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 Strong and Empowered
A Hatha yoga class to strengthen, enliven and feel empowered to start the day. An energising boost to start your day with a bang. This class starts on the back with core strengthening work, and continues on to a strengthening flow. This class is full of awakening and energising movements to make us feel strong and motivated to continue into the rest of our day.
Healthy Hips: Strength for the Hip Joints
Pilates and Yoga for healthy, mobile and strong hip joints. If you're a regular yoga practitioner, or you sit for long periods, you may have weaker muscles in the areas surrounding the hips. This class uses Pilates and yoga moves to strengthen the hips by moving the body in different planes of motions and at different speeds. A great class for most of us who have weaker hip and glute muscles. You may use an exercise band, if you have one, but it's not necessary for the class, and some exercises are done next to the wall.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Grounded
This morning hatha yoga class is sequenced designed to start your day feeling really grounded and settled. When we are grounded, we can make better decisions, and can be more present to the here and now of whatever may arise in the day, so that we can respond to the events of the coming day clarity and focus. The class focuses on the breath and with the connection on the ground starting with standing in mountain pose. Learn to cultivate a slow, steady breath through class and throughout your day, to create a grounding feeling. There is a focus on the breath and poses that really enhance a grounded and rooted experience, helping you cultivate clarity and focus for the rest of the day
Gentle stretching to cool and unwind
This gentle, all-levels hatha yoga class works with forward bends and pranayama (breath work) to cool the body and calm the busy mind. A perfect class to take as a middle of the day work-break, if the day is feeling overwhelming, or to gently calm at the end of the day. Gentle stretching is a wonderful way to destress and enhance feelings of safety in the body. Stretching triggers a host of physiological reactions including increased blood flow and oxygen to the muscles, hydrating surrounding connective tissue, releasing feel good chemicals such as endorphins and activating the parasympathetic nervous system - the rest and digest mode. Props needed: yoga mat, chair, blanket
Morning Vinyasa Flow 3: Replay of Live Class
Wake up, move and breathe with the MFML community. This is an all-levels, well rounded vinyasa flow class to gently energise. There is plenty of breath work and movement to warm the body. The class focuses on back bending. It explores the delight of working on foundational alignment principles for backbends to create freedom in the lower back and expansion and ease in the chest and heart. This is part 3 of a 3-part online series of live classes with the MFML community.
Yoga for Hips and Shoulders
If you've been working at a computer or spending time sitting whilst travelling, this class is the perfect antidote freeing your hips and shoulders and regaining mobility, gently. Most of this gentle hatha yoga class is seated and can even be done in a chair, stretching the shoulders. Then the hips practice is the second half and the hip stretches are butterfly pose variations on the floor. You'll need blocks (or books) and a blanket or towel and a strap.
Love Your Body: Affirmations, Breath and Flow
Connect to your body, gain more confidence with your body. In this class we work with the power of affirmations, breathwork and a gentle slow flow vinyasa yoga to learn to appreciate all the amazing things our bodies can do. Our bodies go through a lot of change during our lives and especially during menopause - so much so that you feel your body has let us down or betrayed. Yoga teaches us that our bodies are “sukrta” or well-made just the way they are. You might need a Journal, pen, yoga mat and bolster/cushion
Calming Anxiety and Overwhelm
Low oestrogen affects ability to produce the hormones that make us feel happy and calm, and causes low brain energy that affect our mental focus, memory and make us feel overwhelm. Join Petra for this simple class to calm anxiety and overwhelm. It includes gentle movement to improve vagal nerve tone, Ocean breath with sound to soothe your nervous system, a restorative Supported Child’s pose with the option to ‘retreat from the world,’ and two breathing and meditation practices: Mind Meets The Breath and Ladder Breath.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Openness
A sense of open body and mind is essential to get the most out of life. Being open to all that life throws at us, as well as being physically open, flexible and strong helps us to feel like we can take on all of life's challenges. This hatha yoga class is designed to create openness and spacious in the body and mind. Starting with a bridge pose sequence for a feeling of openness in the chest and heart, moving to supine twists and gate pose to open up the side body. Then a beautiful sequence of gently paced standing poses, giving plenty of time for long breaths in all yoga poses, to connect with the spaciousness in the body. The class explores both openness within the body and that can support an openness to our mind and how we move forward from our practise into the rest of the day.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Stillness
Dropping into stillness at the start of the day can be a wonderful way to start the day, especially if we haven't had such a restful night's sleep, and we're wondering how we'll get through the day. If we look to start the day when we're tired with an energising class, this can easily deplete us. This very gentle hatha yoga class is, however, designed to cultivate a sense of relaxed stillness and steadiness. The class teaches us how to conserve and hold our mental, as well as our physical energy. There is the invitation to focus on the breath and hold poses, focusing on the breath. Holding poses, focusing on gaze in some poses to find stillness in body and closing eyes in others to find stillness within. This class will start and end with a period of quietness and stillness, exploring how much value that can bring into our practise and how we feel for the rest of the day.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Gratitude
This short and gentle hatha yoga class combines movement and holding poses from standing and on the floor and incorporates a variety of ways to integrate gratitude into our practise. With a lovely, long gratitude meditation to round off the class. A really gentle way to start the day and provide balance when moving through life's challenges.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Energised
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.
Hatha Yoga To Feel Inspired
A Hatha yoga and somatic movement class which is perfect to set ourselves up for the day feeling inspired. Ideal for those mornings where we will feel a bit stuck and need an uplift. This somatics and yoga class is designed to explore the spaces in our practise where we can be creative, curious and find new potential in our practice. Expect a more challenging, fun class where we'll be encouraged to move in new directions.
Love Yourself First
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