Beginners Yoga › Adam Hocke
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 e... Show more
This well rounded, gentle flow yoga class brings in the joy, a perfect class to uplift if you're feeling a little low. We will, with care, bring some joy and feeling back into the body and this present moment as best as we can through opening up to breath and back-bending postures along with a few other energising surprises. You will need a blanket, and a brick or something like it, and a playful light attitude.
A slow flow yoga class which is perfect if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Adam's class is incredibly grounding. Move towards feeling stabilised and balance again by re-grounding anxious energy which embodies anxious mind and restless body. Learn to meet any anxiety with kindness by feeling its physical symptoms, not just the stories you may associate with it. We will use to the tools of yoga, including stilling our gaze and heightening our feelings of embodiment, to bring you back and re-ground you in the present moment. You will need a bolster and a block or a folded blanket.
Feel Better Flow
The perfect class for when you are not feeling your best and you want to move into a better feeling. This class is great for when your immunity levels are low, you might be recovering from illness or injury or you just feel you need to improve your self-confidence gently. This is a beautiful self-care practice of self-massage, breathwork, gentle movements, and a supported inversion. These gentle practices will stimulate your immune system and then the flow is very gentle, perfect for slower days. Additionally, we will work with the power of intention and visualisation to bring wellness to your physical body.
Everybody Flows: Refine The Shapes
As a follow-up to ‘Make the Shapes,’ this short practice will help you refine your understanding of down dog and standing poses with a few alignment cues to help your poses feel more sustainable and interesting. Although there’s a lot to learn, this practice focuses on feet, hands, and shoulders. You will need a tennis ball and a brick or something like it.
Everybody Flows: Sun Salutes For Everybody
This yoga class offers us a few quick fixes and options to modify sun salutes and chaturanga dandasana for those new to the practice or who feel challenged by the strength and flexibility demands of these postures. You will learn three different options for practising chaturanga dandasana that you can bring back to your personal practice.
Everybody Flows: Happy Hips & Hamstrings
This yoga class helps to mobilise and feel your hamstrings and the full circumference of your hips, especially if you feel tight or restricted in these regions. To make this class more accessible if you feel inflexible, we will spend a good portion of the practice supine on our backs. You can use this as a preparation for standing poses or to stretch areas of the body which might feel tight after travel, spending long times seated or after running or cycling. You will need a strap, a yoga block or a folded blanket.
Everybody Flows: Shoulder & Wrist Love
This yoga class explores new and classic ways to stretch, release, and mobilise your shoulders and wrists. This is your opportunity to care for parts of you that hold on to much stress and can take a beating in flow yoga. You can use this as a preparation for a more vigorous practice, or to just help to mobilise shoulders and wrists to help manage areas of the body that might be holding onto stress. You will need a yoga brick and a massage ball or tennis ball.
Morning Reset Flow
Start your day in the right way with this simple, down to earth vinyasa flow yoga class. Gentle yogic stretching and strengthening exercises open your body and mind for the day. Start your day with energy and focus with this all-around flow practice. This all-round yoga class includes a bit of everything everything (including sun salutations, half-moon, and crow postures) and focus on generating positive intention through breath. For all levels.
Bonus: Begin (again) Mega-mix
A bonus flow of Adam's Begin (again) Yoga challenge, putting together the individual practices of the 7-day challenge. This is an opportunity to take the skills you learned over the week and see how they come together in a full-length class. Perfect for those who have completed Adam's 7-day challenge, or those who are ready to begin their yoga practice again with a beginners' vinyasa yoga flow class.
Begin (again) 7: Day of Rest
When you're having a day off, it's great to have a more restful yoga class. Today's gentle yoga class is for when you've been stressed out or overwhelmed and when you need some rest. A very simple, gentle yoga class with some neck and shoulder stretches and a lovely, long yogic relaxation in savasana (not guided). You'll need a brick, block or bolster to sit comfortably. For beginners or refreshers.
Begin (again) 6: Keep It Simple
A beginners Vinyasa Flow yoga class keeping everything nice and simple. In this no-nonsense yoga class with down to earth teacher Adam, you'll learn a basic flow, some standing poses, balancing poses and then you'll flow through to simple backbend, folding and twisting poses. The trick to this class, and the yoga practice is keeping the breath flowing smoothly throughout. You'll need a couple of bricks and a foam block. For beginners or refreshers.
Begin (again) 5: Open Up
This beginners yoga class focuses on the shoulders and upper back and is perfect for those of us who spend too much time seated or hunched over. Address chronic tightness in upper chest, back, and shoulders with this introduction to shoulder mobility and backbends. This is an active yoga class with chair poses, high lunges, and accessible backbend postures. You will need a strap. For beginners or refreshers.
Begin (again) 4: Twist and Fold
Begin (again) 3: Get Moving
The third class in our beginners yoga series, learn to breathe and move together in this introduction to low-lunge sun salutations and sun salutation A. In this class we breathe and move through transitional movements, as you start developing your yoga rhythm. For beginners or refreshers.
Begin (again) 2: Make the shapes
Second in our beginners yoga series, in this class learning the physical language of yoga postures and develop your confidence in shapes like downward-facing dog, warrior two, side angle, triangle, warrior one, and pyramid poses. A really down to earth beginners vinyasa flow yoga class. Expect no-nonsense instruction. No expectations, no excuses, just get learning. For beginners or refreshers. You'll need a couple of bricks and a foam block.
Begin (again) 1: Just Breathe
The first in our beginners yoga class series. This short and simple introduction to yoga flow by means of feeling and employing the self-care tool of breath, the essential tool in our yoga journey and our ongoing journey of life! Learn the basics of a half sun salutation and cat/cow postures. For beginners or refreshers.