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These podcasts are originally crafted yoga classes taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Find more of Sarah's teaching including live online classes and courses at body-matter.com

Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are produced specifically for the podcast medium.
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Today’s class is a 60 minute Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement lesson. This is the intro class to my upcoming 8-week Feldenkrais® series, Unraveling Body Anxiety which you can join live on Zoom or via the class recordings. In this series, we will be exploring the subject of anxiety and how it manifests in our bodies.Please approach this class with ease. This is different from yoga, where you may arrive in an asana and stay there. Instead we are doing small movements. You will repeat the directions slowly and rest in between actions.  In today's lesson there is an emphasis on the "letting go" of the movement. If you have never done a Feldenkrais® lesson, I suggest you read these guidelines for practicing Awareness Through Movement. This podcast is an intersection of my yoga teaching and my training in the Feldenkrais® method. Classes include sensory rich movement experiences for a more resilient and healthy nervous system to help you feel a greater sense of ease and comfort in yourself.You can find more subtle body Feldenkrais audio classes on my website Body Matter, as well as registration for live online classes, self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! If you would like to donate to help keep these podcasts coming, there is a donate button in the show notes. Any small offering helps with the time and resources to keep these podcasts coming. Support the show!Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted class taught by Sarah Baumert. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.I would love to hear from you, about how you are liking these new episodes.  What kind of classes are you looking for? What are your favorite episodes? What do you want more of?Contact me!Support the show Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
Today’s class is a 75 minute yoga Level 1-2 yoga practice, that was taught live. The class will lead towards the peak pose parivrtta trikonasana, revolved triangle.  Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted class taught by Sarah Baumert. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching on her website Body Matter, including live online classes, self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! If you would like to donate to help keep these podcasts coming, there is a donate button in the show notes. Any small offering helps with the time and resources to keep these podcasts coming. Support the show!I would love to hear from you, about how you are liking these new episodes.  What kind of classes are you looking for? What are your favorite episodes? What do you want more of?Contact me!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
Today’s class is a Yoga Nidra class that includes some very subtle body attention. This is a great class if your eyes are starting to feel fatigue, if you are feeling burn out or anxiety, if the body needs a reset or a rest, if you are having trouble sleeping or just generally need a restorative practice.For more practices that support nervous system health, I will be teaching a new series called, Unraveling Body Anxiety that starts at the end of November. These classes will be taught live via Zoom with the option to take the classes at your own pace via the recordings. And, if you like this class, you can find more subtle body Feldenkrais audio classes on my website.Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted class taught by Sarah Baumert. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching on her website Body Matter, including live online classes, self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! If you would like to donate to help keep these podcasts coming, there is a donate button in the show notes. Any small offering helps with the time and resources to keep these podcasts coming. Support the show! I would love to hear from you, about how you are liking these new episodes.  What kind of classes are you looking for? What are your favorite episodes? What do you want more of?Contact me!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 45 minute Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement somatic exploration that will inform the yoga pose, urdhva dhanurasana, or full wheel. This is an example of a more traditional Feldenkrais® lesson. Please approach this class with ease, You will repeat the directions slowly. This is different from yoga, where you may arrive in an asana and stay there. Instead we are moving in and out of the shapes, and never pushing. If you have never done a Feldenkrais® lesson, I suggest you read these guidelines for practicing Awareness Through Movement. If you like this class or are curious about this class, you can find more Feldenkrais® audio on my website. Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 60 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching on her website Body Matter, including live online classes, self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the show!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 75 minute Level 1-2 class taught live. This is a Feldenkrais® inspired class. As many of you know, I also teach the Feldenkrais® method. And this class is an example of my blended Yoga + Feldenkrais® classes. Each class infuses more traditional yoga asana practice with the Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement method. You can think of it as an interdisciplinary excursion of yoga, Feldenkrais, self-massage, breathing exercises, movement puzzles, and a compassionate mindset - to help you feel a greater sense of ease and comfort in yourself.In this class, we start with a longer somatic exploration using a blanket roll for support in helping you feel and soften the spine. At the end of class a number of concepts are brought together to create a continuous moving backbend practice. This is meant to move in and out of, and to slowly repeat just as you might in a Feldenkrais class.   We will make a single blanket roll or cylinder. We will use a strap and two blocks. Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching on her website Body Matter, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the showSupport the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 75 minute Level 1-2 class taught live. What might feel like deep abdominal work at first, will turn into an attention to the spine and its capacity for full flexion from the tail all the way to the head. Poses include, rabbit, cat, sphinx, side angle, and plow pose, among others. We will make a flat long blanket bolster to lie the spine one. You will also need a strap and two blocks. Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the showSupport the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 75 minute Level 1-2 class taught live. We begin with breath work, exploring a few of the many different ways that the diaphragm can shape the torso and support the spine. There is a focus on recovering or regaining the natural lumbar curve that has disappeared for so many people who sit a lot. We will also do a number of shoulder external rotation practices which will help reverse forward leaning shoulders and a tight chest which are the effects of holding your phone and looking down a lot! You will need two blankets, two blocks, and a loop-able strap.We will make a double blanket roll or cylinder. We will use the looped strap around the forearms, and the two blocks will stack on top of one another to place your front foot on them during anjaneyasana.Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium. Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 75 minute gentle Level 1 class. This class works to open the hips with an attention to keeping space in the lower back. I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERYou will need two blankets, a block, and a yoga strap. If you have a bolster, that could also be useful. A towel or any firm blanket can be used in place of a yoga blanket and a scarf will be better than nothing if you don’t have a loop-able yoga strap. Sarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.  Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the showSupport the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This class begins with some breathing explorations to help warm up your sensing abilities of the lungs, their capacity to fill, and their capacity to change shape in order to support your asanas. Our breath is constantly adapting to the environment we put ourselves in. In this class, feel how your breath can adapt to the shapes of the asanas. We do a lot of shoulder opening and awareness of the internal spaces to support backbends, culminating in camel pose. You will need a blanket, a block, and a yoga strap. If you have a bolster, that could also be useful. A towel or any firm blanket can be used in place of a yoga blanket and a scarf will be better than nothing if you don’t have a loop-able yoga strap. I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a recording of a mini class that I taught during the first few months of the Covid crisis, when many of us, including yoga and movement teachers began looking at screens for many more hours a day than we were used to. This class does not include much asana at all, but is more of a meditation and yoga for the eyes. It is informed by the Feldenkrais practice, of which I am also a practitioner of. This lesson will help calm the nervous system, relax your eyes, let go of Zoom fatigue, help you find ease in the face and eye muscles, and may even help you fall asleep.You will not need any props for this class. The class is mostly done in a supine savasana position, so be sure that you are warm enough and comfortable. If you enjoy this class, you may be interested in more of the Feldenkrais offerings that I have on my website www.body-matter.comI am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 60 minute restorative practice. For this class we use many props, including a bolster, blankets, two blocks, and a strap. If you do not have all of these props, you can do your best with what you have. I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
Back by popular demand, it’s another yoga nidra class. In this 20 minute class, you will be guided through a scan of the body while resting in savasana. This form of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety, to help those who suffer from a scattered mind, and to heal insomnia. A focus will be placed on specific parts of the body throughout the meditation allowing the mind to concentrate on the sensations that are present. Do this class on its own for a break in your day, or as an addition at the end of an active class.I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a live class from a summer intensive taught in July of 2016. Class begins with developmental movement warm-ups focused on waking up the side body. This warm up prepares you for the active asanas that are done in the last half of class.Just under two hours, you may need to carve out some time on a Saturday afternoon for this one. The first hour of this class could be done alone as a gentle restorative class to wake up the torso.Props needed: 1-2 blankets, 2 blocksI am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This class is a beginning class for anyone interested in using yoga as a part of trauma recovery. Before class, I talk with Lisa Danylchuk. Lisa is a psychotherapist and a Yoga for Trauma specialist. She and I discuss the benefits of yoga for someone recovering from trauma and tips for how to start a practice with this in mind. For more information about Lisa and resources for Yoga for Trauma Recovery visit howwecanheal.comThe class portion of this podcast will be 40 minutes long.Allow yourself to take rests and make choices for yourself during this class. Ask yourself if the pose you are doing feels good to you. Give yourself the choice to rest, and invite yourself to do something different if it is not agreeing with you at the moment.If you are coming to this class a second or third time and you would like to skip to the class portion, it begins around 22 minutes.I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
It’s been over a year since I have posted a podcast. I’m very happy to share this first Tech-antidote class with you. This class is not just for the imbalances you may be finding in your body, but also the mental fatigue, the brain fog, and the emotional rollercoaster that being connected online for hours can do to the whole self. A contemplative practice is such a crucial part of our work-life-stress balance. Managing your stress is a huge step towards good health. I hope this episode and all the past podcasts help to keep you balanced, healthy, and happy.Props needed: One BlockI am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
In this 30 minute class, you will be guided through a scan of the body while resting in savasana. This form of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety, help those who suffer from a scattered mind and restless body, and heal insomnia. A focus will be placed on specific parts of the body throughout the meditation allowing the mind to concentrate on the sensations that are present.I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
When something stressful is happening in our lives the shoulders tend to be a common place where we hold tension in the body. Tense muscles, if ignored can lead to injury later on. This tense feeling in the shoulders can even start to creep up towards the ears, give us tension headaches, and keep us from having a healthy and restful night of sleep.Sitting for hours over a keyboard, which we are all too familiar with, can contribute to tightness in the hips, legs, neck, shoulders, and back. This creates an unhealthy posture that you take with you when you leave your office for the day, in which the back and shoulders hunch down and the neck protrudes the head forward. The spine thus becomes misaligned when the body is in such a stagnate position.In this short class, we will move through basic poses that target areas of tension which can be an effective antidote to many desk job ailments and general stress build up in the shoulders. This is meant to be a class that you could use if you only have a short amount of time, but need a quick break from sitting at your desk. Or, if you come home from work and you need a little pick me up, this class will energize those stagnate tight areas. As an added bonus, yoga can have powerful effects on the mind and may help address the damaging stress of a high-pressure job by helping to calm the mind and quiet racing thought patterns.I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
In this 60 minute class we will focus on finding balance in the sacroiliac joints. Class starts with a flowing breath exercise on your back to set a therapeutic tone for your practice. We move on to seated dandasana and a slow modified sun salutation. Utkatasana is our main standing pose and is practiced with kapalabhati pranayama. Headstand (salamba sirsasana) and crow pose (bakasana) are some of the more challenging poses that we lead up to. If you do not have a headstand practice, be sure to consult a live teacher before you invert fully. Class ends with a series of twists. If you have sacroiliac instability, be sure to keep your effort at 80% in the twists without forcing any position. Gary, my cat, really wanted to teach you today as well, you may hear him meowing in the background now and then!Props needed: One blanket and one blockI am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is an active prenatal class for mothers who feel fit and healthy during their pregnancy. This class is suitable for the first and second trimesters and can be practiced into the third trimester, monitoring how you are feeling. With that said, we still move in a slow and graceful pace. Starting with a seated meditation, we then move into seated postures that create space in the side body and the hips. This will include a flowing sequence side to side in parvritta janu sirsasana which you can see photos of below. Our flowing standing poses will take us through tree pose (vrksasana), warrior I and II (virabhadrasana I and II), wide legged forward fold (prasarita padottanasana), goddess pose, and triangle (trikonasana). Squats, sIngle pigeon, and a side savasana will finish the practice.Props needed: Two blankets (or towels and pillows) and two blocksI am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. There are currently over 50 episodes that range in length, level and style. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. You will find live unplugged versions of her classes from yoga studios, as well as classes that are specifically produced for the podcast medium.Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Like the podcasts? Want to keep them coming? Please consider donating to support the costs of creating these classes for you! Or just press the play button to start the class for free! And... Thanks!Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
This is a 35-minute meditation practice that is useful when you are managing physical pain or emotional pain that may be felt in the body. This practice is based on the concept of Pratipaksha Bhavana that can be found in the Yoga Sutras. Sutra 1.33 as translated by Nischala Joy Devi says:“When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated attitude. This is Pratipaksha Bhavana.”This is a challenging practice – but it is one that has the potential to change physical and mental suffering. We will practice how to interrupt negative mental states and replace them with positive states. This will train your mind for times when you are feeling physical or mental discomfort. One of the important ways meditation creates lasting change is by helping you discover the habits of your mind that are contributing to pain, stress, and suffering. Everyone has chronic, unconscious habits of thinking and feeling. Some patterns, such as chronic worrying, disapproval, self-criticism, anger, or loneliness end up intensifying and reinforcing chronic pain. Other patterns such as acceptance, appreciation, or humor can reduce or prevent pain. With each round of this practice, the mind and body become shaped more in the direction of responding to future experiences with positive thoughts. The practice can be done anywhere at anytime. After listening to the podcast you can use these VERY basic guidelines whenever you need the help of the practice.Start by finding a comfortable positionBring your attention to your breathWish for yourself: “May I be free of this pain. May I be free of this suffering”Begin to focus your attention on feeling/imagining one pair of the following:lightness/heavinessstillness/movementwarmth/coolnesstension/relaxationYou can also choose to work with an opposite state of mind:calm/stresshappiness/sadnessacceptance/angerhope/disappointmentlove/lonelinesscourage/fearself-confidence/self-criticismLastly, you can work with a sensation or feeling that is opposite to a painful sensation you are currently feeling. Ask yourself: What state of mind and body would heal what I am feeling right now? Call this the “Healing Opposite”. The answer may be relief, comfort, warmth, energy, acceptance, forgiveness, courage, etc. Whatever you choose will become the focus of the meditation. You choose this opposite.I am currently teaching live yoga asana classes via Zoom. You can find my full weekly schedule at BODY MATTERSarah has been creating podcast classes since 2007. Each podcast is an originally crafted yoga class taught by Sarah Baumert. Sarah's teaching is alignment based, unhurried, and rich with somatic inquiries. The cueing is effective, easy to follow, and uses visualizations of postures to allow for unexpected growth and depth. Find more of Sarah's teaching, including live online classes ,  self-paced courses and on demand yoga video classes. Please leave a review on itunes, google, or wherever you get your podcasts to help spread this offering! Support the show (https://www.body-matter.com/podcast-donations)
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