Disclaimer: "basics" does not necessarily mean "easy." In this context, Basics refers to exploring the foundational elements of the physical yoga practice (largely because there is such a strong emphasis on this one tiny aspect of yoga in studios, recreation centres, and other fitness-focused facilities, etc.). This class is meant to educate students on the basic alignment of their bodies in what are considered foundational yoga postures. This class is great for those who've never practiced yoga before, those who have practiced but its been a while, or those "seasoned" folks wishing to refine their practice at a foundational practice level.
MIXED LEVELS PRACTICE
A "mixed levels" yoga practice is all about options. Students will be given clear instruction to support their movement into and out of postures as well as to sustain stamina during moments of pause in held postures. Students will have the opportunity to practice self-accountability when offered options to progress to a "new" stage of intricacy (and/or difficulty). In this way, lots of variation is given so that (hopefully) no one feels "left behind," or like they weren't challenged to experience a new level of their potential.
Like the mixed levels practice, intermediate is about options. It is an opportunity for expansion from your current abilities into an infinite of possibilities. Though it will be rather essential for you to have a strong understanding and relationship with yoga's asana practice, by no means do you need to be able to do certain poses to participate. An intermediate yoga practice is meant to be an opportunity to experience more challenging variations on postures and sequencing. Expect moments of fluid movement blended with moments of stillness and resolve. Particular attention will be placed on breath-based movement and principles of alignment within the physical body. This practice is great for anyone interested (and open) to the possibility of progression in his/her yoga practice.
This class will focus on linking breath with movement; postures will be strung together in unique sequences that enhance both flexibility and strength while also stimulating the cardiovascular system. Though it will be rather essential for you to have an understanding of and relationship with the haṭha yoga postures, by no means do you need to be able to do certain poses to participate. The difference between this practice and a hatha practice (with me) lies in the emphasis on continuous movement. You can expect to be challenged in terms of endurance as well as some of the creative modes of transition from one pose to the next.
“Vinyasa means a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point. It is sometimes described as the "breathing system," or the union of breath and movement that make up the steps” (Maty Ezraty).