Introduction to Alignment Based Yoga: Class 1

I'll be posting an outline of the topics/poses of each class in the Introduction to Alignment Based Yoga with Kim Drye, HereNowYoga at Birmingham Yoga each week.  It's a six week series, the first class was last Monday October 20th, 2014. 

We began with an overview of yogic philosophy: What is yoga?  Then discussed the purpose of studying specifically alignment-based yoga.  The first of the yoga sutras of Pantanjali was mentioned-- "Now the practice/discipline of yoga begins".

Asana (Poses):

 Supta Tadasana (Supine Mountain pose)

Supta Tadasana (Supine Mountain pose)

 Apanasana (hug knees to chest)

Apanasana (hug knees to chest)

 Alternate knee to chest

Alternate knee to chest

 Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined hand to big toe with a strap)

Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined hand to big toe with a strap)

 Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined hand to big toe with leg to the side, work on external rotation of the leg)

Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined hand to big toe with leg to the side, work on external rotation of the leg)

  Jathara Parivartanasana (with bent knees), legs hovering to work on core strength

Jathara Parivartanasana (with bent knees), legs hovering to work on core strength

 Traction twist

Traction twist

 Ardha Adho Mukha Svanasana (1/2 Down dog at the wall)

Ardha Adho Mukha Svanasana (1/2 Down dog at the wall)

 Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

 Savasana

Savasana