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.
Evening Pause and Recharge
Unwind from your day with this gentle, peaceful hatha yoga class. Take a breath and create your own happy hour, to pause between the business of the day and the softness of the evening. The class comprises mainly seated and supine poses - a wonderful way to pause and recharge. You will need a bolster.
Two Key Restorative Yoga Poses
A gentle, restorative yoga class with variations of two key restorative postures - Supta Baddha Konāsana, Reclined Cobbler and Savāsana, Relaxation pose. This class sets up the poses, and then you'll need to find the time to practice. All restorative postures are relaxing and great for improving nervous system health, but these two are deeply relaxing and nourishing. There is a true sense of healing from the position in which the body is positioned in Reclined Cobbler, there may be a sense of vulnerability as the soles of the feet touch and knees are apart, but you can always take another blanket to cover the knees. Savāsana allows all the benefits of our previous postures (in any style of yoga) to come together in this final restful pose. This class is perfect if you've had a tough day and you're looking to unwind, or you simply are looking for some home self-care. You will need: 2 bolsters, 1 strap, 2 bricks, 2 blankets and an eye pillow (1 x 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 | 2 x hard back books can be used as blocks | 2 x Bath Towels can be used instead of blankets). Practice this class alongside this playlist.
Feel Your Pleasure
A perfect gentle yoga class and somatic practise for winding down, or if you’re experiencing some self-doubt, heartache, exhaustion, or just want to shower yourself in some loving self care. This creative, slow, sensitive yoga class has us moving into our own love, presence and sense of feeling. It starts with a heart-warming practice of pleasure-finding in the objects around us, and moves through sensual, fluid movements to find our own place of pleasure. Expect a creative, unusual class which is more about the feeling than any shapes or traditional poses. Move with an open mind and find your pleasure!
Morning Yoga to Calm
When you have a busy day ahead, take time in the morning to move into an intentional state of calm. This means that you'll be able to respond wisely rather than react, which is crucial for wise, compassionate living. This yoga class takes inspiration from the stillness and fluidity of mountain lakes and streams and explores through visualisation, calmness in flow and stillness and moving between them. Expect to move, finding fluidity in the spine and flow with mindfully paced vinyasa yoga. You will need a block or brick.
Restorative Pick Me Up
With no equipment needed and minimal space required, this restorative yoga class is perfect to recharge, reset and renew. Just find some space wherever you are, whether that's at home or at work! Often restorative yoga is done in the evening or on the weekend but it can be a great practise during the day too. This class uses gentle movements to release tension and recharge fatigue. As well as releasing physical tension it can help balance our emotional and mental states leaving us feeling more focused and refreshed for the day ahead.
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.
Flow and Restore
The perfect yoga class for when you need the benefit of an active flow and a restorative practice. It is ideal for when you're tired or overwhelmed and need to give yourself permission to restore, but the body and mind aren’t ready just to be still and lie down. Start with a replenishing, gentle, flowing movement practice and then transition into nurturing restorative poses.You will need a bolster and a block.
A qi gong and yoga fusion sequence to release feelings of being stuck, feeling tense, or just when you’re not in your flow. With some chair variations to make all the practices more accessible, this sequence uses qi gong and yoga to clear out stagnation and shift your tension. A chair can be used in this practice to make the class accessible to all.
Flow Towards Freedom: Mellow Mind
A slow flow yoga class which is perfect if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Adam's class is incredibly grounding. Move towards feeling stabilised and balance again by re-grounding anxious energy which embodies anxious mind and restless body. Learn to meet any anxiety with kindness by feeling its physical symptoms, not just the stories you may associate with it. We will use to the tools of yoga, including stilling our gaze and heightening our feelings of embodiment, to bring you back and re-ground you in the present moment. You will need a bolster and a block or a folded blanket.
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.
Unwind & Declutter
A simple, Scaravelli class which teaches us how yoga can help to empty us. This class is perfect if you're feeling busy, anxious or overwhelmed. Just as we create space and de-clutter our house, it's also useful to de-clutter our minds and bodies as you move towards stillness. This class is almost entirely supine, working with bridge position - just exploring the space in the pelvis, the spine and the shoulders, and stretching hamstrings, then we move into standing postures . You will need a strap and a blanket.
Relax Into The Feeling Body
This gentle, nurturing yoga class is not about the shapes that you may make, but is about how you feel during the practice. Become sensitive to how you feel so that you can bespoke the class to exactly that. Expect plenty of relaxing supine poses and some releasing lunges before opening the chest, hips and relaxing. A perfect class for releasing after a tough day.
Soothe Your Soul
Evening Yin/Yang Flow
A peaceful Yin/Yang flow to wind down and relax for the end of the day. With some spinal rolling and freeing, some poses from QiGong, some restorative and Yin poses, this fusion yoga class is a perfect way to wind down and relax at the end of the day, or for whenever you need to calm, nourish and restore yourself. The perfect self-care solution to our overwhelmed lives. You will need a bolster (or pillows), a blanket, 2 yoga bricks and a foam block and a strap.
Gentle Hatha Unwind
A gentle hatha yoga class to help you to unwind stress and tension from your body. With simple, gentle movements to gently open the hips, relieve tension from the neck, shoulders and keep the back mobilised, this is the perfect bookend to your day, either as a gentle start to your morning, or after a busy day to gently unwind tension in your body to get you ready for the evening. You may need a strap, bolster and blocks.
This gentle yoga class, with some qi-gong movements is a perfect antidote for those of us who spend too much time sitting at desks each day. Also great if you're feeling like you could do with an emotional recharge, perhaps at the end of a long day, or when life is challenging. With standing poses and gentle strengthening poses, this class uses the power of intention to clear out a tough day and bring in the new. You will need two blocks and a strap.
A more gentle vinyasa yoga class, perfect to come home to yourself anytime you're needing a more gentle flow, but perfect for early evening, in that gap between coming home and preparing for the rest of the evening. Get grounded and stretched, with a hip focus for those of us who work sitting down all day. A perfect release from the day!
End of Day Recharge
A great transition sequence to do at the end of a busy day if you’ve just got home from work or if you have been out doing lots of different things. Or if you want a little break during the day but don’t have much time or space this might be just what you need. It starts from standing then we move to all fours and finish on the back.
Wind Down Floor Flow
A lovely, calming, floor-based yoga class. Perfect for winding down at the end of the day, or for a very gentle wake up, or for when you're just not feeling your best. This class will have you feeling calmed, restored and gently re-invigorated with a focus on hip and hamstring stretches.
Yoga Poses for Anxiety
Sometimes life is just overwhelming and we just need 10 minutes to move into calm. These 8 yoga poses are known to release anxiety through the body. These yoga poses for anxiety include headstand which is deeply calming for those who can, and if you're not comfortable in headstand, take downward dog or child's pose.
Pranayama To Calm
Quiet Mind, Deep Surrender
A meditative, peace-inducing practice to calm the busy mind and drop deeply into the body. Perfect for when there is inner chaos and a tired body. With a focus on breath-work, there are some standing poses to help harmonise body and breath and create an inner calm. A great class for before bedtime or towards the end of the day to start a peaceful evening. You will need a block & eye-bag.
Any time you need to calm and nourish yourself, try these 5 types of breathing that lead to Embryonic Respiration, and then finish with a simple, gentle yet potent practice called Inner Nourishment. In China, this practice has been done since the Ming Dynasty. Believed to strengthen all internal organs, it has strong affect on digestion and respiration, menstruation, fatigue and heart disease.
Qigong Meditations For Health & Vitality
Mimi offers two qigong visualisation meditations in this practice. The first is called microcosmic orbit. Microcosmic orbit works with major channels of the body, the yin meridian (ren mai) and yang meridian (du mai) on the front and back channels of the body respectively. Known as the conception and governing channels. These meridians help regulate the flow of qi to the other 12 meridians and organs of the body. Circulating good flow of energy in the main rivers means tributaries can receive the flow more effortlessly. The second is called an organ-gemstone meditation. This meditation is one to do any time you feel like you are about to get sick; 90% of the time, it will prevent a cold or sore throat from coming on.
This qigong flow practice starts with some warmups for the joints, cultivation of qi between the hands, and then moves into what we think of as “water salutations” – fluid movements that feel like the equivalent of yoga’s sun salutations. It’s a practice that warms the body, actively stimulates, guides and moves the qi, and helps to quiet the mind. Enjoy!