Beginner yoga student
The goal for this class similar to the first timer class is to expose new students to a number of postures from all different sections of yoga practice. The poses are modified; and explained and demonstrated clearly, with some variations given to the initial class to give the student confidence and keep them interested. The teacher will now, after the initial class be able to more accurately plan a lesson for the particular students and introduce them to a basic flow.
Asanas all postures are demonstrated; verbal and visual direction is constant; and breathing is cued.
Wake up/ energising
2nd set student remains in downward dog.
Make adjustments, arms straight, finger pressure, pull heals down gently.
From downward dog step through into this pose, hold for 5 breaths. Stand up in tadasana (mountain pose) then repeat. Encourage lengthening of the spine throughout entire posture.
From tadasana student steps through with right leg into warrior 1, hold for 3 breaths and then flow to warrior 2. After 3 breaths step legs back together and repeat.
Each side is held for 3 breaths. Hands can be kept on hips or students can attempt the full posture with hands above head.
Do not alternate legs, lift and fold forward each time holding of 3 breaths. (Emphasise the need for a straight back and not to place head on knee)
From forward bend shake out legs and begin again on same leg as previous posture. Do not alternate legs between sets.
Keeping hands behind head to support neck and knees bent.
Students keep legs bent at 90 degrees, hold each side for 5 breaths.
Students are to keep hands on lower back, push hips and thighs forward, arch back and push chest out. Do not encourage the release of the head backwards, instead keep eyesight forward. Balasana is done as a counter pose between sets.
Students are to get in and out of this pose slowly using their hands as support.
This is a counter pose and must be performed and held to prevent injury.
Teacher is to navigate students, encouraging complete stillness. Guide students out of pose back to seated position.
Students are advised to drink water and they have access to teacher for any questions.