Free yoga class

How often do you show yourself the love that you long for?

It’s easy to prioritise other people’s needs and neglect your own. It’s easy to love others but forget that you need love too. It’s easy to hold yourself to a higher standard than everyone else and then criticise yourself when you don’t meet it. It’s easy to ignore all the warning signs that your body is giving you and push through anyway.

Then when you do stop and give yourself some rest, it’s easy to feel guilty for being ‘selfish’.

I know because I’ve been there.

But self-love is an act of love to those around us too…

How can we love the people in our lives well if we don’t show ourselves love first?

As the saying goes ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’.

Free class to help you show yourself some love

I’ve created a gentle yoga class on the theme of love and I’m offering it to you for FREE when you sign up to my email newsletter.

This class is entirely seated and can be done on a chair or on the floor. You don’t need any special equipment but if you’re on the floor, you might want something to sit on like a pillow or folded blanket or towel.

It includes:

  • Self-soothing practices to stimulate your vagus nerve and soothe your nervous system
  • Gentle somatic flowing movements to help you be present in your body
  • Reflective prompts to help you bring soft, compassionate awareness to what your body is telling you.
  • Trauma-informed invitational language

This is trauma-informed, shame-free yoga where all bodies and abilities are welcomed.

I can’t promise that you won’t feel guilty for taking the time for yourself but I know that taking one small act of self-care can only be a good thing.

Frequently asked questions

What is shame free yoga?

Western yoga often sets idealised standards for what a posture should look like in a person’s body – and sometimes even what the ideal body should look like. This can be very shaming. Shame-free yoga is the antidote to this toxic western yoga culture. For more information you can read my blog post about shame-free yoga.

Is it really free? What’s the catch?

Yes it’s really free to people who subscribe to the Love Not Shame newsletter (and no, there isn’t a catch). You can unsubscribe at any time if you don’t want to receive the emails anymore.

Do I need to be in good shape/fit/flexible?

This isn’t yoga for fitness, flexibility or strength. Instead it uses gentle, mindful movements to help you become more present in your body, become aware of what your body needs and respect and honour your body’s boundaries. You don’t need to be fit, strong or flexible to take this class but if there are movements you find challenging, I usually offer alternatives or you can just sit that one out if needed. In everything, I advise you to notice pain and stop as soon as you feel it.

Do I need to buy a yoga mat?

No. This class is entirely seated and can be done on a chair or on the floor. You don’t need any special equipment but if you’re on the floor, you might want something to sit on like a pillow or folded blanket or towel.

What equipment do I need?

You don’t need any equipment to do the classes but you might like to sit in a chair. If you are on the floor, you might want a bit of extra cushionning. I can recommend using a folded towel or blanket as well as any cushions or pillows.

What clothes do I need?

Anything comfortable that you can move around in. I teach yoga classes in lightweight baggy trousers and a comfortable t-shirt, but when practicing yoga in the privacy of my own home I like to wear my pyjamas – they’re the perfect combination of comfortable and moveable. Some people like to practice in leggings, I personally don’t but that’s a personal preference and not because they’re unsuitable. If you already have yoga clothes you can wear them but if not I wouldn’t recommend buying them because they’re expensive and not necessary for these classes.

What if I have an injury, recent surgery or some other form of pain?

I would advise you to get clearance from your doctor to participate in yoga. However, it’s ultimately your body and your decision. In every situation I would advise you to listen to your body’s signals and back out of a posture if it’s causing you pain, discomfort or rapid breathing/holding your breath (breath is the nervous system’s way of saying that something isn’t right). I’m not a medical professional so if you have any questions, please speak to you doctor or physiotherapist.

Is this class suitable for pregnant people?

I would advise you to seek professional medical advice before taking part in this class. If you do take part, I would recommend the following modifications:

  • In the backbending postures (cow and camel), only bend the upper part of your back behind your rib cage (your thoracic spine) and get into it slowly, stopping if you feel discomfort or pain. This will only be a small backbend.
  • In the twists, only twist your upper back (thoracic spine) and not your lower back. I would advise getting into twists slowly and gradually, stopping if you feel any discomfort. You will probably find you can’t twist very far with your upper back but that’s ok.
  • When leaning forward (humble warrior), keep your legs wide to accommodate your bump.
  • If you start to feel dizzy or lightheaded, I would recommend stopping this class and resting.

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

I’m not trained prenatal yoga instructor. Please remember that I’m not an expert or medical professional so you might need to speak to your doctor or midwife before taking this class.

Can yoga really help me love myself?

Yoga has been found in studies to increase body satisfaction and self esteem.

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Disclaimer

Every body is unique and each has its own unique needs. This class is offered as a pre-recorded online yoga class and therefore can’t be tailored to your body and its unique needs. Although I’ve offered some modifications, these are provided for informational purposes only and not as medical advice. I am not a medical professional, nor am I able to diagnose or manage injuries. I’m also not able to tell you whether or not you are fit to participate in this class. Therefore, I would advise you to speak to a doctor of physiotherapist before taking part in this class. As with any form of movement, yoga carries with it its own risks. To minimise these risks, please ensure you are practicing within your own abilities and that you stop if you feel any pain. By participating in this yoga class, you do so at your own risk.