Hatha Yoga Classes › Barbara Gallani
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. It may be simple but that doesn’t mean it is easy! 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 ... Show more
Gentle Joint Mobilisation for Times of Sickness
When we’re unwell or under the weather, we’re unable to move in the ways we normally do and during periods of sickness often our joints can be painful. But staying immobile impedes recovery and can increase joint pain. It’s crucial that when we’re unwell, we learn to mobilise our joints very gently. This yoga class is a really gentle way to start moving and mobilising your joints to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and get you on the road to recovery. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.
Gentle Yoga for Strength without Depletion
In this gentle yoga class, we learn how we can strengthen the body without depleting it of energy or causing a build up of lactic acid. This class is suitable for when you’ve been run down or unwell and you’re ready to start to build strength, but you need to do so very gently. Learn how to isolate movements and muscles so you can very safely and gently return to your strength. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.
Yoga for the Immune System
The focus of this yoga class is to support the immune system. In health, as in illness, it is important to stimulate lymphatic flow through slow movements of the arms and legs and gentle twists, in combination with deep and regular breathing. As the lymphatic system has no organ to pump the lymph around the body, it is important to use movement and breathing to keep the immune system active. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.
Move Gently to Reconnect with your Body
This session allows you to connect with your body and to explore gently and mindfully your range of movement following illness. When our bodies are fatigued, movement can feel demanding. This sequence focuses on stabilising the shoulders and finding space in the front and back of the body while feeling grounded and supported. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.
Yoga Adapted for Chair
A chair-modified yoga class. Chair-based yoga is ideal if you're recovering from injury or illness, or you don't have the mobility for floor and standing poses. This yoga class gives you chair-based variations on the classic poses. Find your tadasana, do forward bends, do warrior pose and learn to twist all in a chair.
Chair and Wall Yoga for Limited Movement and Seniors
Some variations of classic yoga poses using the wall and a chair. Ideal for those with a limited range of movement or for seniors to enjoy yoga poses. An exploration of tadasana, forward bend, cobra, a twist and Warrior 1 modified and supported for those recovering from illness or injury, those with limited movement or for seniors.
Seated Yoga for the Office
Stretch out in your office without attracting too much attention from your co-workers, or for those who are chair-bound or recovering from injury. Variations of the sun salutations whilst seated followed by neck and shoulder releases. Release tension in the side body with these subtle movements, self massage, and twists for you to learn so you can practice some secret or sneaky stretches at work. Feel grounded and energised during your work place, even if you don't have space to roll out a mat or if coming to a yoga mat isn't available to you.
Yoga on the Move! Yoga for Planes/Trains/Travel
A yoga class to get your sneaky stretches whilst you're on the move. You can easily do these moves whilst on the move. These moves are so subtle your travel companions won't even know you're practicing. You'll keep your toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips and whole of the spine flexible and happy and healthy whilst on the move.
Cancer Survivors (4): Range of Movement
This session allows you to connect with your body and to explore gently and mindfully your range of movement following surgery or cancer treatment. The sequences focus on stabilising the shoulders and finding space in the front and back of the body while feeling grounded and supported.
Cancer Survivors (3): Strengthening the Body
The sequences in this session aim to strengthen the body through micro-movements and mindful leg and arm lifts using the support of the floor throughout. This is a grounding session which will allow you to deeply connect with your body while bringing strength to the muscles weakened by treatment or inactivity. This class is also great for those recovering from any bout of sickness or 'flu as your body gently gets its strength back.
Cancer Survivors (2): Joint Mobilisation
Gentle movement benefits people affected by cancer by reducing some side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which often include joint stiffness. The sequences in this session aim to mobilise every joint in the body starting from the toes, feet and ankles and moving gradually up to bring gentle and soothing movement into the hips, spine, shoulders and hands.