Fundamental Principals – Weekly Intermediate Class 162

Focus: This class hones in on the essential building blocks of asana practice. The class explores the basic elements that are essential in the process of bringing yoga poses to life. The Iyengar method is well known for its mastery of impressive and challenging positions. Many of these poses are the culmination of decades of sustained inquiry and exploration. Just as impressive is the way that the method delivers the first taste of yoga practice to people who are experiencing it for the first time. This delivery is all about the student receiving the right information at the right time. When teaching beginners the subject of asana can be presented in a methodical fashion that gradually unfolds and builds momentum over time. Acquiring the essential building blocks of asana practice is a dynamic and creative process. It can potentially create an endless process of learning. A good way to start this journey is to direct your attention to the soles of your feet and feel the way they make contact with the ground. We can gradually work our way up from this simple foundation. This weeks class will of course be well suited to newer students of yoga but it will also have value for people of all experience levels. Even advanced students and long term practitioners will benefit from revisiting the distinction between simple and easy.

Key Poses: Tadasana, urdhva hastasana, urdhva baddhanguliyasana, trikonasana, virabhadrasana 2, parsvakonasana, prasarita padottanasana.

Equipment: Mat.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 40 min

Yoga poses