enjoy what Flow can offer you from the comfort of your own home through our special partnership with MFML. We invite you to stay unique, stay true and be you!
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Finding Strength & Flexibility
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.
Spinal Health: Somatic Flow
This mostly somatic class with yoga is for everyone and for any time of the day. It's perfect to get you set up for the day, with a focus on gentle movements to keep your spine healthy. Class starts with gentle somatic movements to sense the spine, which brings attention into tracing the pathway of the spine and its key movements which underpin spinal health and ease. Class then continues with flows through yoga movements drawing out the primary postural patterns of: flexion, extension, lateral, elongation, rotation and neutral spine. A class to add to your daily practice list for all-round back care and health!
Whole Body Awakening
If you're short for time, this yoga class is the perfect one for you. This class is a whole body awakening practice that is specifically focused on isolating, activating and mobilising the major joints and muscles in the body. This is a perfect all-rounded class in itself, but can also be used to warm up and prepare the body for dynamic and challenging poses.
Rainbow Vinyasa Purple(5): Transcendence
Rainbow Vinyasa Green/Blue(4): Free As A Bird
Fly like a bird and find freedom in this short but intense advanced vinyasa yoga class focusing on hip and shoulder opening. To achieve full variations of these yoga poses you may need to have already have warmed up with a less intense yoga class, perhaps try practicing the other classes in this Rainbow sequence to build up to this? This vinyasa is sequenced with variations on our usual bird poses, expect to fly into poses including pigeon, working with low lunges ready for bird of paradise, firefly (titibasana), side crane, then working with more shoulder opening to peacock pose, pincha mayarasana and then dropping back into wheel before shoulder stand variations. Enjoy the freedom!
Rainbow Vinyasa Yellow(3): Solar Yoga Flow
A perfect morning energiser yoga class. Invigorate with the focus of fire!! This Invigorating vinyasa yoga class starts with breathwork including Kapalbhati breathing. Try some eye yoga, and mudra to centre and clense. Then build tapas (heat and focus), with a creatively sequenced fire practice focusing on backbends, core work and twists.
Rainbow Vinyasa Orange(2): Water Element Flow
This all-levels vinyasa yoga class is beautifully creatively sequenced inspired by the water element. If you’d like to feel more flow in your life and enjoy a fluid vinyasa flow yoga class, you’ll love this energising but grounded flow in which we harness the water within the body to mobilise, move and flow.
Rainbow Vinyasa Red(1): Embodiment
A grounded yoga class focusing on rooting energy and bone stability. Warm up with gentle floor-based side bends, spinal twists and gentle somatic movement. Build stability and a strong and stable grounding as well as building bone strength with warrior sequences. Continue your strengthening yoga class with some challenging balances, this yoga class is wonderful to keep strong and healthy bones, helping to prevent osteoporosis. You will need a yoga block.
A gentle class in which we channel the butterfly energy and practice long, calming breaths ready to relax for the evening. With some Yin yoga poses and some restorative variations, this class will get you settled and ready to transform to your gentlest form. You will need a bolster, yoga block, strap or belt and eye mask if you have one.
Opening The Shoulders
The focus of this creatively-sequenced intermediate vinyasa is to release holding and tightness around the shoulders and reconnect the shoulders blades deep into the back. With an open chest, the heart can breathe more fully again. Working with back lengthening and strengthening poses this will help to create support, ease and poise. You will need a blanket (or rolled up yoga mat), 2 foams blocks and a strap.
Universal Teachings 10
The Fulcrum in the Middle. The final part of the Whizz through the Universal Teachings, is known as the law of the pendulum and acts on absolutely everything in our minds and in our lives. The meditation is about finding the neutral place in the middle. This meditation contains the essence of Alex's book ‘The Inner Power of Stillness'. This is the law that is the ‘master practice’ that transforms the universal knowledge into a living reality.
Gentle Vinyasa: Butterfly Metamorphosis
This transformative, gentle vinyasa is perfect for early evening or early morning, or when you're looking to transform your body and mind via vinyasa. The class isn't beginners level, but includes more gentle vinyasa than the rest of the Metamorphosis sequence, including some yin poses to counterbalance all the yang in our lives.
Lotus Focused Vinyasa Flow
An intermediate/advanced level vinyasa yoga class. The lotus is a great symbol for moving into stillness to expand our consciousness. This fabulously sequenced hip- focused yoga class is a playful exploration of half lotus to help release and open the hips and pelvis and create a secure and rooted foundation for body and consciousness which will enhance spinal alignment and allow the flow of prana to move more freely through this channel and the wingspan of the back. You may need blanket, 2 foam blocks and a strap.
Dawn Vinyasa: Emerging Metamorphosis
This strong, intermediate vinyasa practice is great to get you started in your day and emerge renewed. With a focus on stretching and strengthening the side body with side plank variations, moving through vinyasa to standing stretches, and moving into headstand variations, it is a great way to emerge, refreshed and renewed into your day.
Universal Teachings 9
Contemplation Practice. Your next meditation in the series of Whizz Through Universal Teachings is a contemplative practice in which we open ourselves up to what lies beyond by means of inner stillness, utilising a language of silence that gives rise to an unspoken communication between the visible and invisible worlds of manifestation
Universal Teachings 8
Universal Teachings 7
Meditation on Compassion / Heart Field Meditation. The seventh in the universal teachings series is working with our heart field. Science now has shown that the heart emits an electric field about 60 times greater than the brain in its amplitude. The magnetic component of the heart is 5,000 times stronger than the brains – making it the strongest field in the body! A coherent and strong heart field meditation is so important for our own health, as well as the peace of each other. A peaceful and tranquil heart knows how to radiate compassion, and this meditation creates coherence in the magnetic field of the heart by increasing vagus nerve tone.
Feisty Vinyasa: Exploring butterfly
Exploring the butterfly theme. An adventurous, advanced vinyasa class which opens up the shoulders, chest and features backbends as well as balances. We recommend that you're already warmed up and ready to go, and the class flows swiftly into challenging poses and sequences. You'll need to finish the class with a long relaxation, so do go ahead and pick a relaxation class for afterwards. Expect variations on inversions and backbends and prepare to explore the transitioning butterfly.
Universal Teachings 6
Universal Teachings 5
Universal Teachings 4
The fourth in Alexander's universal teachings series is a meditation and mindfulness practice to create and retain healthy boundaries. There are so many examples of where boundaries are needed in life. Healthy boundaries ensure that with all of life’s challenges, we retain balance. This is a simple mindfulness practice to stay centred and balanced during a speedy day or when facing a challenging situation or event.
Universal Teachings 3: Mindfulness : Gaining a greater Perspective
Strong Centred Flow
A fairly feisty yoga flow. A quick-paced vinyasa suitable for intermediate and advanced students. The focus is on a strong centre, a gathering in, in order to expand out. This class is swift to get moving, great if you want to get a move-on and you'd like to learn a more balanced, stronger and more centred approach to extension and flexion. You may need a few blocks and a strap.
Universal Teachings 2: Manifesting Stillness
From Alexander's series, 'A Whizz Through Universal Teachings', this short meditation is to acquire stillness as a felt, embodied memory by establishing the still-point in the centre. This meditation takes us out of the linear dynamic of everyday life, allowing us to interact with the events of life, without losing our connection to our deeper sense of self.
Universal Teachings 1: Introduction and Stillness Practice
Alexanders meditation series, ‘A Whizz through Universal Teachings’ is based on the universal teachings which aim to further our inner evolution. Universal teachings are comprised of truths that, once applied and put into action, facilitate change and ultimately lead to our personal transformation This timeless and entirely practical knowledge is not based on a religion, philosophical system or belief. Universal knowledge surrounds us wherever we go, we only need to be receptive to it. It is transmitted through the arts, science, poetry, music, architecture, literature, philosophy and of course the nature all around us. The main objective of universal teachings is to transform us into a more balanced and compassionate person also known as ‘the middle person’. The teachings facilitate us through a process through which we transform into what we are supposed to be in our innermost ‘essence’. Living and interacting through essence that lies above our fluctuating personality, we will ultimately be able to live and fulfil our purpose.
Variation on Ashtanga Primary Series
Get Up and Glow
An artfully sequenced morning vinyasa yoga class designed to let you get up and glow, no messing around! Start the day with joyful movement. Start with gentle breath work and stretches to wake you up gently, and then get moving with vinyasa to align the breath with movement. A wonderfully energising start to the day!
Evening Floor Based Flow
Mindfulness Meditation Plunging into Presence
This meditation is conducted with the eyes open. In this way and using a soft gaze, you can plunge into presence. With soft eyes, subject/object melts away. A very interesting meditation, recommended for those who have meditated before. Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Advanced Meditation: Staying Put
A more advanced meditation. This is guided for 15 minutes. And after that, you should continue sitting for around 45 minutes, on your own. The meditation is about staying put, guided only for 15 minutes. Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Sleep Well Meditation
A beautiful meditation to leave you feeling very peaceful and fully relaxed, ready for bed. A great practice if your mind is feeling busy and you need to deeply settle, suitable for meditation beginners. Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Start The Day
Get ready to meet the day with this wonderful meditation and inner visualisation. Fill every atom of your being with the quality of the morning sun, allowing you to lift your emotions to the highest level and fully embrace your day. Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Eight Minute Meditation
This short, easy meditation will keep you centred, especially for when you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, and can be practiced at your desk at work in a chair, so you're ready to continue with your day. Deceptively simple, this 8 minute meditation will be the game-changer for your day! Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Guided Meditation 3: Space Awareness
Part three of this series of guided meditations explores our space introceptive awareness (awareness of internal/external space). Find the calm and peace within your heart in this guided meditation. Ideal for those who have meditated before. Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Guided Meditation 2: Inner Sense
Guided Meditation 1: Stillness Meditation
Dynamic Stillness Meditation
A very different kind of meditation! This meditation is performed in the yoga 'tree' pose - or a balance of your choosing. Be creative in your choice of balance pose and don't be afraid to take your meditation practice into your yoga! Thanks to Flow Tunbridge Wells for providing this beautiful location for filming.
Up With The Lark
Soothing The Warrior
A creatively sequenced flow to sooth and nourish. The warrior isn't always about being driven but sometimes being patient and listening. This slow vinyasa yoga class is as soothing as it is strengthening. It's great whenever you need to be centred, or relaxed, or if you're on your moon cycle. With peak poses as dancer to warrior 3 balancing sequences, this isn't the most traditionally relaxing class, but it does find a way to feel watery with soothing qualities whilst working strongly.
Awakening The Warrior
Wake yourself up with this flow to awaken the warrior within you! A sequence based around warrior poses to energise, cleanse and stabilise. Intermediate level sequence including a headstand flow, only to be practiced if you're an experienced headstand practitioner. You will need a block.
Approaching The Warrior
Learn to be a warrior! An introduction to weaving the warrior for beginners or for all of us who like to get back to basics. The warrior gives us the strength to lean in to life. Now is the best time to start to approach the warrior in yourself with this warrior flow. You may need blocks.
Embodying The Warrior
Advanced Vinyasa - Flow & Balance
Gravity Surfing Vinyasa
An energising vinyasa yoga class full of peak poses with a focus on letting gravity ground you as you rise, twist, backbend and balance your way through this gorgeous, flowing vinyasa. With advanced peak poses, intermediates can play along and surf the edge of your challenge! You may need a yoga strap.
Go Slow Floor Flow
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.
Sun & Moon Balancing Vinyasa
This is a wonderful advanced class balancing the yin with the yang to create a physically stimulating yet spiritually fulfilling vinyasa. If it is in your practice you can enjoy strong inversions including headstand and handstand but also plenty of opportunities to honour the resting moments, dropping deep and surrendering the mind.
Grace and Strength Vinyasa
Wave like fluidity of the spine through variations in the namaska sun salutations feeling grace, strength and power. From a slow, graceful beginning and with plenty of more advanced yoga poses to challenge the intermediate and advanced practitioners, those not ready for the peak poses of handstand, half moon and the splits should hold back to where you feel more comfortable.
Warm Up, Cool down
The perfect 'bookend' class, which is beautiful for either side of the day, a lovely gentle, warm up, or a cool down and release the day. With long holds, deep twists and supported backbends, this is a really nourishing start of your day practice, or class to round off your day. For a weekend treat, we recommend following with Jean's Vinyasa class now your body is open. You will need a block.
Enjoy this beautiful yin class when you need a bit of a luxurious, supported pick-me-up, for your moon time or just before bed. A fantastic practice if you've had a tough day and you need a bit of TLC. Plenty of ease-ful, supportive poses - all supine or seated, no standing poses for added YIN-tastic vinyasa.
Balancing of the Seasons
An intermediate class to balance into the seasons. Some shoulder releases and then heat-inducing core warm ups prepare the body for a short yoga class including forearm balance, headstand with headstand variations, some vinyasa to lengthen and strengthen and then shoulderstand variations. Finished off beautifully with a lovely, long, nourishing relaxation. Perfect yin and yang sequencing featuring balances to balance seasonal fluctuations.
Meditation 1: Rooting
The first in Alex's series of meditations. This short, first meditation gives us the space to root, to ground, into the body and the breath in order to give the mind it's spaciousness. A meditation on the breath which settles into the still of the mind. Best to be practiced before any kind of important event, meeting or challenging situation. Regularly applied, it gradually creates an internal anchor or reference point, and is an ideal preparation for meditation as well.
Meditation 2: Containment
A beautifully soothing meditation practice, gathering all our scattered energies to take our focus inwards. Best to be practiced when we have given a lot of our attention to events in life and other people. It evokes a sense of hibernation and peaceful internal comfort, like coming home.
Meditation 3: Sun & Moon
Meditation 4: De-stress
Eternal Body Breathing
The eternal body is a meditation on the different 'koshas' or layers of bodies which exist. This meditation takes us out of our purely physical body, the emotional/psychological body, to the eternal body, which lives beyond space and time. This is a more advanced, more spiritual practice. But with no judgements, just try to feel what you feel through this very special meditation.
Light of Conciousness Meditation
A meditation on consciousness. This meditation helps to bring more of the light of consciousness into the unknown parts of ourselves, essential for those of us on a path of inner-evolution, and even for those who aren't, this is essential for decision-making so that our true consciousness shines through in all decisions. This meditation shows us how to reduce the 'doing' and letting consciousness through 'allowing', which reduces resistance to the consciousness mind.
I Am Meditation
Vinyasa Flow for Moving On
This class is designed to help you to release tensions held within the body to enable you to move on and be open to possibilities in life. This slow vinyasa flow will keep you mindful and moving through life's more turbulent times to enable you to release, let you and when you are ready, move on.
Letting Go Vinyasa Flow
This slow flow class is designed to rid the body and mind of tensions which accumulate as a result of life's experiences. These tensions can hold us back, so the class focuses on releasing them so that, in time, we are ready to move on. The class begins slowly and mindfully with supine breathing practices for the first eight minutes. If you want to get moving sooner, but still gain the benefit of tension release, you may want to start with child's pose eight minutes into class. This class is a slow vinyasa flow, focusing on mindfulnes and release.
Post Natal Recovery
This yoga class is suitable for most from 6 weeks after birth and is fantastic for strengthening the core. Starting steadily, with the breath, this class moves to some juicy slow vinyasa sequences all with a strong core focus. This class is recommended to all who need to strengthen their core in a mindful, stready way. You will need a block and a cushio
Journey into Backbends (3)
This is a challenging backbending class, only for those ready to take the next step in their journey into backbends. The class features some pretty tricky backbends, again with twists to support the spine, but this class is mostly balancing backbends. Remember to engage your core to keep safe and just relax in child's pose for any poses your body isn't ready for. This short vinyasa sequece goes straight into some deep backbends, we recommend you warm up first, maybe withJourney 2 before this sequence, or give yourself the full Journey 1-3 for a real treat for your back. You will need a strap.
Journey into Backbends (2)
This backbending and twisting class will suit improvers/advanced but there are plenty of modification for those feeling less mobile. Backbends lift the spirits, open the heart and energise. This sequence is characteristically playful with plenty of twists to ease and align the spine during class. A great class to get you moving in the morning!
Gamma / Object-less Meditation
An advanced level meditation practice to change the brainwaves to Gamma waves. Here levels of consciousness are changed to the deepest level, where profound changes can be made. This meditation is great for those who have done the Theta and Gamma meditation practices and who are regular meditators, comfortable with sitting for long periods.
Journey into Backbends (1)
A fun, creative vinyasa sequence which focuses on keeping the spine healthy and freely moving through backbends. This is the first of three progressivly tricky backbending classes. The class features various backbends, cleverly sequenced with counter-poses, hip openers and twists to release and encourage movement and strength in the spine. This is great for those who already have a practice and will suit starters/improvers to yoga who have a good range of movement already. Keep a block handy.
Theta / Breath Meditation
Breath meditation to generate Theta brainwave activity. This breath-focused meditation technique serves to help the self-healing process in the body. Theta waves are an ideal preparation for a very deep meditaion and take us to a new level of consciousness. A wonderful practice to help internalise meditation.
Increasing Focus Through Meditation
This simple guided meditation practice induces Alpha brainwave activity. Under the influence of Alpha brainwave activity the ever busy mind begins to relax and our attention shifts into a state of open focus. Best to be practised when we need to absorb and contain huge amounts of knowledge and increase our learning abilities, memory functions, as well as facing academic challenges.
Post Natal 4: Restorative
Post Natal 3 : Re-integrate
This class focuses on gentle strengthening yoga for the core, so that the tummy feels knitted back together after the recent strains. Jean also shows us some gentle shoulder stretch and strengtheners, so important for all the heavy lifting new mums have in store. You will need to set yourself up near to a wall.
Headstand Part 1 - Pose Demonstration
Headstand Part - 2 Pose Tutorial
In the second of Jean's headstand pose tutorials, she talks a student through going into headstand from the wall position. You will want to watch part 1 for her alignment pointers first, then watch the second part through, before you attempt to practice to it. Have fun turning your world upside down!
Vinyasa for shoulders
A strong, creative vinyasa sequence focusing around the Warrior poses. Beautiful, creative sequencing in this yoga class bringing strength, willpower and determination.Then a beautifully restorative, meditative counter-balance to the vinyasa sequence. The first part is intermediate, but we encourage improvers to just try - and everyone will enjoy the second, releasing part.
Flow - Hips & Heart
Greet the day flow
Gentle Spine: Soothe the shoulders
Aching tired shoulders? Sore neck? Tense face? Let Jean help you release it all with this calming practice. Smooth, flowing movements will release the shoulders and lubricate the joints, easing out tension. This yoga class especially for your spine and shoulders will bring spacious to yours spine leaving you feeling like new. Props: A strap or belt
Hips and Spine unwind
Post Natal 1: Your body after baby
First in Jean’s post-natal sequence which allows you to safely build your core once more. Over the weeks as you improve in strength Jean will build in stronger and more challenging to get you looking and feeling all new. This practice is a gentle welcome back to your body and gives the basic dos and don’t on how to safely build your core after pregnancy. Coming soon! Jean’s 5-minute super-mum practice.
Post Natal 2: Find the Core
Five-Min Super Mum
Awaken to Yoga
This is a lovely, meditative, sweet and slow flow to warm up the body for the day. It is great for beginners as well as advanced yogis who want to take care of their bodies from the inside out. This practice would be wonderful to be used as a pre-curser to your morning meditation as Jean gently guides attention inward through the focus on the breath. This could also be used at the end of the day before your evening meditation. Jean guides you gently into the breath, gives great alignment guidance to some gentle backbends and lovely, long modified downward dogs. No better way to start, or indeed end the day. Props: Bolster or firm pillows
Building strength for headstand
This is a perfect practice to open the shoulders and build strength and flexibility in the core as preparation for headstand. Need freer neck & shoulders? This is also for you. Join Jean and student, David This is a perfect warm up practice with plenty of modifications if you’re newer to the practice. Watch out for Jean’s headstand tutorial ”“ coming soon!
Beginners Creative Vinyasa
A lovely introduction to the standing poses or for when you don't feel like a more dynamic practice. This is a slow, nourishing vinyasa without a sun salutation in sight. Highly recommend also for advanced level practitioners who are having a slower day. This sequence is highly restorative, as well as benefiting from being a breakdown of some of the more familiar poses.
Shoulder Stand Tutorial: Demo
Shoulder Stand Tutorial: Practice
Join Jean’s student, David as he takes shoulderstand. Jean gives top tips for his balance once in the pose - really helpful at home as you can’t watch and practice this pose at the same time! Remember - watch Jean demo the pose first before attempting this practice so you don’t turn your head in shoulderstand. Props: Folded mat or heavy blankets.
Supported Practice for Slow Days
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.