Life's Challenges › 45 to 60 mins
Yoga For Happiness (3): Patience
In this yoga class, Nikita will take you through a slow vinyasa flow with a focus on patience. If you are able to see with honesty where you are, you are able to grow from this point of awareness. But growth doesn't necessarily happen quickly. Expansions will happen a a rate and pace that feels appropriate to the body, the heart, the mind. When we rush, when we push too far too fast, we can often be met with some form of shut-down. Without any harsh judgement of yourself, consider the ways that you could be more patient. It could be moving more slowly on the commute, it could be by allowing your loved ones to do things in their own way at their own pace. Where can you afford to introduce some more patience to your life? You may need a brick.
A kriya is a specific sequence of postures or actions for a specific purpose. I like to call them recipes, each step works in turn to create a specific effect for your body, mind and spirit. There are hundreds of Kundalini Kriyas, this one is called the Kriya for Elevation. It is a simple practice involving lots of flexing the spine, stretching of the legs and stimulating breath of fire. The practice finishes with a more challenge held meditation Sat Kriya which is a key practice in kundalini Yoga. It encourages circulation of panic life force through all the chakras. It’s a great practice to help relieve symptoms of depression. This sequence has breath of fire to begin with so please watch my introduction to Kundalini Yoga if this is a new practice for you or you haven’t quite mastered it yet. Tune in to this traditional Kundalini yoga class or Kriya, as they are known in the Kundalini tradition. This full Kundalini yoga class involves chanting, mudra and physical hatha yoga poses and a beautiful, long Savasana to finish.
Refresh Your Intention
Sometimes we set an intention which needs to be re-energised. This practice serves to invigorate our intentions, be it new year resolutions, or re-invigorate our conscious minds, and ensure that each day we are on track with our intentions and our daily, conscious lives and choices. Expect a feisty Vinyasa flow yoga class with surprises and long holds too, build up the heat to work through your embodied goals. You may need a strap and yoga bricks.
Honour Your Flow: Restorative Yoga for Your Cycle
This restorative yoga class is especially for low energy days. Suitable for everyone who needs extra nourishment and support, but these poses are especially great to also relieve symptoms you may experience during your moontime such as releasing heat from hips, relieving cramps, headache and aching. Restorative yoga is wonderful at restoring energy levels, cooling the body and calming the body’s system. You will need a bolster, a chair, two bricks, an eye-bag and a blanket.
Slow Flow To Bring Balance
This slow flow yoga class is all about finding your centre in the midst of a storm. You get longer holds, forward folds, twists and longer exhales. Plus a sweet meditation at the end to fully ground you into balance. This flow balances Vata and pitta types - even though you may find it utterly frustrating if you're out of balance. Your chemistry will change for the better after giving this class a go.
Letting Go Vinyasa Flow
This slow flow class is designed to rid the body and mind of tensions which accumulate as a result of life's experiences. These tensions can hold us back, so the class focuses on releasing them so that, in time, we are ready to move on. The class begins slowly and mindfully with supine breathing practices for the first eight minutes. If you want to get moving sooner, but still gain the benefit of tension release, you may want to start with child's pose eight minutes into class. This class is a slow vinyasa flow, focusing on mindfulnes and release.
Yoga Through Life's Transitions
This yoga class teaches us how to transition through change in life, big life changes or the changes which touch us in every day life. This class will have you surfing on your ocean breath and enjoying moving through and greeting change head on. This class is dynamic, but you are encouraged to spend time in transitions and enjoy the process of transitioning, rather than the destination. A strong hip focus and plenty of creative, fun variations on the usual poses. You will need a rolled up mat or a block and a strap.
Vinyasa for cultivating fearlessness
A fast-moving yoga class which takes us to the edge of expansion and creativity, taking us to the edges - the polar opposites of the connection to life as 'always becoming' and experience life as 'always being'. A swift, heated sequence but with holding energy. Plenty of lovely creative sequencing, lots of strength, twists and fun. You may need a block and a strap.
Compassion through Slow Flow
In this mindfully slow-flow vinyasa yoga class, Bridget explores the theme of compassion to ourselves. Class starts with a 10 minute discussion reminding us the importance of being compassionate to ourselves. The asana is a slow flow which focuses on the hips, with plenty of lunging work and variation. There is an opportunity for a handstand suppported by the wall or a partner and class finishes with a long, nourishing guided relaxation. You may need a belt, a wall and a partner could be handy too!
Beginners Creative Vinyasa
A lovely introduction to the standing poses or for when you don't feel like a more dynamic practice. This is a slow, nourishing vinyasa without a sun salutation in sight. Highly recommend also for advanced level practitioners who are having a slower day. This sequence is highly restorative, as well as benefiting from being a breakdown of some of the more familiar poses.