Movement as Meditation

Beginner II

This delicious and deliberate class with Guy uses a classical approach to dissipating physical and mental agitation and lethargy so that you can rest in clarity during meditation. It starts with a full-spectrum physical practice, followed by an extended savasana, and then into a breath practice and a final meditation. This is a great way to use your own body and breath to calm and center yourself, while fully experiencing the meditative shift from “doing” to “being”.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 6 of Grounding and Strength 14-Day Beginner Yoga Challenge.

Movement as Meditation Playlist (to be played with the class)

Click on the playlist below at the 2 minute mark of the video to sync it with the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: You will need a subscription for access to Apple Music, and for music to play ad-free on Spotify and YouTube Music. You will also need to adjust the volume to your preference.

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ValerieH
September 30, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Wonderful class. I'll definitely be revisiting this one. Thank you Guy.

circelink
June 8, 2021
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Don't ya wish the whole world would just do this class? I sure do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

lucidbee
May 25, 2021
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For me, a great class. It helps me to work explicitly with agitation and "get it out." Is this the only class that does this? It is helpful for preparing me for a more calm and centered state. I find these stages extremely helpful. I like the "powerful yogi" stuff!

HeatherAAllen
March 6, 2021
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That was a really great comprehensive yoga lesson. It's very interesting doing the 14 day challenge because you have no idea what your coming to each day(Idon't spend time reading or looking ahead-just go for it). I was so surprised with yesterdays "total relaxation"! And now today's really excellent yoga workout. I've been needed to move out of very beginner to some of the more strengthening movements, this worked for me ; as well as the very relaxing meditation and breathing. perfect for me today! Thank you very much!

One note; I'm noticing it is very difficult for me to move into the cobra or upward dog. I know I need more muscle strengthening exercise and hoping I can find it through yoga practice.

Fiji McAlpine
April 9, 2021
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Hi Heather,

So happy to hear you are enjoying the diversity in this challenge. You are very right, cobra and upward dog do require some strength in the muscles that line the spine, and this takes some time to create. I would suggest doing cobra to start, focus on hugging your elbows in and pulling them down towards your hips. This will turn on the muscles you want to strengthen and that will lead you to upward dog.

oakhazel
February 7, 2021
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Wonderful class Guy. I must admit I did struggle to keep up in some places with the standing portion. I would also have liked the final meditation to have been just a bit longer - there wasn't enough time to integrate the class for me personally. It certainly shifted my agitated state - thank you.

hural
February 2, 2021
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Wonderful class! Been on DYWM many years and Guy is one of my new favorites. Thank you Guy.

lucidbee
January 30, 2021
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Great class. I found the combination of elements (movement, breath, meditation) really effective. It made sense and it also worked. I am going to come back to this one!

sng4ever
January 28, 2021
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This was really good for all the elements Guy wanted to bring up in the practice.
It was a nice balance !!!!

penelopemf
January 13, 2021
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An outstanding well-rounded practice. I have done this two days in a row now and find today's flow much easier with more focus, better balance and fewer aches! Appreciate awareness of awakening my body everyday.

radhike
January 12, 2021
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Very well class enjoyed it thoroughly. One question though, I have a though time balancing myself on one leg in Tree Pose or any other. Any suggestion how to go about it to perfect the balancing? Will appreciate the suggestion.

trunkss
January 15, 2021
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Hello @radhike! I am curious if you are able to focus on a singular spot in front of you visually while you work your body into balance physically and internally through tree pose? I struggled with this pose for a while too but as I worked more on balancing my visual focus with my physical balance it brought me to a more stable place. Alongside this, as you work into tree pose with your hands on your hips, engaging your core, work on bringing your balance into your target leg and lightly allowing your other foot to leave the ground in small moments to start finding that personalized centering you can feel in all four corners of your standing foot. As you work your toes off the ground don't feel rushed to bring it fully up your leg. When you have your hands on your hips, core engaged, eyes focused and weight in the four corners of your balancing foot, there comes an internal patience in working your other foot from the floor and, I recommend, to your calf first. There are many steps to perfecting balance but finding how your body responds to weight in one leg with focus throughout your entire body present on the mat, ease will begin to settle in. I hope this finds you well and if anyone feels differently about my advice please feel free to chime in! As I start this practice for the first time I wanted to send my energy outwards to you and your time spent with this practice. All my best and so happy I could help, Shae.

Gitti
January 7, 2021
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Very well rounded class, Loved it. Thanks.

allibar
January 7, 2021
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thank you Guy, another one for the rotation.

debkiger
January 6, 2021
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Out*standing. Invigorating and effective for getting rid of agitation and gripping. Bravo, Guy.

Sharyl M
January 6, 2021
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A wonderful combination of relaxing and invigorating for me. Thank You!

EmBe
January 6, 2021
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This was such a peaceful class with a nice flow. I especially liked the setting. I use an iPad and Guy was silhouetted against the lighter background. His standing poses were so graceful and easy to see against the light background. The sound of the waves added to the calmness of the practice. I feel very relaxed and ready for the rest of the day.

Neita
January 6, 2021
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Thank you! Fantastic class; a wonderful experience. I feel so peaceful and alive.

LizH49
January 6, 2021
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Amazing class- superb balance of physical exertion, breath work and meditation.
Left me feeling exhilarated and positive.
Thank you Guy.

smiragli
January 5, 2021
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Amazing. The progression of physical work, breath work, and meditation, worked perfectly to create in me a sublime feeling of peace and relaxation. Thank you, Guy.

AlidaMB
January 5, 2021
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would have liked more time in meditation just listening to the ocean

Kitkatkatey
January 5, 2021
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another fabulous class. really well rounded
I feel calm and alert