Friday 19th May – a different style of class

I’ve made some changes to the style of the shorter classes that I teach. Up until recently they’ve been based on the Sun Salutation sequence because I want these classes to be more physical.

The morning classes focus on technique. We normally work to a theme and look at a few poses in detail. It can be quite demanding as we practice poses a few times and hold them for a while, so we’re still developing strength and stamina. But not in the same way as we do in the afternoon/evening classes. Up until these week, in these classes we go through a few rounds of the Sun Salutation to warm up and start working aerobically. Then we practice some poses before cooling down and relaxing.

I wanted to make these classes more challenging and decided to try a format for the class which means we’re working hard throughout the class. We still practice poses with correct alignment, it’s so important after all, but we come in and out of poses through Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), holding each pose for around 30 seconds. A typical sequence would go something like:

  1. Adho Mukha Virasana (kneeling face down)
  2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)
  3. Trikonasana (right leg forward)
  4. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  5. Trikonasana (left leg forward)
  6. Urdvha Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)
  7. Adho Mukha Virasana

We followed this pattern introducing different standing poses: warrior 1 and 2 and Utkatasana. It’s quite demanding. But it does mean everyone gets a good workout, and as everyone is quite warm we can work on flexibility as well.

I really enjoyed teaching the class in this way and people said they enjoyed the class. It’s always nice to get good feedback. I’m going to continue teaching these classes like this and will change them regularly so that we don’t do the same thing every week.