9 week Beginner Program
The purpose of this program is to guide new students or those who are seeking further refinement in their practice through series of 9 basic sets of yoga asanas (poses). Each class will be complete onto itself including breath work , exploring some foundational principles of yoga along with the physical practice of the asanas. No previous yoga experience is required.
The 9 basic sets of asanas are:
Core & Balance Postures: These sets of asanas strengthen and tone the core muscles of the body and lengthen the spine. Balance poses improve memory, focus and coordination.
Standing Postures: Standing postures are the powerfully grounding foundation for all the other asanas. Standing poses allow us to find strength and stability and bring us to a deeper connection between body and mind. The more grounded we are, the lighter we feel emotionally.
Seated Postures: The aim of seated postures is to hold the back upright without strain or slouching so that energy can flow freely up and down the spine. This set of poses will combine forward bending, hip opening and twisting to stretch the ligaments along the back of the spine helping to decompress lower spinal disks while releasing tight fascia and muscles.
Twisting Postures: Penetrating deep into the body's core, twisting stimulates and tones internal organs while opening the chest, neck, shoulders and hips. These poses help maintain length of spine and healthy vertebrae. Spinal twists unlock our emotional and physical tension.
Backbends: Stretching across the front of the body creates space in our ribcage, chest, shoulders and upper back allowing for full movement of breath. Performing backbends will re-energize and revitalize you, uplifting the body and mind.
Inversions: Simply put, inversion poses bring your head lower than your heart. We will explore simple inversions which will give the student the full benefits of nourishing the brain with oxygen rich blood flow, clearing and quieting the mind and calming the nerves. Inversions create a more balanced muscular coordination between the upper and lower body, by strengthening the shoulders and arms.
Hips and Shoulders: Our hips and shoulders are a cluster of powerful muscles, ligaments and tendons which are meant to have a full range of motion that includes rotating, extending and flexing. Most people are tight in these areas due to either a large percentage of time spent sitting which does not encourage strength or flexibility OR an active lifestyle that include running/cycling which allows for strength but no flexibility. Add a dose of stress causing us to clench those powerful muscles and you have a recipe for tight hips and shoulders. The asanas explored in this set challenge the student to work through the tension bringing a sense of relief and opening to the joints.
Forward Folding: This set of postures will bring deep relaxation to the student by releasing the hamstrings and lower back Forward bends are a wonderful way to cool 'hot' emotions like anger, relax an overcritical mind, and calm the nervous system. A forward fold is essentially any posture that brings the chest closer to the thighs a can be executed while standing, sitting or reclined.
Restorative and Vinyasa: Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing and revitalizing practice that encourages rest and resets the body, mind and spirit. Deep relaxation is achieved when the body feels it is in a nurturing and supportive environment. To create this environment, restorative yoga uses props such as pillows, bolsters and blocks and a soothing atmosphere that helps the body ease and release stress.
Vinyasa yoga focuses on "breath-synchronized movement." What this means is your yoga instructor will teach you to move from one posture to the next on either an inhalation or exhalation. This technique allows the smooth transition through the poses which are linked together to become like a dance.
REGISTRATION: Please email us or call us at 519.818.0661 to register.