30 to 45 mins › Rakhee Jasani
Yoga for Beginners: Conscious Attention
In the final class of the third week of the yoga for beginners course, we’ll explore the idea of noticing and consciously paying attention. After flowing through some lunge salutations, we’ll move through poses such as crescent moon, puppy pose and eagle arms. Class is approached gently, with great consciousness and attention. It ends with a meditation and body scan to notice how the mind and body feels after conscious movement.
Yoga for Beginners: Go Slow
The focus for this hatha yoga class, the next in our beginners yoga course, is on finding a sense of ease in our practice. Class starts with breath work and gentle seated stretches. After flowing through a mindfully paced sun salutation B, the sequence further explores familiar poses. Often, when working through balancing and strengthening poses, we find areas of the body gripping. Therefore, we experiment with different hand and food placements to see if there is a more easeful way of moving and holding poses. Sometimes, when the body relaxes it can find more endurance and comfort. Class ends with a long constructive rest and savasana.
Yoga for Beginners: Finding Steadiness
The second yoga class in the yoga for beginners course this week focuses on steadiness and exploring new standing poses. The placement of the feet is so important for a solid, steady foundation. Class starts with breath work to help us feel grounded and centred. Move mindfully with the breath through a slow sun salutation A, before we introduce warrior one and pyramid poses. Expect a gentle pace and to learn different variations of these poses, transitions between them and variations for standing balances. Class ends with a long relaxation. You will need two bricks and a blanket.
Yoga for Beginners: Get Grounded
To begin week three of the yoga for beginners course, this hatha yoga class starts by finding our gentle, steady and grounding breath, before moving into some self-care foot massage. Then expect a gentle yoga flow through variations of half sun salutations to get the spine moving in all directions. Then, new standing poses are introduced - chair pose and tree pose. These poses require a firm footing, good grounding and a sense of balance. You will need two bricks, a block and a blanket.
Yoga for Winter
A gentle hatha yoga class which is great for moving through the winter. The flow is gentle and mindful, allowing the mind to settle whilst warming the body and supporting it to move into stillness, reflecting the season. Starting with very gentle, floor based poses, we then gently move into standing poses. You'll need a couple of blocks or bricks if you have them.
Yoga for Autumn
This is a well-rounded yoga class perfect for crisp Autumn mornings, or early evenings and brings together mindful yoga, qigong movements and breath work. Expect balances such as eagle and dancer pose. Release what no longer serves you as summer turns to autumn with this class which helps you to bring your energy back down to earth as you prepare for winter.
Morning Yoga for Vitality
This morning yoga class class takes its inspiration from the natural vitality, creativity and growth of nature. Start with legs up the wall, and relaxing, nourishing, gentle poses. When we start the morning feeling fully rested we are able to give so much more to the day! After the relaxing start, expect lots of balancing poses including tree and warrior three. You will need to use a clear wall.
Morning Yoga for Ease
This yoga class invites us to meet our morning with ease. We draw our inspiration from nature and the spaciousness of a mountain. A feeling of spaciousness in our life ensures that when we meet life's inevitable challenges, we're able to respond in an open-hearted way, without constriction or tightening. This is a well-rounded, yoga class with some qigong moves, but the focus is on twists and side bends and on creating space in the body and the mind resulting in a feeling of ease to carry into the day. You will need a yoga brick and a blanket.
Morning Yoga for Steadiness
A really beautiful slow flow vinyasa yoga class which takes it's inspiration from mountains; this class will explore grounding and firm foundations. Start the day grounded, steady and strong. The focus on this class is standing poses and moving mindfully with the breath between poses. Also a great class for during the day for when you're feeling a bit 'in your head', frazzled or overwhelmed. Learn to leave your stress from a busy mind behind and move as a mountain: steady, grounded, firm.
Morning Yoga to Calm
When you have a busy day ahead, take time in the morning to move into an intentional state of calm. This means that you'll be able to respond wisely rather than react, which is crucial for wise, compassionate living. This yoga class takes inspiration from the stillness and fluidity of mountain lakes and streams and explores through visualisation, calmness in flow and stillness and moving between them. Expect to move, finding fluidity in the spine and flow with mindfully paced vinyasa yoga. You will need a block or brick.