Challenge Your Body: A Beginner's Level II Class

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.7 (246 votes)
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If you are a beginner and would like a class that is more challenging, this one is perfect for you. This Hatha yoga class takes you through a series of challenging stretches and poses, safely and gradually.

Equipment: Block
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Back Care


Becca Mae 8 years ago

This was a beautiful class for a beginner. I bookmarked it and I will definitely be doing it again. Namaste.

bizarrett81 9 years ago

excellent video. perfect for a slow return to yoga after having a baby. thank you

rcaruso03 9 years ago

Nice! A bit neck & shoulder-ee in the beginning for me but than a sweet hip & back release at the end

NiChristi 9 years ago

I'm not a new Yogi, I just haven't done it in awhile. This sequence is perfect for getting back into the swing of things. Thanks!

irotevoli 9 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am a huge fan of your teaching style and your website. Namaste, Tiffany.

peacewithinme 9 years ago

I watch the classes through my laptop, which can be a challenge to follow the movements from standing to seating. David did an excellent job explaining the poses, so I didn't have to interrupt the flow to adjust where my computer was. It was easy for me to follow what he was saying. It was very good for a beginner learning the poses. I feel like my muscles are relaxed and opening up.
The only thing that was difficult for me was the end in Savasana. I didn't have enough time to concentrate/meditate on a spot between the talk through. I don't think I had a tight spot, but I was trying to focus on one of the many sensations I was feeling. I kept trying to focus on a spot, but I was distracted by the coaching. That could just be me though as my mind does like to wander sometimes. Perhaps on future videos, allow a slightly longer pause initially to allow the mind to sink into awareness, then coach through to dig deeper into that awareness.

Overall, it was excellently put together! Thank you.

srock822 9 years ago

I just love this website and all of the videos. I especially love David's teaching style, slow, steady, easy to follow. This video was just what I needed today, I am what I would call an advanced beginner. I was not able to get on my mat for a couple of days due to work, and I was feeling kind of stiff, this video was perfect for easing me back into my practice. Please don't ever go away, you are an amazing resource for all people who enjoy practicing at home. Thank you and Namaste.

David Procyshyn 9 years ago

The idea is to keep the breath going, slow and deep, throughout your entire practice... unless you're doing a breathing technique where you hold the breath. This keeps the body highly oxygenated, the nervous system calm and the body relatively relaxed, even when you're doing difficult poses.

buddhaofsuburbia 9 years ago

hi, I am new to yoga, as I understand breathing is essential in yoga but is breathing in and out strict in every pose and when can we hold the pose and thus do the deep breathing while at it...greetings from South Europe) ) )

Raven 9 years ago

I haven't stretched in almost a decade!! David's classes are soo perfect for beginners wanting to learn yoga at a slow, peaceful pace. Thank you!!