Asana—alignment, technique and common modifications for basic yoga postures (standing, seated, twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions). Includes discussion, demonstration and practice.
Each posture will be assessed for basic alignment principles (Iyengar-based). Structural variations and injury will be taken into consideration.
Typical modifications including preparatory postures, alternative postures and the use of props will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. The process for identifying and selecting modifications will provide a skill set for continued learning and application.
Once basic alignment principles are clear, the linking of poses into a flow or Vinyasa practice provides additional challenge and exploration. Beginning Vinyasa will be explored, as will practicing intermediate Vinyasa techniques.
Restorative postures, which are quiet, supported postures using props to allow the body to release and open, will be demonstrated and practiced. A basic understanding of restorative yoga and how to incorporate these poses into a practice will be provided.
Pranayama or breathwork techniques (such as reclined vs. seated practices), breath awareness, Dirga, belly breathing, Mula Bandha breath, Ujayii, Viloma and Nadi Shodhana, will be discussed. Demonstration and practice will be included.
Topics in yoga philosophy will include the eight limbs of yoga as described by Patajali, as well as an introduction to the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.
Anatomy/subtle body anatomy
Anatomy topics will cover basic physical anatomy (bones, muscles, connective tissue and joints) and its applicability to yoga postures. Detailed discussion of the anatomy associated with the breath and nervous system will be included. Additionally, yoga concepts of the subtle (non-physical) body will also be included, such as Koshas, Nadis, Bandhas and Chakras.
Introduction to basic Ayurvedic concepts such as dosha, gunas and seasonal practices.