The perfect way to begin youR yoga journey
Our foundations classes will teach you all the essentials you need to begin, revisit, or brush up on your yoga practice.
Broken down into a weekly theme, running over the course of 6 weeks. These workshop style classes stand alone, allowing you to dip in and out to your hearts content, depending on individual needs and desires. Or you can complete the entire 6 weeks as a foundation course. Either way, it is a fantastic way to discover what Yoga really is all about.
You will learn key postures from each of the main groups including sun salutations, standing poses, seated & hips, twists, and backbends. With a strong focus on the importance of alignment in all postures, working towards experiencing ease & stability in your practice. Each class is designed around the importance of the breath, its effect on your practice and using it as a doorway into meditation and tool for everyday life.
The 6 week curriculum is an ideal first step for those wishing to build a strong foundation. We will provide you with all the support and guidance to take your yoga practice to the next level.
The Yoga Foundations 6 class curriculum
1: SUN SALUTATIONS
Also known as Surya Namaskar, which translates into greeting the Sun. Sun Salutations are the foundation of most yoga classes. But where do these movements come from, why do we do them and how do we do them correctly? You will learn to move at the rhythm of your own breath, a yoga skill that you’ll take with you to any future class. Activating the inner muscles of your core, so you can move through postures with more integrity.
2: STANDING POSTURES
Just as the foundation of a temple must be level to support all the structures above, so the feet must be balanced and sturdy to support the legs, spine, arms, and head. Understanding the mechanics of your feet in yoga and the patterns in your balance is an important step to establishing a solid foundation in your practice. During this class you will be guided through a gentle progression of standing postures.
3: SEATED POSTURES & HIP OPENERS
Every experience we have ever had is registered in the body and the pelvis is one of the most complex areas of the body. Through our habitual daily movements energy blocks can be created. During this class you will learn to release any trapped aches and tightness, with a focus on stretching the hips and hamstrings. Typically performed towards the end of class after the body is warm. You will also be introduced to our studio props, including blocks, blankets and straps, to make yourself more comfortable in these postures.
Twisting the body hosts a vast amount of benefits, you will be guided through the essential techniques and variations to get the most out of your practice. There are many different twists that target the upper, middle and lower sections of the torso, each harnessing their own unique set of benefits, including general spine health, digestive aid, de-stress & detox.
You will begin with gentle flexion and extension of the spine, eventually moving into deeper bends. Why are backbends so important? As we rarely move this way in day to day life, introducing backbends with correct alignment are vital for spinal health and longevity.
6: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Taking what we have learnt in the previous weeks, we look at bringing everything together into a full class. This will give you a taste of the next stage of your practice
Tuesdays at 7.45pm . Wednesdays at 12pm
Can i Attend the foundations course out of order?
Certainly! We designed the course as a series of drop-in classes, rather than as a workshop. So you can pick and choose the classes you want to attend and repeat as many as you would like.
HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE?
We recommend arriving 10 to 15 minutes before class to check in at reception, pick your spot, talk with the teacher about any injuries or concerns you may have and prepare yourself for practice.
Please note that the front door will be locked during the class to ensure the safety and security of your belongings.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
We provide you with everything you need; including yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, straps and all the necessary yoga props. Please feel free to bring your own yoga mat and yoga towel if you’d prefer.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
For our “Move” yoga styles it’s best to wear something comfortable and that allows mobility. You will most likely sweat, so wear something breathable and moisture-wicking. Yin and Hatha yoga are more calm, so feel free to wear something comfortable that allows movement and ease for long holds. For all classes we recommend gym tights, leggings or shorts and either a t-shirt or sports top.