Ashtanga Online


Welcome to Yoga Bradford online! Here you will find a variety of classes that you can practice anytime, anywhere =) Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a branch of Hatha yoga and is a sequential system of postures linked together by breath and movement.  Progressive techniques of breath, posture (asana), gaze (drishti) and movement, cleanse, stretch and strengthen the body as well as focus and calm the mind.  The breath is the heart of this discipline, and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronising movement with breathing and practising Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas (locks), an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones. Awareness is essential to asana practice, which aims to influence, integrate and harmonise all levels of being: physical, energy, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual.  Awareness in this context is noting sensations in the body, the physical movement, the posture, the breath, synchronisation of movement, concentrating on a particular area of the body and witnessing and accepting any thoughts or feelings that may arise during the practice.  A deeper experience of the self becomes possible through consistent practise as we gain control of the senses and acquire steadiness of body and mind.

Enjoy Ashtanga?  Why not try the LIVE experience!

 

 

 

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 80 minutes
Level: L1/2
Focus: Shortened Primary Series
Props: Block and belt
A flow through a shortened Ashtanga sequence, including Sun Salutation A (x4), Sun Salutation B (x2), most of the standing postures plus seated postures to stretch the hamstrings & hips and with a twist. Finishing with 3 backbends, a shoulder stand and a 10 minute (well-deserved!) savasana.

Can’t join the classes as they go LIVE but still want to practise?

View the recordings of the LIVE classes and practise when it suits you, as many times as you like =)

Ashtanga 04/04/2020

 

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 04/04/2020
A run through of a modified primary series, including sun salutation A & B, standing postures, a selection of primary series (seated) postures and the finishing sequence.

£2.50

Ashtanga 11/04/2020

 

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 11/04/2020

Recorded from a LIVE stream class, this 90 min modified primary series includes 4x Sun Salutation A, 2x Sun salutation B, Standing postures and a selection of primary series postures, with back-bending, shoulderstand and dolphin to finish.

£2.50

Ashtanga 18/04/2020

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 18/04/2020

A 90 min modified Ashtanga primary series with a 4x Sun salutation A and 2x Sun salutation B plus standing and seated postures - with varied vinyasa to build extra arm and core strength, in preparation for headstand.

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 25/04/2020

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 25/04/2020
A modified primary series, finishing with back bends from the first half of the Ashtanga second series. Recorded from a LIVE stream on 2020-04-25

 

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 02/05/2020

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 02/05/2020

A 90 minute modified primary series with some variations to prepare for the peak postures kurmasana and supta kurmasana.

 

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 09/05/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length:  90 minutes
Focus: Finishing Postures
Props: Block
Date Recorded: 09/05/2020
A 90 min Ashtanga modified primary series with Sun salutations, standing postures and a focus on the last half of the primary series sequence and all of the finishing postures.

 

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 16/05/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length:  90 minutes
Focus: Louts (Padmasana)
Props: Block
Date Recorded: 16/05/2020
A 90 min modified Ashtanga Primary series with 4 x Sun Salutation A, 3 x Sun salutation B with modifications to warm and stretch the hips and a sequence of standing and seated postures focusing on the hips to prepare for Padmasana (Lotus).

 

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 23/05/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length:  90 minutes
Focus: Urdhva Dhanurasana
Props: Block
Date Recorded: 23/05/2020
A 90 min modified Ashtanga Primary series with 4 x Sun Salutation A, 2 x Sun salutation B with modifications to stretch out the shoulders, quadriceps and hip flexors in preparation for Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward facing bow).  Back-bend variations and longer-held upward-facing dog are scattered throughout, finishing with shoulder stand and savasana.

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 06/06/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length:  90 minutes
Focus: Internal Subtleties
Props: Block
Date Recorded: 06/06/2020
A 90min Ashtanga primary series sequence with a focus on the internal body of bandhas, breath, drishti and vinyasa. Starting with a mindfulness meditation, 4 x sun salutation A 2x sun salutation B, Standing postures, a selection of seated postures and a finishing sequence including headstand.

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 13/06/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length:  90 minutes
Focus: Twists
Props: Block
Date Recorded: 13/06/2020
A 90 minute modified ashtanga primary series with a twist! There aren't a huge number of twists in the ashtanga primary series, so this sequence adds a few in so we can enjoy the benefit of extra circulation to the digestion and a boost to the metabolism.

£2.50

Ashtanga 20/06/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Talk-through
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 20/06/2020
A 90 minute talk-through, including 4x sun salutation A, 2x sun salutation B, all the standing postures and the majority of seated primary series and finishing postures - missing a few vinyasas to save time!

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 27/06/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Cooler alternatives for hot days
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 27/06/2020
When the days are hot and you still want to practise, you may not feel like all of the heat that Ashtanga builds. So in this session we slow it down; taking a fusion approach to the standing postures (all on one side, then all on the other) and slowing down our seated postures with fewer vinyasas. Legs-up-the-wall (Viparita Karani) is offered as an alternative to shoulder stand; tips and breathing techniques are offered throughout so you can keep your cool =)

£2.50

Ashtanga 04/07/2020


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Vinyasa: Lift-up, jump back and jump through
Props: 2 blocks
Date Recorded: 04/07/2020
In this session we break down the mechanics of the vinyasa; lifting up, jumping back and jumping through. We take lots of opportunity and variations to lift, building strength in the arms and core to start our floating journey =) Finishing with supported bridge to stretch out our hard-working hip flexors.  Definitely a class to repeat!

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 11/07/2020

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Balances
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 11/07/2020
In this session, we warm up with 4 x sun salutation A and 2x sun salutation B with some balance variations. We pop a few extra balances in the standing sequence including half moon, revolved half moon and bird of paradise and then we play with a couple of arm balances and finish with the traditional balances as part of the second half of the ashtanga primary series.

£2.50

Ashtanga 18/07/2020: Side Body

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Side body
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 18/07/2020
In this session we explore stretching and lengthening the side body through the traditional trikonasana (triangle pose), parsvokanasana (side angled pose) as well as a few bonus standing side stretches =) Then taking time to explore a couple of seated variations of parighasana (gate pose) - feeling the lovely extra space in the lungs to take deep breaths.

£2.50

Ashtanga 25/07/2020: Bakasana, baby bakasana and headstand

 

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Bakasana, baby bakasana and headstand
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 25/07/2020
In this session we build strength in the arms, shoulders and core and we stretch out the upper back in preparation for bakasana and baby bakasana! Finishing with a headstand and shoulder stand and a well-deserved savasana =)

 

£2.50

Ashtanga 01/08/2020: Grounded Vinyasas

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Staying grounded
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 01/08/2020
We feel different every day, mentally and physically. The repetition of ashtanga can help us identify these differences from day to day and observe. The repetition can soothe and release the mind. But sometimes we need to modify our practice, whether to adapt to our energy and needs or if we are recovering and need to adjust. So we will play with alternatives to the sun salutations, adjust the standing sequence and take grounded vinyasas to rest the wrists and gentle warm the body. Start your Saturday with a yoga smile!

£2.50

Ashtanga 08/08/2020: Moon Sequence


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Moon Sequence: A gentle practise
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 08/08/2020
You may not expect to hear child's pose cued that often in an Ashtanga class, but tomorrow we'll follow on from the pace of last week, a little slower and gentler for when it's warm, on moon days or when you are a little low in energy. Staying close to the ground and moving just enough to feel good, always led by deep smooth ujjayi breath.

£2.50

Ashtanga 15/08/2020: Half Primary Series


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Half primary series
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 15/08/2020

Setting the intention to nurture the body, to take from the practise what the mind and body need. This is an alignment focused flow through 4x sun salutation A & 2x sun salutation B, all (bar 2!) of the standing postures and most of the first half of the primary series seated postures. Finishing with 3 x backbends and a short shoulder stand cycle.

£2.50

Ashtanga 22/08/2020: Neck and Shoulder Release


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Neck and Shoulder release
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 22/08/2020

Yoga is wonderful for many things including building strength in the shoulders, specifically the anterior deltoid at the front of the shoulder, from all those chaturangas! So in the session we add a few variations through the Ashtanga sequence to release any tightness within the shoulders and neck and bring some balance back to the shoulder girdle =)

£2.50

Ashtanga 29/08/2020: Let yourself be

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 100 minutes
Focus: Primary Series Talk-through
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 29/08/2020
In this session we cover the vast majority of the Ashtanga primary series and finishing postures (skipping a few postures and vinyasas). Setting the intention to be open to however you practise unfolds, without judgement or expectation.Flowing through the traditional sequence, with minimal cues so we can allow ourselves to just "be" in the posture.  Finding stillness and allowing the energy and breath to equally ground and energise so we can find our stable centre, knowing that the postures don't change but our perspective can.

£2.50

Ashtanga 05/09/2020: Tittibhasana (Firefly)

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 100 minutes
Focus: Tittibhasana (Firefly)
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 05/09/2020
In this session we prepare for the arm balance Tittibhasana (firefly) - which is usually just a transition so worth spending a little bit longer exploring =) We warm up with 5x Sun salutation As and 3x Sun Salutation Bs (with modifications) and we include bird of paradise and Elephant's Trunk Pose (Eka Hasta Bhujasana) all to prepare the hips and shoulders. But always reminding ourselves that the postures isn't a goal; these challenging postures are similar to the road bumps in life; not always easy but that gives us a chance to reflect on how we respond and allows us to develop the skill and wisdom to accept whatever comes up, knowing we already have everything we need.

£2.50

Ashtanga 19/09/2020: Headstand


Style: Ashtanga
Length: 100 minutes
Focus: Headstand
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 19/09/2020
In this session we add a little extra heat to the core with some variations to the sun salutations and vinyasas with the intention to prepare the core, arms and shoulders for headstand; both traditional and tripod. Knowing that the journey to headstand take patience and acceptance of wherever you are on the journey; cultivating the intention to accept whatever arises and embracing each new breath as a new beginning and new opportunity to reveal your potential.

£2.50

Ashtanga 26/09/2020: Hip Happy

Style: Ashtanga
Length: 97 minutes
Focus: Hips
Props: Block and belt
Date Recorded: 26/09/2020
In this session we open with some reclined hips stretches before moving onto 4 x sun salutation A and 3 x sun salutation B, with some extra hip stretches. The hips focus continues through the standing and seated postures as we gradually work deeper, releasing tightness by focusing on the breath and making the conscious decision to release tension. Finishing in lotus, enjoying all the deep release from the hips as we find peace with the breath.

Please note that there are some parts where the camera loses focus, but the focus does return so let the verbal cues guide you as you stay connected with the breath.

£2.50

Yoga changed my life, which is why I love to share my experience to pass the gift on.  As such, these online classes are free to use as many times and as often as you like.  I am forever a yoga student; I am keen to continue to develop my yoga knowledge and incorporate this into my teaching. As such. if you have the means and should you wish to make a donation (pay as you feel) then all donations are humbly and gratefully received.  Your kind generosity will support me to continue to share yoga with you and to keep the classes (and your practice!) fresh.

Peace, love and light, Angela x