10 to 30 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 2 - Foundation Poses
Clare breaks down some of the fundamental yoga poses: Downward facing dog, lunges and cobra. These are building blocks for "Sun Salutations" that are taught in many yoga classes. Clare shows how to position the body: feet, hands, shoulders and hips, and build the poses with the breath into a flow that we’ll use across the beginners series. Class finishes with a short relaxation.
Beginners 3 - Standing Poses
Standing poses build up strength and steadiness. Clare explains how to build upon the foundations of the feet and breath and use the muscles of the legs to give stability and space. Class builds in the flow we have learned in previous classes. Props: 2 blocks. Coming next Beginners 4: Twist to Unwind ”¦
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
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 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 4
Making yoga really accessible, this chair yoga class is a short and simple sequence to bring space around the neck and shoulders and at the same time opening up the ribcage to invite in more breath. It will leave you feeling more spacious from the waist up. Great for those with limited mobility as well for practicing in the office or at work.
(10) Fun With Feral Movements
Prepare with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence and then get rid of your mat for this class, finding freedom in animal movements which will liberate your yoga practice. Among other moves discover a duck walk, bunny hops, sneaky ape, creeping beast, jumping crows and finally crawl like a lizard. Some of the moves in this class can be quite challenging, so feel free to adapt or skip postures to make the class suitable for your body.
Relaxation For Great Sleep
Get yourself ready to calm into the evening with this all-levels gentle hatha yoga class, perfect to wind down after a busy day. Move through a series of poses focusing on stretching hamstrings, back and shoulders and getting comfortable for a great night’s sleep. Breathing exercises help you slow down and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Finishes with a long relaxation leaving you restored and calm. Ideal for everyone, but especially young people.
Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue
This class is a workshop-style yoga class to target areas that hold tension in the neck, causing fatigue. The class focuses on head and neck alignment, jaw release and strength and shoulder mobility. With exercises to gain awareness of where we might be unnecessarily straining our neck and holding tension, we explore head aligment and then use neck and shoulder stretches and strengthening exercises to help release tension. You will need a blanket, foam block, cushion and a strap.
Universal Teachings 5
Jivamukti: Wakey Wakey!
Wake yourself up and get going with a short, intermediate level Jivamukti yoga class. Expect a fiesty-paced flow through sun salutes and vinyasa, and turn your swift practice into a meditation in motion. Includes a juicy backbend sequence and regular headstand practitioners can enjoy a long headstand hold (child's pose for the rest of us). With lovely forward bends and twists to finish off before savasana. A lovely meditation in motion to start the day.
Step By Step Into Flying Splits
A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into the Flying Splits, or Eka Pada Koudinyasana I. Starting with plank for building arm strength (we recommend daily plank for strength building), then some hamstring and hip warm-ups. We move via hanumanasana (the splits) and into first the modified pose, and then into the full version of the pose. You will need 2 bricks and a folded blanket.