If you’re struggling to summon the motivation to get onto the yoga mat during the lockdown, many of His & Hers’ favourite yoga classes are now available online, and some studios and teachers have created new classes to be enjoyed from the safety of home. We’re still dreaming of enjoying yoga in the sunshine again, but while we’re staying put with our yoga mats, here are some excellent online options to tide you over…
YinYan’s Lockdown Yoga Classes
YinYan offers a broad range of classes to cover all levels of fitness and experience, and even if yoga’s not your thing, you’ll find meditation, Pilates and even ‘Tea and Tai Chi’ on their list of online classes. They’re offering a number of classes for free (such as meditation for stress and anxiety) to support those in need of a boost. Plus, you can book seven days of unlimited classes for £9.99 a week, a single class for £5.50, or six classes for £30. We’ve written about YinYan before, as one of the many brilliant independent businesses that gives a lot back to the local community. You’ll find a full list of their lockdown classes via this link: https://www.yinyan.co.uk/lockdown/
Yoga Hub Liverpool’s online classes
If you love yoga and live in Liverpool, you’ve probably heard of Stuart Alexander and his friendly, welcoming yoga studio at some point! Like all of the independent yoga studios we’ll recommend, Yoga Hub Liverpool attracts and supports fantastic yoga teachers. They’re offering morning and evening relaxation classes (which His & Hers is very much here for right now!) as well as a varied timetable. As they say on their website: “We are here to support and serve you and we always hugely appreciate the support we get from our community to allow us to keep the business alive, keep the space open and provide a wide and varied timetable with amazing teachers!”
Prices for online classes: Drop in: £5, four classes: £15, unlimited classes for a month: £45. Find out more via their website.
Awake Self-Development Centre offers live meditation, yoga and breath work classes
Liverpool’s new self-development centre, is offering live meditation, yoga and breath work sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Led by Awake’s co-founder Dianne Atherton, who has been practising yoga and meditation for over 15 years, the sessions are conducted via Zoom.
Dianne is providing sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am and Tuesday evenings at 6pm in a bid to help families combat anxiety and stress, whilst aiding with mindfulness, a positive mental attitude and health and wellbeing.
Awake is keen to make the sessions available to all and rather than charging a fixed fee, has made the sessions available by donation only, and everyone is welcome, whatever your level of fitness or experience.
Dianne said: “As a self-development centre, we really want to help people with their approach to this uncertain time. Rather than being understandably stressed, worried and anxious, we want to help people and their families to channel their feelings into practising simple techniques that can turn their thought process around.”
To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message @awakeliverpool on Instagram to register your interest.
China Spirit, based on the Wirral, goes virtual
As a Chinese Cultural and Martial Arts Centre, China Spirit prioritises creating a calm and balanced mind and promotes responsible, compassionate actions, paired with focusing on moderation, enjoying a simpler life, and deepening thoughts and controlling the sensory experiences in the coming days and weeks.
Visit: www.chinaspirit.org.uk for online Tai Chi, and, in the future, Kung fu classes. The modest fee goes back into the community, not for any personal profit.
Sefton Park Palm House courses continue online
Visit the website below for a free full-length online yoga class, delivered by Jess. Traditionally Jess was at the Palm House each Wednesday. Access via: www.thelivewelldirectory.com/services
The Mindfulness Association
You can begin a life-long adventure with online mindfulness courses. Level one involves ‘being present’. Level 2 focuses on compassion, and Level 3 explores insight.
Find out more at: www.mindfullnessassociation.net
We’re also huge, huge fans of Oneself Yoga, which is perfect for anyone who’d like to get more yoga and Pilates in their life during the lockdown.
And we couldn’t resist mentioning the brilliant Balance & Movement (because we also love Pilates!) You can find out more about their online classes via Twitter: @Balanceandmove
If you’re running a great online class and we haven’t included you, please email: email@example.com and until we can all meet up at our classes again, for the timebeing, we’ll reach out and make a positive, virtual connection.
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