Dan Peppiatt's Videos
Breath and Peace
A chilled and relaxing short breathing yoga class perfect for Christmas day, or whenever your life is busy and a bit overwhelming. With this class you'll be able to take some time out for yourself and return your breath back to a natural efficient pattern, preparing you for the challenges that the day and that the festive period can bring.
Yoga Like Water Does Meditation
If you have decided that you would like to try meditation or are still getting to grips with it then this is a simple way to take your first steps. Dan guides you through some easy techniques including using the breath, the body and the senses to develop focus and a calmer, less scattered mind.
What on Earth is Meditation all About?
Most of us plunge into 'meditation' without even asking the fundamental questions; WHAT actually is it and WHY on earth might they want to do it. Others are scared of even trying because they don't understand WHAT or WHY and yet more give up too soon because they think that they are rubbish at it, probably through misunderstanding the 'WHAT'!! In this lighthearted chat, Dan asks the questions WHAT is meditation? WHY on earth would we want to spend time practising it? And if we decide that its for us then HOW might we go about starting.
Crow (2) Flowing Towards Flight
In this video we look at how we might go about best preparing the body and mind for crow pose. Once we understand the individual elements at play in this fun but challenging posture we can create a logical progression to perfect the pose in our own special way. With wrist, arm and core warm ups and moving into one leg crow. You may need a block.
Crow (1) Understanding the Forgotten Handstand
Crow (or Bakasana) is a handstand, although not many of us every consider this! It forms the basis of all hand balances and in this session we take look at the many factors that make crow a challenging position and how we might overcome these and refine our crow pose if we already have one. You may need 2 blocks.
Alignment Aspects - Micro Flow To Discover Balance
This class is mostly from a simple standing position where you learn how to flex, fold and balance with our eyes closed in an attempt to connect our full awareness to our bodies and understand how we can create and maintain balance in all our poses. Working with simple positions in distribution of weight helps to understand the more complex poses. Watch in combination with Dan's Discussion Of The Alignment Aspects Of Yoga.
Discussion of Alignment Aspects of Yoga
Once we understand how the body finds balance and creates stability in postures, everything becomes much clearer and we can approach asana more insightfully, even if we have never practised a posture before. In this video we look at what Dan calls direct and indirect alignment, what they are and how to find them yourself. Follow up with Dan's Movement Practice Micro Flow To Discover Balance.
Physical Aspects: Moving Mindfully To Explore Your Body
An exporation of your hands, wrists, shoulders, this flow is great for those of us who spend a lot of time at computers, have a strong asana practice or any other activity that builds repetitive strain. Working on all fours this flow moves on from the exploration of our bodies limits and begins to prepare the physical self for the demands of more challenging postures. Preparing the core and basic all round flexibility, this class works well as a stand alone sequence for the mornings or as a lovely warm up for stronger classes. Watch in combination with Dan's Discussion Of The Physical Aspects Of Yoga.
Discussion of the Physical Aspects of Yoga
A discussion and exploration into the alignment and the balance issues in your own body - It is no use assuming that your body is the same every day, or over longer periods of time as this simply isn't true. Every single one of us has a complicated balance of physical and flexibility within our bodies. If we don't understand where our individual strengths and weaknesses lie and how these oppose each other, we are setting ourselves up for a lot of hard work in almost any posture. Once we grasp how these work, we can move more fluidly and freely through practice with less chance of injury. Follow up with Dan's Movement Practice Moving Mindfully To Explore Your Body.
Mental Aspects - Exploring Mental Strength and Flexibility
In this session of mindful movement explore the parameters and limitations of our own body with very gentle movements in a seated position with the eyes closed. More than anything else it is a misunderstanding of our mind and how it functions that causes us difficulties during asana practice. In this very gentle seated first practice we will explore some of the mind games that create resistance and how we might work through them. Watch in combination with Dan's Discussion Of The Mental Aspects Of Yoga.
Discussion of the Mental Aspects of Yoga
Welcome to the Yoga for Your Body Series. Dan introduces you here to his MAP system of bespoking each and every yoga practice you take from now on. With an understanding of Mental, Alignment and Physical Aspects of Yoga, you'll be able to explore any pose in yoga. Yoga provides the tools, and this is for you to check in with your own body. Dan gives you the tools for your own yoga practice and deeper connection to our bodies. Follow up with Dan's Movement Practice Exploring Mental Strength And Flexibility.