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.
One Blanket Restorative
Restorative yoga is so important. Give your body the chance to rest fully, even if you are limited on props. All you need for this restful practice is one blanket or towel. Through a handful of supported postures we will bring a calming awareness to body and breath. Great to calm you down when anxiety is high or when you are preparing for sleep.An essential daily practice for those overwhelmed and busy.
Anxiety, to various degrees, can be part of the human experience more frequently than we would like. You may practice this at any time of the day that feels best for you, knowing that this 1 hour long practice includes several poses that help soothe and support your nervous system without feeling overly exposed. I will be holding the space with you for the entire practice. It must be mentioned that this sequence is not a substitute for any professional support you may need. If your anxiety is at a point that is too much for you, then please seek additional support.
The Sacred Pause
The shorter, darker days are coming, this practice is an invitation to honour the call to pause. In this practice we will be exploring savasana’s variations, where you can fully rest. Note: if you are pregnant, I would advise remaining in the first pose of this sequence for the length of this. Unless you are still in the first trimester and feel comfortable transitioning onto your back for the second pose.
Although we may believe the restorative yoga is best before bed, this practice has been designed for you to practice first thing in the morning, so that you may experience the level of presence and vitality as it filter through your day. Granted this may be on the weekend, but do try it and experience first hand your vitality through this nourishing restorative practice.
In this short tutorial, Adrianna guides you through an awareness practice that can be used alone, but also before each of the restorative yoga classes. Scan the layers of the body (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) to listen into what is present in your body right now, so that it may inform our choices as we move into practice, be it poses, or a place in which to anchor our attention during each pose. A really useful short practice to listen to to connect to yourself before any yoga class, but especially useful for Adrianna's restorative classes.
Restorative Yoga: What, Why & Using What You Have
What is restorative yoga is and how it can have such a powerful effect on your overall wellbeing and life? This short video describes that despite the stigma of relaxation, this practice really is for everyone at every stage of their life. This is a radical practice. There is nothing quite as bold as making the time to be still. Don’t have blocks, or a bolster? Then this video is for you. Adrianna shows you how to use alternatives to yoga props during your restorative practice so that you feel empowered to rest now, with whatever you have at home.
Honour Your Cycle: Autumn
A very gentle movement and breathing class for pre-menstrual tension. Release PMT with gentle hip-releasing yoga poses, work on emotional releases through resting poses. This class is nourishing and supportive, to give your body the rest and gentle movements it needs. You will need cushions or a bolster to support your knees during resting pose.
Manage Anxiety (7) Relaxation class: An essential moment to pause
It's essential to take a pause when we are focused on success. This is a guided relaxation class which gives you the time to re-charge. It's as important to re-charge as to do the hard work when you're moving towards your goal. With a brief explanation of the importance of pausing in life, this is the essential practice of learning constructive rest through guided relaxation. You'll need everything you'd need to keep comfy in your relaxation - blanket, pillow, eye-mask is helpful.
Heart Opening Yin
In yin yoga we hold poses for minutes. The poses in this heart-opening Yin Yoga class are focused on the heart meridian, and the poses will help you to open your shoulders and heart to all that life has to offer. Quietly energising, because most of the poses are back-bends, you may not want to do this class straight before sleep. A perfect antidote for after a long day’s work with the gentle energising and back and shoulder opening, this class will help you to settle into the evening. You may need two bricks or blocks, a bolster and a sandbag, but improvisation with cushions and books is also encouraged!
Finding Our Yin Foundations
Balancing Yang and Yin
This class is, we think, the perfect balance! With balance of movement and stillness. The first part of the class is focused on fluid movement, and the second part is more restorative, a yin class. With plenty of hip stretches, the class is ideal for stretching after periods of sitting or after work or travel. We love practicing this class early evening, first to move to get the stress of the day moving out of your body, and then the yin to soften and release into the evening. You might need some blocks or cushions for support during the yin part of the practice.
Hip Yin Yoga: Above The Knees - Below The Navel
A hip-focused Yin Yoga class. In this class we replace intensity of form with length of time, so we hold shapes for minutes in order to move deeply from within. This hip-focused class is perfect for those of us with a sedentary lifestyle, who spend too much time seated, especially at desks or in the car, or for athletes, especially runners and cyclists who can suffer from tight hips, which can cause back troubles. You may need blocks, blankets, bricks and a bolster with this class.
Fire Log Pose Tutorial
A short tutorial to help you find the Fire Log pose - Agni Stambhasana - a Yin yoga pose. Often folks struggle with their hips and knees, and it is easy to injure the knees if this pose is not done correctly, so it's worth taking time to get to know how to practice safely. Andrea also discusses modifications of this asana to make things really simple. You will need a block and a blanket.