In this class designed for level 1/2 students, we will focus on the exploration of forward bends, both in seated and standing postures. Delving deeper into the intricacies of folding and extending forward, participants will gain a better understanding of the various benefits and challenges associated with these fundamental yoga poses.
The session starts with a grounding sequence featuring basic standing forward bends, including such foundational postures as Adho Mukha Svanasana, Parsvottanasana, Uttanasana, and Prasarita Padottanasana. These poses serve as a warm-up, gently preparing the body for the more intensive aspects of the practice to follow.
Before moving on to the main portion of the class, we will perform some heating inversions, like Adho Mukha Vrksasana and Salamba Sirsasana, to invigorate the body and mind. Inversions play a crucial role in enhancing circulation, bringing an influx of blood to the upper body and promoting mental clarity. Practising these poses before the seated section of the class will ensure that the mind is fully aware so as to observe the actions involved in the poses and that the body is invigorated and awake enough to register any new and subtle sensations.
After the inversions, the focus moves to seated forward bends. Participants will engage in a series of poses that enhance flexibility and promote mindful introspection. Upavistha Konasana, Janu Sirsasana, Triang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana, and Paschimottanasana take center stage in this segment. Here, students have a chance to delve into the nuances of each posture, cultivating awareness of body alignment and breath.
The class concludes with a series of cooling inversions, including Halasana and Salamba Sarvangasana, promoting a sense of calm and tranquility. We will end the session with Savasana, where participants are guided through a breathing meditation, providing them with an opportunity for deep relaxation and integration of the physical and mental aspects of the practice.