In this class the sun salutations and the standing poses will be talked through at a fairly steady pace. It is assumed that the students are already familiar with that part of the sequence, therefore it is not a class for complete beginners to the Ashtanga system.
The class is one hour and a half to give time for the teacher to introduce how to do sitting forward bends in a safe way for the back and hamstrings. The poses will be taught in the traditional order up until one of the Janu Sirsasana variations (A, B or C).
The class will finish with back bending and the sitting finishing sequence before final relaxation.
Beyond relaxing, children learn to channel and manage their emotions and feel more confident in their bodies. The practice helps them to focus and develop their attention skills.
The sessions are playful with many animal poses all while discovering and developing an awareness of their breath.
The ending ritual with a relaxation with stories and very soft music or very soft instruments.
At AYP we are committed to teaching Ashtanga in a safe and intelligent manner, giving special focus to anatomical alignment in the poses as well as the foundations of an Ashtanga practice: ujjayi (special breathing technique to regulate the breath and calm the nervous system), bandhas (internal contractions to keep the body strong and controlled) and drishti (points of focus to keep the mind concentrated and inwards). These are the aspects that make this physical practice be highly self-transformational and not merely ‘a good workout’. Of course, all the benefits of a good workout are attained but with yoga we get even more than that!
We have a wonderful restorative class where we only do relaxing poses that are perfect for restoring energy that has been depleted by life in the city.
Yin and Yang are terms used to describe how seemingly opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent in nature and how they give rise to each other. Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of yoga are considered “Yang” practices; they are dynamic, moving, strong and bright. In our Restorative classes the focus is on static poses, letting us release completely to the gravitational forces below, closing our eyes and just ‘being’ within.
It is an alternative practice for those days that a dynamic style intuitively feels inappropriate; for instance, during emotional fatigue, when sick, during menstruation, during the full and new moon days or when we are just plain over-worked and tired!
This way we don’t need to skip our practice and miss out on the mental and emotional benefits of taking some time each day to bring ourselves inside to find peace while awakening and enlivening the cells of the body to give us the power to constructively and positively deal with the obstacles life gives us. Restorative yoga is the complete opposite of ashtanga, and we feel it totally compliments the energy of Ashtanga.
The last level of Vinyasa, in which the poses practiced become harder. This class can be fun, creative and challenge our ability to be present to follow the lead of the teacher since you never know what will be coming next. Inspiration for the poses come from all the different series of ashtanga: primary, intermediate, advanced and beyond. Definitely a class for those with a consistent practice and a knowledge of alignment and how to keep themselves secure and grounded while flowing through these exhilarating sequences with a steady, calm breath, and a clear, calm mind.