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Menopause Yoga: Finding Ease
This gentle vinyasa yoga class is designed as a moving meditation to calm your mind and nervous system to help you prepare for rest. It is followed by Petra’s ‘disappear from the world’ restorative yoga poses, Max Strom’s ‘Mind Meets the Breath’ meditation and breath work, before ending with a relaxation practice, seated meditation and a mantra. You will need a strap or belt, a bolster, a cushions, 2 blankets, 2 blocks and 1 cork yoga brick or weighted eye pillow (or equivalent). NB - Modifications: hip and knee injuries take care. If you experience hot flushes, keep your head level with your heart. Osteoporosis: avoid flexion rounding your back in forward folds; keep your spine straight. Claustrophobia: avoid placing the blanket over the head. Headaches: avoid placing weight on the head. Trauma and previous experience of panic attacks: breathe at your own pace and pause the practice when needed.
Menopause Yoga: Befriending Your Feelings
This dynamic vinyasa yoga class is an energising but soothing practice which ends with a restorative yoga pose, relaxation, seated meditation and mantra. This class is designed to help you befriend your feelings at a time when erratic hormonal Pre-Menstrual Tension can trigger ‘energy surges’ and fiery emotions such as menopause rage. You will need a strap or belt, a bolster, a cushion and 2 blocks. NB - Modifications: hip and knee injuries take extra care, use a blanket when kneeling. If you experience hot flushes, keep your head level with your heart. Osteoporosis: avoid flexion rounding your back in forward folds; keep your spine straight. Trauma: hip opening poses and stretches across the chest can release tension but may also trigger trauma. Follow your own breathing pace, pause the practice when needed and find a comfortable resting pose.
Mindful Flow and Conscious Breath
A simple but intermediate flow to gently energise and work with your breath. Breathe consciousness, with intention, and nourish the energy body (pranamayakosha). A perfect work break where we breathe consciously through our pores, like butterflies, who breathe through tiny holes in their wings called spiroles.
Creative Morning Flow: Wake up and Fly
Celebrate your body with this morning yoga class. It's very short, but challenging, so you may wish to warm up first. This class is themed around celebrating birds with poses such as dove, heron, eagle, flamingo, sunbird and peacock all threaded together into a beautifully creative sequence. You will need a strap and a soft block to celebrate variations of crane.
Somatic Movement: Feel the Heat
Barre Leg Blast
This short leg and cardio barre class is great if you are looking to improve leg strength and your cardiovascular performance. It’s the perfect workout if you're feeling a bit 'stuck', need a buzz of optimism in the morning or if you need an energy blast during your working day. Why not add it to your weekly routine? Remember to cool down and stretch the legs out after practicing. You will need a chair.
Turn Up Your Energy Workout
This is an intense energetic workout! A combination of barre and dance moves, it will help build strength and keep you moving. This class is perfect for when we just need to get moving; it's time to get energetic. You'll feel invigorated, worked and ready for anything! This is a challenging class and you will need a good level of fitness and some barre experience. You will need a chair and a mat.
Mandala Salutations: Fiery Flanks
This is a swift-moving mandala salutation vinyasa yoga class. If you only have a spare half hour, it’s a sure and fast way to get you flowing and sweating. This power yoga class focuses on stretching and strengthening through your side body. Expect lots of lovely twists, plank variations and (optional) inversions. The mandala practice moves 360 degrees around your mat, so perhaps watch the first couple of flows to find out where Katarina takes you, or listen intently, as you won't always be able to see the screen. This change of perspective is a perfect way to change the way you look at life, getting insight from new ways of seeing things. The class focuses on igniting Agni (internal fire) and bringing awareness to Manipura chakra, our source of willpower and transformation. This class is the pure-flow for those who just need to move but if you want to extend this practice we recommend taking a supine twist to wake up the target area.
Fun Forrest Inspired Yoga for Strength
This strong, hatha yoga class is inspired by Forrest yoga; it is strengthening and really great fun! Start with abdominal work and strengthening goddess pose, then explore how to lean into support: support of the props; of our experience; of our deep, considered breath. If you have dipped your toe into the Forrest Yoga pool already, this class is a chance to play with some arm balances and some stronger hamstring work. You will need two blocks, a blanket and a bolster (if you have one) for our exploration of splits and frog over a bolster.
Jivamukti Yoga: Restore & Renew
This Jivamukti yoga class will release tension from the body and calm the mind. Take this class anytime you feel overwhelmed and could do with a break, or perhaps to wind down after work. Class includes simple movements. breath-work, hip openers, long holds in your poses, meditation and a deep guided relaxation. You will need a block, strap and blanket for the class.
Fiery Forrest Yoga Inspired Class
This strong, hatha yoga class is inspired by Forrest yoga and designed to ignite the light inside of us. Forrest yoga focuses on releasing a stiff neck and strengthening the shoulders. This yoga class has a particular focus on opening the back and hips with some powerful work to fire up the core and unlock our shoulders. The perfect class as an antidote to sedentary modern life! There is an intention to bring awareness to our breath and to soften, even in intensity. You will need a rolled up blanket and a towel for our abdominals.
Empowered Yoga Flow
During this intermediate vinyasa yoga class, you choose how dynamic or restful you wish the sequence to be for you. The main focus of the class making decisions based on how you genuinely feel; you can decide how you want to move your body and what is right for you in this moment. Class starts with a talk on what yoga is as a practice of empowerment and revolution, and how this relates to events in the world. How is our yoga related to the freedom we are seeking for ourselves and for others? Ava shares her thoughts on how yoga can be lived on and off the mat before moving into a sequence which includes inversions, such as headstand. Without fear, take this class, adopt the pose which is right for you and take your practice off the mat into real life. This class is trauma-informed.
Pilates for Strength: Back Mobility
Standing Abs Barre Workout
An amazingly energising Barre workout if you need a quick work break. If you had never thought about working the abs standing, then this is the time to try! The core muscles wrap all around the body to help stabilise and support your spine. Work your whole core, get strong, get energised, feel positive! Standing Abs will tone and strengthen the core as well as improve energy; it’s a great way to wake up in the morning or to energise when you need a break during the way.
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.