Somatics and Creative Movement
In these videos you will find new and inspiring ways to move and stretch your body, find and test your boundaries and connect more deeply with yourself. Expect creative flows, play and somatics.
Yoga for Menopause Anger: Fierce Power
Anger and rage are common during menopause. This may surprise to you and those around you. We've been taught to believe that anger is a negative emotion that shouldn't be expressed so we bottle it up until it explodes or mask it and this can cause us internal conflict. In this menopause yoga class we learn to work with anger as a positive force for healing, empowerment and healthy communication. Using the power of breath, sound, somatic enquiry and movement we will give space to our anger and allow it to be felt, moved, and released. The class will take place seated and standing, the first part of the class takes place entirely seated. You can also lie down for this part. The second part has us adopt yoga poses accessible to most bodies. Transform your anger into fierce power!
The Human Method: Somatic Movement: The Ribs
It's time to get curious about how your body interconnects and works and the most subtle level. This somatics class is an exploration for feeling the very subtle, felt experience of the ribs and how tiny movements effect the whole body. The ribs wrap around the torso, encasing the organs. When more space is perceived through the external body, this can influence the internal body. The whole class is simply lying down doing tiny movements and feeling what you feel. It is suitable for all bodies. This class will leave you feeling spacious and restored. You will need a carpeted floor to lie on and wear clothes that keep you warm and allow you to move around.
The Human Method: Somatic Movement: Pelvis
This somatics class is an exploration to clarify the movements of the pelvis. This class takes place entirely on the back and is a very subtle exploration into the workings of the pelvis. It is a class for the curious and those who wish to explore subtle movements. The pelvis connects the upper body to the lower body. When we are clearer on our understanding of how your individual parts interact, your whole self becomes clarified. You do not need a yoga mat, just a carpeted floor to lie on and wear clothes that keep you warm and allow you to move around.
Nahid de Belgeonne - The Human Method: The Shoulders
This somatics class takes place entirely on the back. It's a great class to learn about the movement of the shoulders whilst relaxing completely. This is a subtle exploration to clarify the movements of your shoulders. When we are clearer on your understanding of how your individual parts interact, the whole self becomes clarified. This class needs a rolled up blanket, as well as a carpeted floor to lie on and wear clothes that keep you warm and allow you to move around.
The Human Method: Somatic Movement for Head, Neck and Jaw
A somatic exploration class to help release head, neck and jaw tension. This class is brilliant to learn more about our body, and become curious about how our individual parts interact. With a greater understanding of the individual movements, the whole self becomes clarified. The entire class takes part on the floor, supine, with just very small movements so that we can become curious about the way our body works. No need for a yoga mat, just a comfortable, carpeted floor to lie on and wear clothes to keep you warm and allow you to move around.
The Human Method: Somatic Movement for Breathing
This somatics class is an exploration to unlock our patterns of breathing. This c lass takes place entirely on the back, supine. Once we start to breathe to our full capacity, we notice ourselves feeling calmer, more focussed, and better able to sleep. Most of us tend to breathe too fast, not breathe to our potential, and not breathe at all when life gets difficult. At times of stress, many of us find it difficult to pay attention; the breath is an easy way in. This class will help to make breathing muscles more resilient, reduce shortness of breath, improve lung capacity, manage respiratory complications and reduce the impact of respiratory problems on your mental health. Particularly those recovering from illness, injury, or feeling emotionally overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, will benefit from this class.
The Human Method: Somatic Movement for the Spine
This somatics movement therapy class is an exploration to become curious about, and clarify the movements of our spine. When we are clearer on your understanding of how your individual parts interact, your whole self becomes more integrated. The entire class is based on the floor, with only very subtle movements for you to gain a deeper understanding of how your spine works.
Wake Up and Shake Up
A morning stretch, shake up and wake up class exploring yin yoga poses to wake up the body and shake up the energy. This is a yoga class unlike anything you've done before. Featuring 'tantrum-asana' - great for releasing anger and frustration! No mat needed just wake up, stretch and release all pent up emotion.
Joint Health and Mobility
An accessible and gentle movement class to create more freedom and mobility in the joint spaces. Enjoy plenty of gentle, circular movements to create freedom in the joints, and with just one downward dog, this class is mostly suitable for those with wrist issues, or if you're not on a yoga mat or have limited space. There’s a long savasana at the end for deepening your relaxation.
Wrist Relief Class
Typing, texting, sewing, hairdressing or guitar playing? Any and all small repetitive movements build tension in the wrists and forearms. Sometimes even yoga can make these areas feel a bit sore. In this quick, targeting class, we'll release both sides of the forearms and deep into the wrists and hands for instant relief. Can be added onto the beginning or end of a yoga class too!
Yoga for Beginners: Explore Playfulness
This beginners yoga class focuses on balances and experimenting with our yoga practice with a sense of playfulness. In this balancing sequence, it's OK to wobble and fall! The point of yoga is not to be perfect, but to embark upon a journey of exploration and curiosity. After moving through classic sun salutations with balance play, expect to experiment with eagle pose and half moon pose. You may wobble and fall, but have fun with it any enjoy the process. You will need a wall and two yoga bricks (or books!).
Awaken Energy 2: Balls, Blocks and Massage
A second class to move chi (or energy) in the body using tennis ball massage. This class is perfect in the morning to gently stimulate energy or as a prelude to yin class; ideal if you’re feeling tired and want to gently lift your energy with minimal movement. You will need 2 tennis balls or spiky massage balls and a block.
Awaken Energy 1: Blocks, Rollers and Massage
Learn techniques to move energy in the body. You will need 1-2 tennis balls or spiky massage ball, a block and a foam roller. You'll learn how to move energy (or chi, in Chinese medicine) along meridian lines. This class is entirely floor based so is ideal for when you have limited space, and the class is great for those who are feeling fatigued or low in energy. You could even practice this prior to a yin yoga class.
Shake It Out
Shaking is a wonderful way of liberating stuck energy, stress or tension. This all levels shaking class is great if you just want to bring in a bit of a state change. It’s a quick tool to get into your body, and it’s easy, super accessible and very efficient. Shaking is perfect if you've limited space; you don't need a yoga mat, and can be done in exactly the way your body is able to move, so perfect for limited mobility or seniors, or if you just want to free up and 'stuck' energy. So go ahead, have a good shake!
Lymphatic Yoga: Move and Glow
The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins, boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. This gentle yoga class takes us on a tour of the lymphatic system and teaches you practices to support your lymph and keep it moving through your body with gentle massage, stretching and yoga poses. You will need two cork bricks and a blanket.
Gentle Movement for Better Balance
The sense of play, curiosity and wonder is such an important part of being human, and this sense of playfulness can continue to inform the way we interact with the world way into our midlife and into our senior years. This is a gentle movement class which invites you to play with sensory awareness of your body in space (proprioception), gentle movement and yoga postures to improve balance and stability for your yoga practice and everyday life. You will need a foam block, an eye pillow and a blanket (or alternatives).
Wake Up Shake Up: Tap and Stretch
Wake up, shake up, tap and stretch. This short and gentle movement class doesn't need a yoga mat or any equipment: perfect for when you're on the move or even in the office. Awaken, enliven and invigorate through shaking movements before tapping along the meridians, and moving through gentle stretches which are as invigorating as they are soothing and quietening. The focus is less on postural extremism and more on awareness of embodiment. A practice of interoception and inner attention. A great class for seniors or those with more limited mobility, recovering from surgery or times of illness. Inspired by disco and qigong.