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A Stretch Class for Beginners I

Beginner I

This beginners yoga class is great for people who are just starting out with yoga, seniors, or anyone who is looking for a gentle stretch class. It moves through a series of poses that stretch mainly the upper body - the spine, shoulders, neck and back.

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johnwilliamsphd
johnwilliamsphd
April 25, 2021
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I've been meaning to take a class on here for a couple of years. Finally took this one. So glad I did. Thanks, David !

CoachLee
CoachLee
February 27, 2019
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Absolutely Loved it. Will be incorporating this into my fitness regimen.

Coomie34
Coomie34
June 26, 2018
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Very nice way to start. I loved the hip stretches!

JAJCooper
JAJCooper
March 25, 2018
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Yoga always seemed a bridge to far, as I am very limited in my mobility (hence why I started). I feel really good after this session and look forward to my biking now.

jsipe4720
jsipe4720
March 1, 2018
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I read an earlier comment from someone with fibromyalgia and arthritis. I also have both, and this was a wonderful stretch for my sometimes locked up shoulders and hips. This is my first video with DoYogaWithMe, and I'm already a believer. Thank you!

scarlettejewel
scarlettejewel
January 12, 2018
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I have fibromyalgia and arthritis. My shoulders and hips give me a lot of trouble. This was such a good release. I will definitely be doing this again. I feel like I already have released so much tension in my shoulders and have better mobility.

ShesARainbow
ShesARainbow
June 3, 2017
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Wow those hip stretches were exactly what I needed today. I will be keeping this saved for after I've been walking and I'm getting some hip pain. I feel great!

eliana
eliana
January 29, 2017
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I haven't done yoga in far too long and this was a perfect ice-breaker. Love it and will be taking it again.

BlueMona
BlueMona
January 18, 2017
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Great stretch for when I haven't exercised in a while (i.e. months). Not my favourite type of yoga though; I prefer something a bit more dynamic that gets my heart pumping a little.

Thisni Caza
Thisni Caza
January 4, 2017
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Excellent class for beginners, especially beginning (not especially fit) seniors, I can't lay down on the floor, but tried to replicate those stretches as best I could while seated. I've done those same stretches laying on my bed, and may consider that as an option in the future. My only negative comment, and this comment is minor and prolly personal preference, altho the principles of color psychology are generally accepted, I think...the red background doesn't really complement the whole stretching experience, as red is the color associated with energy and aggression. I did enjoy the class and found the instruction excellent, not too fast, not too slow...will likely repeat this class for my back (thoracic) and shoulders. Thank you for this gentle, beginner class!

Tony McGurk
Tony McGurk
December 17, 2016
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This was my 1st ever Yoga session. It was easy to follow & really left me feeling relaxed. I started doing bodyweight workouts last Monday & decided to do Yoga on my off days. Looking forward to learning more.

xtinaromano
xtinaromano
June 10, 2016
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So I have dabbled but in all honesty am a total beginner- at first I was disappointed with the beginning stretches and almost switched to a harder class, but when it got into it I like many others who commented was glad I didn't. I feel loose and relaxed and energized all at the same time. Great stretches. Super stoked about the next one.

kesalmen
kesalmen
May 23, 2016
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I wouldn't necessarily consider myself an absolute beginner to yoga, but this class was a great way to give my body a good morning stretch. I almost stopped the video to switch to a more challenging class because the stretches at the beginning seemed too simple, but I decided to finish it. As the class continued I discovered stretches I hadn't considered before, and I honestly felt like I benefited from the class. It's not your typical yoga class, but it's a great starting point to receive a great stretch that your body might not be used to.

peggyslot
peggyslot
March 24, 2016
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This was a really great first stretch. I feel so much more relaxed and open. Can't wait till tomorrow's class.

iloveit
iloveit
February 24, 2016
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It was really good, my joints sounded a bit like maracas which was nice and at the end I did feel really well stretched - but I wish this included a little more warm-up than it did for how deep the stretches were. I felt numb in my hands a couple times from the stretch and that usually tells me I did not get enough blood flow warming up. Otherwise this was very well done!

Arihana Fernández
Arihana Fernández
February 10, 2016
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Very first time for me. I was affraid of what this could be but David I loved it!! Thanks

YoNiki
YoNiki
February 10, 2016
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I never did this class before, because I didn't consider myself a beginner not knowing how to stretch. I am glad to found that this assumption was incorrect. This class is really great. I especially liked to arm stretches at the wall!
Thank you very much!

Katmei
Katmei
January 20, 2016
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That was a great stretch. Thank you @ David

Innocence41285
Innocence41285
January 17, 2016
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When I went to try this a couple years ago I was disheartened because I had a strap but I did not have a regular chair! I finally got a chair and did this for the first time today. I loved it, though I have terrible grip and upper body strength. If I did not have a strap that had the ability to belt I would not have pulled enough to get the stretch I needed. It really shows how everyone is in their own unique place and journey though.

Terry87571
Terry87571
January 10, 2016
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This may be week one, workout one - but I'll definitely be doing this one again. I really needed these gently stretches. It's been a while since I've done any kind of stretching. Thanks!

CoffeeOnMyMind
CoffeeOnMyMind
January 9, 2016
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I've been a beginner at yoga for many years, always coming back to it when life gets rough. This time I hope to establish a regular practice and perhaps progress out of the beginner state. This site seems to be the perfect place to allow me to do that! Thank you David and everyone for this wonderful site. After this month's money crunch, I will become a subscriber.

Quite Zone
Quite Zone
July 21, 2015
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Brilliant to use the wall in this Beginner Stretch Video :) I am very much looking forward to the next one

mamacassi
mamacassi
July 18, 2015
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I nice easy way to begin getting back into health. Great for beginners. Ill do this a few times the next few days I think.

Nashoba
Nashoba
April 26, 2015
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This was my first class on he, following the beginner program. It as the perfect start of my Sunday, now on to a nice warm shower and a relaxing day, it really sets you up for a no stress day. Simple, but effective. But most of all clear instructions. You may know some of these stretches from the gym or wherever, but to me they weren't as effective until now, because these clear spoken instructions were better than what I get from my instructors at the gym, and some of them such as the shoulder stretches I finally felt in the right place.

Great video and I will be back for more, and donate too.

One small thing, the video nicely ends with a relaxing almost meditative state lying down.. I just had no clue when the video ended and if there was still gonna be something else. Not that I minded laying on the floor a while longer,but it would be nice to hear a "Now slowly rise and enjoy the sensations as this is the end of this class" or something similar.

Thanks again.

CatinNY
CatinNY
March 3, 2015
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I agree with a_muggle about the chair and wall though. I did the chair exercise standing where I could because all I had was an upholstered chair and some I could not do the movements well due to the large back and arms of the chair. But they worked well standing. I also wished it would have listed the wall, because I had to pause to figure it out too.
What I liked was the instructor moved through the paces at a great speed. I felt I got a great feel for yoga and was not bored (I was really afraid it would be too slow, boring).
All in all- wonderful first time. Thank you!!!!

shand21
shand21
December 15, 2014
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I've been thinking about starting yoga for months now but didn't think I'd be able to due to $$ and I would have to travel out of town for an actual class. This was my first attempt and I've gotta say, I think I may have actually found a type of exercise that I could come to love. This is the first time in three years that I have felt relaxed and my muscles are loose! Believe me, with two kids under 3 years old, I never thought I'd feel anything but tension and stress for years to come. Thanks for offering these great videos and I can't wait to get farther into the beginners program!

bhala
bhala
July 13, 2014
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Though I've been doing some form of yoga on and off for many years now, had never been to any class.
Enjoyed the simple and basic stretches.
Thank you!!

Sondra Turnbull
Sondra Turnbull
July 4, 2014
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I'm still tingling from this, my first yoga session in a long time. Listening to and feeling my body during the relaxation at the end made me aware of awakening energy and muscles excited to be in use again.
Thank you for your wonderful website.

Libilou
Libilou
December 8, 2013
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Thank you. That was a great way to start my yoga learning.

Morgan Rackley
Morgan Rackley
December 16, 2013
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This was my very 1st class on your site and I truly enjoyed it :-)
I am making yoga apart of my lifestyle change and I'm so eager to learn more.
Thank you for this awesome site!

Valerie007
Valerie007
January 5, 2014
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Wish I had known I needed a wall before I started, because where I was set up didn't have access to a wall.

grandmajan
grandmajan
January 18, 2014
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Namasté. Coming to this video as an outsider, before I registered, there was no information about what was needed. I had to stop and figure out where to do the wall stretches, the nearest wall is beyond the visual line with the screen. Had to stop and figure out what I could use as a strap for the leg and hip work. worked out my arm more than my hip while doing the strap stretches. Otherwise, I liked the video, very clearly articulated, especially about where to keep joints with respect to other joints to avoid injury. I registered on the basis of this video.

a_muggle
a_muggle
January 19, 2014
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I really enjoyed this easy class, which helped me stretch a lot of the places that I get very tight. The stretches are easy and you can easily change them to fit your ability. My only complaint is that I needed both a chair and access to an open wall, which I did not have ready so I had to pause and switch rooms a few times in order to do the whole video.
List wall and chair under the props section, we'd be golden. :-)

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
January 21, 2014
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Thanks for the letting me know, fine people. I've added 'wall' and 'chair' to the list of equipment needed, so no one will have that issue in the future.
Take care,
David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder

bzirkone
bzirkone
January 23, 2014
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I started my new stretching routine today. Your video is perfect. I'll do it for a week and move to the second one for beginners. I did not use a wall.. just put my arm up and stretched it back. Sad how out of shape I am. Starting with your video.. that changes today. Thanks.

Jackiie
Jackiie
February 17, 2014
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I'm just beginning year 12 and know I'm going to be so stressed throughout the year, but knowing I have this now means I can relax with these videos at any time!
Thank you so much!

deborahm
deborahm
February 22, 2014
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I like to think I'm in some sort of shape, but I am pretty sure this video just kicked my butt. Loved it - and I'm glad I decided to start at the very beginning!

lmichelle0227
lmichelle0227
March 23, 2014
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Thank you for this website, especially the programs for beginners! I really appreciate everything you have done to make yoga accessible for everyone. Thank you!
This class is particular was a great start to my journey to learn more about yoga. I have taken a class here and there over the years, but I want to integrate yoga into my life and I believe the DYWM website and programs will be the key for me.

MyJourney
MyJourney
October 31, 2013
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My first class with you was more then I could have imagine. Everything was in alignment, your voice, your movements, your music and your space/room. Thank you and please know that I appreciate the labor of love that went into this website. You and your staff are living the true meaning of Yoga.

Namaste !!

CoachCole
CoachCole
September 25, 2013
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I have been skeptical about yoga for a long time. It didn't seem to be geared towards us manly men. But I can say with confidence that this puts a whole new view on the world of stretching and relaxing. Very easy to follow and very non-threatening. Thanks! P.S. I have a fabric (not leather) belt that I use for a strap and it worked very well.

tinanuna
tinanuna
September 17, 2013
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I have a great difficulty to access the video ... It takes too long to charge ... Is it normal ?

koilady
koilady
August 18, 2013
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Thank you for a gentle way to heal and strengthen my body. It is as if the "blocks" in my shoulders and lower back are crumbling and blood, air and energy can now enter areas that were being starved to death.

thank you for being calm, not threatening, and very accepting in your manner. I feel so safe practicing with this video clips.

Mlove1031
Mlove1031
August 16, 2013
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We're a low income family trying keep a physically and spiritually fit household and I am SO glad this is available! This is perfect for the entire family to start off with!

Newleaf
Newleaf
August 16, 2013
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This was really easy for me to follow. One person commented that they felt self conscious, tip** lock yourself in your room for half an hour then you are just by yourself. I didn't have a strap so I just used a rolled scarf. I hope that can work the same because I don't even have money to go buy one. I'm really hoping my flexibility will be better and that this will help my back pain as I can not see the chiropractor because I'm away at school.

Hazel
Hazel
August 6, 2013
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I like that most of these stretches were new to me. Another commenter suggested using this as a morning routine, since the body can be stiff and vulnerable to injury first thing after waking up. I'd like to try that. Thanks David, I love every thing I see on this site so far.