At Wellnessteaching4u, our yoga style is non-traditional in its methods, combining Hatha, Kripalu, Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, Forrest, Vinyasa and various other styles at times. Each class is different, but includes the importance of learning proper breath.
Many poses are repeated each session (just in different sequences), but past poses are intertwined with new poses to avoid “muscle memory”. Core fitness is also an added element to class so, some Pilates and other types of core strengthening poses and exercises are added.
We begin with a short meditation and all classes end with in a relaxing, meditative pose (Savasana). In every class, verbal queuing details what pose comes next and exactly how to safely do each pose. Modifications are also given so, you will not feel lost with a constant introduction of new poses or, feel as if something is too challenging or not challenging enough. In every class, my intent is to assist in honoring you and your fitness level.
An example of honoring a students individual needs in a class would be: if several people are having back pain or stiffness, while others are experiencing neck tension, we will be sure to cover those two areas in that class. All you need to do is mention where your problem areas are and they will be addressed as well as modifications given for those that want to be gentler and those that want to amp it up a notch or two.
There are a few poses you can use throughout your week on your own but, it is important to know which poses you can do in what order so as not to cause injury. Ask and you will receive some safe poses to begin and end your day, as well as, one or two for mid-day. Experience has shown me that any more than a few poses given to students to do on their own are difficult to remember how to properly implement (especially when just starting out) and many people already have way too much to remember in everyday life.
As with any yoga class you want to honor what your body can do in that particular class on that day, never having judgments or competition with yourself or others. Yoga is not something that should cause pain and it is up to you how far you want to extend yourself; again, it is about listening to and honoring your body that day.
Your yoga class experience is intended to help you learn to release stress, feel more confident, gain flexibility and strength, relax and have fun (smile!), while feeling energized and becoming in tune with your own body/brain connection. What you practice in class assists in bringing you, happiness, a sense of self-empowerment and playfulness to your daily life-overall better wellness. The more you utilize the methods, the quicker you notice the positive results, and the more apt they are to stay with you throughout your life.