Christmas class

Merry Christmas, everyone!

This week’s class will be very gentle and nourishing. Many folk feel fragile and vulnerable at this time of the year, so our yoga will come in behind us and support.

We’ll begin with gentle bridging using A – U – M to guide the breath. Let’s rest in the jellyfish pose, which is great for absorbing some bliss! We’ll repeat these two poses.

Coming to seated, we’ll work with A – U – M in a forward bend. Then rest and take a blissful moment. Repeat.

Coming to standing, we’ll use our A – U – M in a forward bend. Rest in mountain. Then repeat.

Tree of life breath with ujjayi breathing will keep us calm and steady.

Meditation will feature the sound of ‘OM’ on the in-breath and ‘OM’ on the out-breath.

In relaxation, we’ll touch base with the seed sounds to completely balance the chakras and the pranamaya kosha.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

We return to class on January 13th 2017 for the Friday classes, and January 19th for the Thursday class. Have a restful and light-filled break. Carole xxx

Overview of the Koshas

This week’s class looks back at the five koshas or sheaths – the physical sheath, the energy sheath, the everyday mind, the intellect or intuitive sheath and the bliss sheath. We’ll explore the idea of splitting each day into five sections!

Standing, we’ll work with some tapping to remove energy blockages. Then try malla kriya, which is great for expelling excess carbon dioxide. Fresh and ready, we’ll perform three salutations to the sun.And we’ll follow this with a balance.

Moving back down through the squat, we’ll prepare for a series of forward bends, Paschimottonasana, Janu-Sirsasana and our wide-legged challenge. It will feel good to stretch backwards after that into Purvottonasana. Let’s complete our asanas with a twist and the neat little cosmic egg.

Pranayama will be alternate nostril breathing, Nadi Shodhana. And meditation will feature silent repetition of the well-beloved mantra ‘OM MANI PADME HUM’. Relaxation will be all about warming the core as we practise Surya Kriya.

Next week is the last class of our term. It’s the Christmas class, so we’ll all be decked out in red and green! We return after the Christmas break on Thursday January 19th and Friday January 13th 2017.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti.