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This class is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga. The first half of the class focuses on releasing the joints and increasing flexibility. Class is slower paced than an All-Levels class, and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. You will learn warm-ups and the parts of Sun Salutations. You will learn a few standing poses to increase strength and balance. You will explore the movements of the spine with gentle releases. You will explore simple forward bends to calm the mind and release tension. Each pose will be offered in its basic form with modifications. Variations for more complex forms are not offered, although advanced students who know variations are welcome to do them. Each class will end with a relaxation pose.
All Levels yoga classes in the center of Madison may have Beginner to Intermediate students seeking slower flow between poses. Class sequences will reflect who is there. Beginner students are invited to continue moving in and out of poses before holding, Intermediate to Advanced students may choose to hold poses longer or do Sun Salutations between poses. Pose names will be called out first, those who know them may go into them, step by step alignment will be given for those who are learning the poses. You will explore different levels of Sun Salutations. Standing poses will be linked together in a slow flowing sequence. Variations to deepen poses, Back Bends at different levels and Core Strengthening poses may be offered. Poses that included more twisting may also be offered to release tension in the spine, as well as calming forward bends and hip openers. Longer relaxation and breathing practices for improving focus and relaxation will conclude the class.
This class is our most advanced class at the moment. Intermediate Class will included many of the elements from All Level classes. Students will have experience in yoga asanas (poses). And feel comfortable moving at a faster pace with steadiness and ease and ability to link breath to movement in asanas including standing poses, balances, back bends, forward bends, hip openers, and twists. Inversions and some arm balances may be explored. Poses will be offered at a faster pace. Sun Salutations and Vinyasas (flows) in between poses will be offered.