These practices have been specifically created and sequenced for watching online on Movement for Modern Life to reduce stress and anxiety you may feel in your life.
Within our anti-stress and anxiety series, we have a range of practices which include:
Beginners 4: Twist to unwind
Twists help you feel yourself again. So whether you’re stiff, stressed-out, sluggish, or plain out of sorts, Clare’s simple twist practice will leave you feeling grounded and re-energised. Perfect for morning or evening. The class ends on a savasana, so feel free to lay down and soak up the practice for as long as you need.
Yoga Nidra Elements Series: Water
Sound Healing: Gratitude
This sound healing journey will give you the opportunity to focus on what you are grateful for in life. Tapping into gratitude brings positive emotions and provides an uplifting experience. It is a very healing process, associated with positive mental and physical health benefits. This experience is immersive. We recommend you lie in a comfortable position and do not multi-task - this is one for being completely relaxed and present. Wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken. Do not drive during any of these sound healing journeys. This journey ends with silence to simply absorb the sound healing, just stay for as long as you are able and come back to the present when you are ready.
Sound Healing: Letting Go
Enter into the realm of letting go of the day-to-day and drop into your consciousness, giving the active mind time to rest. This sound healing journey is a space to receive the bounty that awaits as you let go of tense muscles, a busy mind, or stress in the body. You are invited to set an intention before you listen and then let go of all effort, relax and surrender to the sounds. This experience is immersive. We recommend you lie in a comfortable position and do not multi-task - this is one for being completely relaxed and present. Wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken. Do not drive during any of these sound healing journeys. Towards the end of the healing, the journey takes you to the still space of silence to let the sounds settle and then Kirsty will bring you back to the present.
Sound Healing: Abundance
This sound journey is great for when you want to remember the spaciousness that's available within and around you. It will guide you to soak up the abundance that is already here and to remember the wonder that is on offer: the miracle of you. You will remember the abundance of what you are and it will take you into a soundscape that is rich and varied. Please wear good headphones for this journey and see where you are taken.
Restoring Yin Yoga
A restorative yin yoga class in which we learn how to relax into our bodies. This is a chance to fall in love with yoga props (pillows, books, blankets and possibly pets!), including exploring the joys of bolster hugging inspired by words from the 11th century meditation teacher Tilopa: “do nothing with the body but relax." A perfect class to calm, restore energy, and prepare the body for sleep.
Stress Relief: Diaphragmatic Breathing
In this stress relief class, we bring a sense of ease to our body by using our full lung capacity to breathe and allow our diaphragm to move freely. This is key to stimulating our vagus nerve and inviting a sense of peace to our body. We will systematically release tension in the rib cage area with seated stretches and supine positions, and practice slow diaphragmatic breathing. You will need 2 yoga bricks or books.
Stress Relief: Come Home To Your Body
In this yoga for stress relief session we focus on connecting to our centre, and creating a safe sense of expansion out into the world and contraction back to ourselves. We will explore the somatic pattern of navel radiation by gently waking up our core, and noticing how this supports our limbs and sense of inner connection. You will need a yoga strap or belt.
Stress Relief: Building Resilience
Learning how to quieten your mind and breath when you are practicing challenging positions can help you train your resilience and improve your relationship with stress. In this flow you will learn how to use your breath as a resource for grounding, and cultivate inner fortitude with repetitions of yoga poses that will safely lift your heart rate up, alternated with moments of rest.
Vinyasa Flow: Move With Awareness
An intermediate vinyasa flow which invites us to stay present and to notice without judgement any distractions we might encounter when moving on our mat, including the fear of failing or our need to achieve specific yoga pose goals. This yoga class is a comprehensive sequence which starts with a meditation and breath work practice, followed by a shoulder and chest opening warm up, then balances and twists, including fallen angel pose, to unlock your spine. You may need a block.
A qi gong and yoga fusion sequence to release feelings of being stuck, feeling tense, or just when you’re not in your flow. With some chair variations to make all the practices more accessible, this sequence uses qi gong and yoga to clear out stagnation and shift your tension. A chair can be used in this practice to make the class accessible to all.
Your Calming Yoga Practice
This yoga class helps to ground and calm an anxious body or mind and bring us back to the present moment. Start with some grounding self-massage, then move gently with simple, repetitive, and breath-led movements to stabilise the nervous system. Additionally, we will pay particular attention to releasing tension in the head, neck, and shoulders to bring about a profound sense of relaxation and ease. This class is perfect after a long day or when we're overwhelmed. You will need a narrow block or a folded blanket and a brick.
Yoga to Rest & Digest: The Vagus Nerve
This yoga class uses simple practices to resource and reset the nervous system using breath, sound, gentle movement and massage to stimulate the vagus nerve and encourage deep relaxation. Either follow the class in full or learn the practices which resonate with you to be done in your own time. The vagus nerve acts as a “super information highway” communicating between the brain and our body’s systems regulating our mood, digestion, heart rate and hormones. The vagus nerve balances our nervous system by switching on our parasympathetic 'rest and digest' mode and influences how we connect and feel safe with others. You will need a bolster, blanket, tennis ball and/or soft pilates ball. Gabriella uses a Yoga Tune Up Coregeous Ball.
Yoga for Restful Sleep
This peaceful, calming yoga class for sleep relaxes both body the mind with restorative yoga postures to ease tension. Try this class before bed to invite a restful state before drifting off peacefully into a deep sleep. Research has highlighted how important sleep is for cognitive health and longevity; it helps our body repair and heal, our nervous system to recharge and our mind to reset by letting go of the day’s concerns. You will need a bolster, eye pillow and a blanket.
Shake It Out
Shaking is a wonderful way of liberating stuck energy, stress or tension. This all levels shaking class is great if you just want to bring in a bit of a state change. It’s a quick tool to get into your body, and it’s easy, super accessible and very efficient. Shaking is perfect if you've limited space; you don't need a yoga mat, and can be done in exactly the way your body is able to move, so perfect for limited mobility or seniors, or if you just want to free up and 'stuck' energy. So go ahead, have a good shake!
Mindful Yoga for Tricky Times
This gently paced vinyasa yoga class is experimental and explorative, and focuses on balancing. Class starts with a walking meditation, focusing on the feet for us to really feel and listen to our body. Then moving mindfully through slow flow vinyasa with some elements of qigong, the class explores proprioception and how it feels to move through transitions in life. This is the ideal class for feeling into the present moment and can be a support for the tricker times in life. You will need a block and bolster/ pillow for rest at the end.
Yoga Nidra Elements Series: Earth
This yoga nidra takes us on a journey of deep grounding and centring. It is a really beautiful yoga nidra to take if there are feelings of overwhelm or anxiety. It guides us into a place of quiet steadiness, to come away feeling centred, soothed and ready for life's challenges.
Wake Up Shake Up: Tap and Stretch
Wake up, shake up, tap and stretch. This short and gentle movement class doesn't need a yoga mat or any equipment: perfect for when you're on the move or even in the office. Awaken, enliven and invigorate through shaking movements before tapping along the meridians, and moving through gentle stretches which are as invigorating as they are soothing and quietening. The focus is less on postural extremism and more on awareness of embodiment. A practice of interoception and inner attention. A great class for seniors or those with more limited mobility, recovering from surgery or times of illness. Inspired by disco and qigong.