Hatha Yoga Classes › Andrew McGonigle
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.
Mobile & Happy Spine
A well rounded class which focuses on keeping a mobile, happy and healthy spine with simple, easy movements for all levels. Twist, strengthen and lengthen, side bend and gently strengthen your core with this beginners and all-levels spinal health somatics yoga class. Focus on the neck, lower back, upper back and spinal mobility. You will need a bolster and a towel or blanket.
Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body
A strengthening and mobilising somatic movement yoga class which explores shoulder girdle, shoulder joint, elbow and wrist mobility. Move in a controlled, gentle and stable way, target specific areas with slow, somatic based movements, and focus on strength and gentle mobilising. Perfect for recovery from injury or simply getting mindful awareness to your movements with gentle, small, but effective somatic movements You will need a couple of blocks and a blanket or towel.
Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body
A full, strengthening yoga class which focuses on increasing foot, ankle, knee and hip mobility and strength. The focus is on mobilising joints in their full range, with an emphasis on strength rather than stretch. Often we feel a tightness which we assume needs a stretch, but often actually strengthening is needed! Dr Yogi shows us strengthening movements which we can use in our daily practices.Class starts slowly with gentle,small somatic movements and continues as a somatic/hatha yoga class. You will need foam blocks and a brick and a yoga strap or a towel. If you have a theraband, that would be useful for this class.
Gentle Hatha Unwind
A gentle hatha yoga class to help you to unwind stress and tension from your body. With simple, gentle movements to gently open the hips, relieve tension from the neck, shoulders and keep the back mobilised, this is the perfect bookend to your day, either as a gentle start to your morning, or after a busy day to gently unwind tension in your body to get you ready for the evening. You may need a strap, bolster and blocks.
Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue
This class is a workshop-style yoga class to target areas that hold tension in the neck, causing fatigue. The class focuses on head and neck alignment, jaw release and strength and shoulder mobility. With exercises to gain awareness of where we might be unnecessarily straining our neck and holding tension, we explore head aligment and then use neck and shoulder stretches and strengthening exercises to help release tension. You will need a blanket, foam block, cushion and a strap.
Release Tension in the Upper Back
This gentle, all level, alignment based yoga class will help you to release tension from your upper back and neck. Learn how to open your upper back gently and safely with some helpful alignment tips to stop you from bending from the most mobile part of your back, and to start to bend from the usually 'stuck' with tension area between the shoulder blades. Great to practice at any time of the day, this class will improve your energy levels and help leave you feel invigorated. You will need a rolled up tee-shirt, a bolster, foam block and eye bag.
Side Bend For Spinal Health
Improve your posture with this gentle, open level yoga class. A lovely, gentle way to start the day, or to relax at the end of the day. The side-bends focuses on creating space and length in the side body, promoting expansion of the breath and an improved posture. You will need a bolster and a blanket.
Gentle Yoga to Reset for the New Year
This short, gentle yoga class is a very relaxed and gentle wasy to ground and settle after a busy year allowing your mind to quieten and you to focus on the year ahead. Starting with a long relaxation to help you to ground into yourself, and with a long, supported child's pose, this class is perfect for gently connecting back to yourself as you start the year afresh. You will need a bolster.
Floor Yoga Hip Release
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Shoulder Stabilisation Workshop
Dr Yogi gives us an essential series of movements for anyone with troubled shoulders. Shoulder stabilisation and strengthening is essential for all vinyasa flow yoga practices and for those of us who suffer from painful shoulders from poor posture, arthritis, instability or injury. This yoga class can improve your shoulder strength and stability when you practice this sequence regularly. You will need a strap, a block and a bolster.
Gentle Yoga For Stress Relief
Lower Back Workshop
In this workshop-style tutorial, Dr Yogi discusses why the lower back is so often prone to injury and offers general advice for supporting your lower back during your yoga practice. Following this, a short sequence focusing on the lower back and strengthening the core has been carefully designed to simultaneously strengthen and release tension your spine. This is perfect for anyone with lower back aches and pains. Try to do this video at least three times a week to really feel the benefits and as with any sensitive area of the body, seek medical advice where appropriate.
Hatha Yoga For Everyday
A very simple but effective Hatha yoga class with a focus on correct alignment throughout, which uses the poses taught by Dr. Yogi's (Andrew McGonigle). Perfect for waking you up, this class features a range of standing poses, backbends, forward bends and twists. This class is a classic in the reportoire for giving you a full-body stretch and strengthen whilst remainding mindful and with a focus on the breath throughout. You may need two blocks.