Pose focused yoga is designed to help you improve your form and correctly get into and hold yoga poses. If you are looking to advance in your yoga practice or if there is one particular pose you are keen to master then pose focused yoga tutorials are just the thing for you. The best yoga teachers will offer regressions of harder yoga poses so that beginners have somewhere to start too. Don't rush things and you will be surprised by what you can achieve with a little practice. Yoga can be a great way to cleanse the body as well as the mind. In particular some yoga poses like spinal twists can help to create mobility along the spine and gently massage vital organs to wake up the digestive system and cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. Detoxifying yoga can be coupled with a cleansing diet or juice cleanse to deliver a fast and effective detox for the whole body. Move For Flexibility by Julie Montagu
1. Supported Restorative Forward Bends
Restorative yoga takes many forms and in this class Judith Hanson Lasater will guide you through supported forwards bends and meditation. These two elements make a perfect pairing because forward bends lead us naturally and intuitively towards a meditative state. As a result of this practice you'll feel more open and aligned back body.
2. Lower Body Release
Feeling tight in the hips, legs and lower back? Create space and release tension in lower body with this restorative yoga session that has been designed to stretch and lengthen muscles including the hamstrings, inner thighs and calves. This relaxing class is great for stress relief and calming the mind.
3. Energizing Yoga: Bend and Breathe
There is a very specific point in your body behind your heart and in front of your spine where all back bending and breathing centers. MC Sweet will show you how to access that exact point in this beautifully relaxing and heart-opening vinyasa flow.
4. Move For Flexibility
Yoga is great for our physical lives because when our body feels good we feel more confident and happy. A regular practice will stretch out your limbs and improve flexibility, which is important for increasing our range of motion so we feel our best as we move through the day. In this Happy Yoga class, Julie will guide you through some of her favourite poses for increased flexibility and the release of muscular tension in the body.
5. Basic Restorative Inversions
This practice will focus on two basic methods of restorative inversions. Inversions are poses in which your legs are higher than the heart and promote circulation, muscle recovery, and relaxation. Judith will first set you up in Legs up the Wall pose in which you will need two-three blankets, a yoga strap or belt, and eye pillow. The second basic restorative inversion is Legs on Chair in which you will need a chair with no arms and two blankets. Judith will be on hand to guide you through setting these poses up, easing you into the pose, and bringing you out after a period of relaxation.
6. Supported Restorative Backbends
This class is all about supported backbends. Bending forward is a large part of our daily routine. We lean forward and sit at the computer facing forward. These restorative poses, guided by Judith Hanson Lasater, will help undo the constant habit of this action to help you relieve tension and reduce pain. Backbends do not need to be strenuous or intense in order to feel the benefits. These poses are more about opening rather than stretching.