30 to 45 mins › Nikita Akilapa
Restorative Yoga for Pregnancy
Support and soothe your pregnant body with this peaceful restorative pregnancy yoga class. Find deep rest with relaxing and nourishing postures (supported sukhasana, legs up the wall, supported twist, reclining savasana). With restorative yoga, less is more. Spending extended time in each posture carries lots of physiological benefits. Beyond the physical, we can use the stillness as an opportunity to really be present with baby. You will need a bolster, yoga bricks if you have them, and access to a wall.
Yoga For Happiness (4): Kindness
In this gentle vinyasa yoga class, the focus is on ahimsa (non violence). In the body, we can work with soft negotiation rather than force or brutality. In the mind, we can be aware of the tone with which we speak to ourselves. Pay attention to what you ask of your body in today's practice; notice when you are forcing it to do something it doesn't want to do / ignoring or overriding body wisdom. Pay attention to the internal dialogue and notice the tone of internal dialogue. Make a note of any recurring thoughts. Finally, write a mantra, something supportive and loving, that you can repeat to yourself (e.g. you are perfect as you are).
Yoga For Happiness (2): Gratitude
Adopting an attitude of gratitude is a game-changer for journeying into joy. Gratitude for your breath and your body; gratitude for your relationships and experiences; gratitude for who you are and what you bring to the world; gratitude for the opportunity to see yourself clearly and non judgementally. This beautifully paced and sequenced vinyasa flow yoga class has shoulder and upper back opening focus, great to release tight shoulders and stiffness in the upper back and perfect to open the heart to gratitude. This class is about shifting from our habitual responses. You will need two bricks.
Yoga For Happiness (1): Honesty
This is the first class in Nikita's Yoga for Happiness Series. This is a nourishing and supportive, mindfully paced vinyasa flow yoga class. A perfect to start your day with mindfulness, openness and honesty. With slowness to the flow comes depth of feeling and depth of breath. This class isn't complicated, but it does require that you come to the mat being honest with yourself, your needs or your limits; the boundaries being set by the body. Enjoy a simple, well rounded flow class where you'll find you're able to build self-kindness and self-confidence through an honest acceptance of your body in the here and now. The Yoga For Happiness Series is designed to help us move towards self-acceptance - meeting ourselves where we are, as we are, without judgement. This set of nourishing and supportive classes will invite you to really see yourself, both on and off the mat.
The Day Breaker
A powerful, fiery all-round vinyasa yoga class that will strengthen, energise and open the body, heart and mind. Moving to the natural rhythm of our own bodies and calling on our own inner strength, we will work with twists, back bends, hip and leg openers, core strengtheners and balancing postures. The perfect way to start the day! You may need two yoga bricks.
Space And Freedom
This hip and leg opening vinyasa yoga class helps you to move into a more expansive state by prioritising space and freedom, a sentiment that can live well beyond the mat and into your behaviours, attitudes and approach for the day, and onwards. Listening carefully to the whispers of the body, you increase our sensitivity to sensation and enhance your interior perception. By moving slowly, you are able to build more strength and stamina, while staying connected to what you feel. In this way, you can encourage the gentle negotiation between body and breath to find a sense of release and freedom. You may need yoga bricks and a strap.
This heart opening vinyasa flow class is designed to help you open up; open up to your potential, your experience, the sensations your body presents, the wisdom and inspiration available to you and to gratitude. Working on creating space in the chest and shoulder area, mobilising the spine and strengthening back muscles - this class will have you feeling wide open and ready to receive. You will need a brick and a strap.
A beautifully sequenced intermediate vinyasa yoga class weaving a variety of arm balances throughout. Working with fluid breath based movement to see and hear the body's narrative more clearly. This enables us to see our lives more clearly and make better decisions. Exploring the art of perspective and opening up to the wonder of what is. You may need blocks and a strap.
Spacious Body, Spacious Mind
A beautiful flow designed to get you vibrating on the frequency of gratitude. With plenty of back-bends, which give a full heart-opening in lunges, twists and balances – leading to Dancer's pose and Wheel as peak postures. Slow, strong and steady vinyasa flow. You may need a foam block, a strap and a brick.
Sweet And Slow Flow
A more gently paced vinyasa flow, more suitable for beginners to Vinyasa, but with plenty of very challenging alternatives, as the practice builds up. This class focuses on a fluid movement on the breath - honouring the rhythm of your body, inviting the breath to cary you through. Enjoy this beautifully paced class.