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A PAUSE FOR BREATH
When our plates are full to over-brimming, it can be difficult to breathe fully and tension accumulates in the body. These gentle breathing, yoga, meditation and qigong classes have been put together to support caregivers and frontline workers facing stressful and busy times. Many of these classes are short enough to be done anywhere. We recognise how important it is that those we depend on have the opportunity to have a moment of calm and time to focus on their wellbeing.
This course is:
- 21 classes
- Suitable for all levels
- Breathing, Qigong, Meditation, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Meditation:Watching the Breath
09:10 | Nikita Akilapa
In this first introduction to meditation video we use the breath as our anchor. Learn how to pay close attention to your breath and how it feels in your body; start to explore all its qualities. Get really involved in all its personality - length, depth, temperature, quality. Fully inhabit it. Breathe in, knowing you are breathing in, breathe out, knowing you are breathing out. Use it as an anchor to the present moment. The minute you notice your mind drifting off to something else, make a point of bringing it right back. Keep the focus and enjoy this meditation introduction! Watch the intruction here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-class-1238-meditation-series-introduction
|09:10||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Meditation: Feeling the Breath
10:16 | Nikita Akilapa
In the second part in our introduction to meditation class we notice the breath within the body. Notice the body's involuntary response to your inhalations and exhalations; from the most obvious, loudest reactions (like the rise and fall of the chest, the expansion and release of the mid body) - to the more subtle and quieter ones (like the gentle drawing back behind the eyes as you inhale, to the sensation of the palms of the hands as you exhale). Notice how you feel before and after doing this short meditation class, you might be surprised at how effective just a few minutes in meditation can be!
|10:16||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Meditation: Counting the Breath
07:53 | Nikita Akilapa
In the third part in our Introduction to Meditation series, we start to count the breath. Get settled in a comfortable spot, either sitting or lying down, and begin to count your breaths backwards from 20 to 1. Say to yourself mentally, I am breathing in 20, I am breathing out 20. I am breathing in 19, I am breathing out 19, and so on until you reach 1. If you notice your mind has wandered away from this focus, draw it back. If you lose your count, start again. If you manage to get all the way to 1, try starting at 50 next time. You might want to use this exercise as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.
|07:53||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Meditation: Exploring the Breath
14:09 | Nikita Akilapa
In the fourth part in our Introduction to Meditation Series with Nikita, we learn how to explore breath patterns as a means to change the way we feel. Allow the exhale to be twice as long as the inhale to give the body a chance of releasing all the old, to make space for the fresh new oxygenated air to flow in fully. Start at an equal breath (e.g. inhale for six seconds and exhale for six seconds) then increase gradually to a ratio of 1:1.5 (e.g. inhaling for six seconds and exhaling for nine seconds). Eventually, breathing to a ratio of 1:2 (e.g. inhaling for six and exhaling for 12 seconds). Maintain for up to about 20 breaths and then return to normal breath. If you are asthmatic, you may find that it's tricky to get to the full 1:2 ratio at first, in which case stay at 1:1.5. This is another great technique you might want to use as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.
|14:09||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Meditation: Soft Pause
10:00 | Nikita Akilapa
In the final part in our Introduction to Meditation Series, we start to watch the top and the bottom of our breath. You'll notice that there are round edges to the inhale and exhale, where each breath gently reaches a peak and then gives rise to the next. Either simply watch these spaces between breaths or gently hold for a moment at the top of each inhale, and pause for a moment at the bottom of the exhale.
|10:00||Nikita Akilapa||All Levels|
Homecoming To Wholeness Relaxation Meditation
10:11 | Lucy McCarthy
A deeply relaxing meditation journey through the give layers to leave you deeply relaxed and holistically connecting you to your entire being. Wonderful as a savasana, or anytime you need to pause, re-set and relax.
|10:11||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
Quick Fix To Calm
05:10 | Kirsty Norton
Have this in your yoga toolkit - its super effective at changing your mindset and bringing you calm in a matter of minutes. Practice this every day if you can. You can do this practice either lying down, it's great before bed - or on a chair if you're needing to melt away tension at work.
|05:10||Kirsty Norton||All Levels|
10 Min Meditation Break: Body Awareness
11:13 | Clive Fogelman
A short mindfulness practice focusing on the body that can be done anywhere, anytime, any place. This is great for steadiness, grounding and relaxation.
|11:13||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
Meditation 1: Rooting
12:11 | Alexander Filmer-Lorch
The first in Alex's series of meditations. This short, first meditation gives us the space to root, to ground, into the body and the breath in order to give the mind it's spaciousness. A meditation on the breath which settles into the still of the mind. Best to be practiced before any kind of important event, meeting or challenging situation. Regularly applied, it gradually creates an internal anchor or reference point, and is an ideal preparation for meditation as well.
|12:11||Alexander Filmer-Lorch||All Levels|
Meditation 2: Containment
12:03 | Alexander Filmer-Lorch
A beautifully soothing meditation practice, gathering all our scattered energies to take our focus inwards. Best to be practiced when we have given a lot of our attention to events in life and other people. It evokes a sense of hibernation and peaceful internal comfort, like coming home.
|12:03||Alexander Filmer-Lorch||All Levels|
Big Day 3 - The Power Poses
18:10 | Lucy McCarthy
A series of poses to give you the inner vibrancy to give you the confidence which will give you your inner power back. This is the third part in Lucy's Big Day series - this short video is great for the day before the Big Day, be that your wedding, a presentation, a job interview, or anytime when YOU matter. Lucy shows you some poses which you can strike just before you go in for the big event. Enjoy this fun class, and you may be surprised at how powerful you have become!
Yoga Nidra with Dan
32:54 | Daniel Peppiatt
Yoga Nidra: A half hour guided yoga nidra, with an emphasis on connection to the breath, grounding in the physical body and body based visualisation.
|32:54||Daniel Peppiatt||All Levels|
Inner Axis: Learn To Breathe
10:52 | Max Strom
In this short interview and demonstration Max Strom teaches us the basis of the breathing technique, Ocean Breath. This is a wonderful technique for dealing with all kinds of stress as well as being the basis for breathing during yoga practice.
|10:52||Max Strom||All Levels|
Relaxed Breath Practice
20:35 | Naomi Absalom
This class is a really relaxed breath-work class, teaching us in a supine position, how to breathe in the most relaxed way possible. A very quiet, meditative class, followed by a seated meditation focused on the steady, smooth breath.
|20:35||Naomi Absalom||All Levels|
Yoga for the Workplace: Release Stress
09:37 | Andrea Kwiatkowski
A short yoga class using the wall, perfect if you're at the office, in a hotel room or short on space and you need to quickly release stress. With neck and shoulder stretches and hamstring releasing you'll find that just a few minutes is all it takes to transform body and mind and give yourself just the refreshing pause in the day you need. You'll just need a wall.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony
26:26 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Finding Harmony is the first of three classes in the series of Qigong and Restorative Yoga. It focuses on harmonising breath, body movement and the balance of yin and yang. It can be hard to find harmony in our lives of conflicting needs and priorities. Class starts with active qigong and then go on to a relaxing restorative yoga class. Ideally, have a yoga bolster and two blankets. Alternatively, you can also use a sofa cushion and two bed pillows.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance
26:56 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
This is the second class in the three-part series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga. The first part of this class is a qigong elemental practice that will help balance the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in your constitution. We will then do some quieting restorative practices to finish. You’ll want to have a yoga bolster or sofa cushion and a blanket.
Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Ease
24:13 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Third in the series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga focuses on finding ease. This class opens the chest and shoulders. Often, ease eludes us because we feel tension, we feel stuck in our bodies. The qigong class starts with a qigong practice which fosters ease through tension release and heart-opening. We will then do some gentle restorative yoga practices to finish. You'll need a yoga bolster or sofa cushion, and a blanket for the restorative yoga.
Afternoon Express Reset Flow
18:29 | Adam Hocke
A go-to yoga class when you are short on time and need to invigorate, re-energise and find creative focus. This is a full-body, energising flow and even a sneaky arm balance. This is a really wonderful mid-afternoon pick me up or equally a great way to start the day. No props needed and no excuses about not having the time. A little yoga can go a long way!
|18:29||Adam Hocke||All Levels|
Unwind & Declutter
40:03 | Catherine Annis
A simple, Scaravelli class which teaches us how yoga can help to empty us. This class is perfect if you're feeling busy, anxious or overwhelmed. Just as we create space and de-clutter our house, it's also useful to de-clutter our minds and bodies as you move towards stillness. This class is almost entirely supine, working with bridge position - just exploring the space in the pelvis, the spine and the shoulders, and stretching hamstrings, then we move into standing postures . You will need a strap and a blanket.
Dealing with Overwhelm
22:10 | Mollie McClelland Morris
Mollie shows us some really useful bodywork practices for when life just gets too tough and stressful, to create some space in your body, your tissues and your head. She uses tapping, breathwork and yoga - some of which you can learn and use at your desk for when life moves too fast. Optional prop: a blanket.
|22:10||Mollie McClelland Morris||Beginners|