Hit The Wall Hatha
A complete hatha yoga class at the wall with alignment focus. The wall is a fabulous prop to give us support and give us feedback on our alignment, so move your mat to the wall for this fun and revealing complete practice. As you use the wall's support and feedback, you will learn much about the way you transmit force through your body and where there may be imbalances and inefficiencies in your alignment. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to invert, twist, and stretch with more leverage and depth. Meet your new favourite prop! You will also need a chair.
Tune In Tune Up: The Throat Centre
This yoga class uses two poses which relate to our relationship with our self and communication. Often, we have obstacles of cynicism and mistrust in the way of developing a harmonious relationship with ourselves. Today's asana are shoulderstand and the plough, for those who practice these postures often. Otherwise, simply use the sound of the mantra.
Tune In Tune Up: The Heart Centre
Feet, Stability & Balance
This yoga class focuses on giving you a great connection to your foundation; your feet. Discover dexterity in refined movement of your yogi-feet and an energetic lift in how to move forward in life’s journey. The class takes place almost entirely on two blocks, great for feeling your feet and working on balance and stability. This is great for people who have previously sprained ankles, weak ankles and knees or want to improve their balance as well as proprioperception ( the subtle sense of the body’s movement and positioning without sight). You will need two blocks.
Meditation: Soft Pause
In the final part in our Introduction to Meditation Series, we start to watch the top and the bottom of our breath. You'll notice that there are round edges to the inhale and exhale, where each breath gently reaches a peak and then gives rise to the next. Either simply watch these spaces between breaths or gently hold for a moment at the top of each inhale, and pause for a moment at the bottom of the exhale.
Meditation: Exploring the Breath
In the fourth part in our Introduction to Meditation Series with Nikita, we learn how to explore breath patterns as a means to change the way we feel. Allow the exhale to be twice as long as the inhale to give the body a chance of releasing all the old, to make space for the fresh new oxygenated air to flow in fully. Start at an equal breath (e.g. inhale for six seconds and exhale for six seconds) then increase gradually to a ratio of 1:1.5 (e.g. inhaling for six seconds and exhaling for nine seconds). Eventually, breathing to a ratio of 1:2 (e.g. inhaling for six and exhaling for 12 seconds). Maintain for up to about 20 breaths and then return to normal breath. If you are asthmatic, you may find that it's tricky to get to the full 1:2 ratio at first, in which case stay at 1:1.5. This is another great technique you might want to use as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.
Get Off Your Mat
Changing a known route can shift us into the now. This yoga class is a somatic movement flow for those feeling the call to explore even further beyond the four corners of the mat. Great for teachers or those with a more intermediate practice. This is a sequence Naomi often shares in her teacher's practices. A creative, playful and challenging class.
Tune In Tune Up: The Solar Plexus
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease
Third in the series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga focuses on finding ease. This class opens the chest and shoulders. Often, ease eludes us because we feel tension, we feel stuck in our bodies. The qigong class starts with a qigong practice which fosters ease through tension release and heart-opening. We will then do some gentle restorative yoga practices to finish. You'll need a yoga bolster or sofa cushion, and a blanket for the restorative yoga.
Meditation: Counting the Breath
In the third part in our Introduction to Meditation series, we start to count the breath. Get settled in a comfortable spot, either sitting or lying down, and begin to count your breaths backwards from 20 to 1. Say to yourself mentally, I am breathing in 20, I am breathing out 20. I am breathing in 19, I am breathing out 19, and so on until you reach 1. If you notice your mind has wandered away from this focus, draw it back. If you lose your count, start again. If you manage to get all the way to 1, try starting at 50 next time. You might want to use this exercise as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.
Tune In Tune Up: The Sacral Centre
A yoga class to help develop your strength and stability in balance postures by challenging yourself with your balance. We will use a brick to bring new life into tree and warrior three postures. Learn some muscular patterns and alignment methods to work these poses more efficiently.
Permission To Play: Anemone
Get back to focus and mental clarity! The ultimate coffee alternative to stimulate the brains back to focus. Perfect for those who are looking to boost productivity or simply in need of reﬁning your coordination skills. Expect fun co-ordination games that you can do almost anywhere which will make your brain ache!!
Fire Start The Day Vinyasa Flow
Get all fired up to start your day with this Vinyasa flow practice. We focus on spinal twists and side bends in this dynamic flow. Its perfect way to get its those bits of the body that can get stuck. You will definitely get a sweat on but feel invigorated and ready to take on what ever your day throws at you. Get your day off to the right start with this feisty vinyasa flow yoga class. Ignite the fire, feel motivated, confident and get active. It's a tough, dynamic vinyasa, but mindfully paced, so that less feisty Movers, who want a warming flow but without the trickier shapes can simply modify and go to childs pose or their chosen alternative when Jonelle flows to places you don't choose to go. Listen to your body! With a focus on the core region you'll feel your inner fire glow. You will need two bricks.