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Yoga Foundations for Beginners is a step by step yoga practice that teaches students how to safely position their feet and hands onto the mat in basic yoga poses. This course is designed for people just starting in yoga, or for anyone who is looking for a sustainable way to practice yoga postures while protecting their joints.
The course includes:
1. A 10 minute Chair Yoga Practice that expands and opens the breath. Students can begin to feel the movement the breath creates in the body and practice breathing in and out through the nose, while comfortable sitting in a chair.
2. An Introduction to Foundation Yoga that speaks on the evolution of yoga.
3. A description of what props are needed and why.
3. A two part Foundation Yoga Practice that allows the student to explore each pose and find the stance in their feet and hands that feels best for them. This practice is 30 minutes total.
The entire course will take 45 minutes to complete, but you can break up into sections.
Yoga can be intimidating, but I designed this course to ease any fears, so students can find comfort in knowing they will be safe and taken care of.
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|Section 1: Foundations: Starting from the Ground Up|
This chair yoga practice is great for beginners to learn how to breathe in and out through the nose, and notice the movement the lungs create in the body. This sequence, done completely sitting down, is designed to open the muscles around the lungs, so the practitioner can take deep full breaths in a 360 degree direction. After practicing this sequence, the student can use these techniques in other yoga poses. Chair yoga is great in many situations and circumstances, such as sitting at a desk, recovering from surgery, times when you don't need to pressure on your joints, after childbirth, etc.
Hi! Jessica here! Soooo excited for you to start a sustainable and safe yoga practice!!! Please let me know if you have any questions about this course, yoga poses, breathing, what to eat for dinner, the meaning of life, or anything else on your mind ;) You can message me on Udemy or visit my website, manifestwithjess.com, and contact me through there. Love you so much! Happy Practicing!
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The Yoga Foundations for Beginners course on Udemy by Jessica Brooks, contains information intended to assist you in improving your health and overall well being, however, the information presented herein is offered only as-is for informational and educational purposes and is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a medical professional.
For this practice you will need a yoga mat, and may need a block and two blankets (or towels) for extra comfort.
Try the block out and see how it feels. Give yourself props for trying out props! The block, in this sequence, allows students to create more space in the spine while folding forward, and to prevent from over stretching the backs of the legs. Using a block does not necessarily mean you are less flexible and it certainly does not mean you have failed. I still use a block, because my legs are proportionately longer than my torso. Think of the block as your friend :) Also, you might find a chair more comfortable at first to place your hands on as you fold forward. There are many levels to chairs, so you can find the level that feels best! Yay!
The blankets are personal preference for final relaxation pose. You can place one blanket under your head, if you feel your chin is lifting. I rounded my shoulders for so long in my life, that when I lay my head on the floor without a blanket, sometimes it can create too much pressure at the base of my skull. Find the height of blanket that feels best for you. You can also place a rolled blanket under your knees to take pressure off your low back.
Part 1 of the Foundation Yoga Practice. This sequence moves pretty slow, but honor your body. Don't do anything that feels painful. Sometimes stretching or strengthening muscles can feel uncomfortable, but sharp pains are a big sign to back off. Practice being kind and patience to yourself by easing into the pose. It is not about where you are going, but about where you are today. Enjoy!
Part 2 of the Foundation Yoga Practice. You may want your blankets nearby. I highly recommend not skipping the relaxation in the end. It is very important for your body and your mind. After three minutes in the relaxation pose, your connective tissue cools down and reshapes into this new form you created, with your whole body more relaxed and strong, and a little more flexible. Your mind can find a bit of peace, too, in this pose. It's natural to want to skip it, and jump straight into your day or to your phone, but I promise you the benefits are worth it, and it will change your day. I like to think of final relaxation pose (Savasana in Sanskrit), is like a reset button for your entire physiological system.
My name is Jessica Brooks, and I live in the beautiful oasis of San Marcos, TX with my husband and my son. I am a 200 hour Registered Hatha Yoga Instructor, and I am in the process of completing my 500 hour training. I have been teaching since 2010 in San Marcos, and I have enjoyed every second of it.
My roots lie in Viniyoga, which is a style that means to bring out the best in each practitioner. I am also trained to teach Vinyasa yoga and children's yoga. All of my classes are breath centered, and adapted to the students in the class. I like my students to build strength and flexibility in a safe and nurturing environment. When I started practicing and teaching with mantras, I discovered a very powerful recipe to manifest the feelings I wanted to experience in my day to day life. I know more than ever that I am on the right path and am following and working towards my dreams, and I would like to share this with others.
I am an actor and writer for theatre and films. My personal practice, as well as teaching, has deepened and enhanced my life as an artist tremendously. I love hiking, traveling, swimming in the river, food, improv, movies, tv shows, being a mom, and dancing. I want to share my love of yoga with this amazing community and the world!