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.
Vinyasa Flow: Air Element
This vinyasa yoga class weaves around yoga philosophy and the elements; this class works with the element of Air. The focus of this class is on the breath. Moving in a variety of standing poses using different Pranayama techniques to connect with the wind element and utilise the delivery of Prana, (life force to heal, inspire and transform our physical, energetic and mental forms) to find our way back home at our true centre, our heart.
Work Break Yoga to Invigorate
A gently energising hatha yoga class featuring poses to help with wrists, neck and back and shoulders. This class is perfect as an invigorating break to bring a sense of focus and calm into the day. Class starts and ends with breath work to invigorate and balance, and there is a beautiful 15 minute meditation towards the end.
Morning Mojo 3: 30 Min Morning Yoga
This beautiful hatha vinyasa yoga class is the sweetest start to your day. Class invites in a bright-hearted, energising quality to the rest of your day. This yoga class is an invigorating deep dive into back-bending in many forms and expressions and will leave you feeling uplifted, awakened and heart centred.
Morning Yang Yoga with a touch of Yin
This energising morning yang yoga class starts in seated stillness and moves into a mobility warm up followed by a hatha flow with sun salutations at a mindful pace. Then explore poses that are held for longer, build strength and flexibility, working towards dancer’s pose by the wall. You will need one or perhaps two blocks, and perhaps a wall nearby. This morning yang class can be contrasted with Carlene’s Gently Energising Yin Class. Each practice with leave you feeling calm and relaxed in a different way. Try both each morning and let us know how you feel!
Balancing and Alignment Yoga Class
This yoga class opens the front body by unlocking the solar plexus and heart centre and twisting through the spine. Expect poses such as downward dog, lunge twist and half moon. The class will also explore the idea that sometimes ‘less is more’, so there are variations shown using blocks and a chair. Learn to honour your body, respect its limitations and always approach your practice with curiosity and self-awareness.
Morning Mojo 2: 20 Minutes Morning Yoga
Honour Your Body Yoga Class
This workshop-style hatha yoga class asks us to listen to our own bodies to make our yoga practise our own. Bring together the information from the Body Intelligence Series and learn to use our intuition to guide our yoga practice and wake up the whole body. Ask the question: What is it that my body needs most today? Take time to feel the poses, the transitions and the after effects of each pose, and learn how to honour your own body and know what it is to feel embodied. Variations are offered using blocks and a chair to invite the option to slow down, listen to the body’s needs and learn how to adapt to meet the body where it is.
Alternative to Sun Salutations
This yoga class is a wonderful all body warm up or stand alone practice with infinite variations and difficulty levels. It can be used to substitute sun salutations to avoid pressure or weight-bearing on the shoulders and wrists - so no downward dog or chaturanga. It can also be built upon and offers a chair or wall as an option for helping balance.
Yoga for Every Body: Bend and Twist
Tutorial: How Downward Dog Works
This yoga tutorial shows the classic yoga pose, downward dog, in detail. In particular, you'll see how the action of downward dog engages the whole body and how we can make the pose more efficient. Plus, explore how it can be modified using a chair or blocks to make the pose more accessible and safer.
Yoga for Every Body: Shoulders and Neck
Tutorial: Healthy Hips and Back
The hips and lower back connect us to the earth via our legs, and to our vitality and movement through the organs and spine. This experiential yoga tutorial explains the mechanics of hip movement and how it can help the body move in a more balanced and healthy way. It also explores the hips in relation to back pain and how their positioning can both contribute to and help ease back pain.
Stress Relief: Diaphragmatic Breathing
In this stress relief class, we bring a sense of ease to our body by using our full lung capacity to breathe and allow our diaphragm to move freely. This is key to stimulating our vagus nerve and inviting a sense of peace to our body. We will systematically release tension in the rib cage area with seated stretches and supine positions, and practice slow diaphragmatic breathing. You will need 2 yoga bricks or books.
Yoga for Beginners: Prepare for Meditation
This yoga class is the last in the beginners yoga course and prepares us for coming into stillness. Class starts with a vinyasa flow, moving through sun salutation B and playing with new standing and seated poses. It then ends with a ten minute seated meditation, mantra and mudra. This is the ideal time to consider your yoga journey over the past few weeks and how you wish to move forward with your practice. You have learnt many news skills, but perhaps what you will have learnt is to follow your heart, which is your own best teacher. You may need a yoga brick and a blanket.
Tutorial: How The Shoulders Work
This yoga tutorial looks at how the arms and shoulders help to support movement, expression, circulation and spinal health. Learn how to move and open your shoulders for greater connection to your body. This is also a great tutorial to help counter the effect on the shoulders of chaturanga and to support those with previous injuries to their shoulder such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder or bursitis. No need for a yoga mat, this tutorial can be done anywhere!
Yoga for Beginners: Explore Playfulness
This beginners yoga class focuses on balances and experimenting with our yoga practice with a sense of playfulness. In this balancing sequence, it's OK to wobble and fall! The point of yoga is not to be perfect, but to embark upon a journey of exploration and curiosity. After moving through classic sun salutations with balance play, expect to experiment with eagle pose and half moon pose. You may wobble and fall, but have fun with it any enjoy the process. You will need a wall and two yoga bricks (or books!).
Tutorial: Explore Standing Yoga Poses
A short yoga tutorial using a chair/wall as an option for support while exploring warrior one, warrior two, triangle pose and extended side angle. These poses are very common in a yoga class, but they are actually very complex. Explore these poses and discover versions which work best and feel good for your body so you can take them into future yoga classes.
Tutorial: Intelligent Body
Learn to be more sensitive to your body and enrich your practice in this experiential yoga tutorial. We invite you to explore your body from the feet up and give you tools to take with you into whatever movement practice you have, whether that be yoga, walking, running, cycling, dancing or the other million ways our human bodies like to move. This yoga class also asks us what are the components of an intelligent body? When we become more sensitive to our body's intelligence, we can work and move with our own body in a safer and subtler way. We can make more grounded, more embodied decisions.