Hatha Yoga Classes › Lizzie Reumont
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.
Learn Safe Alignment
This is a crucial, in-depth yoga class for all of us to learn how to practice safely. It is especially good for those coming back into their yoga practice after injury of the ribs, shoulders, arms and hands. Learn how to practice in an integrated way, how to be balanced, and the correct orientation of the head and neck to the arms and torso. A really great yoga tutorial as well for all of us to learn correct arm, shoulder movements in poses like Eagle Pose.
Protect & Recover 3: Healthy Spine
Perfect for recovering from illness or injury, or for those seeking more gentle variations to the usual yoga class. This yoga class can be done either standing or in a chair. This class helps to very gently mobilise and create a sense of awareness and balance through the back - the vertebra, ribcage, shoulders and arms and hands as they relate down into the hips, and up through the neck. The slow pace gently brings the spine into flexion, extension, side bending and twisting either in sitting position or through standing. You will need a chair.
Protect & Recover 2: Gentle Floor & Modified Standing Poses
Perfect for recovering from illness or injury, or for those seeking more gentle variations to the usual yoga class. This yoga class focuses on gentle, smaller movements and exploring the movements of the lower body. Starting with lying on the back, we then move through modified sun salutations. If you want to be able to flow, but your body has more limited mobility, this is a great class for offering variations on common poses. Learn how to lunge safely, how to do chair-supported warrior poses and some gentle chair twists, before closing back at the floor to rest.You will need a chair.
Protect & Recover 1: Lower Body
When you're recovering from illness or injury, start slow. Work through a very gentle recovery in this series from the ground up. This first class looks at the feet, ankles, knees and hips. Learn to understand how your body works and find and explore your own movement. This is perfect for those in the beginning stages of recovery or looking to strengthen weaknesses from past injury or illness. Warm up and move through stiff joints and bring overall awareness to the interconnectedness of the feet through the legs to the hips. This class takes place mostly seated in a chair and is accessible to most bodies.
Healthy Back (6) Upper Back and Neck
A gentle class taking place entirely whilst seated, this simple but very effective yoga class to 'unstick' tight shoulders and the neck. Often our neck and shoulders are contorted with use of technology. This sequence finds length in the both sides of the neck and through the shoulder blades. You will need two blocks.
Healthy Back (5) Spinal Torsion Supine
Healthy Back (4) The Middle Spine
Healthy Back (3) Supine hips and lower back
Healthy Back (2) Hips and Lower Back
Experiment with exactly how your pelvis sits in your daily movement. Learn how to position your pelvis and experiment with the effect on the lower back. This gentle yoga class uses standing as well as supine poses to focus on creating space and freedom in the hips and the lower back. Perfect for those of us who spend large portions of our day seated! You will need a block. (note, this healthy back series are maintenance back health class, they are not suitable for those with ongoing back problems).
Healthy Back (1) Spinal Warm Up
The first class in our spinal health class is an all-levels movement class to help to understand our relationship with the spine. First of all, we learn the anatomical principles of keeping the spine healthy and then move on energetic jumping to feel how the body moves, and then a focus on the feet, to help us ground down, so we can stand taller. The feet are absolutely crucial to spinal health! With gentle, fluid movements to open the hips and side stretch, this class is a crucial first step in keeping your spine fluid and mobile (note that this series is not for you if you have back problems). You will need two blocks and a strap and a rolled up mat or swimming aid noodle.
Blossoming into Joy
A short, gentle hatha yoga class, perfect to start the day, or for whenever you need a short burst of rejuvenation. You're planing new seeds of joy and lightness into your day. With a focus on long, steady breaths, and holding the poses, you'll find rejuvenation throughout your cells to help you to blossom into lightness and joy, fully refreshed.
Yoga Poses for Anxiety
Sometimes life is just overwhelming and we just need 10 minutes to move into calm. These 8 yoga poses are known to release anxiety through the body. These yoga poses for anxiety include headstand which is deeply calming for those who can, and if you're not comfortable in headstand, take downward dog or child's pose.
Chair Yoga: Shoulders and Spine
Chair and Limited Mobility Yoga Sequence - Flexion & Extension
We all are in flexion or extension, just we don't know it! This sequence is great at getting you back to your centre, at helping with your balance. Great for when you're in a chair, or at work, also demonstrated standing, this sequence will be brilliant for those recovering from illness, surgery, seniors and if you just want to return to your centre gently.
Jivamukti flow in Green to Pincha Mayurasana
The colour green is associated with the anahata chakra, the unstuck sound of the heart. A Peacock’s tail feather is also green, and pinchamayurasana requires an open heart! This class is a full Jivamukti flow working towards Pincha Mayarasana. So whether you are outside in the grass or wearing favourite green kit, or simply green on the inside, get inspired by the earth’s favourite colour of life: green!
Tight Hips Recovery
This short yoga class takes place supine, so it is great for those recovering from injuries or for after a really long walk, run or cycle-ride. Also great for after a long day at the office or for after travel to ease your hips back to health. Plenty of very accessible stretches to take the strain out of hips which tighten from exercise or from sitting still for a really long time. Thanks to Wellicious for their beautiful clothes!