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Yoga for
sober-ish men

Welcome to the library of past yoga sessions. These classes are dedicated to GBTQ men at various stages in their recovery journey. They are open to all levels.

The live online classes are currently on hiatus. They will restart fully in October 2021.

10th June 2021

Deep stretch/ hip opening/ presence and vulnerability

3rd June 2021

Balancing poses/ embracing change/ feeling grounded

28th May 2021

Opening the chest and heart/ Exploration of gratitude and humility

20th May 2021

Lotus sequence/ exploration of movement, breath and rhythm

6th May 2021

Slow, deep stretch practice/ releasing stress at the end of the day

WORKSHOP:
yoga for impatience

When we feel impatient our bodies want to move. There is an energy that builds up within us that needs releasing. Don't sit still, the more you suppress these emotions the bigger they become. If you can, roll out a yoga mat, and do some sun salutations.

 

Video # 1 will show you how.

When we are stressed out, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to metabolise those hormones, and this is why a 20 minute time out is recommended.

Once we calm ourselves down, let's work on our patient breathing. Slow down your moves, and find poses that are peaceful, safe and relaxing.

Video #2 will give you some suggestions.

WORKSHOP:
yoga for vulnerability

To feel vulnerable means to lean towards the discomfort.

Explore what poses make you feel just that, and when you reach your physical limit, allow yourself a little break. Having the courage to acknowledge that my body has its limit can be challenging.

 

Which is precisely the point of this yoga exploration - the real discomfort sometimes lies in being kind to yourself, and it's something we should practice every day.

WORKSHOP:
yoga for boredom

In this class we looked at boredom as the absence of attention. And when there is nothing to anchor ourselves with in the present moment, we put ourselves at a risk of wanting to escape.

This yoga segment helps me address the bodily sensations I associate with boredom and anxiety: heaviness in the chest, tightness in the shoulders and the throat. I approach these with curiosity and explore what the body is trying to tell me.

 

Breath and movement, however very elemental, are always such great way of engaging with your body, and creating sensations that help us all to stay present. 

WORKSHOP:
yoga for presence

To be truly present, for both the good and the bad, is an art-form in itself. 

In this yoga practice we explore different movements and sensations through a reenactment of discomfort in the body. To do this I use energetic locks - aka bandhas, to help us achieve the emotional effect intended for this flow.