Move into Happiness
Positive Psychology Series (3): Resilience
A fun, fast, feisty vinyasa yoga class where we learn to build grit; the ability to get back up when you fall. Expect new and creative ways of dynamic sequencing, arm balances and inversions infused into this power flow. A great class to try something new and challenging! You're not looking to achieve perfect poses here, but to try to do what your body is able to do, and build resilience in the process. Do listen to your body though! If class is too fast-moving and feisty, and goes to poses which aren't suitable for you, take rest pose or listen to your body and modify the pose to bespoke the practice for your own body and capabilities.
Positive Psychology Series (2): Patience
Positive Psychology Yoga (1): Zest
This is the first of Mercedes' Positive Psychology infused vinyasa yoga sequences! Zest is a way of approaching life - it's an energy but also a way of cultivating a positive approach to problems. This fiesty, fast and fun vinyasa flow is not for attaining each pose, but about keeping a positive outlook even through challenge. This yoga class leads to advanced arm balance s- perfect for a well-rounded, energy-filled start to the day. But do be careful and only practice within your body's limitations. Remember that this class is about working on your an approach to poses and building courage rather than achievement!
Yoga For Happiness (4): Kindness
In this gentle vinyasa yoga class, the focus is on ahimsa (non violence). In the body, we can work with soft negotiation rather than force or brutality. In the mind, we can be aware of the tone with which we speak to ourselves. Pay attention to what you ask of your body in today's practice; notice when you are forcing it to do something it doesn't want to do / ignoring or overriding body wisdom. Pay attention to the internal dialogue and notice the tone of internal dialogue. Make a note of any recurring thoughts. Finally, write a mantra, something supportive and loving, that you can repeat to yourself (e.g. you are perfect as you are).
Yoga For Happiness (3): Patience
In this yoga class, Nikita will take you through a slow vinyasa flow with a focus on patience. If you are able to see with honesty where you are, you are able to grow from this point of awareness. But growth doesn't necessarily happen quickly. Expansions will happen a a rate and pace that feels appropriate to the body, the heart, the mind. When we rush, when we push too far too fast, we can often be met with some form of shut-down. Without any harsh judgement of yourself, consider the ways that you could be more patient. It could be moving more slowly on the commute, it could be by allowing your loved ones to do things in their own way at their own pace. Where can you afford to introduce some more patience to your life? You may need a brick.
Yoga For Happiness (2): Gratitude
Adopting an attitude of gratitude is a game-changer for journeying into joy. Gratitude for your breath and your body; gratitude for your relationships and experiences; gratitude for who you are and what you bring to the world; gratitude for the opportunity to see yourself clearly and non judgementally. This beautifully paced and sequenced vinyasa flow yoga class has shoulder and upper back opening focus, great to release tight shoulders and stiffness in the upper back and perfect to open the heart to gratitude. This class is about shifting from our habitual responses. You will need two bricks.
Yoga For Happiness (1): Honesty
This is the first class in Nikita's Yoga for Happiness Series. This is a nourishing and supportive, mindfully paced vinyasa flow yoga class. A perfect to start your day with mindfulness, openness and honesty. With slowness to the flow comes depth of feeling and depth of breath. This class isn't complicated, but it does require that you come to the mat being honest with yourself, your needs or your limits; the boundaries being set by the body. Enjoy a simple, well rounded flow class where you'll find you're able to build self-kindness and self-confidence through an honest acceptance of your body in the here and now. The Yoga For Happiness Series is designed to help us move towards self-acceptance - meeting ourselves where we are, as we are, without judgement. This set of nourishing and supportive classes will invite you to really see yourself, both on and off the mat.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease
Third in the series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga focuses on finding ease. This class opens the chest and shoulders. Often, ease eludes us because we feel tension, we feel stuck in our bodies. The qigong class starts with a qigong practice which fosters ease through tension release and heart-opening. We will then do some gentle restorative yoga practices to finish. You'll need a yoga bolster or sofa cushion, and a blanket for the restorative yoga.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance
This is the second class in the three-part series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga. The first part of this class is a qigong elemental practice that will help balance the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in your constitution. We will then do some quieting restorative practices to finish. You’ll want to have a yoga bolster or sofa cushion and a blanket.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony
Finding Harmony is the first of three classes in the series of Qigong and Restorative Yoga. It focuses on harmonising breath, body movement and the balance of yin and yang. It can be hard to find harmony in our lives of conflicting needs and priorities. Class starts with active qigong and then go on to a relaxing restorative yoga class. Ideally, have a yoga bolster and two blankets. Alternatively, you can also use a sofa cushion and two bed pillows.
Morning Wake Up Call
A perfect yoga class for those days when it's hard to get yourself moving. To help you gradually wake-up and invigorate the body before your day begins, start with a process of stretching, rolling and wiggling to warm-up before moving into sun salutations and easing into standing poses. Allow the intensity to gradually increase to a mindfully paced vinyasa flow and enjoy the heat-building capability of flow to start your day with a bang.
This is a great cardio practice with a lot of jumping and chanting that will get you sweating. Har is mantra that means flow, it is a mantra with the power to clear blocks and strengthen our will power. It’s a great set to help you build stamina and help stimulate your glandular / hormonal system. After a short relaxation we finish the physical yoga with a simple breath meditation called for constant self authority. Starting with a chant, then move through some traditional yoga warm ups of cat cows and a downward dog. Then get uplifted and energised with a Kundalini Yoga kriya of dynamic jumping. Feel sweaty, feel energised and have fun with plenty of uplifting moves, then feel grounded and chant to finish. Enjoy this Kundalini dance! No props needed.
Fire Start The Day Vinyasa Flow
Get all fired up to start your day with this Vinyasa flow practice. We focus on spinal twists and side bends in this dynamic flow. Its perfect way to get its those bits of the body that can get stuck. You will definitely get a sweat on but feel invigorated and ready to take on what ever your day throws at you. Get your day off to the right start with this feisty vinyasa flow yoga class. Ignite the fire, feel motivated, confident and get active. It's a tough, dynamic vinyasa, but mindfully paced, so that less feisty Movers, who want a warming flow but without the trickier shapes can simply modify and go to childs pose or their chosen alternative when Jonelle flows to places you don't choose to go. Listen to your body! With a focus on the core region you'll feel your inner fire glow. You will need two bricks.
Earth Mandala Vinyasa Flow
In this Mandala Vinyasa practice we will focus on how our ability to ground helps us to be stable enough to balance and transitions seamlessly in our yoga practice and life. There is a focus on the, feet, hamstrings and hip flexors, spinal flexion and extension. A really nice practice to connect deeper into the element of earth. A well-rounded, mindfully paced but dynamic vinyasa flow yoga class. Class is in a mandala pattern, so there is no 'front' or 'back' of the mat - you'll need to practice listening rather than looking at your teacher as you change your perspective. You may find this causes you to listen more deeply to how you feel throughout your practice and move with greater skill and ease to how your body feels. This class will have you feeling balanced, grounded, uplifted and ready for your day. You will need two bricks.
Flow Towards Freedom: Radical Radiance
A beautifully uplifting heart and chest opening flow yoga class. Starting with breathwork to feel deeply into the heart, this class has the intention of lifting and clearing out the heart space so you can move into joy. A playful, uplifting all-levels vinyasa flow class that includes chest opener at the wall, handstand at the wall followed by some fun backbends. This class aims to help you remove the blockages that get in the way of experiencing your innate joy and bliss.
Rocket mandala Sun Salutations
A kriya is a specific sequence of postures or actions for a specific purpose. I like to call them recipes, each step works in turn to create a specific effect for your body, mind and spirit. There are hundreds of Kundalini Kriyas, this one is called the Kriya for Elevation. It is a simple practice involving lots of flexing the spine, stretching of the legs and stimulating breath of fire. The practice finishes with a more challenge held meditation Sat Kriya which is a key practice in kundalini Yoga. It encourages circulation of panic life force through all the chakras. It’s a great practice to help relieve symptoms of depression. This sequence has breath of fire to begin with so please watch my introduction to Kundalini Yoga if this is a new practice for you or you haven’t quite mastered it yet. Tune in to this traditional Kundalini yoga class or Kriya, as they are known in the Kundalini tradition. This full Kundalini yoga class involves chanting, mudra and physical hatha yoga poses and a beautiful, long Savasana to finish.
Flow Towards Freedom: Vibrant Vitality
A fabulous, uplifting, awakening yoga class to super-charge your life force energy! This class will leave you feeling bright, alert and ready for action. Including breathwork, kapalabhati breathwork some juicy core work, and the peak of royal dancer with a strap. This class is all about connecting to your life force energy, prana, and tuning into to its power potency, and is a wonderful class to get you moving in the morning!