Chair Restorative Yoga
This restorative yoga class demonstrates how we can use everyday props to create a restorative practice, and feeling of calm. This class is perfect if you have limited space. We use a coffee table, but you can use a sofa or a chair - and you may need bolsters, pillows or cushions to help to make you feel nourished and supported. The first pose is a standing forward fold using a chair or sofa to support you, so this is a restorative inversion, perfect for after a hard day at work or after travelling. Also perfect for after travel or a hard day's work, we move into a seated twist, which is great for improving our everyday posture as we round towards our tech devices more and more. The third posture is a relaxing, seated forward fold over your chair or sofa. You will need a chair, bed or sofa and whatever cushions or pillows you have on hand to support you, and an eye pillow. Practice this class alongside this playlist.
Journalling: The Day I Fell
This journalling class is inspired by the traditional creation myth of Sky Woman falling to earth. We think of other stories where characters have found themselves in strange, new environments and explore writing exercises around these inspirations and experiences. Journalling is a wonderful skill to learn, helps with our creativity and helps to unblock emotion. We can't recommend journalling as a practice enough, and these classes bring creativity, your inner artist, to the process.
More One Blanket Restorative Yoga
A very simple, gentle class perfect to calm you down when anxiety is high or when you are preparing for sleep. This is a minimalist restorative yoga class focused on the abdomen, side body, hip flexors, and neck. All you need for this restful practice is one blanket or towel. You may also like to have some extra cushioning ready for your head.
Journalling: The Wild Place
Pilates for a Stronger Core
A strong, flowing Pilates class to work the core. Pilates is an effective way to strengthen the core in a functional way, in that it works to strengthen the muscles of the lower back in particular, as well as the abdominal area. This sequence uses core focused Pilates exercises for deep internal strength of the entire core and finishes with stretching on the lower back, hips and abdomen to minimise muscle soreness. You will need a block.
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.
Evening Pause and Recharge
Unwind from your day with this gentle, peaceful hatha yoga class. Take a breath and create your own happy hour, to pause between the business of the day and the softness of the evening. The class comprises mainly seated and supine poses - a wonderful way to pause and recharge. You will need a bolster.
Two Key Restorative Yoga Poses
A gentle, restorative yoga class with variations of two key restorative postures - Supta Baddha Konāsana, Reclined Cobbler and Savāsana, Relaxation pose. This class sets up the poses, and then you'll need to find the time to practice. All restorative postures are relaxing and great for improving nervous system health, but these two are deeply relaxing and nourishing. There is a true sense of healing from the position in which the body is positioned in Reclined Cobbler, there may be a sense of vulnerability as the soles of the feet touch and knees are apart, but you can always take another blanket to cover the knees. Savāsana allows all the benefits of our previous postures (in any style of yoga) to come together in this final restful pose. This class is perfect if you've had a tough day and you're looking to unwind, or you simply are looking for some home self-care. You will need: 2 bolsters, 1 strap, 2 bricks, 2 blankets and an eye pillow (1 x pillow folded in half, wrapped in a towel and pushed into a pillowcase makes a bolster or indeed a sleeping bag tied together | A scarf or robe belt can be used as a yoga belt | 2 x hard back books can be used as blocks | 2 x Bath Towels can be used instead of blankets). Practice this class alongside this playlist.
Journalling: Your Inner Artist
Journalling is a wonderful opportunity for self-enquiry, creativity and bringing a sense of child-like fun and wonder. This journalling session is an invitation to cast your mind back; who was your favourite artist when you were a child? Perhaps a band? A movie director? In this journalling session, imagine a meeting between your inner artist and yourself as a child. This is especially for those who need a little encouragement in making friends with their inner artist. We know you will enjoy meeting them!
Evening Yoga Relaxation
A beautifully peaceful yoga class, perfect to take right before bed. Use it to help settle into a great night's sleep, or anytime you feel overwhelmed and in need of calm. This class can be done either on a yoga mat or even in bed to allow yourself to fall into a deep and restful sleep. On this journey, we will explore what needs to be released and let go by focusing on the breath to connect and ground through the body. We will explore a little activation of the body to bring awareness, then a deep relaxation with some juicy restorative yoga poses. You will need a strap or a long towel.
Journalling: The Magic in Everyday
Open yourself up to creativity and fun with journalling! This journalling class explores the magic of ordinary objects. We can see many examples in literature where ordinary objects are given great importance or power: a stick becomes Harry Potter's magic wand; a playing card becomes the symbol of an evil villain; a golden ring becomes something that can destroy the world! For this session, Ash asks you to collect five objects from your house or garden as inspiration for our journal journey. We highly recommend journalling as a practice, and this class brings your creativity and imagination to the process.
Introduction to Journalling
A little introduction to our journalling sessions and will hopefully answer any questions you might have such as 'what will the structure be?' 'How long are the sessions?' 'What exactly IS a journalling sesion?!' I hope this marks the beginning of a wonderful journalling adventure for you. Now, some homework. I would like to find a very special notebook. This is going to be just for you; for your exploration into self. You could choose to share anything that you create within these pages or keep it just for yourself. I wish you all the joy in your journey - and do let me know how you get on!
Afternoon Yoga Boost
This yoga class is the perfect energiser for when you're needing an afternoon work break. Better than coffee! A mostly standing yoga class which includes some somatic moves to wake you up and give you a shake up! Expect some simple yoga, joint mobilisation and shaking - great to help you to reset and re-invigorate. This class can be done without a mat if necessary, so is perfect for when you're on the go or in the workplace.
One Pose Restorative
This restorative yoga class is just one delicious side opening posture, Supta Pārśvakonāsana, Reclined Extended Side Angle posture. This allows deep relaxation and a gentle opening to the side body as you surrender into the props. We are all subtly different on the right and left side so just notice, without judgement, which side of the posture is more open, sending breath to any areas of tension. As you lay in the posture for up to 8 minutes on each side you will soon be feeling both more open in the side body and relaxed. You will need: 1 bolster, 1 belt, 2 bricks, 2 blankets and an eye pillow. (1 x pillow folded in half, wrapped in a towel and pushed into a pillowcase makes a bolster or indeed a sleeping bag tied together| A scarf or robe belt can be used as a yoga belt| 2 x hard back books can be used as blocks| 2 x Bath Towels can be used instead of blankets.) Now just get really comfortable and relax fully! Practice this class alongside this playlist.
Breathe Deep and Restore
This yin yoga, restorative yoga and breath work class cools, calms and softens into body and mind; a deeply nourishing and supportive yoga class. Connect to your body and soul with this deep breathing experience. With a focus on breath work throughout, expect deeply restorative yoga poses to help to unwind and decompress. You will unravel the tension with cleansing breath work, deep stretches, and blissful meditation. Breathe through the yin and restorative poses; stretch and soften tense muscles; relax, release and recharge. This class is designed for anyone who needs a break, perfect for anytime in our busy lives to take time for yourself to relax, slow down, and BREATHE DEEP. You'll need a bolster, brick and a blanket.
Restorative Yoga: Inner Knowing
This restorative yoga class brings our attention to rest at the crown of the head (Sahasrara). Start in seated meditation using visualisation, and then expand your presence with a restorative downward facing dog. You will need access to a wall (or edge of bed or sofa) for the deeply restorative legs up the wall pose followed by a deep body scan to close practice. You will need blankets, eye pillows or covering, bricks and a bolster. Pregnant practitioners: after the 30 week mark, downward facing dog should be practiced for periods of 30 seconds or less, or rest in child’s pose.
Yin Yang Morning Yoga
This yoga class is the perfect way to start your day! Starting in reflection and stillness and setting intentions for the day, it then moves gently into circular movements in the joints as a warm up from head to toe, using some elements of Qigong. The beautifully restoring hatha yoga flow helps to find space and fluidity before we flow into our day. Class ends with a wonderful guided savasana; an energised but calm way to start the morning. You may need a block.
Feel Your Pleasure
A perfect gentle yoga class and somatic practise for winding down, or if you’re experiencing some self-doubt, heartache, exhaustion, or just want to shower yourself in some loving self care. This creative, slow, sensitive yoga class has us moving into our own love, presence and sense of feeling. It starts with a heart-warming practice of pleasure-finding in the objects around us, and moves through sensual, fluid movements to find our own place of pleasure. Expect a creative, unusual class which is more about the feeling than any shapes or traditional poses. Move with an open mind and find your pleasure!