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Advice and discussions for teaching yoga. Use these videos to find out more about the philosophy behind yoga or when you need advice, inspiration and motivation to take your teaching to the next level.

 

  • Tutorial on Chaturanga04:43
    Tutorial on Chaturanga

    Andrew McGonigle

    There's no 'right' or 'wrong' in any yoga pose, so long as movements are made slowly and in a controlled way, mindfully and with the breath, and of course so long as there is no pain or pre-existing injury! With that in mind, Chaturanga or low plank, is one of the hardest yoga poses to master. This short tutorial on the yoga pose Chaturanga shows the action needed for the pose. Do take heed, the pose needs a LOT of strength in the shoulders and abdomen, which you'll need to build separately and whilst you build that strength, or if the pose is not suitable for your body, do please practice with your knees to the ground, or simply do a high push up, rather than the low push of Chaturanga. Enjoy!



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  • Yoga Breath Tutorial12:40
    Yoga Breath Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    A tutorial that looks into different kinds of yoga breath. This class takes an anotomical perspective into the breath, and how breath-work might be of help in different situations. Ever wondered why yogis focus upon the exhale? Find out why! A great class for beginners who are getting to know how and why to take yoga breaths.



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  • Upward Facing Dog tutorial02:36
    Upward Facing Dog tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    A tutorial on Upward Facing Dog. A very common yoga pose, but often in misalignment, this tutorial will help you to gain correct alignment in this pose.



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  • Boat Pose (Navasana) Tutorial02:30
    Boat Pose (Navasana) Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    A tutorial of the boat-pose, or Navasana. Showing correct alignment in this pose, this is a great pose to strengthen the core, the hips and to improve balance. You might need a block.



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  • What Limits Our Movement?06:35
    What Limits Our Movement?

    Andrew McGonigle

    A discussion: Learn from Dr Yogi how our movement is limited by our individual physical structure and also by our emotions and nervous systems.



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  • Hyperflexibility: Tips to Strengthen and Stabilise16:02
    Hyperflexibility: Tips to Strengthen and Stabilise

    Andrew McGonigle

    Super important advice for anyone who practices yoga regularly. Packed with tips to train your nervous system to recognise hyper extension. This workshop, focusing on hyper extension of the elbow and knee joints explains everything you need to know about this complicated topic. You will need a block and strap/belt.



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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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  • Trikonasana Tutorial04:28
    Trikonasana Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    This tutorial takes you step by step into Trikonasana (triangle pose), a wonderful pose for developing strength in our legs and length through the sides of our body.



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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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  • Chaturanga Tutorial 03:16
    Chaturanga Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    Chaturanga is a challenging pose that is often practised incorrectly. This short tutorial gives tips on how to improve your alignment in this asana and prevent strain. You may need a bolster.



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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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  • Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal02:11
    Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal

    Andrew McGonigle

    A very short tutorial explaining why oh why, in yoga class do we find so many differences in bodies in positions that focus on the hips. And why some some of us are desitined to struggle in poses that others find so easy. A real eye opener for anyone who's stuck on a particular pose!



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  • Shoulder Stabilisation Workshop25:02
    Shoulder Stabilisation Workshop

    Andrew McGonigle

    Dr Yogi gives us an essential series of movements for anyone with troubled shoulders. Shoulder stabilisation and strengthening is essential for all vinyasa flow yoga practices and for those of us who suffer from painful shoulders from poor posture, arthritis, instability or injury. This yoga class can improve your shoulder strength and stability when you practice this sequence regularly. You will need a strap, a block and a bolster.



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  • Knee Stabilisation Workshop33:34
    Knee Stabilisation Workshop

    Andrew McGonigle

    Ease painful, swollen or stiff knees with this sequence from Dr Yogi, which will stabilise the knee area and build strength and stability in the knee joint. Includes Dr Yogi's advice on why the knee is vulnerable to injury and top tips to keep the knee safe during yoga. Whether sore knees are caused by sports and exercise or arthritis, regular and mindful use of this video will improve strength and mobility and reduce pain. You will need a block and blanket.



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  • Lower Back Workshop27:15
    Lower Back Workshop

    Andrew McGonigle

    In this workshop-style tutorial, Dr Yogi discusses why the lower back is so often prone to injury and offers general advice for supporting your lower back during your yoga practice. Following this, a short sequence focusing on the lower back and strengthening the core has been carefully designed to simultaneously strengthen and release tension your spine. This is perfect for anyone with lower back aches and pains. Try to do this video at least three times a week to really feel the benefits and as with any sensitive area of the body, seek medical advice where appropriate.



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  • Bridge Pose Tutorial02:39
    Bridge Pose Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    The bridge pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana as guided by Dr Yogi. A step by step guide to the alignment to watch in this pose.



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  • Camel Pose Tutorial02:27
    Camel Pose Tutorial

    Andrew McGonigle

    Step by step guide to the backbend Camel Pose (Ustrasana) focusing on alignment given by our Dr Yogi. You will need 2 blocks.



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