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Scaravelli Workshop: Shoulders and Upper Back
We all love a good shoulder massage. Join this workshop-style Scaravelli class to focus on creating more awareness in your upper back and shoulder area. Learn to relax the arms, let go of the shoulders, and find some more space and ease in your upper spine. You will need a bolster, two blocks and a strap.
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Wake up your Feet!
Our feet are our connection to the earth – they are our roots. We rely on them for balance and for carrying us from place to place, and yet they are often overlooked and underappreciated. During this Scaravelli yoga workshop, give them some love – explore how to release tight joints to reveal softer, more responsive feet, that elevate even the most simple yoga poses into an almost magical experience. Begin to open from the ground up; stretch and expand through your feet and see how, by waking your feet, you wake up your whole being! You will need a strap which is tied to help a toe-stretch.
Spacious Body, Spacious Mind
Lengthening the Spine
Walk taller with this work-shop style scaravelli yoga class with focus on the spine and how to lengthen the spine in our yoga practice. There is a division at the back of the waist - from this point the spine lengthens down towards our tail and feet, helping us feel grounded and balanced. When the body finds this connection, we are free to experience lightness rising up into the upper body. Our movements become more free and spacious. Discover the magical key to balance at our gravitational centre, and wake up your spine to wake up your body! Showing how to practice with real length in the spine in our everyday yoga poses. You will need a strap.
Happiness Toolkit Part (2): Hip Openers
The second part of the Happiness Toolkit are poses to lift your mood. The focus here is on hip-opening, perfect if you have a sedentary job or have been travelling a lot, or are an athlete and have been working on your strength. This flexibility class gives strong hamstring stretches, forward bends, and hip opening in pigeon pose. An all levels class. Beginners will need to be disciplined and not explore the 'edges' of all the modifications. Intermediates have plenty of modifications to keep their flexibility challenged!
Rise and Shine
Live at Yoga Garden Party: Yoga in Balance and Yoga For Balance
A beautiful flow designed to get you vibrating on the frequency of gratitude. With plenty of back-bends, which give a full heart-opening in lunges, twists and balances – leading to Dancer's pose and Wheel as peak postures. Slow, strong and steady vinyasa flow. You may need a foam block, a strap and a brick.
Journey Towards Hanumanasana
A more advanced well rounded vinyasa sequence with a focus on twisting and getting ready for systematic preparation for three arm balances: side crane (Parsva Bakasana), scissors (Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1) and, for the advanced, Fallen Angel (advanced variation of Parsva Bakasana). With modification and step by step instruction for help to get to the more advanced poses. Enjoy, and go mindfully and at your own pace. You may need a strap and block.
Coming Home to Your Hips Slow Flow
A deep hips yoga class, a perfect antidote to long days spent sitting, which is about coming home to yourself. In this alignment-focused and beautifully sequenced slow flow, through working the deepest muscles of your hips and your core you will find a place you be can rest within yourself. You will need 2 blocks and a strap.
Moving Into Gratitude
Journey To Your Centre
A class to remember who we really are through the sutle body. In the first 15 minutes, you will explore a completely different kind of yoga, where you will explore deeply within yourself and your body to find the middle body, the deep centring space within us all. You'll move slowly, deeply, and softly through a highly conscious flow class which ignites a remembrance of centre as a place to rest into through all the activities of life. This class is magic for your nervous system. Note that the headstand tutorial can be watched as an addendum to this class if you have no experience of headstand.
Effort Without Struggle
In doing yoga, we can learn from the Buddha’s wisdom of working with right effort. This practice will look at how we can move through a practice and learn to identify when we’re putting in healthy effort, or when our effort feels a bit more like a struggle! There will be some strong arm balances like one-legged crow (eka pada galavasana) where we can play our edge, but also moments of surrender. Hope you enjoy it.
Cultivating Our Inner Light
A beautiful flow to open the heart, warm the back and still the mind. In the Yoga Sutra, the busy mind is described as quieting down through a number of ways: lengthening the breath, concentration on objects, or on experiences in deep sleep or dream states. It is also suggested that the mind can be quieted by concentration on the ever-present source of light that is believed to dwell inside the human heart. This light grows brighter when we do practices – like polishing a jewel that begins to shine and reflects the light all around it. We’ll look at ways to work with sunlight and moonlight in this fluid vinyasa-based sequence, and help awaken the source of light within each of us.
Metta: Care for Ourselves and Care for Others
Featuring moon rather than sun salutes, this more nourishing practice is a beautifully nurturing slow flow and a nourishing sequence for the heart and soul. Great for when your body needs a little extra support, but you'd like to keep your movement practice. The human heart circulates the most oxygen rich supply of blood to itself first before it moves it out to the rest of the body. As humans we can also learn to care for our own bodies and experience, and use this care as a springboard to cultivate greater care for others and the world. “It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It's simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.” – Erich Schiffmann
Devotion: Practising Hanumanasana
Hanumanasana is a challenging pose – it’s the “splits” – but named after the monkey king Hanuman, who in one giant leap stretched across the continent of India to help save his Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. His act is one of devotion. When we practice Hanumanasana, it can feel really challenging, but if we consider what makes us act in the service of our highest self, or our volition in life – like Hanuman’s devotion and love inspired him to take that immortalized leap – the pose can perhaps be understood in a new light. In this practice we’ll look at Hanumanasana and consider the ways in which can embrace its difficulty with skill and insight.