Life's Challenges › Beginners Yoga
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
Making yoga really accessible, this chair yoga class is a short and simple sequence to bring space around the neck and shoulders and at the same time opening up the ribcage to invite in more breath. It will leave you feeling more spacious from the waist up. Great for those with limited mobility as well for practicing in the office or at work.
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.
Gentle Bed Exercise
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.
This short Kundalini yoga class, explains a couple of key practices of Kundalini to newcomers but also makes a complete short Kundalini class that incorporates movement, breath work and meditation that will relax and release the spine, charge up our energy, and soothe the mind. A grounding practice, very helpful particularly for anxiety and depression.
Although we may believe the restorative yoga is best before bed, this practice has been designed for you to practice first thing in the morning, so that you may experience the level of presence and vitality as it filter through your day. Granted this may be on the weekend, but do try it and experience first hand your vitality through this nourishing restorative practice.
Honour Your Cycle: Winter
A beautiful yoga nidra (yogic sleep) for menstruation, especially designed to ease flow, ease pain and feel nourished and supported. Uma uses the sound of Tibetan singing bowls to help us to drop into a deep, nourishing relaxation. The first 6 minutes 40 talks through setting up for yoga nidra, how to create a comfortable yoga nidra so that you feel held and supported. You may wish to start at 6.40 if you'd like to get straight into your yoga nidra after you've set up. You may enjoy a hot water bottle for this class. We recommend a scarf to wrap around the waist and a blanket to keep warm and you will need to set yourself up next to your sofa or a chair, so that your knees are resting up, and your ankles higher than your knees.
Honour Your Cycle: Spring
Honour completion of your bleed cycle and take time to savour the spring moment, when your energy returns, but you want to honour, not depleat your energy reserves. It's easy at this time to feel energised but this can depleat us. This nourishing, gentle yoga class focuses on breathing, mudra and gentle movements from heart to womb, letting the body soak up the benefits and class ends with a long relaxation, short yoga nidra. You will need pillows or cushions to sit on and a bolster and blankets for a long relaxation.
Manage Anxiety(10): Clear Your Mind With Bumble Breath
Manage Anxiety (6):Moving Through Stress
This the practice for when your feeling in the heat of stress. Start by writing everything down that is on our mind, then moving into invigorating movement to let out some adrenaline and frustration. You'll need a pen and paper to write your stresses down before you start. As the video comes to end, we wind down, transforming out state of stress to a state of calm
Manage Anxiety(5): Affirmation Workshop Part 2
This affirmation workshop is to harness your own mental power so that you have greater self belief, confidence and positivity. This affirmation workshop gives us some ideas for affirmations which can help greater self-belief, confidence and confidence. Mentally repeating a series of phrases and words to re-train the mind, so that your thoughts are supporting you.It might be helpful to choose affirmations which resonate with you and repeat these during the course of the day. Some of the words and phrases are from https://chopra.com/articles/daily-affirmations-your-hour-by-hour-positivity-plan
Feel Grounded in Uncertain Times
More Gentle Bed Exercises
A class especially created for lying in bed. Perfect if you're not feeling well, or have long-term illness or fatigue. These gentle strengthening exercises, using Somatic techniques, are ideal for very gently strengthening the body, whilst not exerting much energy. You can do these exercises in bed - you will need a rolled up blanket.
Chair-based Yoga for Lymphatic Flow
A chair-based class accessible to all, to stimulate lymphatic flow. This sequence is ideal for those recovering from a cold or flu or illness or injury, or if you have a sedentary life or those who are recovering from surgery (especially following breast cancer). Working with twists and mobilising the ankles, as lymphatic flow can be associated with stiff joints.
Slow Flow To Bring Balance
This slow flow yoga class is all about finding your centre in the midst of a storm. You get longer holds, forward folds, twists and longer exhales. Plus a sweet meditation at the end to fully ground you into balance. This flow balances Vata and pitta types - even though you may find it utterly frustrating if you're out of balance. Your chemistry will change for the better after giving this class a go.
Stretch Into Freedom
Yoga Detox And Energise
A nice and easy class if you're feeling a little sluggish, or your energy is low. Can yoga detoxify you? Most likely not. But with plenty of twists wringing out your digestive system, breath work to get rid of any stagnant energy this class is guaranteed to pep up those who feel they need a little twisty, wringing energy in their day. You will need a block.
This short class will restore your body to wellness after any time you feel you have been treating it badly. This gentle class will stimulate your liver and kidneys and relax your nervous system with very gentle yoga and breathing techniques. You will need a block. Thanks to Asquith London for their clothing!