Hello and Namaste from Jen!
For those of you that have been considering beginning a yoga practice and are ready to start, or for those of you that have an established yoga practice but would benefit from a more in depth explanation of each posture, I am so pleased to offer this course to you. This course consists of several three to five minute individual, concise, and thoroughly explained videos that break down each of the beginning YOGA ASANAS or postures for you, giving you complete guided instruction. You may want to purchase yoga props or use what you have around the house.
LEARN, PRACTICE, AND MASTER BEGINNING YOGA POSTURES SAFELY AND AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH YOUR OWN YOGA REFERENCE LIBRARY
~For beginning Yogis who have never tried yoga, or for experienced students who want a more in depth explanation to help improve or modify their practice, this course will provide you with a reference library to use again and again.
~At your own pace and at your convenience you can practice a new posture every day with me. Repetition is advised so that you can eventually go deeper into each posture to gain the myriad benefits.
~You can also put several postures together and create your own yoga practice, choosing the asanas that suit you at that time. Remember, these postures have been practiced and used by yoga practitioners for centuries to help improve flexibility, strength, stimulate the endocrine, nervous, circulatory and immune systems of the body and help bring healing, peace, joy and harmony to the mind, body and spirit.
~Each video will teach you the proper English and Sanskrit names of the poses, explain how to safely come into and out of the poses, show you the correct alignment to avoid injury, and demonstrate how to use props with the poses, if necessary. I have also included some information on Pranayama, or breath practice, an important part of any yoga class. You will learn some simple breathing techniques that will energize you and help create balance in the 2 hemispheres of the brain and the body.
~For this course you will need a strap (the belt from a robe will do), a blanket, a bolster (a firm medium sized couch pillow will do), and yoga blocks (a squishy soccer ball will do or a ball around that size).
It doesn't matter what age you begin, yoga is a holistic, natural approach to health that you can begin at any point in your life and it will carry you through the rest of your days, helping you to be the healthiest you that you can be! This course is an indispensable tool for those wanting to learn and retain information on the asanas, a very important part of the physical yoga practice.
I have been teaching Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga for many years and I am confident that these simple, understandable explanations of each beginning yoga posture will familiarize you with this amazing practice. I will help you reach a point where you feel comfortable enough to participate in a beginning group class with ease and confidence or develop your own personal practice in the comfort of your own home. Yoga is not a competitive sport, it is a practice that can be tailored to each individual no matter what shape or stage of life a person is in. This course will take away any preconceived notions you may have about yoga and demonstrate how yoga is approachable and beneficial for everyone when done in a mindful, safe way. I am honored to start you on your journey!
This course will gently guide you through 17 beginning yoga ASANAS or postures. You will be taught the Sanskrit and English names of the poses, how to get in and out of the poses, proper alignment and the use of props and modifications. Use these short videos as your reference library to practice again and again to gain all of the myriad benefits of a regular yoga practice.
A truly inspiring yoga and meditation instructor, Jen Smith McLaughlin has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 6 years and practicing yoga for more than 35 years
Yoga for Real People
Jen believes that yoga is for everyone. No matter what physical condition you are in, it’s never too late to strengthen your body and mind. You don’t have to be a size zero gym bunny to enjoy the many benefits of this ancient art form. Jen’s friendly, nurturing approach is perfect for people who aren’t used to exercise. Jen has a special talent for helping men and women of all ages and in all conditions of health heal themselves with yoga.
A Gentle, Healing Approach
Find inner peace while strengthening your physical health. From firsthand experience, Jen believes in the transformational power of yoga. The classes take a holistic approach. They are focused on a traditional asana practice of movement and rest, alignment, core strength, and meditation. They include breath practice, postures, movement and meditation. It’s all about healing your mind, body and spirit. Jen’s yoga classes provide a sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life. You will feel calm, refreshed and balanced.
Go At Your Own Pace
Jen takes things at a gentle, manageable pace and gives clear instructions. She is used to working with students with health problems or those who haven’t been near a gym in a long time. Believe it or not, Jen is in her fifties and due to the power of transformative yoga, she feels better now than ever before.