Vinyasa Flow › Move into Confidence
Flow for Enthusiasm
This all-round vinyasa flow yoga class will help you work with the concept of enthusiasm so that you have the fuel to power your practice. Expect to find your personal source of inspiration and then physically connect to joyful practices of rolling around, hip strengthening, accessible arm balances, and more that will get you going no matter what your starting point is. Where does the energy for practice come from? How can you get energised when all you want to be is lazy? You will need two bricks.
Slow Flow for Patience
This mindfully-paced all-around vinyasa flow yoga class practice helps us to work with the concept of patience to be able to sit with restlessness and emotional reactivity in your body and mind both on and off the mat. Expect to practice in a slower way than you might be used to, to slow down your practice to physically connect to your breath by first opening up space in the side body and then developing the pause between inhalation and exhalation as we move in rhythm. How can you learn to press the pause button? How do you create a space to pause between action and reaction, so that we can act with greater wisdom and patience with one another as well as with ourselves?
Slow Flow for Discipline
This all-around vinyasa flow yoga class will help you work with the concept of discipline that is 'not too tight/not too loose' that you can use to compassionately guide the intensity with which you practice. Expect to physically connect to backbends, standing balances, and leg flexibility while regulating energy and effort. How hard should you practise? How much should you push and when should you back off? Interesting questions to explore in this class and in all your yoga classes.
Slow Flow for Wisdom
A simple but beautiful slow vinyasa yoga flow. This all-around flow practice will help you work with the concept of wisdom and how it can lead you to decrease your suffering and connect you with your belief in basic goodness. Expect to physically connect with your heart while practising variations of the warrior poses reconceived to embody bravery, strength, and vulnerability. This is the first class in the Brave Yogi challenge series - this class addressing: Why do you practise? Why do you want to awaken? How can you embody that? Bring your whole heart and a block.
Building Strength for Inversions
Set yourself up for success in inversions like handstand, forearm stand and headstand! This is a preparatory practices for inversions and will emphasise the component parts of these poses; so what needs to be opened, warmed up, strengthened and educated. Learn to warm up the hamstrings and wrists, engage the core, stabilise the shoulders and root into the earth. If you wish to build on this practice, you can do so with Kristen's tadasana and headstand tutorials. If you wish to continue your practice, you can do so with a savasana. You may need a strap and two blocks.
Building strength for arm balances
This strong yoga practice will take you through a sequence of poses which will help strengthen and warm up the body ready for arm balances. Expect hip openers, core work, wrist strengthening and shoulder stabilisation. Follow this practice with some arm balance tutorials such as crow and flying pigeon, then a well deserved savasana! You may need two blocks.
Get Grounded then Flow
A beautiful grounding yoga class with a very gentle start, moving into a dynamic flow. It starts with Jonelle’s Get Grounded Prep class; combining myofascial release for the feet, qigong and yin yoga. Then, it progresses into Jonelle’s feisty but mindfully paced Earth Mandala vinyasa flow. It is perfect for the start of the day to wake the body up and connect to the new day. Use it to develop balance, stability and a maintain a connection to the earth. You will need a tennis ball, strap and bricks.
Mandala Sun Salutations: Hips
Get moving swiftly with this yoga class! Katarina's mandala flow focuses on finding space in the hip and groin area whist also activating the glutei to stabilise the pelvis. This class is inspired by Katarina's self practice when she only has half hour to make the most of! It's a sure and fast way to get you flowing and sweating creatively. Mandala salutations move 360 degrees around the mat. You'll need two bricks or blocks
Daytime Energy Boost
This vinyasa yoga class is perfect for getting yourself moving when you need an energising boost! With a focus on your core, this is a great way to start the day by creating strength in your body. It will also help shift your state of mind if you feel like you need to cultivate more dynamic energy into your day. This class has a mindful, core focus on the abdominals so is great if you’re looking to build core strength in a mindful way.
Mandala Sun Salutations: Backbends
Backbends need strength as well as flexibility to execute safely. This feisty vinyasa yoga class is inspired by Katarina's self practice for when she's short on time. This is a strong class, but great for if you only have a spare half hour to make the most of! It's a sure and fast way to get you flowing and sweating creatively. This flow focuses on finding space in all of the components of a backbend; the shoulders, hip flexors and quads. It also focuses on using active stretches, so we gain more mobility (strength & flexibility) which is especially important for safe backbending. Enjoy this fun, fast and feisty flow. You may need blocks and a strap.
Jivamukti: Hip Vinyasa Flow
This Jivamukti vinyasa yoga class gets moving straight away with a swift, feisty flow - perfect for getting yourself moving in the mornings. With the usual full range of standing and seated poses with forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, the poses also all focus on the hips. Our hips get so tight with too much sitting, standing and travelling - most of us need to focus on the hips to keep the joints fluid and mobile and the lower back strong. Enjoy!
Learn Bigger Backbends
An intermediate back-bending yoga class which explores the postures and variations beyond urdhva dhanuarasana (upward bow or wheel pose). After a short warm-up and flow we then proceed step by step into bridge, upward bow, one-legged variations, and inverted staff pose. You will need a brick, a block and a strap.
Afternoon Express Reset Flow
A go-to yoga class when you are short on time and need to invigorate, re-energise and find creative focus. This is a full-body, energising flow and even a sneaky arm balance. This is a really wonderful mid-afternoon pick me up or equally a great way to start the day. No props needed and no excuses about not having the time. A little yoga can go a long way!
Flow Towards Flying Pigeon Pose
This strong vinyasa yoga class will flow through a series of poses in preparation for flying pigeon pose (Eka Pada Galavasana), which is essentially pigeon pose perched on top of chaturanga pose. This sequence gradually builds up to flying pigeon pose by focusing on core and upper body strength, the midline connection through activation of the inner thighs, hip opening in external rotation and hamstring lengthening, so it’s great for engaging and activating the whole body! You will need two blocks; these can be great for having under your hands to minimize compression in the soft tissues of the hips in some of the lunge shaped poses, as well as being helpful to lengthen the arms and get more space in the poses.
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.
Yoga is a practice about seeing more clearly. In Sankrit this is known as vidya – seeing through the avidya and maya – the misunderstandings, ignorance, delusions and illusions of the world to the truth of what is within and all around us. To support this process, I’ve developed a concept and practice called Yoga 3D. The Three D’s stand for Decelerate (slow down when you’re going unnecessarily fast); Deaggrevate (soften what is tight, tense or makes you aggrevated) and Disentangle (simply and disentangle from anything unnecessary complex). We’ll theme these ideas through an active flow!
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!