YogaX Recorded Movement Practices

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Below is a list of YogaX recorded movement practices designed especially for healthcare providers. Click on any link to begin your journey into managing stress, creating resilience, and finding community.  

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Cultivating Resilience - A 4-Part Series

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle, yet dynamic classes with Chris Brems

One way to define resilience is the ability to thrive after adversity, to withstand pressure and stress, and to recover from the experience of challenge in a manner that protects or even enhances wellbeing.  Resilient individuals respond adaptively and creatively during times of stress and can quickly return to equanimity.  They are able to sustain or improve psychological and physical health after the experience of intense stress, even trauma.  This series explores how yoga practice fosters the capacity for resilience by inviting the cultivation of positive traits and strengths.  

 

This series explores the cultivation of resilience in all the layers of our self:

Cultivating Resilience in the Body

Cultivating Resilience in our Breath and Energy

Cultivating Resilience in our Emotions and Mind

Cultivating Resilience by Accessing Inner Wisdom 

Breath and Koshas - A 4-Part Series

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle classes with Chris Brems

Breath is energy, vibration, pulsation – it is our connection to the universal lifeforce called Prana in Sanskrit (chi in Chinese Medicine). It infuses our body, affects our mind, bridges our intuition, and connects us to all there is. Through attending to the breath and the lifeforce, we begin to integrate our layers of self and recognize our interdependence with our community and the world.  This series explores the breath from a variety of perspectives:

Breath and Body

Breath and Energy

Breath and Mind

Breath and Wisdom 

Cultivating Appreciative, Altruistic Joy - A 4-Part Series

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle, yet dynamic classes with Chris Brems

Joy is one of the brahma viharas, the wise and mature emotions in which we can rest with discernment and open-heartedness.  Joy in this context is altruistic and appreciative.  It expresses gratitude and rejoices about all the amazing resources and gifts we have – from our bodies, breath and emotions, mind and perceptions of the world, to our groundedness in communities and shared experience with all beings.

 

This series explores the breath from a variety of perspectives:

Appreciative Joy for our Body, Breath, and Mind

Appreciative Joy as a Transformation of Challenge

Appreciative Joy Arising from Inner Strength, Emotional Stability, and a Focused Mind

Appreciative Joy and the Other Brahma Viharas 

Working with Obstacles

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40-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Heather  Freeman

This uplifting YouTube class explores coping with obstacles related to disease and injury.  It offers a gentle movement practice that will relieve back strain and worry, lightening your mood while increasing awareness. It co-stars Momo, a sweet and gentle cat to add to your enjoyment.  

To access this session with Heather and Momo, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Hatha Class with Focus on Stabilizing the Mind

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Heather  Freeman

This class is focused on stabilizing the mind. Choose your own point of focus to use to anchor the mind into the present moment while moving through yoga postures.

To access this session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Being with What Is Essential

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Heather Freeman

 

This YouTube movement practice is a restorative yoga session that explores how to be present for what is essential in each moment.  It requires props to help you access restorative postures that are most comfortable if your body is supported by pillows, blankets, and bolsters. 

To access this gentle session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Lovingkindness and Our Social Engagement System

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

This class is the first in a series of four classes dedicated to lovingkindness. It was recorded from a live-streamed class in early June 2020 and honors the protests dedicated to #blacklivesmatter and to bringing more social justice andless hatred and racism into our world.

 

Lovingkindness is grounded in our capacity to rest in our ventral vagal space of social connection. However, it can coexist with also with a state of mobilization to overcome challenge and address injustice. In fact, it is an aspect of our human resilience that we can remain loving and kind in the midst of having to mobilize our nervous system to deal with challenge or fight injustice. This class is dedicated to cultivating lovingkindness, social connection, and the ability to mobilize. Movement and breathing practices are focused on stimulating the vagus nerve to develop nervous system resilience. Gratitude goes to Stanley Rosenberg for inspiration.

 

Helpful props include a block, a yoga bolster or large pillow, and a blanket.

To access this class, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube Link.

Lovingkindness that Arises from Grounding, Expansion, and Strength

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

This recorded live-streamed YogaX class with Chris is the second in a series of four classes dedicated to cultivating lovingkindness. The class was streamed in June 2020 and honors the antiracism protests and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

 

Lovingkindness relies on our ability to transcend our negative emotions and challenging experiences. If we can stay grounded through adversity, expand into an open heart, and connect to our inner strength, our lovingkindness can continue to shine through. This class explores the transformation of challenge into lovingkindness through a table top sequence. Natural breathing is emphasized with a focus on inhaling with gratitude and exhaling with a loving smile to our experience, our selves, and our world.

 

Helpful props include 2 blocks (or substitutes) and a blanket or pillow.

To access this class, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube Link.

Moving Inward Into Lovingkindness 

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

This recorded live-streamed YogaX class with Chris is the third in a series of four classes dedicated to cultivating lovingkindness. The class was streamed in June 2020 and honors the #blacklivesmatter movement and current antiracism protests.

 

Lovingkindness is enhanced by our deep understanding of our emotional and mental habits and experiences. Through introspection, we can learn to recognize our inner reactions and transform them into loving responses. We explore this art of moving inward into lovingkindness through a forward folding sequence. Four-part breathing, modified to stimulate the vagus nerve, is emphasized and invites us to come into connection with ourselves and others.

 

Helpful props include 2 blocks (or substitutes), a yoga bolster, chair, or large pillow.

To access this class, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube Link.

Directing Lovingkindness to Self and Others

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

This recorded live-streamed YogaX class with Chris is the final class in a series of four dedicated to cultivating lovingkindness. The class was streamed in June 2020 and honors the #blacklivesmatter movement and current antiracism protests.

 

This class explores how we can stay connected to our own bodies and breath in a loving way during challenge. This is done in preparation for also remaining capable of keeping an open heart and a loving attitude toward our community and world when we face difficulty. This capacity to direct lovingkindness outward, transcending aversion and negativity, is explored via heart-opening poses and slight backbending, as well as natural breathing that draws lovingkindness inward with the inhalation and directs it outward with the exhalation.

 

Helpful props include 2 blocks (or substitutes), a strap, and a blanket.

To access this class, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube Link.

Gentle Hatha Practice for Self-Inquiry

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle class with Heather Freeman

Recorded live gentle hatha class practicing svadhyaya (self-study) with Heather from YogaX. 

This class focuses on being able to "be your own researcher" as you practice holding and moving through postures to build self inquiry and awareness. No props are necessary (but always welcome!) other than a space to move your body and study your mind! Excerpt from "The Yogi's Road Map: The Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self-Realization," by Bhavani Maki.

To access this calming session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Practicing Patience

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle class with Heather Freeman

This gentle yoga class explores the yoga sutra that discusses the yoga of relationships (Sutra 1.33) and practicing patience. Props needed are a pillow, yoga block (or item serving that purpose), and a strap (or similar item).

To access this calming session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Restorative Session with Essential Ingredients of Yoga

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60-minute recorded mat-based gentle class with Heather Freeman

This restorative yoga session with YogaX focuses on integrating two essential ingredients of the yogic path, namely, working with integrating abhyasa (commitment, practice and devotion) and vairagya (letting go, surrender and nonattachment to outcome). Physical focus is on hip flexor openers and stretches for the low back.

 

Props required are a yoga mat, pillow or bolster, and bricks.

To access this restorative session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

The Fierceness of Compassion

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic class with Chris Brems

This yoga session explores compassion as a practice of mindfulness and fierceness.  It views compassion as based in awareness and choices that share and transcend suffering.  The class investigates developing compassion in postures and breath, encouraging practitioners to find the compassionate middle way in their actions and thoughts.  Natural breathing and extended exhalation are integrated throughout.

Helpful props for this session include a blanket and two yoga blocks (or equivalent).

To access this dynamic class, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link.

Compassion as Engaged Action

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

To be compassionate you have to be all in! You can't be half-hearted; you can't leave part of you behind. In a prior class on compassion we explored the importance of mindfulness and fierceness as foundations of compassion. In this active and dynamic class, we explore compassion as engaged action.  In auspicious action, mindfulness and fierceness combine with commitment to motivate us to act, challenge, and contribute to growth and evolution.

 

Two yoga blocks, a chair or yoga ball, and a blanket may prove helpful for this class.   

To access this energizing session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Compassionate Service to Self and Others

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60-minute recorded mat-based dynamic and active class with Chris Brems

This recorded class was originally live-streamed as one in a series of four classes exploring the embodiment of compassion.  This class focuses on the notion that compassion requires service – to self and others.  Compassion becomes active when it is directed toward providing support to the self (body, breath, emotions, and mind) as well as service to others (friends, family, community, sentient beings, the world).  This concept is explored via natural breathing and hip-opening movement that invites compassionate engagement of inner strength and outer kindness.

Useful props include two yoga blocks, a blanket, and if available, a chair or yoga ball. 

To access this energizing session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Tapas and Planks

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Heather  Freeman

This recorded YogaX class focuses on the philosophical theme of “tapas,” self-discipline and working with the “difficult” through heat-building and action. The class is focused on working with plank pose and building strength in the shoulders and pelvis to support to pose and increase resilience.  

To access this session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Self Study Restorative

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Heather  Freeman

This YogaX class is a recorded, originally livestreamed gentle yin/restorative yoga class focusing on self-study (svadhyaya) through seated postures.

 

Props needed are bricks, bolster (pillows), strap, rubberband/hair tie, blankets/towels and a chair/table/couch edge.

To access this session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Calming Yoga to Support Sleep

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20-minute recorded mat-based restorative class with Jahnavi

 

This very sweet and calming 20-minute YouTube class is taught by a YogaX teacher trainee.  We are grateful for her bravery as a new teacher recording an online practice.  She is offering this class to bring you restful and restorative movement that will support relaxation, calming of the nervous system, and sleep. It is a perfect evening practice.  

To access this lovely evening session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Gentle Yoga for Veterans: Chronic Pain Series

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A series of classes produced by the Pertland VA, featuring YogaX Team Member Nina Hidalgo 

This series of gentle yoga class explores how to apply yoga movement and breath in the context of dealing with chronic pain.  The classes are expertly taught by by two VA employees (one of whom, Nina, is a YogaX Team member).  All classes in the series offer many modifications and the option to practice the entire class seated in a chair.  

To access these amazing yoga classes, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Equanimity as the Foundation of Resilience

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Chris Brems

This YouTube movement practice explores the concept of equanimity as the foundation of resilience and coping ability.  It uses the four-part breath as a way of exploring the gap between stimulus and response, inviting calm, quietude,and reason to moderate the effects of incoming stimuli from inside and outside the body.  The movement practice is a gentle and therapeutic flow that cultivates mindfulness, awareness, and attention.

To access this session with Chris, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Equanimity as a Prerequisite for Heart-Opening

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60-minute recorded mat-based movement class with Chris Brems

This 1-hour yoga session focuses on cultivating equanimity as a foundation for compassion, lovingkindness, and joy. Focus is on engaging in heart-opening -- both figuratively (opening ourselves up to become more compassionate, loving, open, and joyful) and literally (engaging in a physical practice of back-bending). Four-part breathing is integrated throughout.

 

Helpful yoga props include a strap (tie or belt), 2 yoga blocks (or substitutes), and blanket.

To access this calming session, please CLICK ON THIS YouTube link. 

Upright Standing Postures

Offering you ideas for variations, modifications, and adaptations

Forward Folding Postures

Offering you ideas for variations, modifications, and adaptations

Twisting

Postures

Offering you ideas for variations, modifications, and adaptations

Resting

Postures

Offering you ideas for variations, modifications, and adaptations

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