Easy Hips: 1
Tight or painful back, legs or hips? Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga block or stack of books. Yoga belt or tie/scarf.
Easy Hips: 2
In this second practice, Leila offers 4 simple poses that open the hips, backs of the legs, calves and feet to relieve tension in the hips and lower back. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.
Easy Hips: 3
The final part of the Easy Hips series builds on the series by giving a deeper and fuller variation for spaciousness on the hips and spine. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.
Lotus Focused Vinyasa Flow
An intermediate/advanced level vinyasa yoga class. The lotus is a great symbol for moving into stillness to expand our consciousness. This fabulously sequenced hip- focused yoga class is a playful exploration of half lotus to help release and open the hips and pelvis and create a secure and rooted foundation for body and consciousness which will enhance spinal alignment and allow the flow of prana to move more freely through this channel and the wingspan of the back. You may need blanket, 2 foam blocks and a strap.
(5) Moving From Squat
A range of exercises in and around the squat from the simple to the really challenging. If you have a squat these exercises are great. Be careful with your knees in this class, if you feel your knees are uncomfortable in any way in this class, give this class a miss, this isn’t for you, and see if you can go back to Learning the Squat.
Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon
A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into Flying Pigeon, or Eka Pada Galavanasara. With preparation poses to help to improve your hip flexibility and balance and then showing you how to arrive into Flying Pigeon both from the ground, and as an advanced variation, from headstand. You will need a folded blanket. Practise with care!
Step By Step Into Flying Splits
A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into the Flying Splits, or Eka Pada Koudinyasana I. Starting with plank for building arm strength (we recommend daily plank for strength building), then some hamstring and hip warm-ups. We move via hanumanasana (the splits) and into first the modified pose, and then into the full version of the pose. You will need 2 bricks and a folded blanket.
A more gentle vinyasa yoga class, perfect to come home to yourself anytime you're needing a more gentle flow, but perfect for early evening, in that gap between coming home and preparing for the rest of the evening. Get grounded and stretched, with a hip focus for those of us who work sitting down all day. A perfect release from the day!
Progress Your Practice: Backbends
The third class in progressing your practice series, this beginners yoga class focuses on backbends. Backbends help to keep the back and shoulders open after days hunched over a computer or smartphone and are essential to keep the back and spine healthy. With some slow flow and twists to counterbalance your backbending class. You will need a blanket, rolled up and two bricks.
Progress Your Practice: Healthy Spine and Twists
The second class in progressing your practice series, this class is perfect for keeping your spine healthy with twists. 'You're as old as your spine' is the saying and there is no better way to keep your spine healthy than with plenty of twists and gentle movement of the spine. A perfect way to progress your practice and to keep healthy every day. You will need two bricks.
Floor Yoga Hip Release
Progress Your Practice: Forward Folding Flow
The first in a progressing your practice series, great for those who have mastered the basic yoga poses but are looking to start to flow! The first class in this progressing your practice series is a fully rounded class, featuring some of the standing poses you'll have grown familiar with, but with a focus on folding forwards. Forward folds help to release hips and hamstrings - things which those of us who have seated work may struggle with. You will need a blanket, a strap and two blocks.
Jivamukti - Face Your Fears
A fiesty, fast-moving Jivamukti vinyasa class. This intermediate class will have you facing your fears and going for it. This hip-opening class works towards hanumanasana using the wall, so you'll be working on your hip flexors and flexibility in your hamstrings. You will need access to a wall to practice at and two bricks.
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!
Butt Conditioning to Ease Back and Hip Pain
This short yoga class brings awareness and strength to the glute muscles which can ease tight hips and help ease lower back pain by strengthening and toning the Gluteal muscles, therefore creating more balance and support across this hips and pelvis. Practice this twice a week to support your yoga practice. You will need a block and a cushion.
A fabulous Jivamukti flow with the theme of the Monkey-god, Hanumanasana, otherwise known as the splits. This well-rounded Jivamukti class has the usual mix of sun salutations, standing poses with a focuses around opening the hamstrings and hips, featuring the standing splits, then going into Hamunanasana, forward and backward bends rounding off this beautifully devotional class.
Journey Towards Hanumanasana
Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal
A very short tutorial explaining why oh why, in yoga class do we find so many differences in bodies in positions that focus on the hips. And why some some of us are desitined to struggle in poses that others find so easy. A real eye opener for anyone who's stuck on a particular pose!