Eliza Hayward

Eliza Hayward is owner and founder of Divine Flow Yoga on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Divine Flow caters for everyone from beginners to advanced. Eliza’s classes are offered to inspire and encourage students to move and breathe more mindfully and consistently. Everyone, especially beginners are always welcomed into Eliza’s classes as she focuses on teaching alignment and mobility.

Video: Sun salutations

Kickstart your workday with yoga - sun salutations. A series of poses aimed to flow in unison with breath and a great way to open up the body after a night of rest.

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Video: Wide-legged forward fold

After a day of being deskbound your most common areas of tightness are your hamstrings, lower back, shoulders and neck. Wide-legged forward fold is good pose for a 3 pm slump and to calm you when you're feeling anxious about your workload. 

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Video: Eagle arms

Our shoulders need regular maintenance to release them from stiffness. Eagle arms is good to off-set the hunched over effect experienced by many desk workers, by opening up the shoulders to remain functional and comfortable.

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Video: Back bend

To improve your sitting posture and counteract the effects of sitting down for long periods, this back bend will explore the flexibility of your spine.

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Video: Neck stretch

It is common to hold most of our tension across the shoulders into the neck. Particularly if your neck is feeling stiff or compressed. Do this neck stretch at your desk to release muscle tension in the neck.

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Video: Mountain pose (Tadasana)

Mountain pose is an active pose that helps to increase posture, balance and focus. An opportunity to stand tall on your mat at the beginning or during class. It is important to learn the alignment as it is the foundation for all standing and balancing poses. 

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Video: Boat pose

Part of our Moving Mums series, boat pose can rebuild and restore the core after childbirth. While targeting the abdomen, hip flexors and spine it will also improve digestion and relieve stress.

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Video: Happy baby

Happy baby pose is a great way to bring awareness into your hip joints and neutralize the spine. It will also help you to calm your mind if you are also dealing with fatigue.

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Video: Bridge pose

Bridge pose with a block is a great exercise for your pelvic floor. To assist the body in repairing and to strengthen the control of your bladder.

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Video: Downward dog

Well known for its overall body stretch and energising qualities, downward dog deeply stretches the lower body including the hamstrings, calves and ankles, meanwhile it strengthens the arms, shoulders and legs.

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Video: Child's pose (Balasana)

Child’s pose gently stretches the shoulders, lower back, hips, legs and ankles. It complements the beginning of a practice and throughout for its grounding abilities.

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Video: Warrior 2 pose

Part of our Moving Mums series, aimed at getting your core strength back, warrior 2 is a highly accessible pose. After recovering from childbirth our bodies need time to slowly shift gears and apply strength. Known to increase stamina, it also relieves back aches commonly seen throughout a pregnancy.

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Video: Belly breathing

Belly breathing is part 2 in our series Moving Mums. Belly breathing is a pranayama technique best practised before, during and after birth. As your new role progresses functional movement is a non-negotiable part of your daily routine.

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Video: Reclined twist

A reclined twist is a yoga pose to cleanse the internal organs, release the lower back and calm a busy mind. Watch Eliza Heywood demonstrate.

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