Saturday 17 February 2018, 11am-1pm in our new practice space at 2439 San Pedro NE.
What are your greatest challenges when it comes to cultivating strength, peace and flexibility? Do you feel like you have to choose between these qualities when choosing a workout? Do you struggle to find time for your chosen workout, or just to get the gym? Do you finish feeling pumped but not focused, or calm but not energized?
Sun Salutations are a staple of yoga practice because they address so many of these common challenges. If you can do one thing every day for your health, make it Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutations are a cycle of yoga poses performed with great attention to the transitions. Depending on how you break it down there are 12-16 poses. Transitions are so important because during the change from one position to the next, you're moving the body while placing load on the extremities. During many of these transitions you're asking the muscle to work while lengthening, also known as eccentric training. This is alternated with stretch and isometric moves for a varied workout that it's difficult for your body to "adapt" to. Each kind of training has it's unique advantages and eccentric training has beneficial metabolic effects complementary to concentric training.
This attention to transition has an equally beneficial effect on our emotional states and mental focus. Because you're engaged the entire time with a broad focus on your physical experience via the breath, you'll feel more focused and steady better able to tackle what's next, whether that's office politics, family dynamics or difficult intellectual and creative work.
Sun Salutations are a complete exercise because they integrate cardiovascular challenge with resistance work when done vigorously, because they address body, mind and heart simultaneously and because they include opposing motions in every round. Every round includes modifiable backbends, forward bends, inversion, weight bearing on the arms, lunges and standing.
I am trained in Yin, Restorative, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Raja and am Core Strength Vinyasa and Yoga Shred influenced and inspired - all styles of Hatha Yoga. These "flavors" influence my personal practice and the practice that I share with you. My previous life as a paramedic allows an intimate understanding of the anatomy and physiology that guides every class, pose, technique that I share with you.
You don't have to be flexible - or anything else - to do yoga: yoga helps you become those things.