Somatics and Creative Movement › Ava Riby-Williams
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.
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.
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!).
Somatic Movement: Feel the Heat
Breathe: Energise, Inspire & Change
This energising yoga and somatics class focuses on the breath and the element of air. It can be practiced to bring about new vision and clear away fatigue or boredom. The playful sequences encourages us to notice how we feel inside our body, rather than how the shapes look from the outside, and makes us think about how we respond to life's inevitable changes. Expect some faster paced movement, vinyasa and breath work.
Open Up To Feel Good With Yoga & Somatics
A yoga and somatics class to help you learn more about the way you like to move. Many of us have a tricky relationship with feeling good; do we really take time to find out what feels good within ourselves? Pleasure is an embodied experience and a basic human need, but many of us don’t treat ourselves as we would treat a loved one. This class is an invitation to explore and to learn about yourself. Part improvisational, part guided movements, it is slow paced and sensitive, with plenty of psoas release poses and stretches, to move underlying tension in the body. Move from standing poses and somatic exploration to seated, then laying with legs up the wall and into final relaxation. You will need a block (or books), a strap and access to a wall space.
Yoga Flow: How To be Here Now
This yoga class is beautifully sequenced and mindfully paced, with a focus on how to tune into being here now and bringing extra presence to our yoga practice. If we feel anxious in our lives, it's because we're not connected to the present moment. This is the perfect class to slow down an overthinking mind and tune into how your body feels when you move. Learn quick tools you can use to be in the moment, and have some fun. This yoga class is a well rounded, accessible yoga sequence for the whole body, perfect to start each day. One to save!
Introduction to Somatics
Somatic means “of the body”. Enjoy Ava's introduction into this way of being and moving that might help you to tune into the series more fully. Practise the classes in any order you like, depending on what you need at the time. What does my body need? How do I tune into a connected practice?
Feel Your Pleasure
A perfect gentle yoga class and somatic practise for winding down, or if you’re experiencing some self-doubt, heartache, exhaustion, or just want to shower yourself in some loving self care. This creative, slow, sensitive yoga class has us moving into our own love, presence and sense of feeling. It starts with a heart-warming practice of pleasure-finding in the objects around us, and moves through sensual, fluid movements to find our own place of pleasure. Expect a creative, unusual class which is more about the feeling than any shapes or traditional poses. Move with an open mind and find your pleasure!
Work Break Yoga
A simple and practical toolkit of creative movement to remedy unhelpful sitting positions. It is especially good as a break from work, sitting on the sofa, and after travel to bring relief to tension headaches, sore necks and backs. This is a hatha style yoga class to stimulate your energy and cool your nerves and it contains loads of tips and tricks to use in any moment where you need to refresh, re-energise and relieve aches from being stationary for too long. You will need access to a wall.