Pelvic Floor Awareness Tutorial
Get to know your pelvic floor. What is it? Where is it? This yoga class is a guide to pelvic floor awareness through breath, visualisation, palpation and movement. The pelvic floor is the ground of our being, supports how we stand, walk, control elimination and experience pleasure. It is our entry into the world, the seat of our creative power and where we find home in our bodies. Stress and our busy lives disconnect us from this part of our bodies. We usually do not pay much attention to the pelvic floor until we experience pain, discomfort or symptoms such as incontinence. Cultivating awareness of your pelvic floor is essential for befriending this part of your body. You will need a bolster, 2 blankets, 2 cork bricks (or books, if you don't have them) and a belt.
Yoga for Strong Bones
This yoga class takes us through a series of poses which have been proven (in a seminal two-year pilot study of yoga and osteoporosis) to improve bone strength. This class builds strength and balance, but in a gentle, accessible way. The key pillars for sustaining bone strength include stimulating the bones through weight bearing movement, muscular engagement of the arms, legs, abdomen and glutes, and balance, which helps build agility and equilibrium. Maintaining our bone strength and density to prevent the risk of osteoporosis is hugely important as we journey into menopause and beyond. You will need 2 cork bricks (or books!) and a blanket.
Chair Restorative Yoga
This restorative yoga class demonstrates how we can use everyday props to create a restorative practice, and feeling of calm. This class is perfect if you have limited space. We use a coffee table, but you can use a sofa or a chair - and you may need bolsters, pillows or cushions to help to make you feel nourished and supported. The first pose is a standing forward fold using a chair or sofa to support you, so this is a restorative inversion, perfect for after a hard day at work or after travelling. Also perfect for after travel or a hard day's work, we move into a seated twist, which is great for improving our everyday posture as we round towards our tech devices more and more. The third posture is a relaxing, seated forward fold over your chair or sofa. You will need a chair, bed or sofa and whatever cushions or pillows you have on hand to support you, and an eye pillow. Practice this class alongside this playlist.
More One Blanket Restorative Yoga
A very simple, gentle class perfect to calm you down when anxiety is high or when you are preparing for sleep. This is a minimalist restorative yoga class focused on the abdomen, side body, hip flexors, and neck. All you need for this restful practice is one blanket or towel. You may also like to have some extra cushioning ready for your head.
Evening Yoga Relaxation
A beautifully peaceful yoga class, perfect to take right before bed. Use it to help settle into a great night's sleep, or anytime you feel overwhelmed and in need of calm. This class can be done either on a yoga mat or even in bed to allow yourself to fall into a deep and restful sleep. On this journey, we will explore what needs to be released and let go by focusing on the breath to connect and ground through the body. We will explore a little activation of the body to bring awareness, then a deep relaxation with some juicy restorative yoga poses. You will need a strap or a long towel.
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.
All Trimesters: Shoulders & Spine
A wonderful, gentle pregnancy yoga class suitable for all trimesters which is designed to stretch out the shoulders and lower back. Expect a selection of simple poses which will help to open up the chest, shoulders and the back of the body. This is a short sequence you can do anytime when you feel you need to stretch out and release these areas of the body. You will need a wall and a chair.
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.
Enliven Your Body
This embodiment practice is a wonderful way to enliven and energise the body on those days when you are feeling low in mood, brain fog, sluggish or have been sitting too long in front of a computer. Practice it every morning to awaken the body and mind or during the day when you experience a slump in energy. Give yourself some time to feel your body before and after the practice to notice the shift in energy and welcome a newfound sense of aliveness.
Cultivating Courage Meditation
A seated meditation with mudra and mantra; call on the goddess durga for your strength and courage. This is a seated guided meditation with mudra (hand gesture) and repetition of mantra (sacred yogic chant) to invite the brave, courageous, inner warrioress within us to come forth! A simple yet potent centring and empowering practice to steady the mind and embolden the heart. Suitable for all trimesters and life in general!!
Pregnancy Restorative Yoga & Meditation
Although this is a pregnancy restorative yoga class, this is just lovely for everybody! This pregnancy restorative yoga class comprises just one very comfortable postition. You will simply relax in a beautiful heart and hip opening pose with rotation of consciousness guided meditation to invite deep rest and renewal during pregnancy. Suitable for all trimesters.You will need two bolsters, two bricks and a blanket, but you can improvise with sofa cushions or pillows!
Pregnancy Yoga: Stay Strong
A pregnancy yoga class for the second trimester, suitable for those who had an active yoga practise pre-pegnancy and are feeling well, healthy and mobile. This class focuses on strengthening and stabilisation in the hips. It is also a powerful practice to help cultivate strength and steadiness in body, mind and heart to take us through pregnancy, birth and motherhood, empowered from the inside out. You will need two blocks and a bolster, if you have one, for final relaxation.
Pregnancy Yoga: Be Brave
This pregnancy yoga class is an active flow for those in their second trimester and feeling well, healthy and mobile. It focuses on cultivating a positive state of mind and body, with lots of juicy standing poses to strengthen and open the hips and legs, plus some fun fear releasing techniques. It is suitable for those who had an active yoga practise pre-pegnancy. You will need two blocks and a bolster, if you have one, for final relaxation.
Pregnancy Restorative Yoga
Pregnancy Yoga: Truth & Trust
This pregnancy yoga class is perfect for those who already have a yoga practise and are in the second trimester. This class focuses on deep, inner listening, of being able to trust the process of your pregnancy and your own truth. A fabulous yummy all round practice that strengthens and opens the body in preparation for birth and beyond. A class that invites a deep inner listening to access a place of trust within whilst accessing the truth of where we are at on this given day.
Second Trimester Vinyasa Flow
This pregnancy yoga class is for fit, mobile expectant mamas with an established yoga practice and who still feel the desire to move. This class shows ways of adapting common practices, such as sun salutations and balances, to work for the pregnant body. If you had a regular yoga practice before your pregnancy, this class is just perfect. Whilst there is a flow, you're given more time to really connect to your baby and the changes that are taking place within your body, as well as some useful tools for pregnancy and labour. You will need two blocks, a blanket, a bolster - or find cushions or books around the home to support you.
Pregnancy Restorative Yoga with Nidra
A really relaxing yoga class of gentle movements followed by yoga nidra. This class doesn't need a yoga mat and can be done in limited space or even in bed. Start with seated joint mobility, restorative forward folds and hip openers, all preparing your mind and body for total relaxation through the practice of yoga nidra. A great practice for when you are feeling tired, in need of a 'yogic power nap' or to prepare you for bedtime. Options for using bolsters to support are used, but you can use pillows or cushions as well. This is a pregnancy yoga class, specially created for mums-to-be to be able to find time to relax, but you may also want to try this is you're not pregnant for deep relaxation.
Yoga Nidra To Cool & Relax
Experience the sleep of the yogis with this beautifully relaxing yoga nidra. This yoga nidra is specifically created for women undergoing perimenopause or menopause but it can be enjoyed by everybody who would like space for a beautifully calm and relaxing yogic sleep. This yoga nidra is best served with the legs raised on a chair or sofa, and you may need blankets and cushions to get really comfortable. Don't forget to prioritise your comfort during these beautiful yoga nidras. Yoga nidra starts at 3.23 so after you have heard the introduction to how to get comfortable, you may wish to start your practice then.