We always begin with some breath work, maybe some eye exercises and some simple neck and shoulder stretches. We may do a series of poses called Sun Salutations a warm up that works your arms, legs, and spine. After that, you will concentrate on specific poses that work different areas of your body – some standing, some lying on your mat. You will probably do some back bends; they help alleviate time spent at a computer or on a tablet or phone and also practice some balances. Sometimes we use the wall for help – sometimes we balance on our hands… We like to think that if you can balance on one leg you have balance and focus in your life. Our yoga sessions end with some type of relaxation exercise.
We aim to have you leave class feeling uplifted and alive – as if you have had a micro holiday. We also hope you have had fun during the class.
At Yoga4Teenagers we don’t normally chant or ‘OM’ but do let your teacher know if you would like to know more about this. Om is the sound of the universe at peace. It is the feeling of euphoria, joy, peace and stillness. Chanting Om is calming.
Traditionally yogis chant Om at the beginning and or end of yoga sessions. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. You may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with chanting Om in a group – maybe have a practice at home and let us know if you want to do it in class – it is a sacred sound though, so try not to laugh.
Do let the teacher know if you have any health issues, orthopaedic problems or special needs before the class begins; a good instructor will be able to provide modified poses for students who are just beginning or who have special needs.
The great thing about yoga is it can be as vigorous or as gentle as you want it to be. That makes it a good choice for anybody and everybody
~ Peace Pilgrim ~