Core Strength › 20 to 30 mins
Get Moving: Jivamukti Yoga
This short but challenging Jivamukti yoga class gets moving immediately and includes sun salutations, balances, lunges and twists. The poses in this class awaken the energy in the navel centre, we practice yoga with a strong, empowered core so that we can move fearlessly through life, with strength and courage. Not suitable for pregnant students or those with high blood pressure. You will need a block.
Pilates: Mastering Breath & Alignment
A Pilates workout with the focus on mastering the breath pattern and correct alignment, while we move to improve spine stability and core functionality. This class is suitable for beginners and includes some of the key Pilates movements, including the 100s. We will apply lateral thoracic breathing to a series of abdominal and back exercises, so you can learn how to use your full lungs capacity to practice with more ease and efficiency (and never feel out of breath again). You will need an exercise band, or an old pair of socks!
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.
Pilates for the Back
A back strengthening Pilates-based sequence; starting with gentle spine mobilisation then moving into spinal strength exercises. Pilates based movements are fantastic at creating postural balance and strength by working the entire body synergistically. This sequence works through the entire spine with a combination of flowing movements paired with strength exercises. You will need a block.
Pilates for Strength: Back Mobility
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.
Yoga to Strengthen the Spine
A yoga class to release and strengthen the back, with a focus on the lower back. Lower back pain and discomfort is common in today’s society and the reasons for this vary, but can include a lack of regular stretching, too much of the same kind of strength work or too much flexibility (Hypermobility). Whatever the reason, Pilates inspired movements can assist with regaining balance of this sometimes vulnerable are. This sequence is packed full of small stabilising movements which give a sense of strength throughout the entire core area and is also punctuated with gentle stretches to unwind and release the entire spine.
Daytime Energy Boost
This vinyasa yoga class is perfect for getting yourself moving when you need an energising boost! With a focus on your core, this is a great way to start the day by creating strength in your body. It will also help shift your state of mind if you feel like you need to cultivate more dynamic energy into your day. This class has a mindful, core focus on the abdominals so is great if you’re looking to build core strength in a mindful way.
Feet, Stability & Balance
This yoga class focuses on giving you a great connection to your foundation; your feet. Discover dexterity in refined movement of your yogi-feet and an energetic lift in how to move forward in life’s journey. The class takes place almost entirely on two blocks, great for feeling your feet and working on balance and stability. This is great for people who have previously sprained ankles, weak ankles and knees or want to improve their balance as well as proprioperception ( the subtle sense of the body’s movement and positioning without sight). You will need two blocks.
A yoga class to help develop your strength and stability in balance postures by challenging yourself with your balance. We will use a brick to bring new life into tree and warrior three postures. Learn some muscular patterns and alignment methods to work these poses more efficiently.
Mandala Salutations: Twists & Core
This is a feisty, swift-moving mandala-inspired sun salutation based vinyasa yoga class. If you only have a spare half hour, it’s a sure and fast way to get you flowing and sweating creatively. This flow focuses on twists and core stability; it is the espresso of morning practices with plenty of core work and some strong moves. Expect lots of lovely twists, twisted lunges and twisted half moons and inversions. This is a Mandala journey, so you will be moving 360 degrees around your mat, so perhaps watch the class first to find out where Katarina takes you, or listen intently, as you won't always be able to see the screen. This change of perspective is a perfect way to change the way you look at life, getting insight from new ways of seeing things. The class focuses on twisting and rinsing out the body; igniting Agni (internal fire), strengthening our core and activating Manipura chakra, our source of willpower and transformation, this class is tough, fast and fun. We recommend you do a warming up practice and a relaxation practice afterwards, but this one is the pure-flow for those who just need to move! You will need two bricks.
Mandala Salutations: Hamstrings & Inversions
A dynamic, swift-paced mandala sun salutation based vinyasa yoga class. Mandala salutations move 360 degrees around the mat, this flow focuses on hamstrings and working towards inversions. Class gets started straight away, you'll find plenty of hamstring-opening poses to get you stronger and prepare you for your inversion practice. This class is tough, fast and fun. We recommend you do a warming up practice and a relaxation practice afternwards, but this one is the pure-flow for those who just need to move! This class is inspired by my self practice, when i'm away teaching my retreats, and only have a spare half hour to make the most of! You will need two bricks.
Playful Movement: Core Integration
Build your strong core with this playful movement class to cultivate integration in the way you move with your body. Strengthen your abdominal region and harness directional clarity in your movement to encourage connectivity of both the upper and lower extremities through your centre. A wonderful class to learn the correct, strong and stable technique for doing many ab strengthening exercises. You will need two bricks.
Rainbow Vinyasa Purple(5): Transcendence
Rainbow Vinyasa Green/Blue(4): Free As A Bird
Fly like a bird and find freedom in this short but intense advanced vinyasa yoga class focusing on hip and shoulder opening. To achieve full variations of these yoga poses you may need to have already have warmed up with a less intense yoga class, perhaps try practicing the other classes in this Rainbow sequence to build up to this? This vinyasa is sequenced with variations on our usual bird poses, expect to fly into poses including pigeon, working with low lunges ready for bird of paradise, firefly (titibasana), side crane, then working with more shoulder opening to peacock pose, pincha mayarasana and then dropping back into wheel before shoulder stand variations. Enjoy the freedom!
Rainbow Vinyasa Orange(2): Water Element Flow
This all-levels vinyasa yoga class is beautifully creatively sequenced inspired by the water element. If you’d like to feel more flow in your life and enjoy a fluid vinyasa flow yoga class, you’ll love this energising but grounded flow in which we harness the water within the body to mobilise, move and flow.
New Mums Series (3) Energise Me
An energising yoga class, perfect to start your day. This class features sun salutations to stretch out, core work to find your inner and outer strength for the day and plenty of twists. Perfect for post-natal recovery and all of us looking to strengthen and energise! You will need a block and a strap.
New Mums Series (2): Motivate Me
Get motivated with this yoga class, ideal for mornings, which focuses on the core, upper body and legs with breathwork, core work and standing poses. You'll feel stronger, happier and more motivated. Ideal for post-natal strength or for any of us who like to feel motivated and stronger. You'll need a block and access to a clear wall for shoulder opening variations.