This Sunday, May 1st from 3:30-5:30pm I lead a Yoga Fundamentals Workshop. We focused on basic alignment principles, and I gave everyone a printed list of tips to help improve pose alignment. We practiced with lots of blocks, straps, bolsters, and used the wall to help with aligning our knees, hips, and shoulders.
We also had a brief history of yoga, discussing the origins of the word Yoga in Sanskrit, and the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali. We practiced Dirga Swasam (the 3-part breath) lying on our bellies to find the breath entering and leaving our abdomen, rib cage, and chest. We discussed how practicing a certain range of movements can open the many channels of the body, especially the spine so that energy can flow freely.
Lastly we reviewed all the Sanskrit names of the asanas we commonly practice in class, and how to pronounce them.
Have you ever wondered why you do something in your yoga class? Or if you were doing a particular pose correctly? Feel free to email me questions, and I would be happy to try and answer your question.