Class 15 – Shoulders and Neck, part 2

This is the second video in the series on Shoulders and Neck. This time the postures are all done lying down, on a yoga mat or even on a bed, and are inspired, in part, as before by Martha Peterson’s (2011) somatics practices. The postures include: a constructive rest pose, focussed on centring and developingContinue reading “Class 15 – Shoulders and Neck, part 2”

Class 14 – Shoulders and Neck

Hi Everyone It’s been a while since I posted a video and I hope you have been keeping safe and well in the meantime. My online yoga classes are going well and not only have they been keeping me sane but, according to those who attend, have been helping give some structure during the pandemicContinue reading “Class 14 – Shoulders and Neck”

Class 13 – Downward Dog

Beginner and Intermediate levels This is a tutorial in Downward Dog which includes a number of alignment tips I’ve picked up over the years, some from regional teachers and some from Yoga International tutors. I incorporated these into my teaching this week and two students fed back that it helped them move into their ‘best’Continue reading “Class 13 – Downward Dog”

Class 12 – Chocolate Meditation

All levels! and for little and big kiddies everywhere! Today’s practice is something I like to teach at Easter (and also at Christmas) – it’s chocolate meditation! Choose some chocolate – ideally something which is wrapped – and take 5 minutes out of your day to bring your full attention to eating it. Experience howContinue reading “Class 12 – Chocolate Meditation”

Class 11 – A Spring Clean

Intermediate level Today’s class (which was also given as an inaugural Zoom class for the Tyne and Wear Yoga Group) was inspired by my current spring cleaning frenzy, brought on by the lovely sunny weather. The class includes lying and seated twist, to detoxify and cleanse, and back bends, in the form of dynamic andContinue reading “Class 11 – A Spring Clean”

Class 10 – A Mother's Day Special: Animal Theme

Beginner’s level Please note: I am not an experienced children’s yoga teacher (I think that will be obvious from watching it). As they do the video, ensure the child/children are supervised by an adult . You are responsible for the child’s/children’s health and safety. A copy of the quiz is available to students of myContinue reading “Class 10 – A Mother's Day Special: Animal Theme”

Class 9 – Relaxation: Kaya Kriya

Beginner’s level Kaya is the Sanskrit terms for body and Kaya Kriya is a whole body cleanse practice, combining breathing and movement of legs, arms and head. The practice may provide relief from body pain and release from physical and mental tension. You might combine this class with Class 8 – Breathing: Nadi Shodana (alternateContinue reading “Class 9 – Relaxation: Kaya Kriya”

Class 8 – Breathing: Nadi Shodhana (alternative nostril breathing, visualisation)

Beginner’s level You may want to do this practice late at night/in bed and combine with Class 9 – Relaxation: Kaya Kriya Nadi Shodhana is a breathing practice which balances the energy channels, the left/ida and right/pingala nadis/energies, and the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Reminder: please read the ‘Small Print’ blog SorryContinue reading “Class 8 – Breathing: Nadi Shodhana (alternative nostril breathing, visualisation)”

Class 7 – Spring Equinox, Part B

Intermediate level See prop requirements set out for Class 6 This class continues class 6 (Spring Equinox, Part A) and includes Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottnasana), Reverse Warrior, Standing side stretch (Parsvakonasana), and Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana). For the full Spring Equinox theme, combine with Classes 7 and 8 Reminder: please read the ‘SmallContinue reading “Class 7 – Spring Equinox, Part B”

Class 6 – Spring Equinox, Part A

Beginner’s level. For this practice, please have the follower props: a (yoga) belt/tie; two yoga blocks or two large books (I used dictionaries); a chair; and, if you have space, practice near a clear wall This practice celebrates the Spring Equinox which was on 20 March 2020 (although I was a day late in thinkingContinue reading “Class 6 – Spring Equinox, Part A”