Hatha Yoga › Lucy McCarthy
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.
Morning Mojo 2: 20 Minutes Morning Yoga
Yoga for Beginners: Yoga Flow
Yoga for Beginners: Introducing Backbends
The third class of the yoga for beginners course has us build on the learnings of the previous classes and discover more new poses such as low lunge and locust, plus develop a gentle supported backbend with bridge pose. There will also be time for a seated meditation on the breath, and rest in Savasana.
Yoga for Beginners: Breath-Led Movement
This second class in the yoga for beginners course allows us to review and develop all the key yoga poses and techniques from the previous class, and start to put them together into a gentle sequence led by ujjayi (victorious) breath. Discover new poses, such as cobra and mountain, and learn how to use the breath with your movement. You will need a couple of blocks, a chair and a cushion to sit on.
Yoga for Beginners: The Basics
In the first class in the yoga for beginners course, we explore poses which form the foundation of a yoga practice and experience breath led movement. Learn about different breath techniques and how to move with the breath. Prepare for poses such as downward facing dog, cat and cow, twists, sphinx and child’s pose, and move through half sun salutations. Also expect an introduction to meditation and demystify Sanskrit terms. Finally, experience savasana and rediscover the lost art of rest. You may wish to have two blocks to hand.
Flow Towards Freedom: Mellow Mind
Five Minute Energy Reset
Flow Towards Freedom: Ignite Your Intuition
Cultivate tuning into your intuition, your wisdom body with this is a slow flow featuring longer, hatha holds. A more meditative, deep, hip based practice that quiets the mind enough that you can start to listen to and trust your intuition and inner wisdom. Long, juicy hip opening, kneeling warrior at the wall. Ending in a meditation with the focus of listening. This class aims at taking you out of your head and into your roots. A perfect class to help you unravel after travel or after a tough day at work. Helping you to reconnect to your innate inherent inner wisdom. You will need access to a wall, a blanket and maybe a strap.
Elemental Flow: Root Down Gently
The First of Lucy's 5 elements series. This yoga class will connect you to the earth with gentle, slow and steady movements and a focus on grounding, slowing down and getting present. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or you just need help to calm. This class starts with a long breath-work relaxation, then works gently on the hips to release feelings of business and stress. You will need a tennis-size ball and you might need a block.
10 minutes of morning magic
Love Yourself First
20 Minute Morning Magic
The perfect way to start your day if you're short on time and want to kickstart your day on the right foot. This short yoga class will get your body awake and fluid, clear the mind and open the heart. A sweet, gentle flow that builds smoothly. This practice will open your spine, shoulders and side body.
This gentle, nourishing flow is for you to help you to honour your body. Perfect for your moontime, or whenever you feel like giving your body extra support. Feel your moontime magic with this nourishing sequence featuring prana namaskar, a flow that asks, what is it we'd like to surrender.
Celebrate Your Flow
Support your body and celebrate your flow with this slow, sweet flow for days you'd like to practice, but you want to nourish yourself and support yourself during your moontime. A very grounding, slow practice, also great for whenever your body might need extra support but you'd like to flow. You will need a bolster, blanket and eye bag.
Rise and Shine
A perfect practice to start your day with. To put a spring in your step and brightness into the body. Great for days when you're feeling sluggish and need a kick start to your day in a gentle way. This class ends with a lovely long savasana so you're rested and ready for the day.
(6) Insight & Intuition: The 3rd Eye Chakra
A meditative class to awaken the higher mind, quieten the internal chatter and stimulate your intuitive abilities. Starting with quieting eye movements, and then with gentle poses with a block to rest on your third eye chakra. Suitable for doing before bed, or in the morning, enabling you to act with insight and intuition throughout the day. You will need a block and an eye mask.
(5) Clarity & Expression: The Throat Chakra
(4) Awaken And Illuminate: The Heart Chakra