Traditional Yogaspirit Class Structure
Yogaspirit Classes aim to provide a fully rounded ‘sadhana’ for individual physical, mental and spiritual development. Action is led by the breath, and flows between meditative and restorative and demanding or empowering practices.
Each class has the following common rituals:
We always begin with Savasana as a way to separate the sadhana from the rest of the day. This is also an opportunity to cultivate a strong and rhythmic pattern of breathing ready to support the asana practice.
Movement meditations related to the intention of the class prepare the body and mind by aligning movement of the body with the breath.
Namaskars (Sun Salutations)
Namaskars are a holistic practice with their own complete energy and range of effects, whether the energy of the sun in sun salutations (surya namaskar) or the moon in moon salutations (chandra namaskar). Here they continue to warm the body, mind and breath for the posture practice to come.
The main section of the class is made up of a integrated selection of standing poses, forward bends, backbends, side bends, and twists. Each class is carefully sequenced to include all the major groups of asanas and to impact on all the major structures of the body. The sequence leads intelligently to a peak asana, and all are taught progressively in a way that allows individual students to find their own position comfortable for them on that particular day.
When appropriate, visualizations, drishties and pranayama are integrated with the asana to help develop a whole body and mind experience that will help to heal and integrate us during these challenging and distracting times.
Pranayama and Meditation
Pranayama and Meditation are continuously cultivated throughout all practices and culminates in specific activities at the end of the class to infuse the whole being with prana and balance the body and mind.
At the end of the class, we return to Savasana and follow Yoga Nidra based visualizations for deep relaxation and healing.