Welcome to the online home of Indaba Yoga based in Marylebone, London. London's liveliest yoga studio.
With loads of amazing classes in a multitude of styles every week, life at Indaba is always good and the yoga is even better!
Come visit Indaba when you're in London, with spacious changing rooms with plenty of showers, organic toiletries, hair dryers and lockers, one large hot studio and one even larger light-filled loft studio with loads of props and a rope wall for proper Iyengar classes!
There are also three fantastic treatment rooms for indulging yourself. (you know you deserve it!)
Indaba houses plenty of our favourite Movement for Modern Life yoga teachers, who have regular classes as well as workshops - including Emma Henry, Kristi Johnson, Stewart Gilchrist, Naomi Absalom, Leila Sadeghee, Saskia Vidler and Sally Parkes. Pop in and say hi to the Indaba community, they're a really welcoming bunch. Check out the many styles of yoga taught at Indaba, some of their amazing teachers and then why not treat yourself to a workshop? You'll love this studio and they'll welcome you with open arms.
Videos from Indaba Yoga
Easy Hips: 1
Tight or painful back, legs or hips? Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga block or stack of books. Yoga belt or tie/scarf.
Easy Hips: 2
In this second practice, Leila offers 4 simple poses that open the hips, backs of the legs, calves and feet to relieve tension in the hips and lower back. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.
Easy Hips: 3
The final part of the Easy Hips series builds on the series by giving a deeper and fuller variation for spaciousness on the hips and spine. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.
Easy Spine: 1
Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Maybe you’re wondering how to build movement into your daily life? Take this 4-part series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga block or stack of books. Yoga belt or tie/scarf.
Easy Spine 3
Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Take this simple daily sequence to add freedom and mobility to the spine. In practice 3, Leila builds on the flexes, twists and side stretches building on last week’s class to create a greater range of movement for the back, neck and shoulders. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for beginners, those with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga belt or tie/scarf.
Easy Spine: 2
Stiff or painful back and shoulders? Take this simple daily sequence to add freedom and mobility to the spine. In practice 2, Leila builds on the flexes, twists and side stretches building on last week’s class to create a greater range of movement for the back, neck and shoulders. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for beginners, those with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga belt or tie/scarf.
Easy Spine 4
Yoga for Anger
This class features breath exercises (pranayama) to get emotions swirling and moving through you, giving a recommended outlet for any anger you may be feeling. The class then becomes more dynamic with core and strengthening yoga asana to help you to move and manage feelings of anger and frustration.
Mantra/Chant: I Am Free
A beautiful mantra/chant. By doing a mantra, we are harmonising the mind/body subtle body, as well as it being a beautiful experience. Allow the intention of the mantra to bring you into harmony. Away from your busy day, away from your thoughts and into the heart centre. A wonderful practice for discovering your hearts' desire. The meaning behind this chant is 'I am free. I am eternity. I am consciousness. I am spaciousness. I am free.' Keep that intention in mind as you chant. This is a wonderful chant to do before your yoga practice .
New Mums Series (3) Energise Me
An energising yoga class, perfect to start your day. This class features sun salutations to stretch out, core work to find your inner and outer strength for the day and plenty of twists. Perfect for post-natal recovery and all of us looking to strengthen and energise! You will need a block and a strap.
New Mums Series (2): Motivate Me
Get motivated with this yoga class, ideal for mornings, which focuses on the core, upper body and legs with breathwork, core work and standing poses. You'll feel stronger, happier and more motivated. Ideal for post-natal strength or for any of us who like to feel motivated and stronger. You'll need a block and access to a clear wall for shoulder opening variations.
New Mums Series (1) Nourish Me
A yoga class in the Forrest yoga style to open the shoulders and the upper back whilst strengthening the core. Feel your heart opening as your upper back opens. Starting with shoulder openers, then shoulder opening child's pose variation, abdominal strengthening and backbends. This class is perfect for those of us who need an antidote to time at a desk, or have stiff shoulders and upper back, and wonderful for new mums too. You will need two blocks.
A conditioning, strengthening movement class in which we explore movement, away from a traditional yoga asana class. Naomi brings in lots of different elements to give space and range around all of the joints. With plenty of different movements, this class doesn’t focus on the end shape or posture, but is all about the integrity and how things feel to you during practice. You will need two blocks and a smallish book.
Relaxed Breath Practice
Master Of Energy, Master Of Awareness
Become a master of energy with this full-length prana-fuelling yoga class. Perfect for when life is challenging and you're looking for a deeper awareness to help you navigate. In these practices we're building a vessel to expand our awareness, so we can engage with life in a vibrantly creative way. This is a luscious and soulful practice that incorporates visualisation with the yoga. With plentiful planks and many long holds, you'll find your core fired up and your strength will be challenge! This is a challenging class but simply do your best to work on your personal power!
Creative Morning Flow
Shoulder Health and Self-Massage
This yoga and self-massage class focuses on the shoulder rotator cuff to rebilitate and keep your shoulders healthy during yoga practice and in life. Learn how to keep your shoulder healthy and injury free, and how to self-massage the rotator cuff to keep the whole shoulder area mobile.
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Refresh Your Intention
Sometimes we set an intention which needs to be re-energised. This practice serves to invigorate our intentions, be it new year resolutions, or re-invigorate our conscious minds, and ensure that each day we are on track with our intentions and our daily, conscious lives and choices. Expect a feisty Vinyasa flow yoga class with surprises and long holds too, build up the heat to work through your embodied goals. You may need a strap and yoga bricks.
Pilates Series (5)
The final class in Sally's Pilates Series will challenge even regular practitioners! This class is the strongest of this progressive series. Enjoy increased strength and tone, a more stable and stronger core and longer abdominal muscles with this fabulous finale of our Pilates series.
Pilates Series (4)
Pilates Series (3)
Pilates Series (2)
Pilates Series (1)
The first in our progressive Pilates Series. This class shows you the basic Pilates moves to start building strength from within and get your abdominal strength. You'll be finding your table top, plank, push ups,bridge andside-lying balance and laying strong foundations on which to build strength. Take this class as many times as you need before moving on to the next class.
Breathwork for Health, Calm, Immunity and Migraines
Breathwork - the secret to great health and moving you from 'doing OK' to living your most vibrant life. In this class, Naomi leads us through some powerful breath practices which can radically help your life. The first practice serves to open up the breath through the lungs and the entire system - shifting any kind of erratic breath patterns or involuntary breath holds but also supporting immune function. The second is a beautifully calming breath that works to balance the chemistry of the body. If this is your second viewing of the video and you'd like the practices without the explanation, the practices start at 8 minutes. Do not practice this class if you are pregnant (although you can practice the second technique) and for some sufferers of anxiety, it may be useful to practice with a knowledgable teacher at first. Breathwork is more powerful than you may think!
Who wants to bring more light and love into their lives?! This meditation / contemplation is a profound exercise in self-acceptance and self-love. Starting with a beautiful mantra, this class is an exercise in journalling as well as visualisation and breath-work. You will need your journal, and an open mind. You may like to also watch Leila’s Self-Love Discussion.
Full Body Tune Up
When is a vinyasa not a vinyasa? When it's full body tune up. This yoga class isn't yoga in the traditional way. Class focuses on full mobility in the body working systematically through all the joints and works on range of motion. If there's any class that everyone should do everyday to make sure that the whole body is tuned, it should be this class. The class is all-levels, although including some headstand variations which of course should be practiced only if that's in your regular practice. Some of the movements are to a full range of motion, so are tough, so do take class in your own time, at your own pace and only do what is helpful for you. Class ends with a chant.
Balance And Stability Quickie
A surprisingly challenging balance sequence, all on a block. Great for improviing your stability, and you may find that your glutes get a workout too! A fantastic class for all-levels, but you may find that you'd prefer to stay at the first stage of the practice until you're ready to move on. You will need a yoga brick to balance on.
Spacious and Fluid Spine
This class is a somatics-based which focuses on how yoga feels from the inside rather than how the poses look from the outside. This practice is not a traditional posture-led yoga class but focuses on freedom of movement, giving spaciousness between the joints and especially the spine. With a focus on spaciousness between the joints and especially the spine, you might find that a stiff or sore back feels freer and you feel increased mobility in your spine and a stronger core.
Mum And Baby In A Hurry
For when you're really short on time, or you don't think baby has the attention span for a full class, this 'In a Hurry' Mum and Baby Yoga Class is here for you. With simple stretches to help you keep strong and fleixble during those first few months, and taking time to connect with baby.
Mum and Baby: Move with Your Baby
This mum and baby yoga class is suitable for babies from 5 - 7 months old. It's all about following your baby's lead, connecting with each other, and seeing where the stretches take you! You'll move gently with your breath whilst both mum and baby get some stretches. Plenty of ideas of how to incorporate yoga into your baby's life at an early stage, making both mum and baby happier and more relaxed.
Optimal Foetal Positioning
This class is aimed for mums-to-be 6 weeks or so before birth to try to encourage your baby into the right position for birth. The term is optimal foetal positioning. There are positions we can do to try to encourage the best positioning for baby for the most healthy and ease-ful labour. You will need a cushion or a block and a chair or ideally, a fitness ball.
Pilates To Build Strength
A simple Pilates class, great for those starting Pilates, and those of us who spend too much time sitting, weakening our abdominal muscles. With the famous Pilates core exercises which will gently strengthen you from the inside outwards. Perfect for those with weakness and non-chronic lower back issues, although those who are new to Pilates or building strength after illness, injury or post-natal shoud start gently. You will need a block and a strap.
Turning Breech Baby
Chant: Lokah Samastah
Hanky Planky Core Class
Spinal Tap: Jiva Revolution
If you love your Jivamukti yoga feisty and fast and a little bit hip, this strong, intermediate Jivamukti yoga class is for you. It revolves around revolved poses. With a twisty twist to it, this class is great for a healthy spine and perfect for those who like to move swiftly and with a twist.
A fabulous Jivamukti flow with the theme of the Monkey-god, Hanumanasana, otherwise known as the splits. This well-rounded Jivamukti class has the usual mix of sun salutations, standing poses with a focuses around opening the hamstrings and hips, featuring the standing splits, then going into Hamunanasana, forward and backward bends rounding off this beautifully devotional class.
Coming Home to Your Hips Slow Flow
A deep hips yoga class, a perfect antidote to long days spent sitting, which is about coming home to yourself. In this alignment-focused and beautifully sequenced slow flow, through working the deepest muscles of your hips and your core you will find a place you be can rest within yourself. You will need 2 blocks and a strap.
Moving Into Gratitude
Tripod Head Stand Tutorial
Journey To Your Centre
A class to remember who we really are through the sutle body. In the first 15 minutes, you will explore a completely different kind of yoga, where you will explore deeply within yourself and your body to find the middle body, the deep centring space within us all. You'll move slowly, deeply, and softly through a highly conscious flow class which ignites a remembrance of centre as a place to rest into through all the activities of life. This class is magic for your nervous system. Note that the headstand tutorial can be watched as an addendum to this class if you have no experience of headstand.
Forrest Yoga Neck & Jaw Release
This Forrest yoga class is just perfect if you've had a long day, if you're having a tough week, or are feeling a bit headachy. Any stresses or anxiety from the day or the week will unravel as you release aches in your neck, jaw and shoulders, which can suffer in stressful times. With hallmark strengthening and abs work, this class is perfect to keep you strong while you unwind. You will need a roll and a block.
Slow Deep Forrest Yoga Groove
Abdominal Separation Recovery
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the central abdominal muscles that sometimes occurs in post-natal women. The muscles can be gently encouraged back in to place with the right kind movements. This sequence takes you through a gentle series of asana that works the transverse and oblique muscles whilst minimising pressure in the abdomen and uterus, and encourages the central abdominal muscles back together. You will need a strap and the block.
Gentle Post Natal Recovery
Pilates for Lower Back Pain
A pilates class specifically focused on strengthening the SI (or sacro-illiac) joint. The lower back can sometimes feel pain because of tweaked SI joint, so it's great to give it strength back. A tough, targetted class to release the tension in the SI joint by strengthening the glutes, tummy and hips. You will need a cushion or block or pilates ball.
Post-Natal: Relax and Restore
Welcome home, you are free to relax! Sometimes with so much to do, we forget that our emotional batteries are nearly flat and become overwhelmed. Take time to focus on you and only you. Moving slowly and with ease, breathing deeply and thoughtfully, it's finally time to relax! You will need a bolster, strap and block.
Arm Exercises For Home
Post-Natal: Free Your Spine
Our spine is not only our physical back bone but also our emotional one, and as mums we need to maintain its health for us to do our work well whilst feeling supported. The sequence will work on strengthening and freeing the muscles around the spine and back area, the aim of which is to be strong when you need to be and flexible when you just need to ‘let go’. You will need a strap and a block.
Subtle Hip Strength
Post Natal: Standing Sequence For Strength
A standing sequence of asana that require subtle strength and focus to help us become grounded, and energetically root down in to the earth. Breathe deeply in to the abdomen whilst feeling supported by the earth. In this way we can come back to the 'now' and become more accepting of what 'is'.
Post Natal: Energising Gentle Flow
Post Natal: Gentle Hatha Flow
Starting with gentle and slow Sun Salutation variations that aim to free up the neck, shoulders and lower back, this class getting you in the flow after having a baby, followed by some focused core work, the aim of which is to reenergise the pelvic region and give your spine more support when carrying your child. You will need a mat, block and strap.
Post Natal: Stretch And Breathe
A gentle sequence that focuses on the breath and making space, physically and emotionally. We will begin by mobilising each joint and gently moving and stretching the spine before working through a gentle hatha yoga flow and subtle breath awareness before moving into relaxation. You will need a bolster and a blanket. Suitable from about 8 weeks postnatal or 10 weeks+ if you had a c-section.
Juicy Core Arm Balances: Part 2
A Forrest yoga class designed to strengthen your shoulders, arms and core, ready for inversions, with the ever-present focus on the breath. Includes Forrest yoga classics including flashy eka pada koundinyasana preparation and the full pose. Although this is undoubtedly a tricky peak pose, for advanced students only, the rest of us can enjoy the preparation and you never know, one day... You will need a block and a strap.
Juicy Core Arm Balances
A tough Forrest yoga class, taking your Forrest yoga practice to the next level! With it's focus on core, this class also features favourites for strengthening shoulders and upper back as well as core, including dolphin, crow pose, inch worm and the all-time Forrest yoga favourite, oil-rigger. Not an easy class, but for strengthening for arm-balances, this class is amazing. You will need two blocks, an extra mat and a strap.
A sequence to open the upper back and shoulders. Find space, find stability and open your heart in this vibrant Forrest yoga class. With a focus on keeping backbends safe, long and strong and opening the upper back and shoulders. As you would expect from a Forrest yoga class, with a focus on the abs, but with some fabulous modifications to backbends to show how they can be performed gently and safely. You will need a block, a strap and a blanket.
Restorative: Full Body Airing
Stoke the Fire: Tough Vinyasa To Keep You Moving
A hot but steady flow to get your inner fire stoked. This practice hits all the sweet spots for when you have less time but still want as full a practice as possible. Includes lots of lovely chest, shoulder and side body openers as well as twists, hip openers and balancing poses. Perfect for when you need a little extra energy for the day ahead but still need to feel very grounded.
Morning Backbend Espresso
A short and sweet flow to kick start your day the right way. This practice focuses on building and moving energy around the system to get your whole body and mind zinging for the day ahead. Just over 20 minutes long but every second is dedicated to helping you feel nothing short of glorious!
Creative and Juicy Hips
A super juicy feast of movement and breath for those days you really do need to get down and get it all out. Perfect for when you need to release some stuck energy and access a bit of the power stored in the pelvis; this is a lovely flow guaranteed to get you out of your mind, into your body and very much into the power of the breath. There is a strong emphasis on fluid movements around the pelvis and hips.
Twist, Rinse & Wring it out
Big & Fearless Heart
Most of us have experienced fear of some kind and know that when we're in it's grip the ripples permeate all areas of our lives. Allowing fear to continue to have power over us keeps us firmly locked in cycles of fear, anxiety, low self esteem and so on. A big part of beginning to break down some of these patterns is actually providing space and time to experience our own vulnerability - sitting with the feelings and sensations which arise when we do so. This is a beautifully deep and transformative flow and part of Naomi's personal home practice. Expect plenty of backbending and as usual a lot of breath! You will need 2 blocks.
Flexibility and Stability
A steady, balanced Jivamukti class focused on lengthening of the body, grounding and stability. As you would expect from Emma's soulful Jivamukti classes, there are plenty of strengthening, stabilising standing poses, twists, backbends and balances. A beautifully sequenced, relaxed vinyasa.
Stewart Gilchrist Live at Indaba
A tough, very fast-moving vinyasa class filmed live with our friends at Indaba yoga. Recommended for those with plenty of experience of fast-moving vinyasa yoga classes and of free-standing inversions. This class is not to practice to, but if you ever wander what the most bendy people are up to in the London studios, this is the go to class to watch. Stewart weaves threads of yoga as spirituality into this class. Asana (the poses) are healing not a harming experience, be kind to your body if you do have an advanced practice and you want to experience this class. As Stewart advises, 'If you think that something's too difficult, don't do it'.
Crow Pose Tutorial
This Crow Pose (Bakasana) tutorial gives us a new way of looking at the balance of crow (bakasana), starting up with crow on the back! Then there's plenty of core strengthening and hip releases to prepare for the full pose. For those who don't yet have a crow practice, there are some handy tips in which you may need a bolster and/or a couple of blocks to help you to find your wings to take flight in crow.
Get Up, Get Strong
Pilates: For Neck and Shoulders
Pilates focusing on the neck and shoulders. Perfect for those who sit at their desks all day, and ideal for when you come home from work to release the pressure of the day. These are gental remedial movements of shoulders and arms to improve upper back mobility and realise any tension trapped in the area.
Strength for Upside Downs
Transitioning Your Core Vinyasa
Pilates: Quick Spine Release
Pilates: For a Strong Core
A series of classical Pilates exercises which emphasise core stability, alignment and body awareness. Great for back injuries and those who sit behind a desk all day. This short Pilates workout will release any tension in the lower back area, stretch the hip flexors, iliopsoas and hamstrings and create a happier body. Suitable for all levels.
Vinyasa for Breath and Balance
An advanced level playful and creative vinyasa flow featuring plenty of inversions, slow core transitions and some beautiful balances. Let your breath guide you through, go slow, be mindful and get playful! This sequence is short, punchy and you'll probably appreciate a short warm-up before and you may need a longer Savasana after!
Forrest Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
This live class, filmed at Indaba is the ultimate antidote to modern life. With a strong focus on breath-work and with plenty of core as it's focus, this class is ideal for building strength, lower back stability, releasing tight shoulders and neck as well as gently building flexibility. You will need a rolled up mat, or a cushion as well as a block. As well as a sense of humour for strong abdominal work. This class is a toughie, but well worth it!
All About Your Core
Heat Your Body, Cool Your Nervous System
In this class, Leila shares her own practice which helps her to deal with living in the modern, urban world. How she pulls her awareness away from struggle and into ease. This is a meditative, heating practice to cool the nervous system and support the immune system. The class is a fast-flowing and core-focused Anusara-Inspired vinyasa flow ending with plenty of supine twists.
Vinyasa for Empowerment
Increase your empowerment, your brightness, your clarity through this creatively sequenced Anusara inspired vinyasa yoga class. This class is a beautiful reminder of our own empowerment and ability to transform how we can feel through our yoga practice. A beautifully sequenced, alignment-focused vinyasa yoga class which reminds us of having fun with yoga and physically embodying our personal power.
Your Intelligent Body: Opening Your Front Body
This is the third class in the Intelligent Body series, designed for beginners, athletes or those who work at a desk. This class gives some alignment-focused poses to open up and strengthen the front body through plenty of shoulder-opening poses and backbends. A great class after a day slumped ove the desk! You will need to be close to a wall, have a couple of blocks, a strap and a blanket handy.
Your Intelligent Body: The Side Body
The second part in the Intelligent Body series, especially for beginners, athletes or those who work at a desk. The importance of stretching, lengthening and releasing the side body is often neglected, but these stretches are integral to the health of the spine, shoulders and hips. A wonderful way to release after a long day.
Introduction to Yoga for Your Intelligent Body for Beginners
Your Intelligent Body for Beginners: The Back
First in Your Intelligent Body Series: a sequence designed for beginners and those with inflexible spines to open up their back body - great for those with tight hamstrings, tight upper back or shoulders. This may work for those new to yoga, but also if you're an athlete or spend the day desk-bound. We recommend that you practice this sequence every day until you feel more freedom and release in your spine. You will need a couple of blocks, blankets or cushions and a chair/sofa handy.
Devotional Jivamukti Yoga Class
This full-length Jivamukti class is an offering, Class focuses on taking on a blessed state, an offering up even as the class progresses through some challenging, fast vinyasa through twisting, hip opening, back and forward bending sequences and some challenging balances. Give yourself the time for a full-length class. As you offer up your practice, you will find you will receive so much more than just a really thorough physical workout!
Emma - Fit Hips Express Jivamukti Flow
Post-Natal Gentle Abs
This gentle abs class will gently help your abs to recover, great for post-natal, but wait for at least 8 weeks post-birth before doing this class and ask your health advisor before starting this class. Also great for any of us who are looking to gently get their core strength back following illness or surgery. You will need a block.
Unwind Your Hips
Whoever said that vinyasa was tough and slow, should try this yoga class! Our hips can get really tight just due to sitting too much or running could do this too, this class unravels tensions held in the hips. This work is very slow and incredibly deep. Be patient. Give your hips the time, energy and release they deserve. We promise you will feel the difference! You will need some wall space and a block.
Wake Up with Morning Jivamukti
This shorter Jivamukti practice is perfect for the morning, or when you might be shorter on time, but it's a full-length class, no frills but expect thrills. The class includes juicy vinyasa sequences, twists, back and foreward bends, plus headstand. Everything you'd want to set you up for the day. You may need blocks and a blanket.
Gentle Yoga for C-Section Recovery
A short, gentle yoga class which is great for after you've had a C-section. This class will give your back and abdominals a breath of life again and a good stretch, whilst also focusing on releasing the shoulders. Try this class from 10 weeks after a C-section or abdominal surgery, and go really slowly and gently, always taking all movement slowly and mindfully. You will need a strap and a block.
Quick Neck Release
The neck holds so much unnecessary tension. This short tutorial class gives you essental tools to deal with daily tension which accumulate in the neck and upper shoulders. The class releases the neck, upper trapezius, helps release the jaw, elbows and wrists and allows greater bloodflow to the brain. No need to be on a yoga mat, do this class everywhere and anywhere, every day and feel the tension slip away.
Post C-Section Recovery with Fitness Ball
A short movement class for women who have recently had a C-Section. This class uses a large fitness ball, the focus is on mobilising your lower back and starting to engage the abdominal muscles. You will need a large fitness ball and a yoga block. Depending on your own recovery, you might be able to start this class 10 weeks after your C-Section. Please consult a doctor before starting this class.
Cleansing Twisty Jiva Flow
This challenging, full-length fast paced Jivamukti class is a cleansing, rinsing twist-based, a strong and risinging practice. Starts with chanting and call and response Sita/Ram. This chant is chosen as Ram is the seat of the Manipura Chakra, the centre of ego and insecurities and this is what we're rinsing out when we're twisting from the centre. Sita/Ram are the perfect couple, and from this practice, this is the most perfect asana practice. The intention is set to being the most perfect being we able to be. With this intention, this Jivamukti class will keep you moving.
Side Crow Tutorial
This short tutorial is a beautiful short sequence to prepare the body for side crow. There is plenty of twist and core work before Emma leads us into the Jivamukti Style of Side Crow and teaches how to straighten the opposite arm during side crow. You may appreciate two blocks to help your side crow.
Forearm Balance Tutorial
Emma prepares us for the key consituents for the complex pose of Forearm Balance (Pincha Mayurasana)- this is a balance which requires open shoulders, good balance and plenty of core strength. You will need a block. This tutorial shows us how to prepare, open and strengthen for the pose, how to safely perform Forearm Balance by the wall and then how to perform Forearm Balance in the middle of the room and how to fall out of it. You will need a belt, and possibly another rolled up mat.
A short class for helping with any wrist issues including carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI as well as simply increasing flexibility around the wrist joint. This class is seated and can be done at your desk or anytime to keep strength, release and flexibility around the wrist joints.
Mum and Baby Yoga
This class is for you to enjoy with your baby. Sally shows us ways we can stretch with your baby. After having a baby gentle stretches will help you to become a more mindful, fitter mum for all the picking up and work you're doing. This class incorporates your baby as part of the class and shows you how you can incorporate your baby as part of the class. Sally also shows us some nice stretches to relax your baby.
Vinyasa for cultivating fearlessness
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.
Healthy Knee Clinic
This knee clinic is suitable for teachers and those who are interested in keeping healthy knees and correct knee alignment during yoga poses. LeIla uses body rolling tecniques to demonstrate ways of keeping stabiltiy and space within the knee joint. You will need a body rolling ball.
Yoga for Anxiety
This is a yoga class for when your head is a 'swiling thought mess'. Class starts with some energetic jumping lunges (feel free to give these a miss if you're not up to them!) - then the class intersperses asana to open and release the hips with calming breath exercises. Suitable for all levels, although not everyone may be able to keep up with Leila's energy levels at the start of class, but persevere if you can! The remaining 30 minutes of yoga and breath-work is much more peaceful and bound to see your anxiety levels to calm and managable levels.
Pregnancy yoga for lower back and pelvis
More Core Less Time
Although Forrest yoga always has a core focus, this class is a short core boost. Suitable for all levels, although you will certainly challenge yourself, beginners and improvers should stay with their own level. A great yoga class for when energy needs a bit of a boost or for when you need to feel stronger from the inside. You will need a rolled up mat, or a cushion can be used.
Kick-Ass Live Vinyasa
This is a headstand-focused advanced level live class filmed at Indaba in which Celest talks us through how to reach those harder-to-reach yoga poses, all in a lively vinyasa. Expect plenty of arm balances and inversions - you will need to modify if your body isn't ready for some of these more challenging poses, but this is a great class in which you can advance your practice.
Preparing for Forearm Balance
Preparing for Headstand
Live Forrest Yoga
Live Class - Love Vinyasa
Join Leila at Inbaba Yoga for this fabulous live class where the intention of Love and being loved is set. This all-level class is intermediate vinyasa flow which cunningly sequences deep twists, standing balances, mantra and inversions leading to a sweet relaxation sequence. Be prepared ”“ this class is LOTS of fun!!
How the Easy Series can help your back
Trimesters 2 & 3: Goddess Flow
Here’s the perfect practice to re-energise at the beginning or end of day. Sally leads an up-beat session to open the hips, shoulders and spine with some deep lunges and goddess pose variations. Perfect to re-set the mind and ease the hips particularly where there is sacro-iliac pain.
Urban Hipsters & Twisters
Urban hipsters & twisters. This is a live yoga class for improvers but with modifications both for the less strong and flexible and leading to advanced level asana, filmed at Indaba. In this class Leila particularly addresses the effects of urban living by focusing on opening the hips and then giving it a twist, but rural dwellers will also be able appreciate the profound openings brought by this soulful class. Props: You will need a strap.
Arm balances: Strength & Power
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.
Forrest Yoga: Turbo Dog Tutorial
Forrest Yoga: Stand in your core
This is an awesome, all levels Forrest practice. You will be sure to be inspired, re-ignited and energised with this carefully sequenced practice which uses a point of focus in the body to gain insights. There is a beautiful focus on the breath, starting with a fiery Sivananada breath some core work (it wouldn't be a Forrest practice without the core!), there are plenty of feisty standing poses to strengthen but with some fantastically releasing modifications. Props: block
Jivamukti: Hips & Backbends
Challenge yourself with this dynamic flow that will take your practice to new heights. Emma builds a clever progressive sequence ”“ taking you deeper into long holds, deep backbends and hip-openers. Includes side plank, forearm balance, bird-of-paradise, splits (hanumanasana) and full wheel. Class starts with a chant: May all beings everywhere know peace.
All trimesters: Hip Openers
This is a fabulous sequence for any time during pregnancy ”“a flowing freeing practice that loosens the shoulders, spine and hips. Using a chair for stability Sally moves us through side flexes to make space for baby with lunges and sitting hip openers to release the hips and lower back. Sally’s classes are perfect for new students who’ve started yoga during pregnancy and those of you who want tips to modify your current practice. Props: Chair
Trimester 1: Gentle flow
All Trimesters: Relax & Restore
Nurturing Practice - Grief
Forrest Yoga: Intro to Forrest Yoga
Kristi teaches a short practice as an introduction to Forrest yoga. She teaches the principles of how to work with strength but gently, with a released neck and strong core. She also shows us how to 'turbo' our shoulders in downward dog - your down dogs will never feel the same. A great practice if you don't have much time but need to strengthen whilst you release. Props: A block to sit on