Yoga For Absolute Beginners
What you'll learn
- Identify the basic poses taught in foundational yoga
- Learn step by step how to get in and out of a variety of yoga posture safely
- Build a yoga practice from the ground up without any prior experience with confidence
- Practice yoga with the help of props which can help increase range of motion and decrease intensity
- Learn the names of the most commonly practiced yoga postures in English and in Sanskrit
- Gain confidence and strength to be able to practice yoga at home or in any Yoga setting
- Develop strength and flexibility at your own pace
- Learn the poses individually to gain more overall intelligence in the body and mind
- Practice a full and well-rounded basic vinyasa flow class
- Learn basic yoga breath
- Learn basic mindfulness meditation
- You will need a yoga mat.
- A yoga block is useful for beginning students.
- I teach how to sit up with blankets, you can use a cushion instead.
Learn the basic yoga poses given in most level beginner yoga classes in detail in the comfort of your own home. Step by step instruction will give you confidence in your alignment and greatly enhance your knowledge of what modern day yoga poses have to offer.
Build a strong foundation in Yoga Asanas, increase your knowledge of healthy alignment, strength and yoga vocabulary in this course for beginners.
- Increase flexibility and strength.
- Address common misalignment issues
- Gain better posture
- Work step be step on individual yoga postures at your own pace
- Master Yogic breathing
- Work confidently up to a full 50 minute yoga class
Yoga is for Every-Body
Learn the basics of a yoga practice from a 20 year veteran. Claire teaches in short form videos the essential yoga postures that bring you all the way up to building a full and satisfying yoga class.
The course is laid out in an intelligent and sequential manner so your body opens slowly and builds on the pose given prior as well as great detail in each video so you can avoid common alignment mistakes that hinder a yoga practice and can cause injury.
Yoga is incredibly for increasing your range of motion, building strength in the entire body and decreasing common aches and pains, but without proper alignment and direction we may find that we are actually aggravating our pain rather then healing it. Claire has created 20 short detailed tutorials that show you step by step how to enter into the fundamentals poses of yoga and how to gain the most out of them no matter what stage you are in your yoga practice. Through these 20 videos she addresses common misalignment issues and gives you solutions to continue to grow in your yoga practice even if your range of motion is small and you require a lot of strength building work.
The videos build on each other, so if you only get to 2 or 3 in a session you will find that you can stop there and still gain a lot from only 15 or 20 mins of work that day. Each day you can add another posture and because of the way the postures are listed, you will safely continue to build on the prior session and gain more control over your body and practice.
Once you have completed all of the 20 videos and have spent some time practicing with each one you will be able to move onto the 50 minute beginner flow class. While the pace picks up here and you will feel you really got a workout you will be move from one pose to the next, knowing where you are in your body and in the practice and confidently make adjustments to suit you. You will also be able to walk into any beginner yoga class with a vast database of knowledge and the awareness of what your body needs and what it is capable of, thereby avoiding injury and progressing much quicker then those who haven't studied slowly and in depth.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for anyone who feels they need a step by step guide on how to build to a basic vinyasa flow yoga class first by breaking down the poses step by step and then building up to a beginners flow class. There foundation of the class is standing poses so this course is not suitable for anyone who doesn't feel they can approach the yoga practice on their feet first.
British born Yoga teacher, Claire Hartley has been at the forefront of the American yoga scene since 1993 when she began practicing at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in the East Village New York. She is known for bringing the deeper layers and meaning of Yoga and Yoga philosophy through all of her classes and workshop experiences, leaving the practitioners with an experience of the authentic joyful Self. She always does this with a healthy dose of her Brit wit and sensibility! She teaches daily at her LA studio as well as traveling the country to conferences and festivals.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 where she continued her practice and trained with some of the best teachers in the world including an apprenticeship with Senior Iyengar teacher Lisa Walford.
In April 2006 she opened and co-founded Rising Lotus Yoga, a busy and thriving studio in Los Angeles, attracting practitioners seeking alignment based Vinyasa Yoga classes with healthy doses of dharma talks, chanting and joyful community.
In 2008 she created the popular Rising Lotus Teacher Training Program, which teaches trainees how to bring intelligent alignment and sequencing to students as well as meaningful Dharma talks. This teaching program has a reputation for excellence in Los Angeles, the capital of American yoga.
She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband John and her daughter Nova.
A Few Testimonials
I’m grateful to have practiced with Claire for over 7 years. As a teacher, she is nurturing and supportive yet will take you to your edge. As a yogi, she truly walks her talk.-
Kellie Martin, actress
Claire not only teaches a wonderful yoga class for the body but for the spirit. I always look forward to stepping into her studio because I know that I will be spending the next hour and a half with a teacher that reminds me that I am exactly where I should be. I am grateful to call her friend and teacher.
-Gabrielle Carteris, actress, National President SAG-AFTRA
Claire Hartley is a most generous instructor. She is a technician with a wealth of anatomical knowledge with her heart firmly planted in the roots of yogic philosophy. Her workshops are awalsy a favorite at the festival. Joyful, informative and inspiring. We LOVE Claire Hartley. – Joann Burnham, Producer Nantucket Yoga Festival.
Like most other people my life is busy and often chaotic . I know that a class with Claire will calm my mind , my body and bring me back to center .
– Amanda de Cadenet, Host of ‘The Conversation’
Fresh, authentic, generous – these are just a few words to describe Claire Hartley. Taking a class with Claire is to bask in her knowledge and passion for yoga. She is a natural teacher with a wonderful voice who delights and inspires students. Claire is truly a gem! . – Ann York, producer Iowa Yoga Festival.
I signed up for two months of weekly Personal Development training sessions with Claire because I was keen to make improvements in my life and needed help finding the tools to achieve this goal. During our relaxed discussions via ‘FaceTime,’ Claire easily zeroed in on and identified some counter-productive patterns of thought and behavior and helped me to implement some positive adjustments to my daily habits. I am gratified by what I learned and feel equipped to continue on this path of self-improvement. Mutually honoring our weekly commitment was an essential part of its ongoing success. I am grateful for Claire’s sunny spirit, her generosity and, above all, her insightful and gentle guidance.
– Pauline A.
For 16 months after injuring my neck I experienced daily pain that limited my normal activities. I tried physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists but was still in pain. Claire Hartley was the answer. She continually astounds me with her knowledge of the body, positivity, and sense of humor. In addition to relief from pain, I now feel stronger and more confident in what my body can do!
– Lalo Crane