Yoga Class IX

This sequence involves mostly supported versions of classical yoga poses. The supports or props can be used to inform the body of alignment in each pose, can aid release into the pose and can allow the student to work into the pose within the context of the yamas

1/ Ardha Uttanasana / half-intense stretch (standing forward bend)
2/ Adho mukha svanasana / down face dog (variation): hands and heels on blocks, hands at wall, feet wide
3/ Salamba sirsasana / supported headstand
4/ Prasarita padottanasana (supported stool and high bench) / wide-legged forward bend
5/ Adho mukha svanasana (belts on door handles)
6/ Halasana (toes on hip height bench)
7/ Savasana / corpse pose

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
It is not advisable for new students to practice any of the postures where there is uncertainty without consulting a senior teacher.
This class is not suitable without consultation from a GP and a senior teacher for pregnancy, high or low blood pressure, menstruation, post op, slipped retina. Other medical conditions please seek advice.

Quotes

Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.

— The Buddha