"Dear Yoga practitioners
Thank you for your support of the Saturday yoga class. I am going to be to and fro to York in May and June working on ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with York Theatre Royal and Lunchbox theatre company. Because of this I have decided to suspend the yoga class until the Autumn. I would also like to find a more appropriate room to teach it in. We will be in touch with you over the summer to let you know where and when the class will be. Thank you for your patience.
I am still teaching 1:1 yoga classes. You can find out more about this at www.psychotherapybrighton.org/yoga"
Whether you are a beginner or have previous experience, we welcome all abilities to our open level yoga class.
The Sivananda method is based upon five principles for optimal health and spiritual growth, as described by Vishnudevananda. They are:
1. Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on twelve poses (see below) in particular)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
5. Positive thinking (Vedanta) and meditation (Dhyana)
What to Expect
A typical class begins with pranayama exercises. After warming up with sun salutations, - Surya Namaskar - the focus is on mastery of the twelve basic poses:
1. Headstand - Sirsasana
2. Shoulderstand- Sarvangasana
3. Plow- Halasana
4. Fish- Matsyasana
5. Seated Forward Bend- Paschimottanasana
6. Cobra - Bhujangasana
7. Locust- Salabhasana
8. Bow– Dhanurasana
9. Seated Spinal Twist– Ardha Matsyendrasana
10. Crow - Bakasana
11. Standing Forward Bend- Uttanasana
12. Triangle- Trikonansa
Savasana closes the class. The 12 basic poses were carefully selected and include inversions, backbends, forward bends, twists, balances, and hamstring stretches. At little of everything, in other words. The poses are ideally done slowly and with control to stretch and strengthen the body as well as open the chakras. As students become proficient in the 12 basic poses, variations may be introduced.