Hatha Yoga is the name given to all physical yoga postures and breathing techniques to prepare the body for meditation. However, hatha yoga is commonly known for yoga with an emphasis on steadiness, so expect more static poses and longer yoga pose holds. The slower pace of Hatha classes makes it suitable for beginners, however it also provides a focus for more advanced practitioners and the possibility to explore the merging of breath, mind and body. Hatha Yoga provides the basis for many other forms of yoga including ashtanga yoga, vinyasa yoga, power yoga, yin yoga and restorative yoga. You may wish to follow your practice with yoga nidra, meditation or relaxation.
A beautifully calming yoga class, which is to be done with the help of a sofa. A perfect class for a sunday morning, or anytime you need to really chill, breathe deeply and take it easy. With the favourite pose of inversion over the back of the sofa. What's not to love. A great class to relax, for all abilities and mobilities.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Balanced
This creative Hatha Yoga class explores different aspects of balance - the balance between flowing and holding, movement and stillness, outward looking and inward looking, challenge and rest as well as exploring a few standing poses. Overall cultivating a balance between body and mind. A great way to start the day.
Love Yourself First
A gorgeous short, sweet practice to embrace yourself. Encouraging a celebration of self, embracing all that you are through this fluid and uplifting sequence. Connect to your self, step into your highest potential. You will need 2 blocks. Clothing by Shanti Sundays.
Awakening to Yourself
Oestrogen is an anti-inflammatory, so your perimenopausal symptoms can include sore joints and muscle stiffness, especially around the hips, shoulders, wrists and ankles. Join Petra for this simple morning class with somatic movement to help you limber up, lubricate joints and set a positive intention for your day ahead. You can even practice this class in bed.
Unwind tension with this mostly forward folds, gentle and relaxing yoga class with a focus on breathwork. Trust the process and safely soften your defences with this forward-folds focused mostly floor-based Yoga practice. Use a light, stress-relieving version of Ujjayi (victorious) breathing, to soften the throat and chest, and drop towards the earth more fully. This will help to release habitual tension patterns and become more present and free from worries, opening up a new space inbetween your thoughts. You will need a couple of bricks or books and a bolster or some cushions
Refresh Your Body
This Hatha yoga based class will refresh your body. Perfect for anytime you feel sluggish or low on energy, this class will gently energise. Using breath work, seated and standing yoga poses and a short closing meditation to leave you feeling radiantly alive and uplifted. This class is well rounded and includes twisting poses in many forms including supine twists, lunge twists and culminating in a twisting standing balance. Twists are amazing at revitalising the physical body whilst steadying the mind and uplifting the spirit.
Yoga for Back Care: Introduction
Welcome to the Yoga for Back Care. This is an introduction to the course, and may help you to use the classes. If you are currently feeling real back pain, wait until that settles before starting the course and see your health practitioner for their guidance. This introduction helps us to understand the anatomy of the spine, and how our spine works, so that when we practice our classes, we know how we're keeping the spine healthy, the impact our movements have on the sprine, and how we can increase our spinal health, care for our backs better, and reduce back pain.
Yoga for Back Care: Core Focus
The first in the yoga for back care series, this back care class is a gentle introduction to the larger muscles that make up your back, filled with gentle stretches and mobilizing your back. This class is mostly seated and suitable for most mobility levels. Although if you are currently experiencing back pain, do ask your health care practitioner before practicing.
Yoga for Back Care: Building Core Strength
This yoga for back care class is increasingly tougher, building up core strength! This class focuses on building up internal strength and activating the back muscles. This class builds on the back care classes deep core introduction class, the focus on this class is on increasing range of movement whilst activating the outer core, and why being able to activate the core is important for stabilisation of the spine and pelvis. You will need a chair.
Yoga for Back Care: Deep Core Muscles
The yoga for back care class is mostly either seated, on the back or on all fours and includes gentle, supported and floor-based movements to mobilise the shoulders, spine and pelvis. Combine mobilisation with conscious breathing and gentle stretching to release stiffness and increase the feeling of embodiment, really inhabiting and saying 'yes' to your body. Bring awareness to the entire body via the breath before bringing attention to the psoas, lower abdominal area and pelvic floor to practice how to activate and release these muscles, the deep core, in equal measures.
Yoga for Back Care: Building Strength
This Yoga class is perfect for back care, keeping your back strong and mobile. Class focuses on building core strength and mobility for the spine and hips - essential for back care. This really lovely Yoga for back care class focuses mostly on symmetrical standing movements as standing poses can help to build strength through the body, avoiding unnecessary stress on the back, particularly on the lower back area. chair and wall for support at various points too. This class is mostly standing poses. You will need a yoga block, or a book.
Slow Down and Unwind for Deep Rest
This feel-good seated and supine yoga class is deeply relaxes and invites us to settle in the rest and digest state of the nervous system and to allow ourselves to be exactly as we are and who we are. By exploring hip-opening postures, such as Dragonfly and Reclined butterfly and practicing Box Breathing your muscles will release and your mind recentre. You will need 2 bricks, a bolster or a couple of cushions, and a Yoga belt.
Yoga for Back Care: Enjoying Strength
This Yoga for Back Care class focuses on strenthening the muscles which will help to keep your back strong. This class is stronger, suitable for intermediate yogis, moving more towards free standing movements now now to apply the principles learned in previous classes. This back care class is more fiesty, demanding a greater physical fitness and mobility, but with a focus on alignment and listening to the body and the information it feedbacks to us, should we choose to listen. You will need a yoga block, or book. And a sense of humility - if the posisitons in this class are too much, do go back to the other back care classes.
Slow Flow to De-stress and Unwind
A slow-paced Vinyasa yoga class to move away stress and tension at the end of the day. Mental stress can often manifest as chronic tension in our shoulders, neck and chest. This gentle flow aims exactly at releasing muscular contractions in these areas through twists, gentle heart openers, eagleshape arms movements and delicious full body stretches. Feel free to use a chair to support your legs during the final breathing practice and guided relaxation.
Neck and Shoulders
Most of us experience pain in our neck and shoulders. Perhaps it from from sitting for long periods, using mobile phones and laptops or sometimes pain in the neck and shoulders can be from stresses from dealing with the challenges that we expereince in our lives. This classes targets the neck and shoulder with a combination of 10 stretches and movements for releasing tension, creating mobility and openess. A great daily practise or something you can integrate a few times a week in addition to your other practices. Can be done from sitting or standing and practised anywhere!
Ease into Your Day
This gentle hatha yoga classes eases us into the day, but is great for any time of day. This class will gently and slowly allow us to feel integrated and grounded, ready for the day. With plenty of supine hip openers, some standing and balancing poses and closing with a calming savasana, ready for the day.
Yoga for Full Body Strength
This yoga class will strengthen your whole body. Join Clive for an levels class focusing on how we can use our yoga practise to develop strength around both the upper and lower body, covering all the major muscle groups. Perfect for anyone looking to work on building strength and a great complement to anyone who enjoys walking, running, cycling, working out in the gym and other physical activities. A great class for those of us who are moving through the decades to keep our physical strength to prevent osteoporosis.
Calm and Restore for Better Sleep
A peaceful, calming yoga class with breathwork and longer held stretches. Quiet your mind ready for a good night's sleep. Let go of external distractions and embrace silence and stillness, to prepare for a restful sleep. In the breath work section we will learn how to lengthen our exhalation to support our relaxation response, and then enjoy a series of Yin and Restorative Yoga poses, including Legs up the wall and Sleeping Swan, which will help us drop into our body and ultimately quieten our mind. You will need a bolster or a couple of cushion as a support,and forlegs up the wall, you'll need to be near a wall or a sofa.