Stress/Anxiety

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:

Yin-yoga

which cultivates a deep sense of awareness.The perfect antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing and letting go via the deep musculature of the body and connective tissues, aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility.

Restorative Yoga

is passive, designed to adjust the nervous system and rest the adrenal glands, enabling the body to move towards balance.

All of the practices on this site are designed to increase your awareness on the breath and movement, which will intrinsicly help you deal with any stress/anxiety you may feel in everyday life.

 

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  • Beginners 4: Twist to unwind 20:00
    Beginners 4: Twist to unwind

    Clare Beagley

    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.



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  • Easy Hips: 110:00
    Easy Hips: 1

    Leila Sadeghee

    Tight or painful back, legs or hips? Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Yoga block or stack of books. Yoga belt or tie/scarf.



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  • Easy Hips: 211:00
    Easy Hips: 2

    Leila Sadeghee

    In this second practice, Leila offers 4 simple poses that open the hips, backs of the legs, calves and feet to relieve tension in the hips and lower back. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.



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  • Easy Hips: 310:00
    Easy Hips: 3

    Leila Sadeghee

    The final part of the Easy Hips series builds on the series by giving a deeper and fuller variation for spaciousness on the hips and spine. Take this easy series with Leila and benefit from this easy to follow straightforward routine. Easy and effective pain relief and maintenance for those of you who are new to yoga, who are working with injuries or those with very limited time. Props: Blanket or thick towel to roll.



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  • Manage Anxiety(5): Affirmation Workshop Part 208:24
    Manage Anxiety(5): Affirmation Workshop Part 2

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    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



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  • Unwind & Declutter40:03
    Unwind & Declutter

    Catherine Annis

    A simple, Scaravelli class which teaches us how yoga can help to empty us. This class is perfect if you're feeling busy, anxious or overwhelmed. Just as we create space and de-clutter our house, it's also useful to de-clutter our minds and bodies as you move towards stillness. This class is almost entirely supine, working with bridge position - just exploring the space in the pelvis, the spine and the shoulders, and stretching hamstrings, then we move into standing postures . You will need a strap and a blanket.



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  • Manage Anxiety(3) Think It, See It, Believe it, Have It!14:16
    Manage Anxiety(3) Think It, See It, Believe it, Have It!

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    Guided relaxation and visualisation meditation which focuses on the power of manifestation, using the power of positive thinking and visualisation to achieve an outcome you want,whether that be your dream grade or an interview going smoothly. Generate confidence, positivity, success and resilience. Although this class is taught in a traditional seated meditation position, you can do this class anytime, anywhere, particularly is great for when you're lying down to help you to relax before you go to sleep, knowing that you're making the most of the power of your mind to work its magic when you're asleep.



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  • Manage Anxiety(2) Breathwork For Balance & Focus08:03
    Manage Anxiety(2) Breathwork For Balance & Focus

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    A useful breathwork technique to clarify and balance your mind, to help you to relax and keep focused.



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  • Manage Anxiety(1): Fear Is Excitement Without Breath09:47
    Manage Anxiety(1): Fear Is Excitement Without Breath

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    Learn to manage your anxiety through an easy breathwork sequence. Robin talks us through a three part breathing technique to release fear and anxiety. These techniques can be done at any time you are feeling anxious, you don't need to be seated.



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  • Alternate Nostril Breathing18:56
    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Vidya Heisel

    A pranayama practice, breathing technique called Nadi Shodama, with is a very relaxing and cleaning breath. This alternate nostril practice is wonderful for helping the body to relax and will help to cope with anxiety or stress, and can even help with sleeplessness.



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  • Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease28:37
    Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    In this final class of this series of yoga/qi-gong moves to nourish, support and revitalise the body and mind, we orientate our practice toward effortless ease. In Chinese this is a concept known as wuwei, or effortless effort. It is something we cannot strive toward but rather a quality that arises spontaneously through steady cultivation and practice. As such, we will take the ideas of rooting, rising, aligning and balancing and see what is possible in working with the fluid flow of effortless ease.



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  • New Mums Series (1) Nourish Me26:00
    New Mums Series (1) Nourish Me

    Kristi Rodelli

    A yoga class in the Forrest yoga style to open the shoulders and the upper back whilst strengthening the core. Feel your heart opening as your upper back opens. Starting with shoulder openers, then shoulder opening child's pose variation, abdominal strengthening and backbends. This class is perfect for those of us who need an antidote to time at a desk, or have stiff shoulders and upper back, and wonderful for new mums too. You will need two blocks.



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  • Relaxed Breath Practice20:35
    Relaxed Breath Practice

    Naomi Absalom

    This class is a really relaxed breath-work class, teaching us in a supine position, how to breathe in the most relaxed way possible. A very quiet, meditative class, followed by a seated meditation focused on the steady, smooth breath.



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  • Guided Meditation With Vidya21:28
    Guided Meditation With Vidya

    Vidya Heisel

    Find the perfect equilibrium between relaxation and alertness in this guided meditation. A perfect start for beginners to meditation, or for more seasoned practitioners.



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  • Evening Yin/Yang Flow37:16
    Evening Yin/Yang Flow

    Jonelle Lewis

    A peaceful Yin/Yang flow to wind down and relax for the end of the day. With some spinal rolling and freeing, some poses from QiGong, some restorative and Yin poses, this fusion yoga class is a perfect way to wind down and relax at the end of the day, or for whenever you need to calm, nourish and restore yourself. The perfect self-care solution to our overwhelmed lives. You will need a bolster (or pillows), a blanket, 2 yoga bricks and a foam block and a strap.



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  • Elemental Flow: Calling In Vastness (Ether)54:13
    Elemental Flow: Calling In Vastness (Ether)

    Lucy McCarthy

    A spacious vinyasa flow yoga class that uses the breath and movement to cultivate a sense of expansion and space in mind, body and heart. Ideal for days when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, this vinyasa flow class starts with breathwork, then moves onto an all-levels soothing flow and ends with a long restorative version of legs up the wall savasana and a breath-work meditation to create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. You may need a block.



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  • Breathwork for Health, Calm, Immunity and Migraines34:22
    Breathwork for Health, Calm, Immunity and Migraines

    Naomi Absalom

    Breathwork - the secret to great health and moving you from 'doing OK' to living your most vibrant life. In this class, Naomi leads us through some powerful breath practices which can radically help your life. The first practice serves to open up the breath through the lungs and the entire system - shifting any kind of erratic breath patterns or involuntary breath holds but also supporting immune function. The second is a beautifully calming breath that works to balance the chemistry of the body. If this is your second viewing of the video and you'd like the practices without the explanation, the practices start at 8 minutes. Do not practice this class if you are pregnant (although you can practice the second technique) and for some sufferers of anxiety, it may be useful to practice with a knowledgable teacher at first. Breathwork is more powerful than you may think!



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  • Elemental Flow: Root Down Gently32:36
    Elemental Flow: Root Down Gently

    Lucy McCarthy

    The First of Lucy's 5 elements series. This yoga class will connect you to the earth with gentle, slow and steady movements and a focus on grounding, slowing down and getting present. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or you just need help to calm. This class starts with a long breath-work relaxation, then works gently on the hips to release feelings of business and stress. You will need a tennis-size ball and you might need a block.



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