We usually start the lesson by sitting with your eyes closed and bringing our attention to your breathing, taking a few minutes to clear our minds of the things that have happened during the day, the tensions and concerns, so that we can start yoga with a clear mind and focus our attention on what we are doing now, rather than what we have done at home or at work, or what we need to do when we've finished the yoga class! This usually lasts between 5 and 10 minutes.
Then we start with some yoga postures (asana). We start with beginners with simple positions, which help to develop strength and flexibility. There are sitting postures (sitting or kneeling), standing and supine (lying posture) postures, and balances, which are too many to list here. Each asana has several advantages and works with various muscles and organs of the body. Each asana can be changed for the different levels of ability of each individual, and over time the flexibility and strength will get better; patience and compassion are the key. This part of the class usually lasts about an hour.
From asana we move on to breathing (pranayama). These practices can be done sitting or lying down and there are many different exercises of pranayama, all of which have enormous benefits for health and emotional well-being. In a class this usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes.
After Pranayama we finish the class with a guided relaxation. The relaxation may vary from the duration of 10 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the time left and the type of relaxation exercise used by the teacher.
After the relaxation, you get back to the world feeling calm, refreshed and more aware than when we started!
What to Wear
Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict free circulation of movement. Do not wear anything that might offend or distract other participants.
What to bring
Bring a mat and some blankets to use during relaxation. You may need least 2 blankets in winter, one to put under the body and another to cover you.
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