12 Basic Poses
My classes offer comprehensive teaching of the 12 basic Yoga postures along with variations, which are suitable for absolute beginners to those who are more experienced. Classes are small in size (no more than 12 students) and are taught in a non-competitive environment
Headstand (Sirshasana) – King of Asanas
A powerful pose for body and mind. The headstand can create a stronger heartbeat and reduces pressure on the lower back. It can assist with improvement in memory and concentration.
Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) – Queen of Asanas
A forward-bending exercise, shoulderstand can tone and revitalise the thyroid and parathyroid glands. This improves and balances metabolism of cells in the body. It can help to develop clear thinking.
A counter-pose to Sarvangasana, the fish provides a backward stretch to the cervical and thoracic regions of the spine. It can relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
Forward Bend (Paschimotanasana)
This pose can be meditative: placing emphasis on posture, breathing and relaxation. Regular practice helps to keep the spine elastic, the joints mobile, the internal organs toned and the nervous system invigorated.
This is the first in a series of backward-bending poses. Backward bending against the pull of gravity is the most efficient way to develop a strong back.
The locust supplements and enhances the effects of Bujangasana; it is achieved with a single powerful muscle contraction.
The bow combines the benefits of the Cobra and Locust; it is a backward bend in which both halves of the body are raised off the ground at the same time. All parts of the back are worked simultaneously, increasing suppleness in the spine and hips.
Half Spinal Twist (Ardha matsyendrasana)
This pose provies a lateral stretch to all the vertebrae, back muscles and hips.
The crow strengthens the arma and shoulder girdle, which is the main concern in any exercise programme. Instead of using weights, the Yogis developed balancing asanas such as the crow and peacock. In these asanas the weight shifts from the fee, legs and hips to the hand, arms and shoulders.
Standing Forward Bend (Padahasthasan)
By using the pull of gravity, this pose lengthens the muscles and ligaments of the entire posterior of your body: from hells to the middle of the back.
The lateral bend stretches and strengthens several muscles of the side of the body at the same time. It also helps with balance.
Small sized group classes, in a non-competitive environment
Wednesdays 7.15pm - 8.45pm
St Andrew's Church, Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4DS
This venue has been especially been selected to provide an intimate setting for no more than 12 students
Suitable for all abilities
£10 per person
Yoga blocks will be provided
Please bring your own yoga mats and some warm clothing (shawl or blanket) for use during final relaxation
Yoga mats are available to hire (limited quantities) for £1 per session.
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