Whether you are an absolute beginner or have been practicing for years but never learned the basics…this video will increase your competence and your confidence on the mat.
In this video tutorial, Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau will walk you through — will teach you — the fundamental principles for taking twists and backbends in yoga. Too many students skip the basic requirements for effective twisting and backbending and end up in a wrestling match with their bodies — never getting better at these postures and also not getting the fantastic benefits from doing things right.
This video also includes some bonus material (low/high lunge, chair, and the often troublesome ‘step through’ from down dog.) You will learn how to do the poses from the ground up…ensuring you are doing them correctly and safely. This video will serve as a lifelong resource…something you can revisit and draw from all the years of your practice.
This Twists and Backbends video is the third installment of our 4 part Yoga for Beginners Video Series. You can do Twists and Backbends as a stand alone tutorial or ultimately complete all four videos (see below). Learning correct fundamentals fully maximizes the benefits of yoga in your body and sets you up to advance the postures. Video length: 28 minutes.
With Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau. These are like no yoga videos you have seen before. In four episodes Kathleen breaks down the basic poses in yoga. She shows you exactly where to put what and why it matters. Kathleen is passionate, candid and clear. She removes all of the intimidation about practicing yoga. You will belly laugh, get stronger and learn.
Learn to do the basic poses correctly and you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime of great yoga. You’ll understand the principles of alignment and have the foundations you need to advance the postures.
A consistent yoga practice will change your body — you’ll get stronger, more flexible and improve your balance. But this goes way beyond the physical. A consistent yoga practice will change your life — you’ll reduce stress, increase mental space and find more peace.
Yes. Kathleen designed this series to specifically show students HOW to do the poses…something she felt was missing from most yoga classes. Instead of a beginner having to flail around for months or even years trying to figure it out, Kathleen removes the frustration, the ambiguity, the doubt. Demonstrations are given, Kathleen points out critical aspects of alignment (the things that often trip up students) and she shares why the poses and details matter. She also shows modifications.
If we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that…
First, a significant portion of the population is dealing with inflexibility (lack of mobility) in various areas of the body. So know that you are not alone. Second, lack of flexibility is precisely why you need to do yoga. We continue to lose flexibility with each year we age, so it is critical to address sooner rather than later as this impacts the quality of your life. (And you will feel so good by creating more space in your body.) Third, YES! this video tutorial will help! Because the focus is on meeting your body exactly where you are—we show you how to do deal with lack of flexibility in each posture. It is so liberating!
Not necessarily. This video tutorial can be referenced/watched/practiced in conjunction with going to classes. However:
Many students dive into yoga classes without ever learning the fundamentals. These students don’t maximize the full benefits of even the basic postures, nor do they create the groundwork to advance the postures. If you’ve been doing yoga several years and scratching your head as to why down dog and triangle still seem so hard, or why you have not been able to find success in the advanced postures (binds, arm balances, backbends, handstands, etc), you should strongly consider revisiting the basics. Your entire practice could shift.
Yes. They were designed to be done in a specific order (should you choose to also do the other three videos offered in this series.) Sun Salutations is first and contains critical basic poses that most other poses in yoga are drawn from. Each video in the series draws from fundamentals in the previous video. The order is as follows: 1. Sun Salutations 2. Standing Series 3. Twists and Backbends 4. Poses on the Floor.
These videos were designed to be a lifelong resource. As your yoga practice develops, you’ll come back to them again and again to refine the postures.
To start, you might want to simply watch and take notes. Then go through that video a second time, this time practicing along. From here the quantity of use will be intensely personal. As you begin to apply what you learn, you may decide to follow along with the videos several times a week until you have the principles locked. Others may choose to only revisit them as needed — when they are struggling with a specific pose or concept.
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau is a former drug pusher (legally) turned filmmaker turned yoga whisperer. Her work and perspectives have been featured in media outlets worldwide including CNN, The Economist, USA Today, Oprah Radio and O Magazine. Read full bio.
Kathleen passionately believes that what the world needs now is more yoga and meditation. We need it as individuals to take ownership of and maximize our physical and mental health. We need it as a planet to slow down and make wiser decisions. Kathleen is a certified yoga teacher, certified personal fitness trainer and consumer health advocate. Through her classes and workshops, she has taught thousands of beginner yoga students. Kathleen is also the owner of The Studio in Madison, WI which has been called “the most breathtaking yoga studio in the country.” She has been personally practicing yoga and meditation for the past 15 years.