Beginners Yoga › Andrew McGonigle

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

 

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  • Mobile & Happy Spine39:32
    Mobile & Happy Spine

    Andrew McGonigle

    A well rounded class which focuses on keeping a mobile, happy and healthy spine with simple, easy movements for all levels. Twist, strengthen and lengthen, side bend and gently strengthen your core with this beginners and all-levels spinal health somatics yoga class. Focus on the neck, lower back, upper back and spinal mobility. You will need a bolster and a towel or blanket.



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  • Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body33:52
    Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body

    Andrew McGonigle

    A strengthening and mobilising somatic movement yoga class which explores shoulder girdle, shoulder joint, elbow and wrist mobility. Move in a controlled, gentle and stable way, target specific areas with slow, somatic based movements, and focus on strength and gentle mobilising. Perfect for recovery from injury or simply getting mindful awareness to your movements with gentle, small, but effective somatic movements You will need a couple of blocks and a blanket or towel.



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  • Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body54:10
    Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body

    Andrew McGonigle

    A full, strengthening yoga class which focuses on increasing foot, ankle, knee and hip mobility and strength. The focus is on mobilising joints in their full range, with an emphasis on strength rather than stretch. Often we feel a tightness which we assume needs a stretch, but often actually strengthening is needed! Dr Yogi shows us strengthening movements which we can use in our daily practices.Class starts slowly with gentle,small somatic movements and continues as a somatic/hatha yoga class. You will need foam blocks and a brick and a yoga strap or a towel. If you have a theraband, that would be useful for this class.



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  • Gentle Hatha Unwind16:28
    Gentle Hatha Unwind

    Andrew McGonigle

    A gentle hatha yoga class to help you to unwind stress and tension from your body. With simple, gentle movements to gently open the hips, relieve tension from the neck, shoulders and keep the back mobilised, this is the perfect bookend to your day, either as a gentle start to your morning, or after a busy day to gently unwind tension in your body to get you ready for the evening. You may need a strap, bolster and blocks.



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  • Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue26:07
    Release Your Neck; Reduce Fatigue

    Andrew McGonigle

    This class is a workshop-style yoga class to target areas that hold tension in the neck, causing fatigue. The class focuses on head and neck alignment, jaw release and strength and shoulder mobility. With exercises to gain awareness of where we might be unnecessarily straining our neck and holding tension, we explore head aligment and then use neck and shoulder stretches and strengthening exercises to help release tension. You will need a blanket, foam block, cushion and a strap.



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  • Release Tension in the Upper Back39:31
    Release Tension in the Upper Back

    Andrew McGonigle

    This gentle, all level, alignment based yoga class will help you to release tension from your upper back and neck. Learn how to open your upper back gently and safely with some helpful alignment tips to stop you from bending from the most mobile part of your back, and to start to bend from the usually 'stuck' with tension area between the shoulder blades. Great to practice at any time of the day, this class will improve your energy levels and help leave you feel invigorated. You will need a rolled up tee-shirt, a bolster, foam block and eye bag.



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  • Gentle Yoga to Reset for the New Year15:27
    Gentle Yoga to Reset for the New Year

    Andrew McGonigle

    This short, gentle yoga class is a very relaxed and gentle wasy to ground and settle after a busy year allowing your mind to quieten and you to focus on the year ahead. Starting with a long relaxation to help you to ground into yourself, and with a long, supported child's pose, this class is perfect for gently connecting back to yourself as you start the year afresh. You will need a bolster.



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  • Floor Yoga Hip Release18:23
    Floor Yoga Hip Release

    Andrew McGonigle

    This gentle, floor-based level class is perfect for those of you who struggle with tight hips. Practice this sequence at any time of the day to release tension and increase mobility in your hip joints. You will need a bolster or a block and a blanket.



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  • Paschimottanasana Tutorial03:06
    Paschimottanasana Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    This tutorial takes you step by step into Paschimottanasana (seated forward fold), an introspective asana that encourages length in the back body and helps to quieten the mind. You may need a strap for this asana.



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  • Tree Pose (Vriksasana) Tutorial03:01
    Tree Pose (Vriksasana) Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    This tutorial takes you step by step into Tree Pose, a wonderful asana to help you to develop focus, build core strength and find the balance between effort and ease in your practice. This tutorial takes you step by step into Vriksasana, a great asana to build strength in your legs, length in your side body and improve mobility and length in your spine.



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  • Eagle Pose Tutorial02:56
    Eagle Pose Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    This tutorial takes you step by step into Eagle Pose, a fantastic asana to help you to develop focus, build core strength and find the balance between effort and ease in your practice.



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  • Prepare For Your Day19:29
    Prepare For Your Day

    Andrew McGonigle

    Start your day right with this warming all-levels sequence from Dr Yogi. Stretching out all the main body parts and setting a positive mindset, this class is ideal to use every morning.



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  • Gentle Yoga For Stress Relief26:21
    Gentle Yoga For Stress Relief

    Andrew McGonigle

    A very gentle, all-levels class to bust stress whenever you may need it. With focus on mindful, gentle, breath-led movements, this class is ideal to restore your breath and body after a challenging day. You will need a blanket, strap and bolster.



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  • All About the Knee03:31
    All About the Knee

    Andrew McGonigle

    A short tutorial brought to you by our Dr Yogi on the workings of the delicate knee joint and how to protect the knee in some key yoga postures.



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  • Find Your Feet03:23
    Find Your Feet

    Andrew McGonigle

    All about the Feet. In this short tutorial, Andrew, Dr Yogi, talks about the role of the feet and their impact on the whole body. Focusing on collapsed arches, Dr Yogi has some tips for building the arches, which will also help with pronation issues.



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