Sylvia Garcia's Yoga Classes
Flying Splits Flow
This yoga tutorial shows how to transition from koundinyasana (flying splits) 1 and 2, exiting through a chaturanga vinyasa. Starting with a short vinyasa flow, this class is suitable for those with an intermediate practice, looking for some fun and strong variations. We recommend first watching the koundinyasana tutorial first. Expect a relevant conditioning introduction but being fully warmed up will always be helpful for moving into the more 'advanced' poses.
Back & Core Strengthening Yoga
This really fun, strengthening yoga and movement class creatively works the back and core. Expect a full warm up and workout with options for all abilities. In this challenging class, you'll focus on the posterior muscle chain of the body (the back) and learn how to engage and recruit these muscles and then balance things out by working on the core to help create stability as we move.
Glute Strengthening Workout 2
Back by popular demand! Strengthen your glutes with this follow up to Sylvia's first fabulous glutes workout class. It's so important to have strong glutes for a healthy spine and lower back, and it's crucial to keep strong for our yoga practice. Learn some creative, fun and interesting ways to target the glutes helping to create stability and strength which will make hip opening and forward folding safer and more sustainable for a long term practice. This features a full warm up and layered options to suit all levels.
Flying Splits Tutorial
A tutorial of Eka Pada Koundinyasana - a yoga arm balance called the flying splits. This class shows you different ways to approach this advanced level arm balance. For practitioners who are working on conditioning, creating strength, flexibility and space for the pose.You’ll need to be warmed up before this class, ideally having practiced a well rounded hip-focused class.
Advanced Splits Flow Sequence
A fiesty, dynamic yoga class suitable for very mobile, strong yogis which works on the splits(hamunasana). This class flows through vinyasas with the focus on rotation, balance, strength and length to split. Expect strong hip opening and plenty of hamstring stretches, as well as glute strengthening. We recommend you do the glute strengthening class alongside this one, as you need strength as well as flexibility to remain strong and healthy.You will need a strap and may need two cork bricks.
Glute Strengthening Workout 1
Conditioning exercises to target your glutes! In our yoga practice, glutes (the big muscles in your bottom) can get neglected. But strong glutes can really help you to strengthen and stabilise your hips and lower back. This class has some strong moves which the less strong and mobile will find tricky, but this class is recommended to be repeated frequently as a great addition to your yoga practice.
Prepare For Forearm Stand
Conditioning exercises to help you to gain strength and work on correct alignment to prepare for forearm balance (Pincha Mayarasana). Also with techniques on how to fall out of forearm stand more safely and how to get into a forearm stand.
Happiness Toolkit Part (2): Hip Openers
The second part of the Happiness Toolkit are poses to lift your mood. The focus here is on hip-opening, perfect if you have a sedentary job or have been travelling a lot, or are an athlete and have been working on your strength. This flexibility class gives strong hamstring stretches, forward bends, and hip opening in pigeon pose. An all levels class. Beginners will need to be disciplined and not explore the 'edges' of all the modifications. Intermediates have plenty of modifications to keep their flexibility challenged!
Happiness Toolkit Part 1
A heart-opening practice with back-bends, giving yourself space to focus on here and now.
Yoga Fundamentals: Journey through the Breath and Bandhas
We all know that breath and bandhas are crucial to the practice of yoga, but sometimes we forget to use the breath and bandhas in our practice. This class is a re-visit to the fundamentals in a straightforward class covering some of the fundamental poses.
Sun Salutation Tutorial
This is a fantastic tutorial dedicated to Sun Salutations, which appear in varying forms throughout many different styles of yoga, especially Vinyasa Flow sequences. With specific focus on precision and alignment, Sylvia will guide you on how to perfect this pose which can be very useful for your future practice.
Yoga: The Basics
Get the basics right with this perfect introduction to yoga. Sylvia explains how to practice yogic breathing, what are bandhas (or energy locks) and some key poses.
Starting mindfully, opening up the body, the sides of the body and hips slowly and gently, this vinyasa yoga class quickens to some beautiful vinyasa variations with its peak pose of bound bird of paradise which is then rotated, to challenge most of us in flexibility, strength and balance. Although an advanced practice, improvers will enjoy the openings at the beginning of the practice and the challenge - just do the variation which suits your own body, practice safely out there! Thanks to Asquith for their gorgeous clothing.
Vinyasa to inversion
A fast-moving vinyasa designed to get you ready to handstand, mostly with core work, plenty of vinyasa, ideal to practice before one of our Handstand classes in the Handstand Challenge, or for your own handstand practice. Without a cool-down, you will need a twisting and backbending sequence as well as a savasana after this class. We think that adding a yin or restorative class onto the end instead of, or after your handstands is just perfect!
Crow 1: Wrist Warmers
This short tutorial is perfect to prepare for any sort of balancing on your hands and is particularly good for crow. You will start with moves to activate your wrists and get a little heat into this area of the body before moving into some strengthening drills.
Crow 2: Chest and Shoulder Strength
In this short tutorial, you will find conditioning moves to build upper body strength and control, combined with the movements you need for crow. You might need a folded blanket to place under your heels in squat.
Crow 3: Three Legged Dogs
This third stage of the crow challenge introduces more conditioning moves including three-legged dog for developing structure and stability through the shoulders. This posture is perfect for those aspiring to crow as it also opens the hips, developing the position for crow.
Crow 4: Crow
Let your crow take flight! Sylvia introduces different ways to come into crow with control – and recommends what to do if you don’t yet have the flexibility or strength. Best of all, learn your Emergency Escape Route - a great way to fall out when you lose your balance. Always remember: a yogi falls gracefully and gets up smiling!