In this intermediate level class, poses will be held longer to further strengthen the body while stimulating the deeper process of self-reflection that makes the asana practice meditative. We acknowledge the transformative potential contained in every breath. Students should have gained higher awareness of their body from their beginners’ practice.
The intermediate group consists of reasonably challenging poses that will be performed with little or no movement, often remaining in one position for a few minutes to have a more subtle and powerful effect on the pranic and mental bodies. The class is specifically concerned with bringing tranquility to the mind, and preparing students for the higher practices of yoga such as pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), and dhyana (meditation).
This class is recommended for people who can perform beginners poses without discomfort or strain, for example those who are able to do downward-facing dog and plank pose for at least one minute and seated forward bend and shoulder stand for at least two minutes. Students should have an understanding of alignment principles and modifications of the poses, and be able to maintain steady ujjayi breath without straining in the breath at all. The class enables students to develop a greater degree of steadiness, stability, concentration and coordination with the breath, and encourages exploration of the body, mind and beyond.
We will start the class with eye exercises and pranayama, and end with meditation and relaxation. This class includes poses performed in padmasana (lotus pose), backward and forward bends, spinal twists, inversions and balancing postures. For students who experience difficulty completing a pose, are unable to do lotus pose, or are carrying an injury, poses will be modified on a personal level according to individual capabilities to ensure safety at all times.