You know yoga. We at Movement for Modern Life know and are passionate about yoga. We know how much it has helped us in our lives.
These videos will help you do more yoga in your own time. No more rushing to class. Phew!
The Psoas: A Workshop
The psoas muscles are among the deepest muscles in our bodies. They are involved in almost every movement - from walking and running to sitting, and throughout our yoga practice. However, we often find it difficult to consciously feel them, or even know where they are within us. Join this class to learn where they are and some simple approaches to help with accessing this key area, and give it time and space to release. Working the Psoas be helpful for those with lower back pain, or who are feeling tired and lacking in energy. You will need a bolster and a belt.
The breath is your greatest friend and one of the best tools in your toolkit for thriving through your pregnancy and birth. This class is a calming, soothing and grounding meditation for mothers to be in their first trimester to help embrace the present moment, ease any anxiety and connect deeply to your growing baby.
Pilates To Build Strength
A simple Pilates class, great for those starting Pilates, and those of us who spend too much time sitting, weakening our abdominal muscles. With the famous Pilates core exercises which will gently strengthen you from the inside outwards. Perfect for those with weakness and non-chronic lower back issues, although those who are new to Pilates or building strength after illness, injury or post-natal shoud start gently. You will need a block and a strap.
Play with your Power
Universal Teachings 2: Manifesting Stillness
From Alexander's series, 'A Whizz Through Universal Teachings', this short meditation is to acquire stillness as a felt, embodied memory by establishing the still-point in the centre. This meditation takes us out of the linear dynamic of everyday life, allowing us to interact with the events of life, without losing our connection to our deeper sense of self.
Morning yoga for young people
Starting with breathing techniques to help calm, this morning yoga class is especially for younger people. The sequence will get you ready for whatever unfolds in your day. Sun salutations with hamstring and shoulder stretches, standing poses and relaxation and lots of deep breathing. Energising, balancing and focusing.
Turning Breech Baby
Mindfulness Meditation on the Elements
This beautiful, simple meditation class focuses on mindfulness of the body as experienced through our elemental constitutions of earth, fire water and air, space and consciousness. The Buddha taught about elemental practices as a way to train attention but also to wake up the fluidity of our changing experience. Just as the elements of the natural world dance in an ongoing interconnectedness and ongoing state of change, we can also begin to become aware of our body and our experience of it through the elements with us and all around us. Enjoy! Clothing by Rumi X.
More Power To Your Morning
Power Up Your Day
Universal Teachings 1: Introduction and Stillness Practice
Alexanders meditation series, ‘A Whizz through Universal Teachings’ is based on the universal teachings which aim to further our inner evolution. Universal teachings are comprised of truths that, once applied and put into action, facilitate change and ultimately lead to our personal transformation This timeless and entirely practical knowledge is not based on a religion, philosophical system or belief. Universal knowledge surrounds us wherever we go, we only need to be receptive to it. It is transmitted through the arts, science, poetry, music, architecture, literature, philosophy and of course the nature all around us. The main objective of universal teachings is to transform us into a more balanced and compassionate person also known as ‘the middle person’. The teachings facilitate us through a process through which we transform into what we are supposed to be in our innermost ‘essence’. Living and interacting through essence that lies above our fluctuating personality, we will ultimately be able to live and fulfil our purpose.
Get Powered Up
Change Your Perspective Vinyasa
A change in perspective changes everything! This fiesty and beauitfully sequenced vinyasa yoga class shows us how when we change our perspective on a yoga pose, new possibilities are opened up. We turn our poses upside down, come to the same pose from multiple perspectives, and see that, if you look at a yoga pose from another direction, possibilities become infinite! You may need two bricks.
Morning Practice: Awaken with the Elements
This morning flow class focuses on a connection to the natural elements. It is an awakening yoga practice with some qigong. The ancient yogis, Buddhists and Daoist sages believed that we are made of the elements of the natural world. This practice will help us awaken to this connection within ourselves to the elemental world around us. It’s very much like a shorter version of my morning practices, integrating yoga and qigong into mindful movements that help me harmonise my inner body with the outer world. This has a bit of everything – abdominals, hip work, backbends, twists, forward folds and arm balances. Enjoy!
Wake up your Feet!
Our feet are our connection to the earth – they are our roots. We rely on them for balance and for carrying us from place to place, and yet they are often overlooked and underappreciated. During this Scaravelli yoga workshop, give them some love – explore how to release tight joints to reveal softer, more responsive feet, that elevate even the most simple yoga poses into an almost magical experience. Begin to open from the ground up; stretch and expand through your feet and see how, by waking your feet, you wake up your whole being! You will need a strap which is tied to help a toe-stretch.
Backbend Into Joy
A wonderful uplifting and enlivening practice that will help you to invite more joy into your life. A sweet, fiesty yoga class leading to some yummy backbends to open the chest and lungs and uplift the heart and enhance your mood. You will leave the practice feeling stretched out, full of vitality and open hearted. You may need a brick.
Get Up and Glow
An artfully sequenced morning vinyasa yoga class designed to let you get up and glow, no messing around! Start the day with joyful movement. Start with gentle breath work and stretches to wake you up gently, and then get moving with vinyasa to align the breath with movement. A wonderfully energising start to the day!