Tutorials and classes designed to help you work towards and strengthen your arm balances.
Flying Plank: Strengthening Yoga
Join Clive for this strengthening yoga class: a progressive sequence of flying plank for developing arm and core strength. Starting from all fours and including variations from downward dog, high plank and forearm plank. There are 5 sequences in total. Build it up over time and go at your own pace. Leave the class feeling energised and motivated for the rest of the day. Great standalone practise or an add on to your other classes and movement practises.
Full Body Tone
Flow to Scorpion Yoga Pose
This advanced level vinyasa flow is suitable for those with an existing inversions practice. After a warm-up, take your mat to the wall for some challenging, advanced level inversion variations. This class is not suitable for those who have any physical limitations, or those who do not have a regular inversions practice - the variations are tough. Of course, if you're not comfortable with the poses, please do sit out those poses and adopt child's pose, or a more suitable variation. If you are a mobile, fit and strong practitioner, you'll love these variations and have a lot of fun going upside down!
Chair Yoga: Play, Release and Invert
Chair yoga can be fun and strong. This chair yoga class uses a chair to release tension in the upper back and shoulders to prepare us for deeper stretches. Have fun with your chair next to a wall and build up to pincha mayurasana forearm inversion. You will need a stable chair to be against the wall.
Firefly Vinyasa Flow
An advanced vinyasa flow towards firefly pose, Titibasana, and Flying Lizard. Class begins with breath of fire to stimulate the nervous system, and increase fire in the body. Then we move swiftly to hip opening poses which work towards these advanced arm balances. This class is very short and intense, without much warm up, so would be a great class to add onto your practice today. You will need two blocks.
Advanced Vinyasa Flow leading to Dragonfly Pose
An advanced vinyasa flow class to improve your flexibility and strength and to work towards dragonfly and lotus headstand. Class starts with breath work and hip opening poses. The vinyasa flow then prepares the body for dragonfly pose before moving onto lotus and headstand variations. There’s plenty of variety and challenge in this fun, feisty class. As ever, do play safe and only do what is available to you. We recommend extending savasana with this class for as long as you have available. You will need access to a clear wall and a blanket.
50:50 Jivamukti and Yin Yoga
A quick moving Jivamukti yoga flow followed by some yin yoga. Class starts with swift sun salutations and moves to a handstand practice. You may need to be near a wall for handstands. Then expect a settled yin yoga practice. This class develops the the 50/50 concept by Stephen Batchelor: to be engaged outward for 50% of our time we need to have the same amount of time focusing inward.
Shining Heart Vinyasa Flow
An interesting and varied fusion-vinyasa flow yoga class, with plenty of inspiration from other yoga styles, including Iyengar and Kundalini. This class includes challenging and strong poses including flying splits and arm balances. Starting with breath work, the class then gives some wonderful chest-opening warm ups, which also work on neck and shoulder release. Then join Vidya for a fun vinyasa yoga flow, with some Kundalini breath work and poses mixed in, and an Iyengar variation of Downward dog. As ever, move at your own pace, and don't feel you need to join in for things that might not suit you on this day. You will need two blocks and a blanket. After this class please do follow with a long savasana.
Somatics & Yoga Inspired by Nature
Take inspiration from nature with this creative and expressive short class. Starting with more advanced somatic poses to warm up, develop expressive, liberating balancing poses including the crane and tree variations. This class also includes elements of self-care with a wrist massage and a gentle seated twist after the balancing challenges.You will need a yoga strap and access to a wall.
Handstand Tutorial for Beginners
This yoga tutorial works on the different stages and how to approach a handstand, and is great if you've never tried handstand before. Work on long holds in downward facing dog and plank to build strength, then work on progressing to handstand with this class! You will need your mat by a wall.
Peacock Pose Tutorial
This tutorial for peacock pose (mayurasana) starts with a short sequence to warm up the body. Mayurasana is an arm balance, so this tutorial is the perfect way to build strength and confidence to reach the peak pose over time if you need. You will need two blocks and a blanket.
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.
Fun Forrest Inspired Yoga for Strength
This strong, hatha yoga class is inspired by Forrest yoga; it is strengthening and really great fun! Start with abdominal work and strengthening goddess pose, then explore how to lean into support: support of the props; of our experience; of our deep, considered breath. If you have dipped your toe into the Forrest Yoga pool already, this class is a chance to play with some arm balances and some stronger hamstring work. You will need two blocks, a blanket and a bolster (if you have one) for our exploration of splits and frog over a bolster.
Jivamukti Yoga: Fly Like a Bird
A fun Jivamukti yoga class with a theme of bird poses! A fast and feisty vinyasa flow which explores Asana named after the crow, eagle heron and other birds. You might just learn how to fly! This intermediate Jivamukti shorter class sequences in the bird poses, but don't forget we have tutorials on each of the bird poses if you'd like to take your time exploring these poses
Forrest Yoga Ceremony 1: May the Rainbow Always Touch Your Shoulder
A really wonderfully feisty two hour Forrest yoga class which moves the body and nurtures the spirit. This Forrest Yoga intensive includes a B series with standing poses, spiced with strategically placed hand balances and inversions. This class begins & ends with sacred song & Cherokee prayer. During Savasana Jose transports us into the Dreamtime with his original virtuoso music.
Explore Your Power
Building strength for arm balances
This strong yoga practice will take you through a sequence of poses which will help strengthen and warm up the body ready for arm balances. Expect hip openers, core work, wrist strengthening and shoulder stabilisation. Follow this practice with some arm balance tutorials such as crow and flying pigeon, then a well deserved savasana! You may need two blocks.
Learn Crow Pose
A workshop-style tutorial class in which Adam will help you develop your bakasana (crow or crane pose) practice with three different training variations. We will explore this shape in varying orientations to help you develop the requisite skills to execute it well. If this pose is difficult for you, you will find a path forward or learn some options on what to do instead. You will need a block.