Introduction to Alignment Based Yoga: Class 2

"Yoga gives the energy to lead life fully and with enjoyment. Time spent alone in practice puts mundane issues in perspective and builds a fund of inner strength.  Friends, family, and work all benefit." --BKS Iyengar

The second class in a series of six.  We reviewed the purpose of alignment based yoga-- to infuse our actions with awareness, to create a "meditation in action".  

Leading up to an asana practice, a few principles of practice were discussed: 1) build from the bottom up 2)focus on pairs of opposites that create balanced action 4)symmetry/balance create inner freedom and relaxation 

Asana:  the ones in italics are review (please see Class 1 for pictures) :

hug knees

Supta Tadasana

Supta Padangusthasana 1 + 2

Jathara Parivartanasana reps with knees bent

1/2 dog at the wall

  Adho Mukha Savasana, Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Savasana, Downward Facing Dog

  Tadasana, Mountain Pose

Tadasana, Mountain Pose

  Virabhadrasana 2, Warrior 2

Virabhadrasana 2, Warrior 2

  Virabhadrasana 1, Warrior 1

Virabhadrasana 1, Warrior 1

  Prasarita Padottanasana, Wide legged forward fold

Prasarita Padottanasana, Wide legged forward fold

  Viparita Karani, legs up the wall pose

Viparita Karani, legs up the wall pose

Please take the time to practice these poses at home throughout the next week. Email me at herenowyoga@gmail.com with questions/concerns.  Next week we introduce twisting asanas. See you all then!