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PRE-RECORDED CLASS LIBRARY

I now have a collection of pre-recorded Zoom classes available below. I appreciate, not everyone has 75 minutes in their day for a practice, so they will vary from 15 minutes to 75 minutes.These are for anyone, who wishes to practice the class again, or those who haven't had the opportunity to join us in one of our live sessions. To enable me to provide these recordings for everyone to use, they are done so on a donation basis. The donation button can be found above. If you would like to participate, simply subscribe to the online class invite above, to obtain the access passcode.

75 minute classes

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January 27th, 2023.
Do our physical actions..................
 

.................support our involuntary movements.

Our actions can invariably stifle the breath and body. This happens when we lose attention and our practice becomes mechanical. It also occurs from the need to keep doing. 

November 25th, 2022.
If you are kind to your body...............
 

It begins with a willingness to listen. Take the same attitude of kindness, as you would to a friend in need. Listen, with patience and compassion, and the body will respond in an incredible way.

November 18th, 2022.
You-nion.
 

The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit word, meaning union. This may appear to be something we have to find outside of ourselves. This couldn't be further from the truth. It's a revealing rather than an obtaining.

October 21st, 2022.
We are a response to our environment.
 

We are a response to our environment, and we live in a culture of speed. Therefore, it's no surprise we can feel overwhelmed and disorientated in life, due to this fact. We have to rebalance our lives!

September 30th , 2022.
Take the quietness with you.

 

The Asana (postures) are there to support our practice. No matter what the Asana, if these disturb, they are exercises, and not part of a Yoga practice. Are you able to take the quietness with with?

September 2nd , 2022.
Individuality promotes 
authenticity .
 

Authenticity is the degree to which our actions are consistent with our experience. This, is a personal practice, to which we are able to respond to how we feel, and lose the idea of making shapes, based on another's authority.

August 5th , 2022.
A breathing space.

 

Breathing is autonomic, not cognitive. We can access a quieter  and more comfortable breath process by losing tension, and reducing what interferes with it, rather than trying to learn new patterns of breathing.

July 15th , 2022
Finding the place of maximum release.
 

When we find a place of maximum release, balance is a consequence. Equally, if we are unstable, tension and stiffness is a consequence. Here, we use this as our enquiry to deeper exploration.

June 10th , 2022
Yoga is emotional teeth cleaning.

 

A regular (daily!!) yoga practice is an essential way to check in on ourselves.We have been conditioned to clean our teeth twice daily, but there has been little encouragement to regularly reflect upon how we are doing.

May 6th, 2022
Don't just do something, sit there.

 

Just to experience such sustained elemental stillness outwardly and the interior silence that can accompany it is ample reason for arranging ones life to cultivate and breathe this possibility. (JBZ)

April 1st, 2022
Coming to our senses

 

We are becoming more reliant on outsourcing our senses, which in turn diminishes our ability to self regulate. Self regulation is essential for our health, and dropping in to our senses is maybe just what we need. 

March 11th, 2022
Unhindered movement
begins with grounding

It's in the releasing of muscles, which permits freedom of movement. The ability to find skeletal support through our points of contact, is a vital one, to unhindered movement.

Feb 18th, 2022
Your body is your subconscious mind

 

With the understanding that our body is our unconscious mind, we should therefore enter the tissues with care, patience and self compassion. 

Date: Jan 28th, 2022
A refined approach

 

The asana (postures) are a container for an experience, and not a way of blindly repeating movements. if we are interested in yoga, we have to be interested in how we can refine our approach.

Dec 3rd, 2022
A downward dog is for life,
not just for Christmas

We will be richly rewarded by cultivating a regular practice throughout our lives. This is a proactive approach, rather than a reactive one!  

Nov 12th, 2021
Postures aren't something to be held

 

We are the postures, and therefore, the postures are moving, breathing and attending. They are not something we get in to and hold until we are told to come out.

Oct 15th, 2021
Changing behaviour through our neural perception

Within every practice, I encourage students to respond to how they feel. This is the role of our nervous system, to inform us, and to keep us safe. This is often over looked as yoga students.

Sept 24th, 2021
Can we meet this moment in it's fulness, without adding anything extra

Can we meet the moment to moment breath and movement, by simply experiencing it in its fulness, rather than trying to add something extra.

Aug 27th, 2021
An attentive mind is an empty mind

 

When we are fully attentive, our minds don't accumulate, but simply observe what is. We are therefore not thinking, but experiencing.

 July 30th, 2021 
Learning to stand on our own two feet

 

In this practice, we explore how our feet provide the structural support for the whole body.

January 20th, 2023.
Joyfulness cannot be taught.
 

............and the body cannot be forced! When we try to force a subtle outcome, we simply obstruct that potential. The voluntary movements, make way for the involuntary movements.

December 2nd, 2022.
The gift of Yoga.
 

 As Ram Das quoted, "The greatest thing you can do for another human being, is to get your own house in order, and find your true spiritual heart". Yoga is a gift!!.

November 4th, 2022.
Isolation is not integration.
 

Nothing exists in isolation. However, so often modern yoga takes on this approach to parts of the organism, rather than the whole. Can we integrate movement throughout, rather than just pushing, pulling and forcing.

October 14th, 2022.
An invitational quality.

 

Tissues, articulations and sensations are all a leap off point for a potential yoga experience. If we continually push against the body, we simply can't move beyond it. Cultivating patience, evokes an invitational quality.

September 16th , 2022.
If the focus is doing, we lose feeling.

 

When we become so distracted in trying to get somewhere, we actually forget the importance of slowing down and paying attention to how we feel. This is an important life lesson.

August 26th , 2022.
Distinguishing tension from effort.
 

Can we discriminate between support, effort and tension? It's not about what muscles we need to engage, but how well we meet support, and loose habitual tension through that enquiry. 

July 29th , 2022.
If it isn't restorative, it isn't yoga

 

Yoga has the potential to restore our wellbeing, range of movement, health and energy. If that potential isn't being met, it isn't yoga.

July 8th , 2022
Putting Hatha (Force) in to context.
 

This is a personal favourite! How much force/effort is required within the postural practice. When we really understand yoga is yoga, and not exercise, we begin to realise excessive force is dangerous and unnecessary 

May 31st, 2022
Learning to feel more, and think less
 

Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body. (James Joyce, Dubliners). Does this sound familiar? Life fragments us, and our practice can draw us back to a steady and unified sense of being.

April 14th, 2022 
What is revealed

 

The metaphorical layers (Koshas), are gradually revealed through a kind, compassionate, and sustained approach. Most of yoga philosophy is through experience as a consequence of our approach.

If being active is one of the strongest correlation's to a healthy life, then I would argue Yoga is well placed to explore not just movement, but the ability to increase our movement repertoire. 

March 4th, 2022
Time to arrive

 

We are so caught up in accomplishing and achieving, that the opportunity to find time to settle, is an important part of my approach. 

Feb 11th, 2022
Shhhhhhhhhoulders, The sequel

 

This is a continuation of the previous weeks class, involving a kinder and more skilful approach to the shoulders.

Jan 21st, 2022
Dissipating tension

 

Our main source of dissipating tension is through a steady and comfortable support. Support underpins our movement, including the breath. In this class, we explore this understanding.

Nov 26th, 2021
Attention is the primary tool of yoga

 

Attention is where we begin our journey. Without our primary tool of attention, we are in danger of mechanically going through the motions. With the practice, we cultivate this vital quality of attention.

Nov 5th, 2021
Self observation is easy, when we
are not perfecting postures

During this practice, I encourage you to use sensations to guide you, rather than trying to prefect positions. This has been a long time distraction of many students, and only acts as an obstacle.

Oct 8th, 2021
Uninhibited movement

 

We often get in our own way, when it comes to movement. How much of what we bring to our movement, is habit and tension, rather than just the right amount of effort. We explore this during the class.

Sept 17th, 2021
Make the moment vital and
worth living

A beautiful quote of Martha Graham's, All that is important is this one moment. Make the moment vital and worth living. Don't let it slip away unnoticed or unused. 

Aug 20th, 2021
Close your eyes and wake up

 

We often perceive more accurately when we close the eyes, and wake up to what is present within us.

 July 16th, 2021 
Finding the comfortable in the functional

This is what makes our practice relevant to how it helps us lead a fuller life. Being comfortable around functional movement is key to this approach.

January 13th, 2023.
Free breathing.
 

...........in other words, losing tension. When we lose tension, and are able to acknowledge free breathing, our voluntary movements make way for our involuntary movements. This is the beginning of a yoga practice.

November 11th, 2022.
You, witnessing yourself.
 

When we are able to drop in to a quiet sense of self, we can just be a witness, without trying to change or pursue anything. Our practice provides a portal to enter this space.

October 28th, 2022.
Dropping in to our mechanical spaces.
 

Mechanical space provides the potential for freedom. The body moves in relationship to itself and our environment, communicating and organising itself within space. Can we support this potential? 

October 7th , 2022.
Yoga gives us more choice.

 

If we regularly explore our repertoire of movement, we are less likely to become fixed or limited to what we can do. Our Yoga mat provides the perfect space to make this enquiry.

September 12th , 2022.
Non conflicting effort.
 

If our intention is to reduce unnecessary muscular activity, and notice accumulated tension, then measured effort is vital.

August 19th , 2022.
Giving mind to body.

 

When we give mind to body, there is no room for thought to form. The sensations within the body however, can draw us in and quieten the mind, or can potentially disturb and stimulate the mind. You choose!

July 18th , 2022
60 minute cool and rest.
 

I will reluctantly call this a restorative class! However, if it isn't restorative, it isn't yoga! This is a beautiful 60 minute supine/side lying practice, with breath work. 

June 17th , 2022
Acknowledging our limitations

 

A physical asana practice is helpful in allowing us to sense what is going on, how we feel and how we respond to those sensations. Ultimately, these skills are transferable to how we our lives.

May 20th, 2022
Identifying unhelpful distractions

 

The skill of our practice is about noticing and tending to anything that disturbs our ability to remain introceptively quiet.

April 8th, 2022
Sensing is an act

 

What we experience is not through knowledge, but through our ability to sense ourselves continually, from a quiet and kind attentiveness.

March 18th, 2022
No Pain-'Oh, Gain!

 

Yoga is primarily a way out of suffering. Therefore, we should not be reckless with our body, in order to perform postures. Pain is a very clear sign that something needs to change.

Feb 25th, 2022
Sense of self is our starting point

 

Our nervous system has evolved to keep us informed and safe within the world. Through our nervous system, we sense ourselves as a starting point to any yoga practice. This is explored throughout the class.

Feb 4th, 2022
Shhhhhhhhhoulders Pt1

 

Due to emotional reflexes within the body being continually triggered by life's events, it's no wonder that the shoulders need a little more attention. Here is an opportunity to be more attentive to their needs.

Jan 14th, 2022
Cultivating space

 

Do we have a practice which cultivates a sense of space within ourselves, rather than trying to fill these voids. We take the opportunity to reflect on this important approach, and acknowledge ourselves with space. 

Nov 19th, 2021
Slowing down, may provide the
alternative back drop

Life seems to be getting faster, and we can often feel if we don't keep up, we may loose our way. If we really want to learn and understand these habits, we have to slow down and drop in this alternative backdrop.

Oct 29th, 2021
Meditation isn't what you think

 

I feel uncomfortable around the word meditation, as it been taught as something we do. On the contrary, it's a by product of paying attention to our actions.

Oct 1st, 2021
Quiet the mind, open the heart

 

Not through aggressive backends, but by becoming quiet and sensitive enough, to what we may be resisting. This is a natural response to stress and disorientation. We explore a comfortable and kind approach.

Sept 10th, 2021
It's not about feeling a certain way, but feeling the way you feel

We often get frustrated by expecting to feel a certain way. Yoga is a helpful way to observe how we really are, rather than expecting to be something we are not.

   Aug 6th, 2021,
Let go from the get-go

 

How refreshing to let go of the distractions of our responsibilities for 75 minutes, and reorientate ourselves towards something consistent, and effortless.

 June 28th, 2021
A 15 minute self reflection

This 15 minute self reflective practice is seated, and allows us to drop in to where we are without any expectations. 

Before participating in any of these recorded classes,  please take the time to ensure you are practising in a safe environment, with sufficient clear space around you. You know your body best, and are therefore responsible for ensuring that you look after yourself by adapting and modifying postures according to your personal range of movement, and to stop any practices that make you feel unwell. As these classes are recorded, and I am unable to give advice or modifications, please stay as present as possible, and be lead by your own experience. 

Please be aware, that you practice yoga at your own risk. It is highly unlikely, but if you have any concerns during practice, please stop immediately.

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