10 to 20 mins
Beginners 1: Move with the breath
Brand new to yoga? Unsure about where to start? Take Clare’s beginners series which is an unfussy approach to the fundamentals. Moving with the breath is the first step in yoga. Clare shows the difference between the natural breath and the “ocean” or Ujaii breath and builds in simple standing, kneeling and supine movements. Class finishes with a short relaxation.
Beginners 4: Twist to unwind
Twists help you feel yourself again. So whether you’re stiff, stressed-out, sluggish, or plain out of sorts, Clare’s simple twist practice will leave you feeling grounded and re-energised. Perfect for morning or evening. The class ends on a savasana, so feel free to lay down and soak up the practice for as long as you need.
Yoga Nidra Element Series: Sacred Space
Guide Relaxation Meditation
Preparing the body, the breath, and the mind for meditation is the focus for this subtle relaxation yoga class. After a few seated movements to prepare the body for stillness, just settle and relax the body. With a focus on the breath and a feeling of connection and groundedness, this class is perfect for whenever you need to give your body some deep self-care, when you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed or you need to rest, and perfect to use as a savasana for after a yoga class. You will need a bolster or two (or a pillow or cushion) and a blanket.
Chair Yoga: Play, Release and Invert
Chair yoga can be fun and strong. This chair yoga class uses a chair to release tension in the upper back and shoulders to prepare us for deeper stretches. Have fun with your chair next to a wall and build up to pincha mayurasana forearm inversion. You will need a stable chair to be against the wall.
Take this time to settle into the body's natural tendency to know how to rest and bring the body back into a state of balance. Teaching our body how to rest should be so natural, yet is so hard. This guided rest audio class will help your body to drop into a state of relaxation. It can be done any time you're able to truly surrender and relax, lying down, being comfortable, and letting the body drop any tension.
Sound Healing: Sleep Tonic
This soothing sleep tonic journey is an invitation to rest, to calm yourself and to get ready to sleep. Let the sound of rain and bowls ground you to feel cosy and ready to sleep. We recommend you are ready to sleep when you listen to this and do not multi-task - be completely present to the healing. This audio is 10 minutes long with an intentional 10 minute silence at the end for you to soak up the practice. Wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken. Do not drive during any of these sound healing journeys.
Settle and Centre with Yin Yoga
Our minds often want to run away from things that are uncomfortable, or run towards pleasant sensation. This yin yoga class cultivates our ability to simply stay present and mindful to whatever is happening. Without judgement, we develop the ability to simply stay and widen the inner landscape through the yin yoga poses of squat, butterfly, sphinx, seal and dragonfly. You will need a brick.
Sound Healing: Gratitude
This sound healing journey will give you the opportunity to focus on what you are grateful for in life. Tapping into gratitude brings positive emotions and provides an uplifting experience. It is a very healing process, associated with positive mental and physical health benefits. This experience is immersive. We recommend you lie in a comfortable position and do not multi-task - this is one for being completely relaxed and present. Wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken. Do not drive during any of these sound healing journeys. This journey ends with silence to simply absorb the sound healing, just stay for as long as you are able and come back to the present when you are ready.
Sound Healing: Letting Go
Enter into the realm of letting go of the day-to-day and drop into your consciousness, giving the active mind time to rest. This sound healing journey is a space to receive the bounty that awaits as you let go of tense muscles, a busy mind, or stress in the body. You are invited to set an intention before you listen and then let go of all effort, relax and surrender to the sounds. This experience is immersive. We recommend you lie in a comfortable position and do not multi-task - this is one for being completely relaxed and present. Wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken. Do not drive during any of these sound healing journeys. Towards the end of the healing, the journey takes you to the still space of silence to let the sounds settle and then Kirsty will bring you back to the present.
Alternative to Sun Salutations
This yoga class is a wonderful all body warm up or stand alone practice with infinite variations and difficulty levels. It can be used to substitute sun salutations to avoid pressure or weight-bearing on the shoulders and wrists - so no downward dog or chaturanga. It can also be built upon and offers a chair or wall as an option for helping balance.
Tutorial: How Downward Dog Works
This yoga tutorial shows the classic yoga pose, downward dog, in detail. In particular, you'll see how the action of downward dog engages the whole body and how we can make the pose more efficient. Plus, explore how it can be modified using a chair or blocks to make the pose more accessible and safer.
Tutorial: Healthy Hips and Back
The hips and lower back connect us to the earth via our legs, and to our vitality and movement through the organs and spine. This experiential yoga tutorial explains the mechanics of hip movement and how it can help the body move in a more balanced and healthy way. It also explores the hips in relation to back pain and how their positioning can both contribute to and help ease back pain.
Tutorial: How The Shoulders Work
This yoga tutorial looks at how the arms and shoulders help to support movement, expression, circulation and spinal health. Learn how to move and open your shoulders for greater connection to your body. This is also a great tutorial to help counter the effect on the shoulders of chaturanga and to support those with previous injuries to their shoulder such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder or bursitis. No need for a yoga mat, this tutorial can be done anywhere!
Tutorial: Explore Standing Yoga Poses
A short yoga tutorial using a chair/wall as an option for support while exploring warrior one, warrior two, triangle pose and extended side angle. These poses are very common in a yoga class, but they are actually very complex. Explore these poses and discover versions which work best and feel good for your body so you can take them into future yoga classes.
Tutorial: Intelligent Body
Learn to be more sensitive to your body and enrich your practice in this experiential yoga tutorial. We invite you to explore your body from the feet up and give you tools to take with you into whatever movement practice you have, whether that be yoga, walking, running, cycling, dancing or the other million ways our human bodies like to move. This yoga class also asks us what are the components of an intelligent body? When we become more sensitive to our body's intelligence, we can work and move with our own body in a safer and subtler way. We can make more grounded, more embodied decisions.
Awaken Energy 2: Balls, Blocks and Massage
A second class to move chi (or energy) in the body using tennis ball massage. This class is perfect in the morning to gently stimulate energy or as a prelude to yin class; ideal if you’re feeling tired and want to gently lift your energy with minimal movement. You will need 2 tennis balls or spiky massage balls and a block.
Meditation: Being Embodied
This meditation will help you to understand how the various ‘parts’ of the body relate to one another, and how they respond to gravity. Bring your awareness to the body to help you to ground and feel present to this moment. A great meditation to do when you're on the move, feeling anxious or overwhelmed to reconnect with yourself and this moment. Also a really great meditation to do when you’re choosing what class to practise. Tune into your body and find out what your body is asking for.