Mindful Movement & Play
Not necessarily Yoga, Pilates or Somatics but inspired by and including some or all. 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.
This class focuses on exploring the range of hamstring movements, so we don’t overstretch the hamstrings, but instead hydrate, nourish and expand into our own potential. Expand to work your hamstrings in their full range, and remember, when stretching it’s healthy to move at between 60-80% of your potential. A really great class for all of us who are tight in the legs from everyday life. Mostly wrist-free. You will need a ball and an elastic theraband, if you one.
Playful Movement: Upper Body Focus
Permission To Play: Yoga Jenga!
A game for the mobile and curious who are looking to play! Two rules. To add or to remove. To resist or to surrender. A nice way to ease into bearing weight on your hands and gradually across any parts of your body. A full body game which can even be turned into a dynamic massage. Play to your heart’s content!
Wake Me Up Before you Yo-ga
A mini-morning dance energy shake up. Have fun with simple, accessible, fun movements! Wake up and energise with dance.These steps are said to improve brain function, muscle brain function and muscle memory. Suitable for all!! A perfect class for whilst you wait for the kettle to boil or before you get into the shower!! You'll need nothing but an open mind.
Permission To Play (3): Leg-endary Strength
Permission To Play (2): Bolster Olympics
A simple game in which we stand on the bolster and perform the 'olympics'! This challenges your balance and ﬁres up your feet, in turn strengthening your legs particularly your ankles. A great workout for the hips, too. Find out what happens when the surface you stand on is not what you’re used to in this fun, playful movement class. You'll need a bolster.
Permission To Play (1): Shoulder's Tea-time
Mobilise and gently strengthen your shoulders creatively. This playful movement class is a must for those dealing with shoulder injuries or tight shoulders. If you have an injured or weak shoulder, or are just protecting your shoulder, but would like to retain strength in your shoulder, the shoulder's teacup is a fabulous exercise, inspired by qigong. Also a fantastic warm up for safely practising speciﬁc movements like wild thing and crowning your pigeon. You will need two blocks or books.
This all-round class celebrates free-form movement as ways to spark conversations with your body. This class is an offering of a template and you can journey in your own way, whether that's calming and restorative or dynamic. Sourcing movement from a deeper place of breath towards pleasure. You will venture beyond the conventions of traditional postures through an open level blueprint. Free for you to tailor towards your desired level of intensity from the dynamic to the restorative calm.
Playful Joint Isolation
A fun way to explore movement and joint isolation. Through visualisation and movement, play the game of organic joint mobility. Expect to learn a game that you can play to learn to isolate your joints, and you can do anytime, rather than playing right now with the video. Bring a sense of playfulness and willingness to do something completely different!
A conditioning, strengthening movement class in which we explore movement, away from a traditional yoga asana class. Naomi brings in lots of different elements to give space and range around all of the joints. With plenty of different movements, this class doesn’t focus on the end shape or posture, but is all about the integrity and how things feel to you during practice. You will need two blocks and a smallish book.
Play the Game: Joint Articulation
This free movement exploration class is a really playful way to learn to articulate your joints. So often our joints can be stiff, and this class will help you to move within your own range of motion, but using really fun, playful moves. Dan demonstrates one way of playing with joint articulation, and this is a tool which you can use to express your own movements, in your own time, as he gives ideas for ways to move, rather than demonstrating what you can do right here right now. His demonstration may be more mobile than many of our own movements can be, just check out this fun tutorial and get some ideas for ways you can play with keeping your own joints mobile. You will need a tennis ball.
(11) Putting It All Together
Make sure you do the Warm Up first and then get ready for some fun. This is a playful exercise using the grounding, stability, spaciousness and feelings of freedom that we’ve found. You will need something to make 3 marks on your floor – ideally 3 flat blocks but 3 pieces of sticky tape or 3 cushions will do.
(10) Fun With Feral Movements
Prepare with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence and then get rid of your mat for this class, finding freedom in animal movements which will liberate your yoga practice. Among other moves discover a duck walk, bunny hops, sneaky ape, creeping beast, jumping crows and finally crawl like a lizard. Some of the moves in this class can be quite challenging, so feel free to adapt or skip postures to make the class suitable for your body.
(9) Ground Based Free Movement
(8) Exploring Spontaneity
A continuation of Dan’s Spontaneity Class, here are more ways to encourage yourself to move in different ways. Before you start, remember to warm up your body with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence. Then you will be ready to focus on using different body parts in spontaneous ways. Beginning in kneel, you will explore different movements in your hands, arms, fingers. Then you move into movement explorations with your shoulders (be careful), and then the lower body can be integrated with this.
A class to move the body away from mechanical repetitive movement patterns and into spontaneous, organic and intuitive freedom. Before you do this class, you will need to warm up your body with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence. Then you will be ready to get creative, spontaneous and free, finding entirely new ways to move. You will begin in a moving plank exercise, finding balance in a variety of ways, using different parts of the anatomy. And then we go onto our back to explore how movement feels there. Enjoy!
(6) Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence
Many of us don’t know where our tension resides so there is always the possibility of learning to create space in the body where it might not be right now. This class explores spaciousness through controlled articular rotation - a form of pandiculation - or the natural opening movements seen in the animal world.
(5) Moving From Squat
A range of exercises in and around the squat from the simple to the really challenging. If you have a squat these exercises are great. Be careful with your knees in this class, if you feel your knees are uncomfortable in any way in this class, give this class a miss, this isn’t for you, and see if you can go back to Learning the Squat.