Videos

Three Essential Components of Practicing Yoga

Teacher Guru Personal guidance from experienced teachers. Embracing the practice of learning, exploring and reflecting with an open heart and mind.

Community Sangha Support from practicing in a group at classes & workshops, reading books and articles.

Self- Practice Svadyaya Yoga in all its aspects becomes a part of life. Feel free to bring yoga postures into your day in a playful and exploratory way.

About

Each video presents a sequence of postures or explores in more depth a single posture.

How to use

Some of the videos have guidance notes that you can download. It will have the sequence of postures written in the Sanskrit names with English translation. One you are familiar with video try to work from the guidance notes. This way you can adjust the length of time that you are in each posture according to your needs. You begin to create your own rhythm.

Levels

“Start Here” are videos for complete beginners who want to clarify the basic postures in yoga and understand the terminology used to describe the body.

The Beginners and General level videos are taught with the understanding that you attend classes and workshops. They serve as a reminder of what you have already learnt.

Precautions

Follow the same precautions as you would in class.  For example avoid inverted postures during menstruation. those with high blood pressure minimize arms extended above the head.  Practice the postures with the same equipment as you would in class. If you need a block or belt due to tightness in the knee or shoulders then use it. The videos do not show all the possible usages of equipment. These videos are not suitable for those who are pregnant.

Have a look at these few movements to get you started. Just as you are.

Listen to your body and enjoy moving and opening your body. Do not force.

If you have high blood pressure without medication do not hold your arms above your head. If you are on medication to control your HBP take care not to hold them up too long.

Practice with the use of bricks, chair or the wall as is appropriate for you. I have shown without equipment. Ask your teacher , or contact me , if you are not sure.

The Classical Standing Asana are an essential foundation for any practitioner. The whole body is strengthened and your flexibility improved, without overworking any one part. The shapes are large and easy to co-ordinate.

Regular practice of these asana’s once a week for a couple of years will prepare you for more complex or demanding postures. This preparation is as much about understanding and awareness as it is about physical ability.

Classical Yoga Asana are like keys that unlock a subtle awareness of the bodymind. They are not simply stretches. Asana’s inform each other. The Beginners postures act as a reference for Intermediate postures. They are a constant source of insight over the years.

A demonstration of the 5 key arm positions that are part of Classical Yoga Asana . They gave been isolated and shown on their own in a standing position, Tadasana (mountain pose). Equally well they can be done in a seated postion on the floor or a chair. Ensure that your body is even, with your hips level.

If you are unable to reach your hands behind your back in Gomuckasana (cow face) use a yoga belt.

“Start Here” are videos for complete beginners who want to clarify the basic postures in yoga and understand the terminology used to describe the body.

The Beginners and General level videos are taught with the understanding that you attend classes and workshops. They serve as a reminder of what you have already learnt.

Follow the same precautions as you would in class.  For example avoid inverted postures during menstruation. those with high blood pressure minimize arms extended above the head.  Practice the postures with the same equipment as you would in class. If you need a block or belt due to tightness in the knee or shoulders then use it. The videos do not show all the possible usages of equipment. These videos are not suitable for those who are pregnant.