Universal Teachings 4
Mindfulness Practice: Creating healthy boundaries. The fourth in the universal teachings series is about meditation to create and retain healthy boundaries. There are so many examples of where boundaries are needed in life. Healthy boundaries ensure that with all of life’s challenges, we retain balance. this is a simple mindfulness practice to stay centred and balanced during a speedy day or when facing a challenging situation or event.
Mum and Baby: Move with Your Baby
This mum and baby yoga class is suitable for babies from 5 months - 7 months old. This class is about following your babies' lead, connecting with your baby, and seeing where the stretches take you! You'll move gently with your breath whilst both mum and baby get some stretches. Stretch and strengthen again whilst connecting with your baby. Plenty of ideas of how to incorporate yoga into your baby's life at an early stage, making both mum and baby happier and more relaxed.
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.
Universal Teachings 3: Mindfulness : Gaining a greater Perspective
Fun Partner Yoga
This fun partner yoga class light hearted, because yoga doesn't have to be serious, and a lovely activity to do with friends and family. Class starts off with breathing together, then solo warm up and continues with various partner poses including, paired warrior, plank, downdog, twists and forward folds. Ends with guided relaxation. This class will make you laugh, play and have fun!
The Psoas: A Workshop
The psoas muscles are among the deepest muscles in our bodies. They are involved in almost every movement - from walking and running to sitting, and throughout our yoga practice. However, we often find it difficult to consciously feel them, or even know where they are within us. Join this class to learn where they are and some simple approaches to help with accessing this key area, and give it time and space to release. Working the Psoas be helpful for those with lower back pain, or who are feeling tired and lacking in energy. You will need a bolster and a belt.
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.
Pilates To Build Strength
A simple Pilates class, great for those starting Pilates, and those of us who spend too much time sitting, weakening our abdominal muscles. With the famous Pilates core exercises which will gently strengthen you from the inside outwards. Perfect for those with weakness and non-chronic lower back issues, although those who are new to Pilates or building strength after illness, injury or post-natal shoud start gently. You will need a block and a strap.
Universal Teachings 2: Manifesting Stillness
From Alexander's series, 'A Whizz Through Universal Teachings', this short meditation is to acquire stillness as a felt, embodied memory by establishing the still-point in the centre. This meditation takes us out of the linear dynamic of everyday life, allowing us to interact with the events of life, without losing our connection to our deeper sense of self.
Morning yoga for young people
Starting with breathing techniques to help calm, this morning yoga class is especially for younger people. The sequence will get you ready for whatever unfolds in your day. Sun salutations with hamstring and shoulder stretches, standing poses and relaxation and lots of deep breathing. Energising, balancing and focusing.
Turning Breech Baby
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.
Universal Teachings 1: Introduction and Stillness Practice
Alexanders meditation series, ‘A Whizz through Universal Teachings’ is based on the universal teachings which aim to further our inner evolution. Universal teachings are comprised of truths that, once applied and put into action, facilitate change and ultimately lead to our personal transformation This timeless and entirely practical knowledge is not based on a religion, philosophical system or belief. Universal knowledge surrounds us wherever we go, we only need to be receptive to it. It is transmitted through the arts, science, poetry, music, architecture, literature, philosophy and of course the nature all around us. The main objective of universal teachings is to transform us into a more balanced and compassionate person also known as ‘the middle person’. The teachings facilitate us through a process through which we transform into what we are supposed to be in our innermost ‘essence’. Living and interacting through essence that lies above our fluctuating personality, we will ultimately be able to live and fulfil our purpose.
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!
Chair Yoga - Full Practice
This sequence is ideal if you spend lots of time sitting, want a break during work or practising on the floor isn’t possible for your body. The first half of the sequence is the upper body. The second half of the sequence is the lower body. You could do the whole sequence or just focus on a particular part of the body, depending on your mobility.
Breath and Bandhas De-Mystified
Yoga Adapted for Chair
A chair-modified yoga class. Chair-based yoga is ideal if you're recovering from injury or illness, or you don't have the mobility for floor and standing poses. This yoga class gives you chair-based variations on the classic poses. Find your tadasana, do forward bends, do warrior pose and learn to twist all in a chair.