Ready for Bed
These practices are specifically designed by our expert teachers to help you to sleep. They will reduce the anxieties and stress of the day and bring you to a more meditative state which will give you a much better night's sleep.
You may be surprised at how little movements in the right direction can really affect the quality of your life, improve your night and the next day. Guaranteed.
Cooling & Calming Practice
This cooling and calming yoga class and breath practice soothes the nervous system and deeply relaxes the mind and body, suitable for anyone feeling overwhelm or the need to calm. But this class especially is a great menopause yoga class, providing relief to hot flushes, night sweats, irritability and sleeplessness. In addition to supported forward folds, gentle inversions and restorative poses, there is slow deep breathing and cooling pranayama practices. This sequence is recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed or stressed, or anyone experiencing menopausal symptoms, especially if you are experiencing excessive heat in the body and to mitigate the effects of hot flushes, night sweats and irritability. A soothing practice to do in the evening before bed. You will need a chair, a bolster, two blankets and an eye pillow.
Restorative Yoga: Listening In
This restorative yoga class brings your awareness to the throat energy centre. (Vishuddha). This energy centre is commonly connected to how we express ourselves, but this class will explore how we listen and respond. Not suitable for those with any upper spine/ neck injuries. Suitable for women in their second and third trimesters. You will need an eye pillow, blanket, bolster and blocks.
Restorative Yoga: Open to Love
A very gentle restorative yoga class. Starting with self-massage, explore the use of touch and breath to gently open the heart to the fullness of life. Followed by simple gentle and nourishing restorative yoga poses to open the chest, bringing presence to rest at your heart space (Anahata). You will need a bolster, block and blanket. Suitable for all.
Restorative Yoga: Inner Radiance
Restorative Yoga: Pause to Feel
This restorative yoga class is designed to cultivate awareness through the pelvis, lower belly and sacral plexus; the home of the creative energy centre (Svadhishthana). Poses in this yoga class focus on the back, the lower belly and the legs, and are intended to create space to allow the energy to flow fluidly through this energy centre. It starts with low lunges, moving to a restorative child’s pose and then you'll need a clear wall for ‘legs up the wall’ pose.
Restore, Recharge & Relax
A very calming restorative yoga class. This class increases your well-being as the calming environment lifts your mood, contributing to stress relief. During this 60-minute class Yvonne will guide you into 4 postures: both symmetrical and asymmetrical, providing the body with a total sense of ease. Restorative yoga poses are mostly supine and are held between 5 - 15 mins; using bolsters, blankets, and blocks to aid your relaxation and allowing you to reconnect with your breath whilst being fully supported by the props. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Grab your props and get ready to relax! You will need: 1 bolster, 1 belt, 2 bricks, 2 blankets, 2 blocks and an eye pillow. (If you don’t have these props, a pillow folded in half, wrapped in a towel and pushed into a pillowcase makes a bolster or indeed a sleeping bag tied together| A scarf or robe belt can be used as a yoga belt. Hard back books can be used as bricks/ blocks and bath towels can be used instead of blankets.) Practice this class alongside this playlist.
Restorative Yoga: Be Here
This beautiful restorative yoga class is designed to bring your awareness to rest at your root, (Muladhara) as an invitation to be here, now. Starting with a short breathwork meditation practice, this breathwork continues throughout class. Expect relaxing, long held poses with some child's pose and pelvic circles between poses. This grounding practice is suitable for all bodies, and modifications are welcome. If you are pregnant this practice can be modified, so be sure to listen out for these during the practice.
Liberate Your Hips: A Yin/Yang Flow
This yoga class is a mix between yin and yang to increase mobility in the hip joint. Starting with yin yoga and Qigong, it then gently flows towards some more yang poses to work the inner and outer hips and to free up the spine for a lovely balanced way to liberate the whole body. This class is perfect for a slightly gentler morning choice or in the evening if you've spent the day seated or standing. Working with the water element, it brings softness and a sense of letting go. You will need two bricks and a strap.
Evening Calm Yoga
This calming yoga class is suitable for the evening and anytime you're needing to rest. It is a simple and straightforward grounding practice with a focus on the breath. We will use rhythmic breath as a powerful way to down-regulate the nervous system into calm and clarity, coordinated with simple movement patterns. This combination of actions and its powerful effect will help you slow down, ground and prepare for rest.
Get Ready For Sleep
This yoga class is a slow, grounding and gentle practise preparing body and mind for sleep. We start from standing and gradually make our way to the floor. This is a great practise to do in the evening to help unwind the body or just before bedtime. It is an opportunity to slow down and take some space for yourself at the end of the day to really support your transition to sleep. You will need a belt or dressing gown tie and a blanket/pillow/cushions.
Flow Towards Freedom: Mellow Mind
Sleep Recovery Series (7): Meditations
A simple breath focused meditation class to help digest the day’s thoughts, feelings and impressions to banish the bedtime thought-parade that can prevent you from sleeping. Lisa gives you tips on mental-digestion during the day to prevent and recover from night-time sleeplessness.
Simple Sleep Recovery Series (6): Marma Points for Relaxation
Marma points are two hand-pressure points from the Ayurvedic tradition of marma. When you find the right point, and combine these points with a long exhale, they drop you down into a relaxed state that restores your ability to de-stress and rest throughout the day, and can send you off into sweet dreams at night. Not suitable for pregnant women or those with low blood pressure. A great tool to use for anytime you need to relax and calm.
Sleep Recovery Series (5): Breathe to Relax
A tutorial of breath work practices which are gentle, adaptable and easy to remember when you want to repair your ability to rest throughout the day. Use them to drift off to sleep at night, or if you wake in the middle of the night. The first breath practice is a simple Ujjayii breath with a lengthened exhale to increase a sense of calm, then three part breathing. These techniques are perfect to practice before bed or anytime you need to relax.
Sleep Recovery Series (3): Restorative Pick Me Up
This yoga class teaches the set up of restorative yoga poses to bring you into the mental and physical states which repair your ability to sleep at night, whilst helping to replenish energy during the day. These gentle restorative yoga poses will gently energise you, perfect for a midday pause or great as a gentle way to start the day. Poses include legs up the chair pose, lying down goddess pose and child's pose. After you've learnt the set up for these poses we recommend you learn the set up and stay in position for a minimum of 3 minutes for each pose. You'll need a chair or a sofa, a blanket, a belt and two bolsters or sofa cushions. Lisa talks us through the set up of these props, and how to use sofa cushions for a comfortable restorative goddess pose.
Sleep Recovery Series (2): Deeper Sleep Sequence
This sleep yoga class ritual is perfect for evening time to slow you down to get ready for bed, or remedy for middle-of-the-night wakeups. This class is for those who like some deeper yoga poses, and have more mobility. Featuring deeper hip, thigh, hamstring, and twisting poses, as well as seated forward bends. Breath using ‘the drop’ which lowers physical tension, decreases your heart rate, and dissipates the stress hormones in your body, to prepare you for deep rest. Also good for those who want to prepare for a restorative practice at any time of day. You will need a cushion, pillow or yoga brick.
Sleep Recovery Series (1): Simple Sleep
A gentle, simple soothing bedtime ritual yoga class. With a simple set of yoga poses which flow from one to the next, prepare for sleep or get back to bed if you wake in the middle of the night. Suitable for all levels, you can do it in your bedroom with minimal space - even in your bed! This sequence reduces physical tension, lowers your heart rate, and decreases the stress hormones in your body to prepare you for deep rest. This yoga class ocuses on all of the major tension hotspots in your body: chest, neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, thighs, hamstrings: pulling the tension out to prepare you for deeper, more restful sleep. Do this class own or finish with a pre-sleep three part breath class or marma point class. Also an excellent prelude to restorative poses for those who find it hard to settle into restoratives right away.
Sleep Recovery Series Introduction
Do you struggle to fall asleep, have disturbed nights, or wake up feeling less than refreshed? You’re not alone. Poor sleep and lack of it can have a huge impact on our health, so, we have created a Sleep Recovery course to help make your pillow time as restful, relaxing and restorative as possible. Lisa Sanfilippo, a senior yoga teacher who specialises in sleep recovery and yoga therapy for insomnia, has carefully curated a selection of classes, from simple, relaxing sequences, to meditations and breath work, designed to help you get the most out of your bed time.