Johanna Lundqvist Follow
Johanna is trained in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga, and is a devoted practitioner of Yin yoga and Ayurveda. She finds that the combination of Yang-style yoga with Yin yoga creates the perfect harmony on her mat - which is why she loves teaching both.
Kapha balancing flow
This practice focuses on balancing Kapha dosha, which has the energetic qualities of water and earth elements. Kapha is naturally elevated in the late winter and spring season, so it’s a good class to do in this period to help bring balance to these elements. It's also a helpful practice to do if you have a Kapha constitution, or know that Kapha is out of balance. When we have too much water and earth, we tend to feel more sluggish, lethargic, unmotivated, and may possibly gain weight. This practice invites some heat and includes energetic movements. There's also lots of focus on backbending and heart opening poses as the seat of Kapha dosha in our body is in the chest/lungs. Please have a couple of blocks and a cushion for this class.
60 minute Yin for Kidney and Urinary bladder
This is an hour-long Yin practice where you get to fully immerse yourself in Kidney and Urinary bladder balancing poses. This involves a lot of spinal movements and we’ll explore forward folds as well as backbends. You will also get to work on the inner legs and backs of the legs. This is a great practice to invite both calm but also more vibrancy and vital life force.
Yin for side body release
In this Yin class we'll focus on releasing the side body – an area sometimes neglected in our practice. Here we practice poses that deeply release any tension along the waistline, ribs and lats. Please have a bolster ready for this class.
Yin for inner legs and quads
In this Yin class we focus on releasing the hips, inner legs and quads. This is also a wonderful practice to help bring about ease to the knee area. Please be mindful of any sharp sensations in the knees and make any modifications necessary. You'll need a bolster and blanket.
Vata balancing yoga for Autumn or Fall
In this practice we will focus on balancing Vata dosha (Air / Ether elements). According to Ayurveda, Vata dosha is naturally more elevated in nature and in our bodies during the Autumn (Fall) season and early Winter. Therefore, it's the perfect time to cultivate the opposite qualities in our practice - Earth and Water - to help ground Vata. If you have a Vata constitution, this particular practice can help support you throughout the year too.
30 min soothing Yin
A short but calm and grounding Yin practice which will soothe the nervous system and create openness in the back of the body. We'll also practice various poses to help release tightness in the hamstring muscles so please have a strap ready for this class.Other props: meditation cushion, bolster (optional), block (optional).
30 minute spinal flow
This is a perfect practice to start your day with. It'll help to activate your body in a grounded way, with extra attention on inviting spinal movements. You'll feel more fresh, awakened and clear after this practice. Please have a couple of blocks and meditation cushion ready.
60 minute full body Yin
In this practice we'll focus specifically on releasing those tight areas which may be the root cause for lower back pain or sciatica. Make sure that you practice mindfully as always and that you avoid going too deep into the postures if there's any pinching or pain. Please have a block and a blanket ready.
Wake me up flow
This is a nice, calm Vinyasa practice to do in the morning to help bring fresh energy to the body and mind. We will go through poses to help awaken both the larger joints as well as the smaller joints.
Restorative with gentle digestive support
This restorative practice will deeply relax the body and help you to de-stress. We will work gently with the channels relating to the digestive system and help to bring more balance and harmony to this centre. Please have a bolster, cushion/s, blanket and block ready.
Yin yoga for tight hip flexors
In this Yin yoga practice we will work on an area which often gets tight and constricted - the hip flexors. Join me on the mat and let any tightness around the hip flexors, as well as the quads, slowly melt away! Please have two blocks, a blanket and a bolster for this practice.
Yin for neck and shoulder release
Through various poses focusing more on the upper body, we will release tightness in the neck, shoulders and the upper back. This is a wonderful practice to do if you feel that you need to let go of some deep seated tension in these areas.
Full body Yin
This is a fairly compact Yin class which works on the upper and lower body. We'll practice backbends, forward folding and hip openers. You'll need a block, bolster, cushion and blanket.
Yin: Stomach and Spleen
This is a Yin yoga practice designed to target the Stomach and Spleen meridians. We will focus on opening the inner legs as well as the front of the body. Props: blanket, 2 blocks, meditation cushion, bolster.
Slow flow Vinyasa for beginners
This is a gentle beginners' Vinyasa practice to ease you into a flow practice in a supportive and slow way. Please have a blanket and a couple of blocks ready for this class.
Yin for Heart and Small intestines
This is a Yin practice for the Heart and the Small intestines meridians. The focus will be on opening the upper body, and the channels along the inner arms as well as the outer track of the arms.Props: bolster, blanket, cushion.
Grounding forward folds
The final class of the Restorative Yoga program. Forward folds are great way to invite more relaxing energy into our being by calming down the nervous system. Make sure that the poses still feel supportive and relaxed. Enjoy, yogis!Props: bolster, 2 blocks, blanket. Optional: meditation cushion, extra blanket.This class is part of Johanna's program, Relax with Restorative Yoga.
Restorative up the wall
In this, the fourth class of the Restorative Yoga program, we'll practice supported inversions up against the wall. Supported inversions are a great way to help rejuvenate tired (or restless) legs and aching feet and calm the nervous system.Props: 2 blankets, 2 blocks, bolster.This class is part of Johanna's program, Relax with Restorative Yoga.
Heart opening restorative
The third class of the Restorative Yoga program focuses on gentle, heart opening poses. This can be a wonderful practice to help release emotions and to invite more compassion and love into the heart centre.Props: 2 blankets, block, bolster.This class is part of Johanna's program, Relax with Restorative Yoga.
The second class in the Restorative Yoga program focuses on gentle twists to support the spine and help release tension. It is also a practice which helps to support your digestive system.Props: 2 blankets, block, bolster.This class is part of Johanna's program, Relax with Restorative Yoga.
Gentle hip release
Welcome to the first class of this Restorative Yoga program, where the aim is to deeply relax and nourish the body, mind and heart. Use these practices to de-stress and to bring rejuvenation to every part of your being. Let yourself be guided into a state of 'ease'. In this class the aim is to gently open the hip flexors and hip joints. We will practice some external hip rotations, forward folding, and supported back bends.Props: 2 blankets, belt (optional), 2 blocks, 2 small towels/eye pillows (optional), meditation cushion, bolster.This class is part of Johanna's program, Relax with Restorative Yoga.
Introduction to the Relax with Restorative Yoga program
Join us for a week of relaxing Restorative Yoga with Johanna Lundqvist. These 5 classes have been created to deeply relax and nourish your body, mind and heart. Use the practices to de-stress and to rejuvenate every part of your being. You can join the program here.
Vata balancing flow
This is a full Ayurvedic Vata balancing practice where we will explore how to balance the Air and Ether elements in our body. Air+Ether is what is known as Vata. This practice is suitable to do in the Autumn/early Winter when Vata is naturally higher in nature and in our bodies. However, this practice can be also be done whenever we feel that the Air+Ether elements are out of balance, which may occur more often during times of change or stress. Props: blanket, 2 blocks.
Lower body restorative
This is a restorative practice for lower body release. It is meant to de-stress and rejuvenate every part of your body, mind and heart. Gather together all of your props, relax and enjoy.
Full body restorative
This restorative class offers different movements for the whole body to create a gentle release yet a deep state of relaxation. It's the perfect class to do at the end of the day to surrender. Props: 2 blocks, bolster, blanket.
Yin yoga for open hips
In this Yin practice we focus on general hip openers to help release tension and stagnation in the lower part of the body. Please have your usual Yin yoga props ready, including a cushion, bolster and blocks.
Yin for Kidney and Urinary bladder
This Yin practice targets the Kidney and the Urinary bladder channels, which means that we get to work with the water element in the body. This is a wonderful practice to help release excess fear which relates to the Kidneys, and to create space for more peace and harmony. We will also work on inviting healthy spinal movements, as well as some hip opening.
Grounding Vinyasa flow - Inner leg opening
This grounding Vinyasa flow will help you to slow things down at the end of your day. However, it can also be wonderful to practice in the morning if you'd like to start your day feeling more grounded and centred. Our focus is on the hips and inner legs. Please have 2 blocks, a cushion and blanket ready for this class.
Restorative gentle spinal movements
In this restorative practice the focus is on creating mild spinal movements to help release tension along the spine, and to create a state of deep relaxation and calm. It's a lovely class to practice in the evening or before bed. Have a bolster and some blankets ready for this class.
Pitta balancing flow
This is an Ayurvedic yoga class, designed to balance Pitta dosha - the fire and water element. This practice is great for people with a Pitta constitution or imbalance. It is also a good session to do during the summer months when Pitta naturally increases in nature. The flow is gentle and the focus is on fluidity, playfulness and acceptance - so a lovely class for when you want to practice some on-the-mat loving kindness.
Yin for Liver and Gallbladder
In this Yin practice our focus is on the Liver and the Gallbladder channels in the body. We will work on some hip openers as well as opening the side body. This is a great practice to do to help release excess heat and emotions from the body - particularly, anger and frustration. Naturally, when working with the Liver and Gallbladder you will also get the chance to support your body in detoxification processes. Please have a bolster (or rolled up blankets), cushions and blocks ready for this class.
Full body Vinyasa flow
This is a full body Vinyasa practice, with a slightly slower pace. It's perfect to either start your day with or to refresh and energise your body during the day. You might want to have a couple of blocks or a blanket handy if you like to use them.
This restorative class is a perfect evening practice to calm and ease both body and mind. You're invited to relax deeply and let go in each and every pose. Our focus will be on twisting to promote a healthy spine as well as aiding digestive support. Please have a bolster (or some firm pillows) and a couple of blocks ready for this practice.
Introducing Johanna Lundqvist
Meet Johanna, our newest teacher! Johanna talks about what inspires her practice and teaching and what she'll be sharing with us on EkhartYoga. Try out her first class, Restorative twists, here.