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Sun Salutation 101 – A 4-Week Course
15th October 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am BST
An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until 5th November 2020
In a yoga class, Surya Namaskar – or Sun Salutation – can evoke sighs of bliss or groans of exhausted despair. Usually the latter if you’re a beginner. It seems to combine an impossible dance between up and down, forward and back, inhale and exhale … As new yogis, we soon become painfully aware that:
1. Laws of physics shift. Suddenly the floor is much further away than before and has acquired the gravitational pull of Jupiter
2. Our working knowledge of left and right has evaporated
3. We’ve forgotten how to breathe. Or smile. Or believe that anything will ever be okay again.
Over these four, 60-min sessions we will explore Surya Namaskar A, B & C with humour and compassion, with the intention of finding a version that suits the body we have, not the one we wish we had or used to have or feel we “ought” to have. We’ll examine each pose in these beautiful (honest!) sequences, deconstructing them and then putting them back together in a way that better reflects our own individual patterns of movement.
When we personalise asanas we can start inhabiting them properly for the first time, filling them from the inside out rather than trying to wear them like an ill-fitting suit. Then we can get to the good stuff …
… The breath is the thread that links the poses. Without the breath, we’re just throwing shapes. The breath turns the sequence into a moving meditation allowing us to move away from an obviously external practice to a more subtle, internal one. And the wonderful thing is, the breath will actually help us find and express the external poses more fully. We can become very robotic as we practice. We spend our time in worried anticipation of what comes next and lose the connection to the joy of being in the present moment. Over the four weeks, we’ll be looking at how we can drop the thinking mind and let the breath be the guide.
This relaxed and informal online course is free of charge and is suitable to those who have a little knowledge of yoga, rather than absolute, starting-from-zero beginners. If you’re not sure whether this means you, do get in touch for a chat.
Here comes the sun or, at the very least, a promising dawn!