Yoga Immersion: Technical Class and Asana Talk

Move your practice to a new level of understanding

Dave will lead a 2 hour Bikram Yoga technical class where he breaks down each postureBikramsBrookie (148 of 53) to help you understand what you are aiming to achieve in the 26 and 2. Dave’s clear and easy to understand style of teaching will change how you practice. He’ll offer insights, tips and reasons WHY to help move your practice forward.

 

Dave’s technical understanding of the asanas and the anatomy and philosophy emerges from having immersed himself in yoga for almost 15 years. He studies nothing but yoga, he eats, sleeps and lives yoga. Dave is Yoga. Ask his wife, she’s Linda.

Ever wondered what your postures look like?`

We’ll be taking pics through the class and go through them afterwards over supper to extend your understanding at a very personal level.

 

After the class and showers, we’ll retire to the Chillout and over shared supper, have a look at the posture photos we’ll take during the class and review some more on the asanas, this will really give a chance for reflection and questions.

We encourage every student who’s ever been curious to join us for this journey. The class will be longer than usual but the room will be slightly cooler and there will be plenty of time to sit, ask and be adjusted.

Open to absolutely anybody with a Bikram Yoga habit. Students early in their practice will find this an invaluable tool.

As Dave would say, “What are you waiting for?”

The Evening

5pm – 7pm Technical Class

7:30 – 8pm Supper (please bring a plate to share)

8 – 9pm Yoga Asanas Photo Review and Talk

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Triangle Workshop

ONE POSTURE ONE HOUR 

Triangle (Trikanasana) is one of the most challenging postures in the Bikram series.

Join Babs as she leads a one hour intensive into the posture designed to use every part of your body.11655486_10206515470983698_399034510_n

Open to all, Babs will help both beginners in the first few weeks of practice, right down to 10 year regulars. Babs is one of our most experienced teachers with almost 9 years full-time teaching experience. Babs is absolutely passionate about the technical aspects of postures and understanding what you are trying to achieve through the correction

$15 or FREE to Direct Debit members

Pay for your workshop and Sign up right here.

 

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Four tips to help you fly …

…… in Poorna Salabhasana (aka aeroplane pose)

Full Locust firms abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips and thighs. Good for scoliosis, kyphosis, sponylosis and slipped discs. This is backbending and weightlifting for your spine, and full locust does what no Full-Lotus.jpgmachine can do.

Bikram says that of all the poses it is the one students find it hardest to improve in, but again, as long as you are TRYING the right way you are receiving all the benefits, so don’t be despondent.

1. Keep your knees and feet together and clench your hips and leg muscles TIGHT!

While it’s tempting to let your knees and feet (heels especially) part company as you try to come higher, try your very hardest not to. Do not allow your knees to bend!  Keep all your muscles tight and you will be able to lift your chest more. Plus you’re building up leg strength and toning your butt (and that’s a good thing, not just because it looks good in jeans, but it helps take the load off your poor over-worked lumbar spine).

2. Take a deep breath in as you lift

This inflates the lungs to maximum, encouraging the chest to lift and then the back muscles need to turn on to hold you up there.  Ideally you’ll use the muscles in the middle and lower spine to remain perfectly balanced on hip bones for 10 seconds.

3. Think of lengthening the body

How much can you stretch your arms out and your legs back, and your chest forward. Once your body creates space, then your muscles can contract more easily to get you higher.

4. Look up and back

While the ceiling and the teacher are often fascinating, you’re really trying to see the BACK of the room.  Whether you do or not is not so important as your intention. Yoga is about INTENTION to create CHANGE.You will open your chest, your heart chakra, your arms will begin to lift more and you will engage the back muscles.

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Sasangasana – Rabbit Pose

Benefits

  • Maximum extension of the spine increasing its mobility and elasticity, and does the same for the back muscles
  • Relieves tension in the neck, shoulders and back
  • Helps alleviate colds, sinus problems and chronic tonsillitis
  • Through compression of thyroid and parathyroid, rejuvenates and improves function of those glands
  • Can also be therapeutic for insomnia, diabetes and depression
  • Spine stretching  feeds the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen
  • Helps to ensure proper spinal alignment
  • Improves digestive function

Rabbit is a complex posture and for beginners, sometimes difficult to conceptualize. As with all postures, a correct set up is essential.

If your hands are slipping, you might find it hard to pull on the heels.

Don’t compensate for this by grabbing just your towel, ankles or worse – nothing at all!

 

If you’re a slippy gripper, or want a better posture, read on…

  • Tuck your chin into your chest first, then bend forward while gripping the heels.
  • Lift the hips up all the way.
  • Once the body is curling forward and the hips are lifting, then redjust if necessary to get a tight grip on your heels.
  • Now it’s easier to pull on the heels and work towards straightening the arms.
  • Now you get your forehead to your knees. You MUST walk your knees forward to your forehead, not the other way around.
  • By doing all this, you will work towards eventually stretching your entire spine and achieve maximum stretching in the posture.
  • And finally, as you exit the posture maintain your grip and chin into your chest until you are all the way back up.

If you’re struggling with Rabbit, keep on trying and feel free to ask any of our teachers if you’re not sure you’re doing it correctly. Aside from the incredible benefits the posture offers, doing Rabbit in your deepest expression feels unbelievable.

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