Gentle Yoga

All the videos in this section have been hand picked for those who are looking for something really accessible. Whether your feel like your body is stiff, sore, old or tired, there is something for you here including seated yoga. We also recommend checking out our Yin and Restorative Section for more slower paced options.

 

  • Relaxing Restorative Yoga01:11:38
    Relaxing Restorative Yoga

    Yvonne OGarro

    This restorative yoga class is an opportunity to truly relax, the use of yoga props allow the body to shift from "fight or flight" into relaxation mode. Perfect for when you're a little overwhelmed and you need to give your immune system some time off. The props allow the body to be fully supported enabling release of tension leading to relaxation. Be kind to yourself as you move into stillness which may take time to achieve, but your nervous system will thank you for the opportunity to have an increased sense of well-being. Each posture is held for 5 - 10mins this is to allow the body to rest fully as it takes the nervous system on average 15 mins to shift mode; from sympathetic ("fight or flight) into parasympathetic (relaxation). There are only 4 postures during this class to maximise on rest and minimise movement. This class is great for improving posture, as we so often sit at desks rounded over computer or phones; postures chosen open chest and shoulders as well as creating an overall restful feeling. Props you will need: 1 bolster, 1 belt, 2 bricks, 2 blankets and an eye pillow. (1 x pillow folded in half, wrapped in a towel and pushed into a pillowcase makes a bolster or indeed a sleeping bag tied together | A scarf or robe belt can be used as a yoga belt | 2 x hard back books can be used as blocks| 2 x Bath Towels can be used instead of blankets.) Practice this class alongside this playlist.



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  • Protect & Recover 3: Healthy Spine32:38
    Protect & Recover 3: Healthy Spine

    Lizzie Reumont

    Perfect for recovering from illness or injury, or for those seeking more gentle variations to the usual yoga class. This yoga class can be done either standing or in a chair. This class helps to very gently mobilise and create a sense of awareness and balance through the back - the vertebra, ribcage, shoulders and arms and hands as they relate down into the hips, and up through the neck. The slow pace gently brings the spine into flexion, extension, side bending and twisting either in sitting position or through standing. You will need a chair.



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  • Protect & Recover 2: Gentle Floor & Modified Standing Poses33:19
    Protect & Recover 2: Gentle Floor & Modified Standing Poses

    Lizzie Reumont

    Perfect for recovering from illness or injury, or for those seeking more gentle variations to the usual yoga class. This yoga class focuses on gentle, smaller movements and exploring the movements of the lower body. Starting with lying on the back, we then move through modified sun salutations. If you want to be able to flow, but your body has more limited mobility, this is a great class for offering variations on common poses. Learn how to lunge safely, how to do chair-supported warrior poses and some gentle chair twists, before closing back at the floor to rest.You will need a chair.



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  • Chakra Meditation for Renewed Energy31:44
    Chakra Meditation for Renewed Energy

    Dirish Shaktidas

    Find balance and inspiration, and feel grounded, and recharged with this wonderful chakra meditation class. This meditation to find the Balanced State works through the chakras to find the place of infinite peace within each of us; a calm inner sanctuary free from the stress, tension and worry of the outside world. Expect a blend of slow, steady movements and intention-setting meditations to re-centre and bring renewed energy to the body, heart and mind. This meditation features movements, visualisations and breathing to inspire you from the inside out. Rather than feeling obligated to “do meditation”, you will be inspired to “feel your meditation”! To accomplish this, you don't just sit for the entire time still; instead you will be guided to help open up to be more receptive to the calm wisdom found deep within your core. When you learn to access your Balanced State, the peace and joy you uncover will extend to all aspects of your life.



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  • Protect & Recover 1: Lower Body26:43
    Protect & Recover 1: Lower Body

    Lizzie Reumont

    When you're recovering from illness or injury, start slow. Work through a very gentle recovery in this series from the ground up. This first class looks at the feet, ankles, knees and hips. Learn to understand how your body works and find and explore your own movement. This is perfect for those in the beginning stages of recovery or looking to strengthen weaknesses from past injury or illness. Warm up and move through stiff joints and bring overall awareness to the interconnectedness of the feet through the legs to the hips. This class takes place mostly seated in a chair and is accessible to most bodies.



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  • Yoga for Strong Bones01:11:47
    Yoga for Strong Bones

    Gabriella Espinosa

    This yoga class takes us through a series of poses which have been proven (in a seminal two-year pilot study of yoga and osteoporosis) to improve bone strength. This class builds strength and balance, but in a gentle, accessible way. The key pillars for sustaining bone strength include stimulating the bones through weight bearing movement, muscular engagement of the arms, legs, abdomen and glutes, and balance, which helps build agility and equilibrium. Maintaining our bone strength and density to prevent the risk of osteoporosis is hugely important as we journey into menopause and beyond. You will need 2 cork bricks (or books!) and a blanket.



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  • Chair Restorative Yoga41:31
    Chair Restorative Yoga

    Yvonne OGarro

    This restorative yoga class demonstrates how we can use everyday props to create a restorative practice, and feeling of calm. This class is perfect if you have limited space. We use a coffee table, but you can use a sofa or a chair - and you may need bolsters, pillows or cushions to help to make you feel nourished and supported. The first pose is a standing forward fold using a chair or sofa to support you, so this is a restorative inversion, perfect for after a hard day at work or after travelling. Also perfect for after travel or a hard day's work, we move into a seated twist, which is great for improving our everyday posture as we round towards our tech devices more and more. The third posture is a relaxing, seated forward fold over your chair or sofa. You will need a chair, bed or sofa and whatever cushions or pillows you have on hand to support you, and an eye pillow. Practice this class alongside this playlist.



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  • More One Blanket Restorative Yoga25:49
    More One Blanket Restorative Yoga

    Adam Hocke

    A very simple, gentle class perfect to calm you down when anxiety is high or when you are preparing for sleep. This is a minimalist restorative yoga class focused on the abdomen, side body, hip flexors, and neck. All you need for this restful practice is one blanket or towel. You may also like to have some extra cushioning ready for your head.



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  • Two Key Restorative Yoga Poses19:15
    Two Key Restorative Yoga Poses

    Yvonne OGarro

    A gentle, restorative yoga class with variations of two key restorative postures - Supta Baddha Konāsana, Reclined Cobbler and Savāsana, Relaxation pose. This class sets up the poses, and then you'll need to find the time to practice. All restorative postures are relaxing and great for improving nervous system health, but these two are deeply relaxing and nourishing. There is a true sense of healing from the position in which the body is positioned in Reclined Cobbler, there may be a sense of vulnerability as the soles of the feet touch and knees are apart, but you can always take another blanket to cover the knees. Savāsana allows all the benefits of our previous postures (in any style of yoga) to come together in this final restful pose. This class is perfect if you've had a tough day and you're looking to unwind, or you simply are looking for some home self-care. You will need: 2 bolsters, 1 strap, 2 bricks, 2 blankets and an eye pillow (1 x pillow folded in half, wrapped in a towel and pushed into a pillowcase makes a bolster or indeed a sleeping bag tied together | A scarf or robe belt can be used as a yoga belt | 2 x hard back books can be used as blocks | 2 x Bath Towels can be used instead of blankets). Practice this class alongside this playlist.



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  • Evening Yoga Relaxation 18:29
    Evening Yoga Relaxation

    Carlene Bogues

    A beautifully peaceful yoga class, perfect to take right before bed. Use it to help settle into a great night's sleep, or anytime you feel overwhelmed and in need of calm. This class can be done either on a yoga mat or even in bed to allow yourself to fall into a deep and restful sleep. On this journey, we will explore what needs to be released and let go by focusing on the breath to connect and ground through the body. We will explore a little activation of the body to bring awareness, then a deep relaxation with some juicy restorative yoga poses. You will need a strap or a long towel.



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  • Breathe Deep and Restore01:03:37
    Breathe Deep and Restore

    Dirish Shaktidas

    This yin yoga, restorative yoga and breath work class cools, calms and softens into body and mind; a deeply nourishing and supportive yoga class. Connect to your body and soul with this deep breathing experience. With a focus on breath work throughout, expect deeply restorative yoga poses to help to unwind and decompress. You will unravel the tension with cleansing breath work, deep stretches, and blissful meditation. Breathe through the yin and restorative poses; stretch and soften tense muscles; relax, release and recharge. This class is designed for anyone who needs a break, perfect for anytime in our busy lives to take time for yourself to relax, slow down, and BREATHE DEEP. You'll need a bolster, brick and a blanket.



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  • Restorative Yoga: Inner Knowing44:33
    Restorative Yoga: Inner Knowing

    Adrianna Zaccardi

    This restorative yoga class brings our attention to rest at the crown of the head (Sahasrara). Start in seated meditation using visualisation, and then expand your presence with a restorative downward facing dog. You will need access to a wall (or edge of bed or sofa) for the deeply restorative legs up the wall pose followed by a deep body scan to close practice. You will need blankets, eye pillows or covering, bricks and a bolster. Pregnant practitioners: after the 30 week mark, downward facing dog should be practiced for periods of 30 seconds or less, or rest in child’s pose.



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  • Cooling & Calming Practice56:16
    Cooling & Calming Practice

    Gabriella Espinosa

    This cooling and calming yoga class and breath practice soothes the nervous system and deeply relaxes the mind and body, suitable for anyone feeling overwhelm or the need to calm. But this class especially is a great menopause yoga class, providing relief to hot flushes, night sweats, irritability and sleeplessness. In addition to supported forward folds, gentle inversions and restorative poses, there is slow deep breathing and cooling pranayama practices. This sequence is recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed or stressed, or anyone experiencing menopausal symptoms, especially if you are experiencing excessive heat in the body and to mitigate the effects of hot flushes, night sweats and irritability. A soothing practice to do in the evening before bed. You will need a chair, a bolster, two blankets and an eye pillow.



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  • Restorative Yoga: Open to Love41:49
    Restorative Yoga: Open to Love

    Adrianna Zaccardi

    A very gentle restorative yoga class. Starting with self-massage, explore the use of touch and breath to gently open the heart to the fullness of life. Followed by simple gentle and nourishing restorative yoga poses to open the chest, bringing presence to rest at your heart space (Anahata). You will need a bolster, block and blanket. Suitable for all.



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  • Restorative Yoga: Inner Radiance46:12
    Restorative Yoga: Inner Radiance

    Adrianna Zaccardi

    A gently stimulating restorative yoga class focusing on the upper abdomen and solar plexus (Manipura) and to sit within your own radiance. This practice may not be suitable for women in their second and third trimesters.



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  • Gentle Joint Mobilisation for Times of Sickness26:52
    Gentle Joint Mobilisation for Times of Sickness

    Barbara Gallani

    When we’re unwell or under the weather, we’re unable to move in the ways we normally do and during periods of sickness often our joints can be painful. But staying immobile impedes recovery and can increase joint pain. It’s crucial that when we’re unwell, we learn to mobilise our joints very gently. This yoga class is a really gentle way to start moving and mobilising your joints to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and get you on the road to recovery. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.



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  • Gentle Yoga for Strength without Depletion31:33
    Gentle Yoga for Strength without Depletion

    Barbara Gallani

    In this gentle yoga class, we learn how we can strengthen the body without depleting it of energy or causing a build up of lactic acid. This class is suitable for when you’ve been run down or unwell and you’re ready to start to build strength, but you need to do so very gently. Learn how to isolate movements and muscles so you can very safely and gently return to your strength. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.



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  • Yoga for the Immune System26:01
    Yoga for the Immune System

    Barbara Gallani

    The focus of this yoga class is to support the immune system. In health, as in illness, it is important to stimulate lymphatic flow through slow movements of the arms and legs and gentle twists, in combination with deep and regular breathing. As the lymphatic system has no organ to pump the lymph around the body, it is important to use movement and breathing to keep the immune system active. Although we recommend you take very gentle movements when you’re not feeling great, please seek your doctor’s advice if you are in any doubt.



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