Open Yoga

These classes are our most popular offering of the week.  Hatha-inspired yoga sessions that include: body awareness, invitational language, mindful strength, optional flowing sequences and an embodied approach.  These classes are open to all, however,  beginners may want to start with a Yoga Gently or The Ground We Stand On video.  Accessible and welcoming.

75 minutes

Open Yoga 28.09.21: Pathways to Centre – Warmth

In our third class in the Pathways to Centre series we are ‘warming up’ a bit.  Identifying heat from the centre of our bodies is part of many rituals and practices throughout history.  Yoga is no different in this regard – the area of centre was often described as the ‘source of heat’ within the body in ancient practices.  And actually there is a LOT of heat involved in the processes of digesting.  As we transition to the cooler months, locating the areas of the body that provide a connection to warmth may be a place of comfort.  The ‘power’ of heat in the body doesn’t need to be ‘stoked’ as such, it is there for you, readily available to notice and connect with.  How does noticing your ‘heat’ and ‘power’ support act as a pathway to your centre?
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Open Yoga 22.09.21: Pathways to Centre – balancing

In our second class in the series Pathways to Centre we’re exploring how awareness of balancing can build our sense of stability at centre.  Balancing does not just mean standing on one leg in a yoga posture – balancing can be found in how we stand in mountain posture or how we transition from a posture at the ground to a standing posture.  How do we connect to centre as we find stability in balancing?  How can we use a sense of centre to create more ease as we balance? Suggested equipment
  • yoga mat
  • blanket
  • 1 yoga brick
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Yoga Gently 24.09.21 – Pathways to Centre, Balancing

In this Yoga Gently class we continue our exploration of finding new ways to connect to centre.
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Open Yoga 30.06.21 – Pathways to Centre

This class is all about activating at and from the centre of the body.  Noticing the pulsing rhythms of gather and reach, from centre to edges and from edges to centre.  A practice for noticing the connections within and using these connections to better support your practice.
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Open Yoga 16.06.21 – Expanding to our Edges

In this class we explore boundaries and edges.  You will be invited to consider how much you want to move towards your edges, noticing the feelings of expanding through breath and movement.  You will also consider what it’s like to move away from the edge, to gather closer to centre, drawing in and expanding outwards. Suggested equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Two bricks
  • Yoga strap (or a resistance band or scarf)
  • Blanket
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Open Yoga 09.06.21 – Finding Uplift

This class is all about embodying that summer-time feeling.  As we enter the summer term at Yoga at the Barn Ashley is offering a series of classes to embrace the active within.  How can we find a bit of a spring in our steps, support from our connective tissues, feeling into the possibility of uplift from within. In this class, we will begin the series by exploring the potential springiness from the connective tissues – how can we find a little ‘bounce’ or rebound before settling into relatively still shapes?  It may be that we find that little ‘boost’ simply by emptying the breath and noticing the way the lungs ‘just fill’ – the natural spring of our in breath. An uplifting class with a bit of warmth and activity! Suggested equipment:
  • Yoga mat
  • Two yoga bricks (sturdy books might do the job)
  • A blanket
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Open Yoga 19.05.21 – Taking a Pause (part of bringing presence to practice series)

In this class we explore the possibility of staying present when things slow down a bit. If we take a moment in our practice to check-in and see how we’re feeling will be make choices that better support how we are or how we want to practice?  We’ll be considering the idea that the work we do in practice; the movement, the discipline, the ‘heat,’ can all be coupled with comfort – what can you do in each moment in your practice to find a bit more comfort, a little more ease.  Working towards creating a balanced practice; that that is both ‘work’ (or effort) and ‘comfortable’ (or ease).  We will finish this practice with a restorative posture. Suggested equipment
  • Yoga Mat
  • Several blankets
  • Yoga brick (or a large hardback book)
 
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Open Yoga 12.05.21 – Seeing things from a different perspective (part of the bringing presence to practice series)

In today’s class we explore inversions, reorienting ourselves a little bit upside down.  Often we have a sense that to invert we need to do something like a headstand (and for sure headstands are inversions) but there are other, perhaps more subtle, ways to shift our internal experience.  Lifting our legs above our hearts – is an inversion . . . what about when we lift our arms above or hearts?  Can we allow a deeper presence during times when things are flipped around a bit, deciding how to find more space/comfort whilst there?  Is it possible to then return back to neutral with more awareness of the shift that has occurred?  Perhaps offering more clarity as to how and when we will ‘invert.’ Suggested equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Several blankets
  • Two yoga bricks
 
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Open Yoga 05.05.21 – Finding Your Own Flow (part of the bringing presence to practice series)

This Open Yoga class is part one of a series on Finding Presence in our Practice.  In this practice we will explore what it means to ‘flow’.  How can we find a sense of flow in the simplest way.  As we shift from shape to shape or sequence to sequence, can we stay present to what is happening ‘between the postures’ as we transition? What pace or rhythms are coming forward in your practice?  Can you notice if there are ways of moving that allow you to feel more connected, more even/steady, more ‘in the flow?’  Is it possible to invite more of these experiences into your practice?  Making choices to move in ways that support ‘your flow?’  Today’s practice will invite curiosity and exploration in finding your own style/sense of flow. Suggested equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Two yoga bricks (if you don’t have these, do not worry you will be fine without them)
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Open Yoga 28.04.21 – Seeking a deeper connection to centre

This Open Yoga class is part one of a series on Finding Presence in our Practice.  In this practice we will explore integration – bring our limbs more into connection with the centre of the body.  How can our ‘centre’ strength/stability help us to find more strength/stability in the limbs of our body? How can the centre support us in moving with more ease and connection?  How can we feel more ‘centred’? Suggested equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Two yoga bricks (if you don’t have them do not worry)
  • Blanket
  • Light to medium resistance band (if you do not have one do not worry)
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Open Yoga 21.02.21 – Heaviness vs Lightness (Bringing Presence to Practice Series)

This week’s Open Yoga class is class 2 in the series of bringing presence to practice.  Noticing or tracking how the body feels during a yoga session is tricky, throughout this series Ashley will offer you ways to begin to build more awareness, finding simple practices that slow things down and allow more time to be present. This class asks you to draw your attention to two ‘simple’ sensations, heaviness and lightness.  Can you stay present to where you feel or notice sensations of heaviness?  Can you notice where it is lighter?  How can locating heaviness lend itself to feeling stable or strong?  How can drawing your attention to areas that feel light support creating more space or stretch?  Is it possible to just stay with these sensations and that by staying with them find different ways to negotiate moving? Suggested equipment: Yoga mat Blanket Two yoga bricks
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Open Yoga 14.04.21 – Building Presence in our Practice: Arriving

Welcoming ourselves back to our practice after a short break – this class is an invitation to notice what it is to ‘arrive’ in our bodies or in our practice.  This is the first class in a series for developing more presence to our self (how we want to move, how we are feeling) as we practice.  A gentle practice to invite a bit more curiosity about how you may want to move, what choices you might back within certain asana and allowing you time/space to check-in with how you are feeling throughout the practice. Suggested equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Two yoga bricks
 
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Open Yoga 24.03.21 – Integrating the Elements (part of the Embodying Nature Series)

For the next few weeks we will be bringing nature onto the mat by exploring elemental practices.  You know that feeling of walking outside, a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, sunshine meeting your skin, feet connecting to the ground below?  How might we embody these experiences on the mat?  In our practice?  What systems of our body or areas of our body feel the most grounded (connected to earth) or most fluid (connected to water) or most spacious (connected to air) . . . over the next few weeks we will be using our embodied senses to capture a bit of nature within! This week’s class we will integrate all of the elements.  Just like in nature around us, the body has ‘a lot going on’ at once – we ground and then find space, we flow from the warmth at centre, it’s all happening at once.  Through this practice we will connect to more than one sensation at once, the possibility of shifting from a fluid experience to one that feels more grounded, keeping the thread of the fluid still connected.  Expect a practice that is grounded and invigorating, stable and fluid, spacious and contained. Suggested equipment:
  • Mat
  • Blanket
  • Two yoga bricks
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Open Yoga 17.03.21 – Connecting to Warmth Within (part of the Embody Nature Series)

For the next few weeks we will be bringing nature onto the mat by exploring elemental practices.  You know that feeling of walking outside, a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, sunshine meeting your skin, feet connecting to the ground below?  How might we embody these experiences on the mat?  In our practice?  What systems of our body or areas of our body feel the most grounded (connected to earth) or most fluid (connected to water) or most spacious (connected to air) . . . over the next few weeks we will be using our embodied senses to capture a bit of nature within! This week’s class is all about connecting to the element of fire.  How might we capture the feeling of the warm sunshine on your face within?   Finding ‘heat’ in the body does not necessarily have to come from strenuous work, there are pockets of warmth all over the body (the belly as it digests, the heart as it beats).  How can we use the warmth within to spread or extend outward?  How can we use the warmth within to gather inwards? Suggested equipment:
  • Mat
  • Blanket
  • Red resistance band
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Open Yoga 10.03.21 – Connecting to Air

For the next few weeks we will be bringing nature onto the mat by exploring elemental practices.  You know that feeling of walking outside, a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, sunshine meeting your skin, feet connecting to the ground below?  How might we embody these experiences on the mat?  In our practice?  What systems of our body or areas of our body feel the most grounded (connected to earth) or most fluid (connected to water) or most spacious (connected to air) . . . over the next few weeks we will be using our embodied senses to capture a bit of nature within! This week’s class is all about connecting to the element of air.  How might we capture the essence of the light uplift of the breeze, the freshness of the wind or the spaciousness of the air around us – all within us?  This practice will explore the breath (if it is comfortable for you to do so) and how we might use the breath to be more supportive in finding space and lightness within. Suggested equipment:
  • Mat
  • Blanket
  • Two yoga bricks (or books)
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Open Yoga 03.03.21 – Connecting to fluid (water element), the embodied nature series

For the next few weeks we will be bringing nature onto the mat by exploring elemental practices.  You know that feeling of walking outside, a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, sunshine meeting your skin, feet connecting to the ground below?  How might we embody these experiences on the mat?  In our practice?  What systems of our body or areas of our body feel the most grounded (connected to earth) or most fluid (connected to water) or most spacious (connected to air) . . . over the next few weeks we will be using our embodied senses to capture a bit of nature within! This week’s class is all about finding support from our fluid body.  We often think of the ‘flow’ of water, but there are other fluids in our bodies (think here about fat) that have a much different quality and may be useful for us in finding more support as we move. Suggested equipment:
  • Mat
  • Blanket
  • Yoga strap or resistance band or scarf
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Open Yoga 24.02.21 – Connecting to earth, the embodiment of nature series.

A new term, nearly a new season means a new series of Open Yoga classes.  For the next few weeks we will be bringing nature onto the mat by exploring elemental practices.  You know that feeling of walking outside, a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, sunshine meeting your skin, feet connecting to the ground below?  How might we embody these experiences on the mat?  In our practice?  What systems of our body or areas of our body feel the most grounded (connected to earth) or most fluid (connected to water) or most spacious (connected to air) . . . over the next few weeks we will be using our embodied senses to capture a bit of nature within! This week’s class is all about meeting the ground, finding stability, space and mobility by anchoring to the earth below. Suggested equipment:
  • Mat
  • Two yoga bricks
  • Blanket
  • Yoga strap or resistance band or scarf
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Open Yoga 17.02.21 – Grounding through balance

This blended Open Yoga and Yoga Gently class offers a possibility of exploring the grounding qualities of balancing.  In a world that is increasingly out of kilter we hear the term ‘find balance’ and perhaps think the answer lies in finding the perfect balance between the various aspects of our lives (work, play, relaxation, exertion etc).  In this class we explore the possibility that being out of balance and present helps us to find our way towards sometime more balanced, more grounded.  That the art/science of balance comes not in expecting all things to be even, smooth, without wobbles, but in exploring the inherent stability within the instability. Expect: A gentle class with optional flowing sequences and a short restorative practice at the finish Suggested equipment:
  • yoga mat
  • blanket
  • 2 yoga bricks
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Open Yoga 10.02.21 – Spinal rotation with whole body integration

This week’s Open Yoga class is our final in our postural exploration: beginning to find ways of better supporting our functional posture.  In this class we explore the movement of spinal rotation.  This movement in the spine is a movement that is common to experience when doing ‘twisting’ yoga postures.  Twisting sounds wrong – it’s doesn’t exactly get at what’s happening in the body when we make these shapes.  We’ll explore how rotations can follow along the pathway of other spirallic actions in the body, from feet to head.  Moving in a way to feels less about ‘twisting it out’ and more about easing into more rotational space.
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Open Yoga 03.02.21 – Support from Centre

In this Open Yoga class we will be building our awareness of our centre.  Centre strength is often talked about in terms of a few types of movements which are often quite mechanical.  What might it be like to explore a variety of movements that radiant to and from centre.  Naval radiation is a pattern of movement that formed early in our development, this pattern can be seen as one (of many) layer of support underlying our movement.  And when we’re more aware of this pattern, it may be a helpful resource for finding added strength and mobility. Possible equipment needed:
  • Two yoga bricks (or a stack of books
  • A blanket
  • A light to medium resistance band
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Open Yoga 27.01.21 – Being Present to Flow

This class is a chance to ‘go with the flow’ – your flow, a chance to connect to the fluid system that supports movement in your body.  Flow does not have to be moving a ‘specific’ way, it can be connecting to the fluid rhythms (beat of heart, pulse of blood, breath), being present to areas of the body that feel fluid (slide, glide) or expressing fluidly through movements. Expect a class with invitational, gentle flowing sequences and attention to breath (if comfortable) Suggested equipment
  • A blanket
  • Two yoga bricks
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Open Yoga 19.02.21 – Lateral spinal movements (moving with the support of the breath)

In this Open Yoga class we will explore lateral movements of the spine (sometimes called ‘side-bending’).  As we continue to explore ways of finding more space to compensate for all the time we’re spending sitting forward-facing looking at screens.  One way to explore lateral movements is to connect to the lungs – using the movement of the lungs to support us in moving sideways (or lifting and lowering our arms). In this practice we will be exploring how our breath can support movement, there will be cues to consider and notice the breath, if this is uncomfortable feel free to stay present to the movement of the body. Suggested equipment:
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Two yoga bricks (or a stack of books)
  • A resistance band
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Open Yoga 12.21.21 – Seeking Comfort (hips/pelvis and lower back practice)

This week’s class follows on from last week’s exploration of what it might be like to lead with the question, “is it comfortable here.”  If we are led by a curiosity to find comfort how does that support us in finding stability, containment, stretch and strength? This practice aims to support those parts of us that might be sitting for long periods of time at a screen at the moment.  How can we find more space and comfort in and around our hips.  How does feeling more spaciousness in the hips feel?  How does feeling more support/containment in the hips feel?  Which do you prefer right now?  Which do you feel you might need more of? Possible equipment
  • Two yoga bricks (or sturdy books)
  • blankets (two if possible)
  • Resistance band if you have it
  • Anything else you like to have to support your practice
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Open Yoga 05.01.21 – New Year, New Start, Check-in Practice

This Open Yoga class is a gentle return to the mat after our YATB holiday break.  Whether we’ve been practice every day or not at all over the last few weeks, this practice is one for bringing you back into awareness of how your body is feeling RIGHT NOW.  This is the sort of practice you can (and ought to consider) doing every now and again.  Expect gentle movements for the joint spaces, exploration around the head/neck, some warming sun salutations (with modifications provided) and time to relax at the end. Equipment needed:
  • Two yoga bricks (or a couple of hard copy books)
  • Yoga strap or resistance band or long scarf
  • A blanket for support
  • If you have one a small blue squishy exercises ball sometimes called a pilates ball or a exersoft ball (no worries if you don’t have one of these, though they are readily available online at YogaMatters or Amazon)
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Open Yoga 16.12.20 – A Practice for Relaxing

The third the 3 R’s series, this practice focuses on creating time, space and movements for inviting more ease and relaxation.  December is always a frantic month, add in a pandemic and boy oh boy is it stressful.  By focussing on the areas of the body where space resides (joints for example) we might be able to experience more spaciousness within.  A gentle practice with invitational, modified sun salutations and a guided somatic body scan to finish.  Ending 2020 with a deeply relaxing practice!
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Open Yoga 08.12.20 – Rebounding

This Open Yoga class is the second in our 3R’s series.  In this video we will focus on rebounding – finding that little bit of a spring in our step.  Can you take your awareness to movements that you make that create a little bounce or spring?  Are you able to use a little bounce/spring to support you in moving with more ease?  We will explore ways to use the movement pattern of rebound to help us find a little uplift during these dark winter days.
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Open Yoga 01.12.20 – Working Through Resistance

Open Yoga’s latest live online class is the start of a new 3-part series called the 3-Rs.  December is a stressful month at the best of times, but this year even more so.  This series is going to help support us is finding space and ease leading up to the holiday season.  We’re kicking the series off with a session on working through resistance.  Sometimes in order to better know ease we have to explore tension, we have to feel our muscles working against something – resisting.  This class will involve bringing some pushing/pulling actions into our yoga postures.  Working through resistance to see what’s on the other side. Equipment needed
  • Yoga mat
  • blanket
  • Resistance band (ideally a medium (red) theraband or something similar)
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Open Yoga 24.11.20 – A Gratitude Practice

This is the final class in our Embodying Resilience series.  We’re coming full circle, returning to a practice that connects us to how our body is feeling overall, in this moment.  A practice for slowing down and drawing your attention inward and a chance to spend some time saying ‘thank you’ to your body for all it is capable of.
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Open Yoga 10.11.20 Finding Your Edges

This class is the 5th class in our series on Embodying Resilience.  In this practice we explore locating, expanding and meeting the edges of our self.  When we are feeling uncertain about a movement – maybe it’s too fast or a shape feels uncomfortable, locating our edges – the distinct lines of our body that meet the ground or the space around us, can help us feel more stable and more at ease.  This practice brings us into an embodied sense of our bones as scaffolding to support us internally when moving or creating postures.  As we define a clearer sense of our boundaries the uncertainty around us may not feel so overwhelming. Equipment suggested
  • Two yoga bricks (or hardback books)
  • A blanket
  • A yoga strap or scarf
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Open Yoga 03.11.20 – Integrating to Centre

This is our fourth class in the Embodying Resilience series and we move now to the very centre of ourselves.  When the world around us feels uncertain and chaotic, there are some places we can come to in the body that can act as an anchor, a place of strength and stability.  In a way we are getting to the ‘core’ of things in this class. In this class we will explore how to integrate our limbs to our centre – creating movements that expand from centre and gather towards centre.  With an aim of feeling more connected, more integrated, more whole. Equipment:
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
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Open Yoga 13.10.20 Rebounding

In the second class in our series exploring building resilience we are exploring the developmental movement pattern of rebound.  Rebounding is that ‘bounce’ we feel when we meet the ground, that little bit of give back that we receive when we yield our weight.  We will explore bounce, uplift and reach in the places where rebound resides – giving us an easier way into our movements.  We can all use a bit of rebound these days!
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Open Yoga 29.09.20 Finding Space in Tight Times

This Open Yoga practice is an opportunity to used our awareness of our bodies to find SPACE during these confined times.  We’ve hit the 6-month mark of our time in lock-down/semi-lock down and the 6 month mark is a proven point during difficult times of real shift towards fatigue, loss of interest, a feeling that things will never end.  How can we use our yoga practice to support ourselves in gaining more of a sense of freedom, space and opportunity.  This practice focuses on the thoracic spine ‘space’ thinking about how we can use this area of the body to explore a sense of spaciousness, openness and movement – which may support us in locating these things off the mat.
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Open Yoga Welcoming Ourselves Back to Practice (08.09.20)

This live filmed Open Yoga class is our first studio class back after the summer break.  A practice for welcoming yourself back to the mat, for reconnecting to yourself through movement and an opportunity to be present in the moment.  A class slower, more mindful Open Yoga class that allows time to ease back into your yoga practice.
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Easing it Out

An open class suitable for all ages and those who have had some prior yoga experience (though beginners are welcome to come and try). A blend of Hatha inspired yoga shapes, some flowing sequences, stretching, mindful strength, embodied anatomy and breath awareness. A great whole-body class. Please note: after being unlocked, this class remains viewable for 48 hours.
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