The Life Centre
Founded in Notting Hill 1993, The Life Centre is one of London's oldest centres dedicated to yoga, Pilates and therapies. Over the years many of the UK's top yoga and Pilates teachers have passed through the big wooden door of the Notting Hill centre. In 2011 The Life Centre opened in Islington, a bright and cheery space with 2 large studios in a converted warehouse.
Try some classes with Movement for Modern Life's favourite teachers at the life centre: Zephyr Wildman, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Kate Walker, Jean Hall, Lisa Sanfilippo and Graham Burns. They each hold regular workshops and classes at the Life Centre. Check their yoga out online and then go see them for yourselves!
Videos from The Life Centre
Stepping Stones to Practice: 1
Stepping Stones to Practice: 2
Stepping Stones to Practice: 3
The third in the series of Kate's stepping stones to a daily practice. In this class Kate progresses her sequence of beginner daily morning practices to incorporate some backbends and a standing balancing pose. Great for beginners and for those who want to make yoga a daily habit. Props: block
Stepping Stones to Practice 4
The last in the series of Kate's stepping stones to a daily morning practice. In this class Kate picks up the pace and adds in some fun challenges with some deeper twists, standing balances and hip openers. Great for beginners, improvers and for those who want to make yoga a daily habit. Props: you will need a block
The Jewel of the Lotus Heart - Yoga,Qigong and Mindfulness
In Tibetan, there’s a mantra known as Om mani padme Om, or Hail the jewel in the lotus heart. The mantra suggests that through our practices, we can begin to polish a jewel that resides inside the lotus petals of our heart. When this polished jewel begins to reflect radiant light in all directions, we begin to awaken our innate qualities of wisdom and compassion. This mindfully paced gentle practice will integrate vinyasa yoga, qigong and mindfulness practices that can help the jewel of our lotus heart shine.
Harmonising Effort and Ease – Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation
The Buddha emphsised using right effort in our actions and intentions in meditation and life. This practice looks at how we can approach strength building practices, especially in the legs, using right effort so that we create more space for awareness and less reactivity. We’ll also explore the idea in qigong of using intention, not force – or yong yi, buyong l – and apply it through a blend of yoga and qigong forms to explore how we can harmonise effort and ease.
Healthy Spine SOS for New Mums
Give yourself some ‘you’ time to replenish and rejuvenate. A wonderful short and gentle yoga class especially for mums who might be suffering from back, neck and shoulder tension from all the nursing and lifting. With a focus on twisting and back and shoulder opening, this yoga class helps to open the chest and stretch and strengthen the back. Nourish yourself to prevent depletion and exhaustion setting in. You will need a bolster and a strap.
Elemental Flow: Calling In Vastness (Ether)
A spacious vinyasa flow yoga class that uses the breath and movement to cultivate a sense of expansion and space in mind, body and heart. Ideal for days when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, this vinyasa flow class starts with breathwork, then moves onto an all-levels soothing flow and ends with a long restorative version of legs up the wall savasana and a breath-work meditation to create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. You may need a block.
Elemental Flow: Light as a feather
A slow but strong full spectrum vinyasa yoga class which cultivates lightness and ease in the mind and body. Find lightness and grace in your movements, expect an intermediate-level full body breath practice with balancing poses, forward and backward bends to bring lightness to your physical body and space in your mind. You will need a block & possibly a bolster.
Elemental Flow: Fire It Up
Reignite your power with this fiery all-levels vinyasa yoga flow. Class gets moving swiftly, starting with an uddiyana bhanda breath work technique to clear energy and stoke the internal fire. Expect strong abdominal work, plenty of chair pose and some swift vinyasa. Perfect to get you fired up for the day!
Elemental Flow: Flowing Vinyasa: Water Element
A super fluid practice embodying the quality of water in mind, body and breath. Part of our Five Elements series. In this juicy yoga class we take inspiration from water to invoke a sense of fluidity in our yoga practice, but also a sense of ease in our mind and heart. Starting with balancing breath-work, expect a flowing, dynamic vinyasa class which helps us go with the flow of life and release pent up tension and holding patterns. You will need a bolster and a yoga brick.
Elemental Flow: Root Down Gently
The First of Lucy's 5 elements series. This yoga class will connect you to the earth with gentle, slow and steady movements and a focus on grounding, slowing down and getting present. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or you just need help to calm. This class starts with a long breath-work relaxation, then works gently on the hips to release feelings of business and stress. You will need a tennis-size ball and you might need a block.
Mum and Baby Yoga Class
Mum To Be Hip Happiness
A beautiful flowing pregnancy yoga class, ideal for those in second trimester who already have an established practice, focusing on bringing openess, space and ease into the pelvis in preparation for birth. Lots of deep hip opening poses, leading to some pregnancy soothing and calming breath work before a long luxurious hip opening restorative ending. You will need a bolster and two blocks.
Turning Toward Awareness: Yoga, Qigong & Mindfulness
Feel centred, grounded and start to fine tune your awareness with this gentle and beautiful fusion of yoga, qigong and mindfulness class with a focus on twists and forward folds. With a gentle start, working with mindful movement, this is a practice exploring how we might work with twists as a way to discover greater ease and space in our physical, mental and emotional experience of being human. With twists, we are invited to curve our awareness inward and we grant ourselves space to learn to respond to whatever experiences arise. From this, we allow ourselves time to build better resources to meet the business of our outward lives.
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.
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.
Vinyasa on the Soft Side of Life
This well-rounded full body stretch, gentle yoga class has a focus on luscious side bends. Side bends are a fabulous way to move the whole body. They help open space in the lungs and respiratory muscles but are also highly therapeutic for the spine, back, and core. When these areas are less tense and more free, maybe you might feel that you can slide into that precious soft side of life. Although the class is gentle, you may find the moves tough!
Mum to Be Breath meditation: Breathe you and your baby calm
Fit Mum To Be Flow
This is a lovely strong yoga class for pregnant women in their second trimester who already had a steady yoga practice pre-pregnancy and are feeling strong and energised. Sweet flowing sequence that opens the spine, builds to a steady standing pose flow, balancing, then some soothing yogic breath work ideal for pregnancy before ending in a delicious side lying restorative shavasana to close.
Twist it Out, Rinse it clean
This is a super twisty dynamic vinyasa flow yoga class that will cleanse out your spine and any tension lodged in your body. A good strong flow practice with steady standing poses, arm balances and twists galore. You will feel rinsed clean and ready to go after this yoga class.
10 minutes of morning magic
Mother to be Medicine
Pregnancy yoga, ideally for those in the second trimester who have an existing yoga practice. This class is a side body opening flow for established practitioners. A delicious flowing practice that focuses on bring spaciousness into mind and body. Lots of juicy side body opening, fluid spinal exercises, grounding standing poses leading to a sumptuous restorative side lying shavasana.
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.
The breath is your greatest friend and one of the best tools in your toolkit for thriving through your pregnancy and birth. This class is a calming, soothing and grounding meditation for mothers to be in their first trimester to help embrace the present moment, ease any anxiety and connect deeply to your growing baby.
Love Yourself First
Mindfulness Meditation on the Elements
This beautiful, simple meditation class focuses on mindfulness of the body as experienced through our elemental constitutions of earth, fire water and air, space and consciousness. The Buddha taught about elemental practices as a way to train attention but also to wake up the fluidity of our changing experience. Just as the elements of the natural world dance in an ongoing interconnectedness and ongoing state of change, we can also begin to become aware of our body and our experience of it through the elements with us and all around us. Enjoy! Clothing by Rumi X.
Variation on Ashtanga Primary Series
Morning Practice: Fluidity and Flow
This morning yoga and qigong class is focused on circular, smooth movements through the body and joints to set you up for the day. With some beautifully awakening qigong forms such as variations of swimming dragon followed by active sun salute variations and fluid movements through standing poses. Enjoy waking up all your senses in this awakening flow!
Morning Practice: Awaken with the Elements
This morning flow class focuses on a connection to the natural elements. It is an awakening yoga practice with some qigong. The ancient yogis, Buddhists and Daoist sages believed that we are made of the elements of the natural world. This practice will help us awaken to this connection within ourselves to the elemental world around us. It’s very much like a shorter version of my morning practices, integrating yoga and qigong into mindful movements that help me harmonise my inner body with the outer world. This has a bit of everything – abdominals, hip work, backbends, twists, forward folds and arm balances. Enjoy!
Backbend Into Joy
A wonderful uplifting and enlivening practice that will help you to invite more joy into your life. A sweet, fiesty yoga class leading to some yummy backbends to open the chest and lungs and uplift the heart and enhance your mood. You will leave the practice feeling stretched out, full of vitality and open hearted. You may need a brick.
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!
20 Minute Morning Magic
The perfect way to start your day if you're short on time and want to kickstart your day on the right foot. This short yoga class will get your body awake and fluid, clear the mind and open the heart. A sweet, gentle flow that builds smoothly. This practice will open your spine, shoulders and side body.
Evening Floor Based Flow
30 minute Morning Magic
A great way to start the day! With a focus on bringing the joy into your day, this well-rounded and sequenced morning yoga class opens the whole body, gets the whole system awake and alert and brings life to the spine and legs. A fab fluid awakening practice. It starts on the back and then builds up to a steady standing pose flow. You may need a brick.
Full Monty Vinyasa
Bring the light in with this Full Monty yoga class.This is a full spectrum, whole bodied strong and energising practice which incorporates breath work (pranayama), chanting (mantra) physical postures (asana) and ends with meditation. Call in more lightness and ease into your body. You will need one block.
Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part3: Renew and Revive
The third in our work break series includes deep twists and standing poses to energise and get the blood moving again In qigong, it’s believed that energy flows where intention goes (yi dao, qi dao). This active practice combining yoga and qigong will revive and renew your body’s circulation and prana/qi flow. It’s a great one to do if you’ve been at at the desk and want a more active break, or as a morning practice to do before work. Clothing by Rumi X. "
Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part2: Focus + Clarity
The second in our series to provide a constructive break during work or study. These Yoga and Qigong practices all provide you with renewed clarity, and will help clear the cobwebs, also focus on clear alignment through the spine and limbs. It’s great to bring a mental focus and concentration back into the body when we're too in our heads. With some precision in our alignment as well as intentional practices from qigong such as ‘clearing the cobwebs’ (one of my favourites!), we can move forward with our day more embodied awareness and presence.
This gentle, nourishing flow is for you to help you to honour your body. Perfect for your moontime, or whenever you feel like giving your body extra support. Feel your moontime magic with this nourishing sequence featuring prana namaskar, a flow that asks, what is it we'd like to surrender.
PMS SOS Symptoms Softener
Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part1: Exhale + Sooth
Take a short break from studies or your work. Much of our body’s tension is muscular, but actually, what the muscles and our body crave when we feel tight is deep, satisfying breaths.This short practice releases tension by focusing on exhaling fully and uses Burmese qigong, chest and shoulder openings and forward folds to calm and sooth the mind. Perfect for taking a break to release tension during the day, but also great after a hard day's work. Clothing by Rumi X.
Live at Yoga Garden Party: Rebalance with the Prana Vayus
This class on the Prana-Vayus is an experiential exploration into your breath-work. A must for all practitioners! Prana is lifeforce and Vayus mean the vehicle to experience the lifeforce. Starting with a short talk on the role of prana in the body, the class moves into some slow, steady vinyasa and then further breath-work followed by a long guided meditation. A truly balancing, calming and energising class, deeply rooted in the origins of yoga, perfect for finding out more about this beautiful practice. Suitable for all levels.
Live at Yoga Garden Party: Yoga in Balance and Yoga For Balance
Surrender to Your Flow - Moon Time Meditation
Celebrate Your Flow
Support your body and celebrate your flow with this slow, sweet flow for days you'd like to practice, but you want to nourish yourself and support yourself during your moontime. A very grounding, slow practice, also great for whenever your body might need extra support but you'd like to flow. You will need a bolster, blanket and eye bag.
Honour Your Flow: Restorative Yoga for Your Cycle
This restorative yoga class is especially for low energy days. Suitable for everyone who needs extra nourishment and support, but these poses are especially great to also relieve symptoms you may experience during your moontime such as releasing heat from hips, relieving cramps, headache and aching. Restorative yoga is wonderful at restoring energy levels, cooling the body and calming the body’s system. You will need a bolster, a chair, two bricks, an eye-bag and a blanket.
Open to Nourishment and Support
A nourishing and supportive class in which you will be asked to lean into the space you feel in your body. A lovely class to practice at the end of the day, with back and shoulder opening postures all on the back, also including shoulder stand and plough pose to help you to relax and release into the experience of your body.
Wind Down Floor Flow
A lovely, calming, floor-based yoga class. Perfect for winding down at the end of the day, or for a very gentle wake up, or for when you're just not feeling your best. This class will have you feeling calmed, restored and gently re-invigorated with a focus on hip and hamstring stretches.
Effortless Morning Standing Flow
Connection of life within! A soulfully simple yoga class to honour your path. A simple yoga flow to celebrate the connection of life within you. Starting with sun salutes and then simple standing poses and twists, followed by standing forward folds and ending with squat twists.
Top of the Morning Hatha
A breath-centred mostly standing poses hatha yoga class in which we use our breath to restore, renew and revitalise us. Standing poses are great for gently strengthening us, and we use the breath to energise and invigorate the body. Perfect for creating a calm, vibrant start to the day. Thanks to Fabletics for their clothing.
Morning Mindful Flow
A grounding, centring mindfully paced vinyasa flow. Bring an open mind to this beautiful flow which uses pranayama and the mantra SO-HUM is weaved throughout the class. Learn how to unify the body, mind and breath, and use your breath with the mantra to organise the mind, whilst the body is led through a mindfully paced flow class. Perfect for starting your morning in a mindful way whilst energising the body. With thanks to Emily, Founder of OurMala for joining Zephyr in class.
Gentle Floor Flow
Rise and Shine
A perfect practice to start your day with. To put a spring in your step and brightness into the body. Great for days when you're feeling sluggish and need a kick start to your day in a gentle way. This class ends with a lovely long savasana so you're rested and ready for the day.
Don't Stop Now!
Roots of Suffering: Aversion
Roots of Suffering: Egotism
Ditch distorted thoughts about yourself and move into a more constructive way of seeing things. Plenty of balances and stretches with peak poses of crow and shoulder stand. Everyone should find a chal-lenge here that will induce internal radiance, create stillness and enable us to connect more closely with our true self.
Roots of Suffering: Ignorance
A heart opening practice to open you up and stir up awareness in areas that you might be getting stuck. This class is about starting a fearless journey and being accountable for yourself. With a special focus on the breath and the illumination of ideas that come to the service you will bring a calmer condition to your mind and spirit. And the rest of your day might just mirror that state.
Roots of suffering
Another well rounded flow to enjoy but you will also be asked to look at your experience of suffering whilst you move. By thinking about the roots of your suffering you should begin to intuitively create a plan to overcome suffering and you will be encouraged to go out into the world and put your plan into action.
(7) Crown Chakra Meditation
Yoga Nidra: Yogic Sleep
Yoga Nidra, a deep state of yogic sleep, is the perfect technique for when you need a recharge. Allow your mind to be calm, settle your nerves and feel rejuvenated in body and soul with this this 15 minute relaxation. You will be lying still and listening to Zephyr’s words throughout, so make sure you have blankets and whatever else you need to feel warm and comfortable.
Our Emotional Self
In today’s practice we will weave our physical practice with our emotional awareness. We all have emotions. It is healthy and normal to experience desirable and undesirable ones. But our behav-iour is the result of influence of those emotions which is most important to address. In this class you will be asked to identify any destructive habitual emotions that you may have and actively practice with its desirable opposite. Connect you closer to calm and peace.
Taking Root & Growing
A movement practice designed to be used with the mantra, So Ham, meaning I am. This will reinforce your sense of being enough, deserving and worthy of success. The use of a mantra in this way helps protect the mind from the habitual ways it becomes distracted and helps us connect the body and mind.
With this practice we will move to strengthen our ability to define ourselves, not by our stories, but by what we truly know of ourselves. As the final mental emotional mental centre we will be working with this practice will re-emphasise some of the fundamentals of yoga which are to rediscover, re-store and heal ourselves. You will need a belt and a block.
Seeing Ourselves Clearly
A practice to strengthen your focus. You will move through a sequence of physical movements whilst directing the gaze and thoughts at one point in the room with the goal of losing attachment to the rest of the room. An active and intentional method of controlling the focus of the eyes which in turn focuses the attention of the mind.
Focus on Communication
Stabilising Emotional Energy
This practice is concentrated around the energy centre at the base of the pelvis to create good physical stability. This area of our body is associated with the emotional idea of self preservation and physical identity associated with survival. A focus on this centre, and building stability within this centre will create and nurture the emotional need to validate your right to be here and the story of you.
Meditation On Letting Go
Embracing and acknowledging that sixth sense of intuition is the goal of this meditation practice; finding solace and even confidence within ourselves, even though the world around us seems to be in a state of chaos. Connecting with the breath and experiencing the release of the stress and dis-ease built up in our daily lives is an incredible transformative step in how we then communicate with ourselves and those around us. That communication begins to stem from a knowing that is deep inside you, a confidence and command of yourself you may have forgotten you even pos-sessed.
(6) Insight & Intuition: The 3rd Eye Chakra
A meditative class to awaken the higher mind, quieten the internal chatter and stimulate your intuitive abilities. Starting with quieting eye movements, and then with gentle poses with a block to rest on your third eye chakra. Suitable for doing before bed, or in the morning, enabling you to act with insight and intuition throughout the day. You will need a block and an eye mask.
Effort Without Struggle
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.
Vinyasa SOS: Intermediate To Advanced
Vinyasa SOS: Improvers
Cultivating Our Inner Light
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.
Vinyasa SOS: Beginners
Metta: Care for Ourselves and Care for Others
Featuring moon rather than sun salutes, this more nourishing practice is a beautifully nurturing slow flow and a nourishing sequence for the heart and soul. Great for when your body needs a little extra support, but you'd like to keep your movement practice. The human heart circulates the most oxygen rich supply of blood to itself first before it moves it out to the rest of the body. As humans we can also learn to care for our own bodies and experience, and use this care as a springboard to cultivate greater care for others and the world. “It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It's simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.” – Erich Schiffmann
Devotion: Practising Hanumanasana
Hanumanasana is a challenging pose – it’s the “splits” – but named after the monkey king Hanuman, who in one giant leap stretched across the continent of India to help save his Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. His act is one of devotion. When we practice Hanumanasana, it can feel really challenging, but if we consider what makes us act in the service of our highest self, or our volition in life – like Hanuman’s devotion and love inspired him to take that immortalized leap – the pose can perhaps be understood in a new light. In this practice we’ll look at Hanumanasana and consider the ways in which can embrace its difficulty with skill and insight.
New Year Refreshing Sequence
Flow And Restore
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.
Quiet Mind, Deep Surrender
A meditative, peace-inducing practice to calm the busy mind and drop deeply into the body. Perfect for when there is inner chaos and a tired body. With a focus on breath-work, there are some standing poses to help harmonise body and breath and create an inner calm. A great class for before bedtime or towards the end of the day to start a peaceful evening. You will need a block & eye-bag.
Tension Buster Sleep Seducer
A tension freeing practice to help shake off and rinse out blockages and habitual holdings that get in the way of relaxing deeply. Ideal for releasing stress, rinsing out frustrations and emptying out stagnant energy. Perfect for after work and with a long savasana, great for before bed. You'll need an eye-cover.
Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head
Relax Big, Sleep Deep
Any time you need to calm and nourish yourself, try these 5 types of breathing that lead to Embryonic Respiration, and then finish with a simple, gentle yet potent practice called Inner Nourishment. In China, this practice has been done since the Ming Dynasty. Believed to strengthen all internal organs, it has strong affect on digestion and respiration, menstruation, fatigue and heart disease.
Qigong Meditations For Health & Vitality
Mimi offers two qigong visualisation meditations in this practice. The first is called microcosmic orbit. Microcosmic orbit works with major channels of the body, the yin meridian (ren mai) and yang meridian (du mai) on the front and back channels of the body respectively. Known as the conception and governing channels. These meridians help regulate the flow of qi to the other 12 meridians and organs of the body. Circulating good flow of energy in the main rivers means tributaries can receive the flow more effortlessly. The second is called an organ-gemstone meditation. This meditation is one to do any time you feel like you are about to get sick; 90% of the time, it will prevent a cold or sore throat from coming on.
Calm And Recharge
This qigong flow practice starts with some warmups for the joints, cultivation of qi between the hands, and then moves into what we think of as “water salutations” – fluid movements that feel like the equivalent of yoga’s sun salutations. It’s a practice that warms the body, actively stimulates, guides and moves the qi, and helps to quiet the mind. Enjoy!
Move Into Calm
Stay Low Flow
Loving Kindness Flow
Get Moving: Standing Flow
A qi-gong inspired gentle standing flow to move the hips, shoulders and gently build strength in legs and core. A fabulous class to cultivate steadiness, and an antidote to the business of sedentary modern life. The qi-gong inspired movements and water quality of softness in the poses are fabulous for building strength and stability. With no sun salutes, this class is great for most bodies including older bodies, those with limited mobility and pregnancy.
Winter Warmers: Yoga and Qigong for the Inner Fire" part I: kindling the fire
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.
Uddiyana Bandha Tutorial
Perfect your Abdominal Contraction technique with this short tutorial. Uddiyana has many benefits; improving blood circulation to the core, strengthening internal organs and distributing energy throughout the body. Once you have mastered 3 rounds, you can gradually increase to 10 rounds over a few months.
A grounding meditation which will give you extra support, an access to a little bit of happiness no matter what is going on in your life. A really beautiful visualisation meditation suitable for beginners and all of us. You just need to be seated upright in a comfortable position.
Detox, Breathe And Energise
A breath-work (pranayama) and twisting class designed to get sluggish digestive systems working. Great to help detox, or eliminate stagnant energy as well as for improving the circulation, this class is great for simple explanations of breath-work techniques. Perfect for after travel or for during a cleansing/detox programme.
Yoga Detox And Energise
A nice and easy class if you're feeling a little sluggish, or your energy is low. Can yoga detoxify you? Most likely not. But with plenty of twists wringing out your digestive system, breath work to get rid of any stagnant energy this class is guaranteed to pep up those who feel they need a little twisty, wringing energy in their day. You will need a block.
Grounding Flow for Hips
A steady, calm but strengthening class with a focus on standing poses and keeping fluidity through the movements. This class is perfect if you have shoulder or wrist issues and you want to keep your fluid practice going, but with no vinyasa. Feel grounded and steady in this beautiful, mindful movement practice.
Healthy Morning Hatha
A steady, calm but strengthening class with a focus on standing poses and keeping fluidity through the movements. This class is perfect if you have shoulder or wrist issues and you want to keep your fluid practice going, but with no vinyasa. Feel grounded and steady in this beautiful, mindful movement practice.
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.
Get Set Morning Flow
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!
Qigong for Meridian & Joint Health
Radiance 3: The Heart
A gentle, heart opening class starting with a supported chest opener. Feel a luminous energy, soften your heart and open your chest ready to be radiant in the world. These exercises are brilliant for opening the upper back and shoulders if you've had a deckbound day too, and great for increasing happiness. You will need a bolster and two blocks.
Radiance 2: Kick Ass Core
The second class in Lucy's series to help you feel radiant, inside and out. This class will help you shine from your very centre. A punchy, ab oriented sequence to get your digestive system stoked, so you are feeling radiant from your very core. Starting with breathing exercises to get your internal fire going, class moves onto some abs work and finishing with twists. Enjoy your new found radiance!
The first in our 3 part series designed to make you feel bright and fabulous both inside and out. Starting with super fun facial exercises, moving through gentle forward folds and finishing in a rejuvenating inversion, this flow will leave you not only with a radiant face but also ready to deal with stressful situations in general. You will need a block or thick book and a wall space for legs up the wall.
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.
Free the Upper Body
A beautiful hatha yoga class to release the shoulder girdle, open up the connective tissues around the neck, arms, shoulders and jaws. An expansive class, suitable for all levels and featuring some wonderfully innovative stretches to help us to nurture the tissues around these areas. Highly recommended for all of us who spend a long time at computers, seated, after travel or after driving. You will need a yoga belt.
Happy, Healthy Hips
An artfully sequenced hatha yoga class with a focus on prana, or the flow of breath, at all times with some optional vinyasa to heat the body and open the hips. The krama (or stages) of practice lead you to ever deeper, more open hips. With options for beginners, intermediate and advanced, this class featuring various hip opening, twists and balances will strengthen as you open the body.
Sugar Detox 2
This second sugar detox yoga class is a sweet treat to help 'rest & digest' and particularly helps with anxiety or tension. A flowing, gentle class with lots of deep lunges, twists and thigh stretches to help improve the digestion and settle the nervous system. Practice includes the 3-part breath and a sumptuous restorative with the legs on a chair. Props: You will need a chair or a clear wall and might need a block and a belt.
Beginners Brand New You
This class is great for starting out on your yoga journey and has been devised for those new to yoga, or who want a gentle, shorter class. A beginners dream, this class will grow your spine, deepen your breath and leave you wanting for more! You'll need a chair handy for our beginner's introduction to downward dog.
This first sugal detox class balances the metabolism to give a natural boost instead of a sugar ”˜high’. It’s full of juicy twists and forward bends and a perfect 15 min booster for a mid-afternoon low. Instead of reaching for that sweet snack try this sweet yoga class. You may like to use a bolster and have a chair handy and you may need a block and a belt.
Sugar Detox 3
Revolution from the inside! This third level of the sugar detox series includes breath work (pranayama) and some more advanced poses, all focusing on twisting. The twists detoxify and focus on an inner cleansing and digestive health. For relaxation you may want to use a bolster and you may need a block and a belt.
Winter Warmers Yoga and Qigong: Spirit Warming 3 Settling the Spirit
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?!
Winter warmers Yoga and Qigong: Spirit Warming 2
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.
Yoga For Jet Lag
A gentle, rejeuvenating hatha yoga class ideal for getting your jet-lagged body back to form. With poses great for assisting circulation, reducing swelling and unravelling the hips after long periods of sitting, this yoga class is perfect for grounding after travel. You will need blocks and access to a chair or support to prop the feet up on.
Stretch At Your Desk
A short stretch at your desk. This class is great for the middle of the day if you can't get out the office but your body and mind need to wake up. You could even just learn a couple of these simple chair yoga poses to learn for every day. These will help your desk-bound back and hips and help focus your mind.
After Work Or Travel - Rebalance And Restore
A cleverly sequenced and rather beautiful simple yoga class to restore and rebalance your spine after you have been sitting at a desk, sitting in an aeroplane or driving for long periods of time. Suitable for beginners and those tired after a long day. You will need soft blocks and a strap.
Yoga for Cold/Flu
Big Day 3 - The Power Poses
A series of poses to give you the inner vibrancy to give you the confidence which will give you your inner power back. This is the third part in Lucy's Big Day series - this short video is great for the day before the Big Day, be that your wedding, a presentation, a job interview, or anytime when YOU matter. Lucy shows you some poses which you can strike just before you go in for the big event. Enjoy this fun class, and you may be surprised at how powerful you have become!
Relax into the Big Day
This second part of preparation for the Big Day, also known as Yoga for When you Matter is about visualising techniques to prepare the body and mind for success in whatever it is that you are preparing for. The second part includes visualisation techniques whilst relaxing, a form of yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is an extremely powerful technique for re-wiring your brain and body when you need to really be on form. After taking this class, you will have the confidence to take your big day by storm.
Grounding, Centering, Letting Go
A grounded, slow vinyasa which has some surprising challenges as well as a little qi-gong, for extra centering. This is an amazing class for those times when you need to just 'check in' with yourself - and from a rooted centre, you can grow wings to fly up to half-moon pose, crow and twist away your day. A very cleansing and calming class, although you will be asked to pay attention to your alignment as you fly!
Sort Yourself Out, Stretch Out and Start the Day
This mindfully-paced most-levels vinyasa class is great for sorting yourself out and stretching out to start your day at the beginning of the day. This class includes gentle stretches, sun saltutes, standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, a bit of everything to stretch out in the morning.
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.
Yoga for Desk-Bound Backs 2
This class focuses on releasing tension often held in the shoulders if we sit at a desk for prolonged periods as well as unravelling tension held in the hips, another frequently tight area for those desk jockeys out there. Great for unwinding the effects of prolonged sitting. This class is great to take as a break in the course of the day, or at the end of the day. You will need a strap.
Yoga for Desk-Bound Backs
This gentle, hatha class gives the back and neck some simple releases for those of us who have been stuck at a desk, on a train, plane or behind the wheel all day. You will find that you have new, oxygenated bloodflow to the spine and feel a million times better after these simple poses. You may need a block.
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.
Yoga for When You Matter
This is a helpful toolkit for any time you are facing a big challenge, be that a presentation at work, a job interview or even your Big Day! Lucy offers some simple steps to help you get calm and focussed. You'll work with deepening the breath, releasing tension held in the neck and belly and throat. The perfect antidote for those big day nerves.
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
This post-travel sequence is great for getting movement back into the spine, hips, legs and shoulders after a long period wihout being able to stretch out. The class starts with gentle lateral stretches and then gets more dynamic and fun. This class is fantastic after travel, the office or as a morning energiser to get you going for the day.
Post Travel Yoga for Hips, Shoulders and Backs
This post-travel sequence is perfect for easing hips, shoulders and backs. Travel does create downward pressure on backs, shoulders and hips, a tightening and weakening of muscles. This class is designed to aliviate pain and discomfort from the travel or from sitting still for lengths of time. A great class after any long journey to stretch out, or indeed after a day sitting in the office.
After Travel: Digest and Stretch
If your gut sometimes feels sore, uncomfortable or 'stuck' after flying, or driving long journeys, this yoga class is for you. Zephyr leads us through some wonderful poses to assist digestion, help the stomach release any tightness and get some circulation back into the limbs. Also includes an amazing anti-sitting stretch. Definitely worth 30 minutes after your journey to arrive with comfort and ease. A couple of foam blocks would be really useful.
Relax and Restore Post-Flight
This supine yoga class, mostly with the legs up the wall will help the body recover from flights by reducing swelling in the legs and feet. This class encourages deep release from tension inducing flights, draining of the fluid and restoration of the circulation for the legs and hips. The poses and relaxation will help you feel fully 'landed' in your new destination. You will need to be near a wall and keep a block or a book and a strap handy.
Post Natal 4: Restorative
Support Yourself During The Change
Moving Meditation: Qi-Gong Basics 3
This third part of the QiGong basics series begins to move the qi through the body. Inspired by the crane and the bear, which represent aspects of yin and yang respectively, the movements begin circulating qi through the body. Movements in qigong are generally slow, circular, repetitive, graceful and flowing. Its power is in its simplicity.
Take it Easy
This sequence of supported yoga poses is ideal for all levels and for when you need to let go, relax and take it easy. These poses are especially beneficial for easing PMT; symptoms of the menopause or for anyone who needs to release stress and strain. You will need some blocks.
Keep Grounded Through Change
This is a slow, easy class for when you need to move just a little bit, and will help you to keep centred or grounded in times of change. This is especially important during the menopause and can really help you go through life's biggest change, but it's also an awesome class to take during your period or if you're going through any periods of disruption and you just need some slow, gentle moving support. You will need a block.
Moving Meditation: Qigong Basics 2
This second part of the Qigong basics series is aimed at purifying and cleansing the qi in the body. The qi, like any transportation system, can often be stuck, stagnant, overactive or diseased. These practices work to cleanse the body of toxic qi and fill it with healthy, vibrant qi. You finish feeling as though you have had a good internal wash that leaves you feeling more purified and nourished.
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.
Moving Meditation:Qigong Basics1
This first part of the QiGong basics series focuses on standing meditation and breathing practices, both central to the qigong tradition. QiGong is a Chinese energy practice that works with the principle of “xing ming shuang xiu” ”“ meaning “the spirit and body are equally refined and cultivated.” It is designed to bring the qi, or life energy, into the body and encourage it to flow without blockage. Founded on the virtues of trust, integrity, wisdom, and compassion, QiGong practices help create a feeling of inner and outer peace, energy, and wellbeing.
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!
Kapala Bhati Breath
Vinyasa for shoulders
Mimi Winter Immune (3)
The third part of the immune series focuses upon internal cleansing. This class uses gentle movements, breath practices (pranayama), some QiGong as well as twists in order to give the body a deep cleanse. This class truly takes yoga as a purification practice to it's full meaning.
Mimi's Winter Immune Part 2
Winter Immune Boost
Give your immune system a boost at this time of year with this lovely gentle yoga class. Ideal if you feel you're coming down with a cold or to stave off colds when you're feeling a little run down. Mimi explains how yoga can be really therapeutic. Try this class and let the yoga do its magic.
Reclaim yourself after a long week with Zephyr’s Sunday Chill. To soothe the body, Zephyr weaves supine poses, twists and gentle backbends. To re-energise she introduces breath-work, bringing the body and the mind back to being the finely tuned instrument which it needs to be for the week ahead. If you’re debating sofa or practice, this one’s for you. You may need a strap.
Lisa : Breathe and Release
This yoga class is perfect straight before bed, and can be done in bed to help relax and release and ease yourself into a deep sleep. Lisa guides the breath through the body to help release tension and assist relaxation. This is breath-work and marma point work only, no asana. Recommended for those of us who find it hard to wind down at the end of the day.
Guided Relaxation with Graham
This very short guided relaxation through visualising points of light in the body is amazing to help you to calm, decompress and deeply relax. Amazing for just before bed, but you can also do this great relaxation practice really effectively sitting down at any time. Feeling stressed on the bus or train? Try this out. Six minutes of heaven for deep peace.
Winter Immune Booster (A Taster)
Yoga Nidra with Graham
Graham introduces yoga nidra by briefly explaining the practice, then showing us how to set up and finally Graham treats us to a beautiful 20 minute yoga nidra practice Yoga nidra is yogic sleep. If you already know the practice and how to set up, scroll forward to 12 minutes through where Graham starts class. Prepare for deep rest and for your intentions to come to fruition.
Better Sleep: Breathe to Soothe
Following the breath is a really easy and effective way to calm the nervous system and prepare the body for a great night's sleep. Lisa guides a breath meditation practice to balance and soothe the over-active brain and shows us some pressure points which can release tension.
Simple Breath Meditation
This easy to follow meditation is perfect for beginners. Graham gives four simple ways to use the breath as a focus to settle the body help concentrate the mind. He also offers helpful tips throughout the practice about what often happens when we try to mediate and what we might think we are doing wrong. If you have never meditated you need to get comfortable first so try Graham’s tutorials for sitting cross-legged or easy alternatives (using a chair or kneeling). Props: Bolster, cushions, or chair.
Meditation: How to sit comfortably
Meditation: Sitting comfortably
Better Sleep: Meditation
In this simple meditation practice which can be used before sleep, Lisa shows us how to bring awareness to the thoughts in our mind and how to helpfully acknowledge those thoughts, which can help calm the mind before bedtime. This meditation can be used anytime, and is useful to use at any point in the day when the road seems rocky, but is especially useful before sleep to ensure a more restful, calmer mind in preparation for deep rest.
This nourishing yoga class is great for when our bodies are crying for extra nourishment and support. Perfect for the day after the night before, the day after a big athletic event, for that time of the month or for when you need to settle the nervous system. The perfect spa for body, mind and soul. Props: bolster or pillows.
Looking for a challenge this week? Zephyr leads an intermediate /advanced twist practice that utilises core strength to stretch and tone the deep fibres of hips and abs. Zephyr’s creative sequence weaves vinyasa flow and long holds to create the finest hip & spine release you’ve tried in a long time.
Daily Floor Flow
A perfect daily warm up and great alternative to sun salutes or if you want to give the wrists a break. Seated and floor-based sequence to stretch the spine and breathe out the cobwebs. Includes twists, forward bends, side flexes, abs work and chest openers. Props: Beginners may need a block to sit on.
Zephyr’s steady flowing morning practice builds from the floor up ”“ opening the lungs, legs and shoulders. This is a full spectrum class moving through a sweeping flowing vinyasa and offering harder modifications for improvers or easier ones if you need to back off. A favourite to inspire your your regular morning routine.
Flow - Hips & Heart
Better Sleep: Settle down for sleep
This is yoga to enable you to settle down to sleep, you can even do this practice in bed. Lisa gives you the essential poses and breathing to settle the nervous system ready for rest. She also shares some acupressure points known to help with calming and soothing the body to rest.
Better Sleep: Morning Energiser
Not slept a wink? Feeling tired and out of sorts? Need strength to face the day? Let Lisa guide you through this nourishing morning sequence for slow-building energy for the day. Tips and advice about how to move and breath in ways that will sustain you throughout the day and make for a restful nights sleep. Part of the Better Sleep series and compliment to Lisa’s evening practices.
Greet the day flow
Trimesters 2 & 3: Daily floor flow
An easy- to-follow daily warm up for pregnancy. Perfect if you want a daily practice before work or to fit into your busy day. Seated and floor-based sequence to stretch the spine and breathe out the cobwebs. Includes gentle side flexes to make room for baby, and forward bends to soothe and calm Props: Beginners may need a block to sit on.
Trimesters 2 & 3: Dynamic hips
Trimesters 2 & 3: Vinyasa flow
A more challenging pregnancy vinyasa sequence to stabilise the pelvis,hips and lower back. This is quite a strong practice, suitable for those who have an existing yoga practice prior to their pregnancy and those who are feeling quite strong and ready to build and maintain their strength to prepare for the birth. You might want to use a cushion or bolster.
Easy Headstand with Feetup
Always wanted to master headstand but afraid of falling? Stopped by neck issues, lack of core strength or simply have not mastered the technique? Let Zephyr guide you through this suported headstand with the revolutionary new FEETUP support. Learn how to practice a safe, steady inversion where you can receive the full benefits of a headstand, often called the ”˜King of Poses’. Learn more
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
Yoga for Cyclists: Hamstrings
Lucy gives us some wonderful simple stretches for the backs of the legs, hamstrings, hips, shoulders and lower back - areas which can tighten up with a lot of cycling. With stretched muscles, you'll find you can go so much further...Try these stretches if you're a regular cyclist, if you're preparing for a cycling holiday or after a big ride. Props: Strap or belt.
Free the Spine
Free the Spine - the mind will follow! This short practice will give your back the welcome break it needs from hunching, rounding and slouching all day at your desk or in your car. Simple exercises give your spine and shoulders opening and length. I was at least 10 foot tall after doing this practice. All you need is a block or something to sit on.
Release the day
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
After work - Energiser
We wouldn't say that this is the most fun that you could have in a bedroom but this practice will help you to calm down before sleep. This will help with any insomnia or sleeplessness you may be experiencing. Lucy has two students with her to show this sleepy practice which is for just before bed to calm your nervous system to prepare for a deep restful sleep. You'll need a strap or belt for hamstring stretches.
After work: Release & restore
This wonderful nurturing practice introduces the idea of restorative practice ”“ constructive rest - often the very best thing to do after a hard day at work. Lucy guides a practice using the support of blankets and cushions and finishes with the legs against the wall ”“ the most effective poses to rest the body and settle the mind.
Go with the Flow
Beautiful simple morning practice with Kate’s easy-to-follow alignment cues. Kate breaks down the poses that make up sun salutes and guides some easy hip-openers and forward bends. This is the goldilocks practice ”“ just enough information to take you deeper into your poses but a nice flowing practice that calms and soothes. Prepare to be renewed!
Warrior 2 Pose - Tutorial
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!
Shoulder Stand Tutorial: Demo
Yoga for Cyclists: Quads
This short beginner-level class focuses on the quads which can get really tight after a lot of cycling. You will need access to a wall for some really deep quad-stretching. This practice will also be useful for many sports which requires strength of quads, including running, ski-ing, horse-riding and many games such as football, rugby and even tennis.
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.
Ready Steady Ski Part 1
The perfect yoga practice to prepare you for the slopes. Focusing on building strength around the ankles, knees and thighs. You'll need a block (or a book) and a tennis ball. This class features French Olympic Skier Anais Caradeux as Lucy's student. Your thighs will feel this one!
Apres Ski Awesomeness
Apres Ski Aperitif