Yoga with Melissa 129 Beginner Yoga: Preparatory Poses

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Beginners-Yoga-episode-129Starting this week we are commencing a new series of classes for beginners. Over the next six weeks we will explore all the facets of a yoga class starting this week with preparatory poses. These are the poses that we use to prepare our bodies to get into the larger yoga postures such as standing postures, backbends, inversions, twists and forward folds. We even use these poses to open our bodies to breath and our bodies and minds to explore thoughts and emotions. Also during these classes we will return to some of the core philosophies of my teachings. Starting with our physical experience from my training at Esther Myers and their core teaching of breathing, grounding and spinal elongation and then expanding to our thoughts, emotions and spirit from my training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and that infamous question, “What’s happening now?” The simplicity of these classes will bring us back to basics and give us the space to unravel tension from our bodies open up to hear the messages they are trying to speak to us.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Knees to Chest Pose or Apanasana, Reclined Twist or Jathara Parivartanasana, keyhole or figure four pose, bridge or setu bandhasana , windshield wipers or knee sways, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Gate Pose or Parighasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Muka Svanasana, 4 Movements of Your Neck, Standing Side Bend or Ardha Chandrasana, Standing Twist, Shoulder Shrug, Locust or Salabhasana, child’s pose or balasana, Supta Matsyandrasana or Knee Down Twist, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Props Needed: yoga strap, yoga blocks, yoga blanket, wall, bolster.


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