These practices are great for the morning. They are especially designed to give you some get up and go, no matter how much time you have; if you're giving yourself a short weekday gift of starting the day well or a beautiful, longer energising weekend practice to give yourself the time and space you need to feel just great.
We think you'll find that the day goes with so much more panache and ease after you start the day by getting moving.
Start Your Day The Yin Way
We often associate Yin Yoga with the afternoon or evenings, but it’s also a wonderful practice to start the day. This is a short Kidney meridian focused yin yoga class with just three Yin yoga poses and is a great bookend to a more yang class, or a prelude to morning meditation, and is great way to start the day when you’re short on time. You will need a bolster.
Feisty Vinyasa: Exploring butterfly
Exploring the butterfly theme. An adventurous, advanced vinyasa class which opens up the shoulders, chest and features backbends as well as balances. We recommend that you're already warmed up and ready to go, and the class flows swiftly into challenging poses and sequences. You'll need to finish the class with a long relaxation, so do go ahead and pick a relaxation class for afterwards. Expect variations on inversions and backbends and prepare to explore the transitioning butterfly.
Focus The Mind
Easily distracted? Do you frequently find your monkey mind wandering? Regain laser-like focus with this yoga/qi gong fusion class to help you to calm the mind, sharpen your focus and increase your capacity to concentrate with qi gong to clear tension and balancing poses to regain your poise. You will need a chair handy.
10 minutes of morning magic
Jivamukti: Wakey Wakey!
Wake yourself up and get going with a short, intermediate level Jivamukti yoga class. Expect a fiesty-paced flow through sun salutes and vinyasa, and turn your swift practice into a meditation in motion. Includes a juicy backbend sequence and regular headstand practitioners can enjoy a long headstand hold (child's pose for the rest of us). With lovely forward bends and twists to finish off before savasana. A lovely meditation in motion to start the day.
Step Into Spring
Explore Your Power
Blossoming into Joy
A short, gentle hatha yoga class, perfect to start the day, or for whenever you need a short burst of rejuvenation. You're planing new seeds of joy and lightness into your day. With a focus on long, steady breaths, and holding the poses, you'll find rejuvenation throughout your cells to help you to blossom into lightness and joy, fully refreshed.
Strong Centred Flow
A fairly feisty yoga flow. A quick-paced vinyasa suitable for intermediate and advanced students. The focus is on a strong centre, a gathering in, in order to expand out. This class is swift to get moving, great if you want to get a move-on and you'd like to learn a more balanced, stronger and more centred approach to extension and flexion. You may need a few blocks and a strap.
Morning yoga for young people
Starting with breathing techniques to help calm, this morning yoga class is especially for younger people. The sequence will get you ready for whatever unfolds in your day. Sun salutations with hamstring and shoulder stretches, standing poses and relaxation and lots of deep breathing. Energising, balancing and focusing.
Power Up Your Day
Side Bend For Spinal Health
Improve your posture with this gentle, open level yoga class. A lovely, gentle way to start the day, or to relax at the end of the day. The side-bends focuses on creating space and length in the side body, promoting expansion of the breath and an improved posture. You will need a bolster and a blanket.
Get Powered Up
Morning Practice: Fluidity and Flow
This morning yoga and qigong class is focused on circular, smooth movements through the body and joints to set you up for the day. With some beautifully awakening qigong forms such as variations of swimming dragon followed by active sun salute variations and fluid movements through standing poses. Enjoy waking up all your senses in this awakening flow!
Morning Practice: Awaken with the Elements
This morning flow class focuses on a connection to the natural elements. It is an awakening yoga practice with some qigong. The ancient yogis, Buddhists and Daoist sages believed that we are made of the elements of the natural world. This practice will help us awaken to this connection within ourselves to the elemental world around us. It’s very much like a shorter version of my morning practices, integrating yoga and qigong into mindful movements that help me harmonise my inner body with the outer world. This has a bit of everything – abdominals, hip work, backbends, twists, forward folds and arm balances. Enjoy!
Backbend Into Joy
A wonderful uplifting and enlivening practice that will help you to invite more joy into your life. A sweet, fiesty yoga class leading to some yummy backbends to open the chest and lungs and uplift the heart and enhance your mood. You will leave the practice feeling stretched out, full of vitality and open hearted. You may need a brick.
Get Up and Glow
An artfully sequenced morning vinyasa yoga class designed to let you get up and glow, no messing around! Start the day with joyful movement. Start with gentle breath work and stretches to wake you up gently, and then get moving with vinyasa to align the breath with movement. A wonderfully energising start to the day!
20 Minute Morning Magic
The perfect way to start your day if you're short on time and want to kickstart your day on the right foot. This short yoga class will get your body awake and fluid, clear the mind and open the heart. A sweet, gentle flow that builds smoothly. This practice will open your spine, shoulders and side body.