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Breath Challenge (8): Breathing for Anxiety and Stress Part 2
Focus on Mindful walking - especially useful when we feel that we just can't sit and keep the mind still. This walking meditation / mindfulness class is great for when you're anxious as it makes a strong connection between the mind and body. This is a great 'stealth' practice. You can do this anytime you're out and about, or just before you go into any stressful event and nobody would know you're doing your mindfulness breathwork practice!!
Playful Joint Isolation
A fun way to explore movement and joint isolation. Through visualisation and movement, play the game of organic joint mobility. Expect to learn a game that you can play to learn to isolate your joints, and you can do anytime, rather than playing right now with the video. Bring a sense of playfulness and willingness to do something completely different!
Play the Game: Joint Articulation
This free movement exploration class is a really playful way to learn to articulate your joints. So often our joints can be stiff, and this class will help you to move within your own range of motion, but using really fun, playful moves. Dan demonstrates one way of playing with joint articulation, and this is a tool which you can use to express your own movements, in your own time, as he gives ideas for ways to move, rather than demonstrating what you can do right here right now. His demonstration may be more mobile than many of our own movements can be, just check out this fun tutorial and get some ideas for ways you can play with keeping your own joints mobile. You will need a tennis ball.
Breath Challenge (10): The Peace of No Breath
Breath Challenge (9): Energising Breath
Sometimes we are just feeling tired, burnt out, uninspired or uncreative and stuck. We need a bit more fire to stimulate us. Today we have the perfect breathwork practice exercise to help with creating energy in your body and mind. For this we focus on the opposite to the calming breath, here we want to make the inhale longer than the exhale and we hold the inhaled breath.
Breath Challenge (7): Breathing for Anxiety and Stress Pt. 1
Find calm through your breath. Our breath is a monitor of our emotional state. In today's class we find how different breathing patterns can really change how we feel and can invoke a feeling of calm. Learn how to use this breathwork pattern to trick the body into thinking we are calm and relaxed even when we aren't! A fabulous technique to use for all stressful situations.
Breath Challenge (6): Slowing the Breath Slowing the Mind
There is an old saying that we all have the same number of breaths in our lifetime, so we'd better slow our breaths to extend our lives! A rapid breath tells the brain that we are under stress and it reacts correspondingly. In this class you'll learn how to regulate the speed of your breath and why we'd want to do that!
Breath Challenge (5): The Complete Effortless Breath
Learn to breathe fully with this exercise in which you'll learn how to fully empty and fill the lungs to capacity with the Complete Breath Pump Breath. As with all of the breathing exercises, please don't do these if you feel any discomfort or dizziness at all, and this exercise is not appropriate for pregnancy.
Breath Challenge (4): Effortless Breath pt.2 Finding Space in the Ribcage and Upper Chest
Breath Challenge (3): Effortless Breath Pt 1
Breath Challenge (2): Understanding Your Breathing Habits
We can't fix the problem until we know what it is! In this class, the second of our breathwork course, we look at understanding chest breathing, hyperventilation and breath holding, using the mouth to breathe and accessory muscles which we shouldn't use and how this relates to stress. Note down your daily habits. From 10 minutes, we include breathing exercises from the Russian system, Systema.
Breath Challenge (1): The Anatomy and Physiology of Breathing and Preparatory Exercises
The introduction to the breathwork challenge starts with a fascinating tutorial on the anatomy and physiology of how and why we breathe. This class is a stand-alone, must-view for all yoga teachers, for everyone who is suffering from anxiety, or those who would like to improve their breathwork for overall health. At nine minutes, we move onto exercises for the diaphragm and ribcage, breathing in and out through the nose or in through nose and out through the mouth to regulate breath. Happy breathing!
(11) Putting It All Together
Make sure you do the Warm Up first and then get ready for some fun. This is a playful exercise using the grounding, stability, spaciousness and feelings of freedom that we’ve found. You will need something to make 3 marks on your floor – ideally 3 flat blocks but 3 pieces of sticky tape or 3 cushions will do.
(10) Fun With Feral Movements
Prepare with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence and then get rid of your mat for this class, finding freedom in animal movements which will liberate your yoga practice. Among other moves discover a duck walk, bunny hops, sneaky ape, creeping beast, jumping crows and finally crawl like a lizard. Some of the moves in this class can be quite challenging, so feel free to adapt or skip postures to make the class suitable for your body.
(9) Ground Based Free Movement
(8) Exploring Spontaneity
A continuation of Dan’s Spontaneity Class, here are more ways to encourage yourself to move in different ways. Before you start, remember to warm up your body with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence. Then you will be ready to focus on using different body parts in spontaneous ways. Beginning in kneel, you will explore different movements in your hands, arms, fingers. Then you move into movement explorations with your shoulders (be careful), and then the lower body can be integrated with this.
A class to move the body away from mechanical repetitive movement patterns and into spontaneous, organic and intuitive freedom. Before you do this class, you will need to warm up your body with Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence. Then you will be ready to get creative, spontaneous and free, finding entirely new ways to move. You will begin in a moving plank exercise, finding balance in a variety of ways, using different parts of the anatomy. And then we go onto our back to explore how movement feels there. Enjoy!
(6) Spaciousness: The Warm Up Sequence
Many of us don’t know where our tension resides so there is always the possibility of learning to create space in the body where it might not be right now. This class explores spaciousness through controlled articular rotation - a form of pandiculation - or the natural opening movements seen in the animal world.