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Gentle Hatha: Taking it Slow

Beginner I
This slow-paced, gentle hatha yoga class uses a block and a bolster and plenty of modifications to help ease you into the yoga practice, calm your nerves, slow down your mind and encourage your body to relax. In Sarah's first class with DYWM, she brings her 13 years of teaching experience and certifications in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Functional Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Pain Care Yoga into this all levels class. If you don't have a bolster, learn how to make a bolster at home. The beautiful background music playlist is provided by Yogitunes.
Equipment:
  • Block
  • Bolster
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Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
September 15, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

Lovely! Soothing, calming and strengthening at the same time. Nice to have a slow and gentle start to the day :-)
Namaste

GAIASOURCED
GAIASOURCED
January 7, 2022
Comment:

Thank you Sarah, this practice was very soothing along with your instructions :)

Ngejung
Ngejung
December 8, 2021
Comment:

Thank you for this beautiful practice Sarah.

dukegal1213
dukegal1213
March 5, 2021
Comment:

I come back to this class every so often because it’s relaxing but also great for core work. I love the music in this class, too!

rizmahal
rizmahal
June 24, 2019
Comment:

I haven't done yoga in a while, so this was a great video to ease back into it! Super relaxing and Sarah is wonderful.

oakhazel
oakhazel
September 16, 2018
Comment:

I enjoyed this lesson - lovely and slow and relaxing. You have a relaxing voice. I did find the music distracting especially with the singing as I find I am trying to listen to you and block out the singing voice. It was especially distracting in the beginning lying down to relax and there was also some laughing.

AmberMoon
AmberMoon
July 13, 2018
Comment:

Very relaxing and the sound quality was good. I didn't have to strain to listen to you!

ÀfricaRM
ÀfricaRM
July 10, 2018
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This session is perfect when you are too tired or nervous to do anything else. I felt restored and relaxed after taking it. Thank you very much, Sarah!

NB: It helped me a lot the way Sarah explains how to do the one-legged warrior pose and her emphasis in feeling your hips.

Lollyb
Lollyb
April 7, 2018
Comment:

This class was perfect for me today. After struggling all week with a difficult head cold, the gentle guidance and variations given was just what I needed. Excellent slow class and I appreciated the gentle reminders.

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
April 2, 2018
Comment:

Soothed my stiff neck. Perfect, gentle and so calming. Enjoyed the modification suggestions throughout. I would love more from Sarah. I learn to care for my body with her guidance and the cue to check the level of hips is so helpful. This is an area of weakness in my practice.
Thank you.

Svsd
Svsd
March 4, 2018
Comment:

Good class! Hopefully there’s more coming from Sarah!

teach123
teach123
February 27, 2018
Comment:

Thank you for a great class. I appreciated the modifications and the reminder to do what felt right, "today."

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
February 19, 2018
Comment:

After a rough couple of days with a tender back, I took this class instead of crawling into bed and am so happy I did. What a terrific experience and I surely will revisit this as one of my favorites. I hope to see more from this new instructor to DYWM. Sarah, you are fantastic. With the options you provide, this practice will suit me on good and bad days. The music was delightful and calming. Thank you.

DrTish
DrTish
February 4, 2018
Comment:

Excellent class, for any & all levels. I've been a yoga teacher for 16 years, am finally bringing my beginner and athlete husband into practice. This one is perfect for us both. Also the cues, voice, and amount of "talk" was just perfect here.

dctotten
dctotten
January 24, 2018
Comment:

I enjoyed the reminder to listen to my body, but found the constant reminder distracting. My awareness was constantly being pulled from within to hearing the instructors voice. Not a restful practice for me at all, just too much talking.

dctotten
dctotten
January 24, 2018
Comment:

I enjoyed the reminder to listen to my body, but found the constant reminder distracting. My awareness was constantly being pulled from within to hearing the instructors voice. Not a restful practice for me at all, just too much talking.

millon03
millon03
December 26, 2017
Comment:

Very nice way to end the day! Very comforting!

mkrishock
mkrishock
August 15, 2017
Comment:

I really enjoyed your class. I have only recently begun a yoga practice but I thoroughly enjoyed your words and movements especially letting me decide where my body will go today. Great modifications. I will definitely bookmark this class for a great evening practice. Thank you!

DeWaat
DeWaat
June 28, 2017
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This class brought me to a place of quiet after many days of unrest. Thank you Sarah.

Henrieke
Henrieke
June 28, 2017
Comment:

I like the pace. You are also a wonderful teacher. Thank you. Greetings from Berlin, Germany

Helen P
Helen P
June 11, 2017
Comment:

Thanks Sarah, this class was perfect for me today as I am recovering from an illness and didn't feel like doing anything too energetic. The pacing and the level were exactly right.

LynneP
LynneP
May 28, 2017
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Finally someone who doesn't push the downward dog as the be all and end all - the modifications were brilliant. Usually I feel like a failure in yoga because I can't put weight on my hands /wrists so I struggle with cat/cow and dog :-) This was soooo good to be given options and told it's ok !

gloonie1
gloonie1
May 23, 2017
Comment:

Very nice class - we both enjoyed it. We try to do classes with DoYogaWithMe on the days we don't go to "live" classes, and it helps round out our practice. This class with its relaxed and slow stretching is just the thing. Thank you. Namaste.

Iglet
Iglet
May 3, 2017
Comment:

Excellent practice! This was just what I needed. I used to have a daily yoga practice and was very flexible. I haven't done yoga in a long while and have become very stiff. This practice was perfect for helping me to get back into yoga without strain.

allisonmason597
allisonmason597
April 27, 2017
Comment:

happy i did this video it is slow paced and very beginner friendly but she was not talking too much or distracting from the video at all, like many beginner videos often do. I did not feel like a beginner with this video I feel great and relaxed!!

Anuahs39
Anuahs39
April 25, 2017
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I loved this yoga hour. Thank you so much. It was just what I needed for increasing my balance and strength. I am at the beginning of my yoga journey.

lynnoh61
lynnoh61
April 23, 2017
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Thank you so much for this practice. It was a wonderful flow and it truly felt like my own practice with the options you gave. I will be doing this often. I felt it will grow with me as I get stronger.

Deb00
Deb00
April 19, 2017
Comment:

Exactly what I was looking for. Thank You Sarah!

karalindsey11
karalindsey11
April 17, 2017
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I loved my hour spent taking part in this class. I am high anxiety and it calmed me right down. I look forward to doing this again very soon.

Jjvano
Jjvano
April 15, 2017
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Wonderful practice after a long hard week of work! Really enjoy Sarah's voice and gentle style. Thanks so much!

AmberLove
AmberLove
April 14, 2017
Comment:

Perfect pace for me. This is exactly the way I appreciate Hatha flows.

birdnthesky
birdnthesky
April 14, 2017
Comment:

Exactly what I've been hoping to find. I really hope Sarah adds more classes to DYWM. Her voice is so relaxing and helped me focus on each movement. I love all the modifications she offered. I've been practicing the intermediate videos but after months of the hardcore Fiji style workouts (which I love), my wrists, hands and shoulder began hurting. I moved back to the beginner series and thanks to David and Melissa was able to work through the pains I was having. Sarah's video is in between. I found it restorative but I felt like I was still progressing and building strength too. Please, please offer more practices in this style. I hope to see a lot more of Sarah on this site! Thank you so much for bringing new videos.

SteveMo
SteveMo
April 11, 2017
Comment:

Probably the first time in an age that I've followed the voice which made for a really relaxing session. Thanks to Sarah for a sublime experience.

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April 11, 2017
Comment:

Soothing calm I like the options you give I fell asleep last night when I hit the pillow ,I look forward to a shorter version
Peace