Despite the poses themselves changing from class to class, we have a structure which we follow which allows for a balanced and holistic practice.
This is important for you to learn so that you understand the method behind what we are doing, and so that one day, you can sequence your own practice at-home without transitioning aimlessly from pose to pose. This is the structure in which you should work during yoga.
The follow is the order of asana categories which is followed in each class:
- Warming up: Squat Sequence, Spinal Movements, Moon Salutations and Sun Salutations.
- Inverted Poses (warming): these further heat the body and awaken the brain.
- Standing poses: these awaken cellular intelligence in the legs, pelvis and spine and develop vitality. They are the safest poses for beginners. They develop strength and proprioception that is then utilised in all other groups that follow.
- Arm balances: further warm the body and develop strength in the arms. One of the most challenging group of postures, we do them here to ensure we have enough energy to do them safely.
- Forward bends: these, along with the next group, sitting poses, warm the spine and mobilise the hips. This group of postures provides a rest after the first half of the groups which are more challenging.
- Sitting Poses: See above.
- Abdominals: these, along with the next group, twists, prepares the spine for the stronger movements that are to follow in backbends.
- Twists: After the abdominals are warmed by the previous group of postures, they are better prepared for stretching with the twists.
- Backbends: These are the strongest movement for the spine. These are at the end of the practice to ensure you are warmed up and the spine is ready to move into deeper positions.
- Inverted Poses (cooling): These cool the body down to prepare for relaxation.
- Relaxation: this prepares you to return to the day's activities. More importantly, relaxation is the opportunity to absorb on a cellular level all of the input from the practice - which is then stored in the body