Beginners Yoga classes are the foundation of all other yoga. Whether you are new or have been doing it for a long time, as your practice changes and deepens, being able to go back to the beginning is what will integrate, stabilise and refine the freedom and understanding you gain.
Students new to Yoga of Self ideally should do some beginners classes to gain a clear understanding of what is important in yoga and what is not. Beginners Yoga provides a good reference for the optimal alignment of the body and gives you the feeling of the pelvis, shoulders and head not collapsing in the side plain. This neutral position allows the breath and energy to flow freely – giving you the experience of a full yogic breath instantaneously changing the mind from thinking to awareness. Through this awareness a student learns to develop an intelligence that can listen to the breath while equally prioritising length and stability in the body. This is essentially learning to balance the inner world with the outer world.
For keen students Beginners Yoga is also the best place to expand their practice into the bigger picture of yoga by learning to help and support others. With guidance, this will naturally occur over time at the right time.
Around sunrise is one of the best times to practice yoga as our minds are quieter first thing in the morning and we have more energy having just rested.
Beginning by waking up the breath and tuning into your awareness of breath, we become familiar with moving the breath through the body without collapsing areas. This naturally allows the body to open and the fire element from the navel to get stronger. After moving and breathing consciously you’ll start the day feeling grounded and uplifted.
A chance to start the day off on the right foot. A great class for local school traffic or anyone with available time in the morning.
Beginning with the basics of breathing whilst consciously lying on the floor, we will slowly wake up the body with rhythmic and accessible postures that will cultivate stamina and fire. Having moved the body in unison with a long balanced breath, relaxation practices will allow you to experience stillness at the end of class in both body and mind.
Foundational Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic posture practice that develops good qualities in a student through deepening and balancing the breath whilst learning to move through a set sequence of postures.
Ashtanga Vinyasa has inspired a lot of the more flowing styles of yoga around today. This class respects the essential nature of the postures in the Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence which develop great vitality, heat, stamina, focus and fluidity. At the same time, it will provide original alternatives to the more demanding postures and transitions. This makes the class more accessible and steady, allowing a wider range of people to gain the enormous benefits of cultivating their fire element while encouraging over-developed areas to back off and underdeveloped areas to work more.
Class finishes with a restorative ten minute relaxation.