The teaching at the School progresses from week to week, and is based on the understanding that there is a sequential cycle to practice. This cycle would include the practice of standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, restorative poses and pranayama. An essential element of practice at the School is developing an understanding of how these poses are linked and relate to each other.
At the School we understand that progress in the practice is supported by developing a relationship with how we practice, not only what we practice. Hence practice involves developing such qualities as discipline, courage, strength, patience, compassion and kindness.
Alignment is emphasised in the physical positioning of the body, including its muscles and bones, and also in the understanding that such an alignment can bring about a coordinated action which involves body, mind and emotions.
This alignment supports the potential for developing attention. Concentration is required from the beginning and attention is what is developed.
At the School we use props such as belts, blocks, blankets and bolsters when required. The use of such props provides support, and assists access to, and understanding of, particular alignments.
In a dynamic way the props can educate us and provide guidance to experience the alignment of the asanas. Props are also used as support in the context of therapeutic and restorative practices.
DURATION OF CLASSES
All classes on the School timetable are 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Yoga is done barefoot (no socks and shoes) and on an empty stomach (no water is to be consumed during class).
To prepare for practice please do not eat a meal at least 3 hours before class.