Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A & B) and lots of downward dogs!
Welcome to the first newsletter and most importantly, thank you for joining my Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners class. I hope you've enjoyed the first two classes. Ashtanga Yoga is generally much faster paced than your usual 'relaxing' yoga class, so you will hopefully feel like you've had more of a workout. The poses might seem a little awkward at first but once you do more and more, you will find that new poses are easier to get into as you will be absorbing the basic elements at every class. And it's still very good for relaxation too as the physical side of yoga is fundamentally about preparing your body and mind for meditation.
The classic downward dog position, which appears many, many times in the Ashtanga full Primary Series in the Sun Salutations and also in the Vinyasas, between poses and will be one of our key poses in all our upcoming classes. Adho Mukha Shvasana, downward-facing dog in Sanskrit, is very much a resting pose and whilst it doesn't feel like it just yet, you will soon enjoy getting into this pose following on from a more challenging pose.
A little about me
Here's a little background on me, as it's nice to know a bit about who's teaching! I qualified as a yoga teacher in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow in India, last November, having practised for many years. I love all types of yoga but especially Ashtanga for it's routine and fast pace, as when practised alone, you can develop your own pace with your breath which feels very satisfying.
Next week's class - Warriors
Next week we'll have more sun salutations to build your strength and improve your flexibility, as well as introducing some Warrior poses, which are great for strengthening your shoulders, thighs, calves and ankles, as well as opening up your chest and lungs, your neck, bellyand groins! See you next week!
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