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Balancing and Alignment Yoga Class
This yoga class opens the front body by unlocking the solar plexus and heart centre and twisting through the spine. Expect poses such as downward dog, lunge twist and half moon. The class will also explore the idea that sometimes ‘less is more’, so there are variations shown using blocks and a chair. Learn to honour your body, respect its limitations and always approach your practice with curiosity and self-awareness.
Honour Your Body Yoga Class
This workshop-style hatha yoga class asks us to listen to our own bodies to make our yoga practise our own. Bring together the information from the Body Intelligence Series and learn to use our intuition to guide our yoga practice and wake up the whole body. Ask the question: What is it that my body needs most today? Take time to feel the poses, the transitions and the after effects of each pose, and learn how to honour your own body and know what it is to feel embodied. Variations are offered using blocks and a chair to invite the option to slow down, listen to the body’s needs and learn how to adapt to meet the body where it is.
Alternative to Sun Salutations
This yoga class is a wonderful all body warm up or stand alone practice with infinite variations and difficulty levels. It can be used to substitute sun salutations to avoid pressure or weight-bearing on the shoulders and wrists - so no downward dog or chaturanga. It can also be built upon and offers a chair or wall as an option for helping balance.
Tutorial: How Downward Dog Works
This yoga tutorial shows the classic yoga pose, downward dog, in detail. In particular, you'll see how the action of downward dog engages the whole body and how we can make the pose more efficient. Plus, explore how it can be modified using a chair or blocks to make the pose more accessible and safer.
Tutorial: Healthy Hips and Back
The hips and lower back connect us to the earth via our legs, and to our vitality and movement through the organs and spine. This experiential yoga tutorial explains the mechanics of hip movement and how it can help the body move in a more balanced and healthy way. It also explores the hips in relation to back pain and how their positioning can both contribute to and help ease back pain.
Tutorial: How The Shoulders Work
This yoga tutorial looks at how the arms and shoulders help to support movement, expression, circulation and spinal health. Learn how to move and open your shoulders for greater connection to your body. This is also a great tutorial to help counter the effect on the shoulders of chaturanga and to support those with previous injuries to their shoulder such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder or bursitis. No need for a yoga mat, this tutorial can be done anywhere!
Tutorial: Explore Standing Yoga Poses
A short yoga tutorial using a chair/wall as an option for support while exploring warrior one, warrior two, triangle pose and extended side angle. These poses are very common in a yoga class, but they are actually very complex. Explore these poses and discover versions which work best and feel good for your body so you can take them into future yoga classes.
Tutorial: Intelligent Body
Learn to be more sensitive to your body and enrich your practice in this experiential yoga tutorial. We invite you to explore your body from the feet up and give you tools to take with you into whatever movement practice you have, whether that be yoga, walking, running, cycling, dancing or the other million ways our human bodies like to move. This yoga class also asks us what are the components of an intelligent body? When we become more sensitive to our body's intelligence, we can work and move with our own body in a safer and subtler way. We can make more grounded, more embodied decisions.
Meditation: Being Embodied
This meditation will help you to understand how the various ‘parts’ of the body relate to one another, and how they respond to gravity. Bring your awareness to the body to help you to ground and feel present to this moment. A great meditation to do when you're on the move, feeling anxious or overwhelmed to reconnect with yourself and this moment. Also a really great meditation to do when you’re choosing what class to practise. Tune into your body and find out what your body is asking for.
Meditation: Body Intelligence
Introduction to Body Intelligence: Living In Our Bodies
A real wonder of yoga is that we learn more about our body’s innate intelligence. We learn to acquaint ourselves with how our bodies and minds feel, as we go through the day and as we go through life. We hold three sources of knowledge: the mind, the heart and the gut. But we are often disconnected from some or all of these. Body intelligence helps us to listen to the whole of our inner knowledge and use this to connect with ourselves, our world and the present moment. Learn to tap into and feel all parts of the body to create a sense of safety, presence and embodiment. Too often we move through life mindlessly, so this series of yoga classes will help you reconnect with yourself, be present and be self-compassionate so you can discover how to be receptive to what your body is telling you and rebuild the wealth of healing within the body.
Alignment Focused Jivamukti Yoga
A complete Jivamukti yoga class for those keen to slow down and learn the precise alignment to keep you safe during practice. Build upon a stable foundation and learn to refine your alignment through self-adjustment. This class is slower and more mindful than the usual Jivamukti class, but you will still find plenty of challenges as Lizzie focuses on refined details of the poses to promote using the whole body in an integrated way. You will need blocks.
Learn Safe Alignment
This is a crucial, in-depth yoga class for all of us to learn how to practice safely. It is especially good for those coming back into their yoga practice after injury of the ribs, shoulders, arms and hands. Learn how to practice in an integrated way, how to be balanced, and the correct orientation of the head and neck to the arms and torso. A really great yoga tutorial as well for all of us to learn correct arm, shoulder movements in poses like Eagle Pose.
Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior Flow
Beginning with the Magic 10 to start this classic Jivamukti yoga class. During the Magic 10, expect long counted holds and a handstand at the wall for those who are ready. During the counted long holds without further instruction, this is great for finding a more meditative state during your asana practice. We then continue with intention setting and the classic, well rounded Jivamukti vinyasa yoga practice, which includes headstand for those who can. You may need two blocks.
Blossoming into Joy
A short, gentle hatha yoga class, perfect to start the day, or for whenever you need a short burst of rejuvenation. You're planing new seeds of joy and lightness into your day. With a focus on long, steady breaths, and holding the poses, you'll find rejuvenation throughout your cells to help you to blossom into lightness and joy, fully refreshed.