We know that yoga can seem intimidating and can seem like it’s a million miles away from what is attainable, achievable or even fun.
We also firmly believe that it really doesn’t matter how long your hamstrings are or whether you can touch your knees or toes or if you’re already in the cirque de soleil. Really that’s not what yoga is about. So what is yoga about?
To Movement for Modern Life, yoga is simply a tool. It is a tool which is guaranteed to make you feel better. Guaranteed. Starting with a little stretch and a little strength, you will find you feel a lot better in your body, and then you may start to breathe. You may start to feel some space in your head. In your life. You may start to feel that things feel possible that you never even knew were. But don’t take our word for it. Just get moving. Forwards ever, backwards never. Get moving and keep on moving a little bit every day. We have online yoga videos to ensure that you don’t have to even go out... Show more
Beginners 1: Move with the breath
Brand new to yoga? Unsure about where to start? Take Clare’s beginners series which is an unfussy approach to the fundamentals. Moving with the breath is the first step in yoga. Clare shows the difference between the natural breath and the “ocean” or Ujaii breath and builds in simple standing, kneeling and supine movements. Class finishes with a short relaxation.
Beginners 2 - Foundation Poses
Clare breaks down some of the fundamental yoga poses: Downward facing dog, lunges and cobra. These are building blocks for "Sun Salutations" that are taught in many yoga classes. Clare shows how to position the body: feet, hands, shoulders and hips, and build the poses with the breath into a flow that we’ll use across the beginners series. Class finishes with a short relaxation.
Beginners 3 - Standing Poses
Standing poses build up strength and steadiness. Clare explains how to build upon the foundations of the feet and breath and use the muscles of the legs to give stability and space. Class builds in the flow we have learned in previous classes. Props: 2 blocks. Coming next Beginners 4: Twist to Unwind ”¦
Beginners 4: Twist to unwind
Twists help you feel yourself again. So whether you’re stiff, stressed-out, sluggish, or plain out of sorts, Clare’s simple twist practice will leave you feeling grounded and re-energised. Perfect for morning or evening. The class ends on a savasana, so feel free to lay down and soak up the practice for as long as you need.
Stepping Stones to Practice: 1
Stepping Stones to Practice: 2
Stepping Stones to Practice: 3
The third in the series of Kate's stepping stones to a daily practice. In this class Kate progresses her sequence of beginner daily morning practices to incorporate some backbends and a standing balancing pose. Great for beginners and for those who want to make yoga a daily habit. Props: block
Stepping Stones to Practice 4
The last in the series of Kate's stepping stones to a daily morning practice. In this class Kate picks up the pace and adds in some fun challenges with some deeper twists, standing balances and hip openers. Great for beginners, improvers and for those who want to make yoga a daily habit. Props: you will need a block
Yoga for Beginners: Explore Playfulness
This beginners yoga class focuses on balances and experimenting with our yoga practice with a sense of playfulness. In this balancing sequence, it's OK to wobble and fall! The point of yoga is not to be perfect, but to embark upon a journey of exploration and curiosity. After moving through classic sun salutations with balance play, expect to experiment with eagle pose and half moon pose. You may wobble and fall, but have fun with it any enjoy the process. You will need a wall and two yoga bricks (or books!).
Yoga for Beginners: Embodied Breath
In this beginners yoga class, we explore the notion of embodiment. This exploration will specifically focus on the breath and lungs as we move through yoga poses. Class starts with a breath practice to connect to the body, then moves through half sun salutations and poses learnt in the classes at the start of the yoga for beginners course, presented with new variations. You will need a strap, blanket, brick and cushion.
Yoga for Beginners: Exploring Connection to Earth
This yoga class focuses on the body’s connection to the earth and the exploration of bandhas, or seals. In this class we discover how connecting to the earth brings tone and support to our yoga practice. Discover more about the earth seals (hasta bandha and panda bandha) while bringing more stability and energy to the body. Using balancing poses, such as tree, and seated poses, we explore the feelings of support, being present and being grounded. This class also introduces the hip opener, pigeon pose, and mudras (hand gestures). You will need a thin block or pillow, and a belt.
A qi gong and yoga fusion sequence to release feelings of being stuck, feeling tense, or just when you’re not in your flow. With some chair variations to make all the practices more accessible, this sequence uses qi gong and yoga to clear out stagnation and shift your tension. A chair can be used in this practice to make the class accessible to all.
Yoga for Beginners: Conscious Attention
In the final class of the third week of the yoga for beginners course, we’ll explore the idea of noticing and consciously paying attention. After flowing through some lunge salutations, we’ll move through poses such as crescent moon, puppy pose and eagle arms. Class is approached gently, with great consciousness and attention. It ends with a meditation and body scan to notice how the mind and body feels after conscious movement.
Yoga for Beginners: Go Slow
The focus for this hatha yoga class, the next in our beginners yoga course, is on finding a sense of ease in our practice. Class starts with breath work and gentle seated stretches. After flowing through a mindfully paced sun salutation B, the sequence further explores familiar poses. Often, when working through balancing and strengthening poses, we find areas of the body gripping. Therefore, we experiment with different hand and food placements to see if there is a more easeful way of moving and holding poses. Sometimes, when the body relaxes it can find more endurance and comfort. Class ends with a long constructive rest and savasana.
Yoga for Beginners: Finding Steadiness
The second yoga class in the yoga for beginners course this week focuses on steadiness and exploring new standing poses. The placement of the feet is so important for a solid, steady foundation. Class starts with breath work to help us feel grounded and centred. Move mindfully with the breath through a slow sun salutation A, before we introduce warrior one and pyramid poses. Expect a gentle pace and to learn different variations of these poses, transitions between them and variations for standing balances. Class ends with a long relaxation. You will need two bricks and a blanket.
Yoga for Beginners: Get Grounded
To begin week three of the yoga for beginners course, this hatha yoga class starts by finding our gentle, steady and grounding breath, before moving into some self-care foot massage. Then expect a gentle yoga flow through variations of half sun salutations to get the spine moving in all directions. Then, new standing poses are introduced - chair pose and tree pose. These poses require a firm footing, good grounding and a sense of balance. You will need two bricks, a block and a blanket.
Yoga for Beginners: Your Full Yoga Practice
This yoga class is the final class of the second week of the yoga for beginners course. The focus of the class is completing a full practice and reviewing alignment. Expect a flowing class where we’ll join poses together with the breath, then move through standing poses, and finishing with seated twists, bridge pose and relaxation. Take this opportunity to choose your own intention for the practice before moving through all the poses and transitions learned this week in a way which feels good for your body today. The most important lesson in this class is listening deeply to how your body is responding to the practice and taking cues from your own body. You may need a couple of bricks.
Yoga for Beginners: Find Your Strength
In this beginners yoga class, build on the skills explored in the previous classes, with a focus on upper body strength. There will also be time spent delving into the options for plank and chaturanga. Chaturanga can be a tricky pose which requires strength and patience to develop - but it’s not one to be afraid of. Learn to warm up the hands, arms and shoulders and how to build strength and safe alignment for this pose. You may need a couple of yoga blocks or bricks.