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Vinyasa Flow: Move With Awareness
An intermediate vinyasa flow which invites us to stay present and to notice without judgement any distractions we might encounter when moving on our mat, including the fear of failing or our need to achieve specific yoga pose goals. This yoga class is a comprehensive sequence which starts with a meditation and breath work practice, followed by a shoulder and chest opening warm up, then balances and twists, including fallen angel pose, to unlock your spine. You may need a block.
Firefly Vinyasa Flow
An advanced vinyasa flow towards firefly pose, Titibasana, and Flying Lizard. Class begins with breath of fire to stimulate the nervous system, and increase fire in the body. Then we move swiftly to hip opening poses which work towards these advanced arm balances. This class is very short and intense, without much warm up, so would be a great class to add onto your practice today. You will need two blocks.
Vinyasa Flow: Release the Neck and Shoulders
This vinyasa flow yoga class invites us to let go of holding onto patterns that might create tightness in our chest. A great class for those who carry tension in the neck and shoulders, particularly from computer use; it will encourage the opening of the shoulders and the front of the body. Start with lovely chest, shoulder and neck releasing warm ups, the vinyasa flow then goes to explore different backbends creating length in the spine and challenging ourselves to approach our practice with an open and courageous mind.
Advanced Vinyasa Flow leading to Dragonfly Pose
An advanced vinyasa flow class to improve your flexibility and strength and to work towards dragonfly and lotus headstand. Class starts with breath work and hip opening poses. The vinyasa flow then prepares the body for dragonfly pose before moving onto lotus and headstand variations. There’s plenty of variety and challenge in this fun, feisty class. As ever, do play safe and only do what is available to you. We recommend extending savasana with this class for as long as you have available. You will need access to a clear wall and a blanket.
50:50 Jivamukti and Yin Yoga
A quick moving Jivamukti yoga flow followed by some yin yoga. Class starts with swift sun salutations and moves to a handstand practice. You may need to be near a wall for handstands. Then expect a settled yin yoga practice. This class develops the the 50/50 concept by Stephen Batchelor: to be engaged outward for 50% of our time we need to have the same amount of time focusing inward.
Get Moving: Jivamukti Yoga
This short but challenging Jivamukti yoga class gets moving immediately and includes sun salutations, balances, lunges and twists. The poses in this class awaken the energy in the navel centre, we practice yoga with a strong, empowered core so that we can move fearlessly through life, with strength and courage. Not suitable for pregnant students or those with high blood pressure. You will need a block.
Shining Heart Vinyasa Flow
An interesting and varied fusion-vinyasa flow yoga class, with plenty of inspiration from other yoga styles, including Iyengar and Kundalini. This class includes challenging and strong poses including flying splits and arm balances. Starting with breath work, the class then gives some wonderful chest-opening warm ups, which also work on neck and shoulder release. Then join Vidya for a fun vinyasa yoga flow, with some Kundalini breath work and poses mixed in, and an Iyengar variation of Downward dog. As ever, move at your own pace, and don't feel you need to join in for things that might not suit you on this day. You will need two blocks and a blanket. After this class please do follow with a long savasana.
Solar Chakra Slow Flow
A beautiful mindfully paced vinyasa flow yoga class to activate and awaken your solar plexus energy from the inside out. Expect flowing warm ups, followed by a sequence using the breath as the guide to then reach your peak to energise and uplift you to glow. You will need a block or two and a blanket.
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.
Somatics & Yoga Inspired by Nature
Take inspiration from nature with this creative and expressive short class. Starting with more advanced somatic poses to warm up, develop expressive, liberating balancing poses including the crane and tree variations. This class also includes elements of self-care with a wrist massage and a gentle seated twist after the balancing challenges.You will need a yoga strap and access to a wall.
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.
Energise & Surrender: Shoulder Opening Vinyasa
This shoulder opening vinyasa yoga class is perfect to start the day with. Inspired by a song by Gerry Rafferty, 'Wise as a Serpent, Gentle as a Dove' which interprets the biblical saying: “butterflies are streetwise too, they have camouflage to predators, eyes painted on wings”. Harmonise the dual qualities of energetic zeal and and surrender in your yoga practice; play with yin and yang in each pose, in each breath, each balance. You will need a strap.
Somatic Movement: Feel the Heat
Adventures in Rewilding: Yoga and Somatics
Celebrate the freedom of your joints in this adventure through somatics and yoga. This class is a celebration of movement which starts with a somatic warm up, plays with variations of moon pose, creates a sense of centring in horse pose and flows creatively with cartwheel. This class is perfect if you're looking for something a little different, playful, adventurous and fun. It is ideal if you have an established practice and plenty of mobility.
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.
Forearm Balance Tutorial