Classes ~ Format

• Proper Breathing (pranayama)

Pranayama is the science of prana (life force) or the science of breath control. We all know that breathing affects our state of mind. It can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed. It can make our thinking confused or clear. The ancient yogis developed many breathing techniques to help clear and cleanse the body and mind to prepare for asana (yoga poses) and meditation. My classes all begin with 10 minutes of breathing exercises. I teach three yogic breathing techniques: brahmaree, anuloma viloma and kapalabhati.

• Proper Exercise (asana)
In every class we do the 12 basic yoga poses and extra poses which I believe to be very beneficial in countering stress and helpful for people who spend all day sitting at a desk as many of you will do.

• Proper Relaxation (savasana)
This is actually a fixed yoga pose that you practice at the beginning and end of class and after certain other yoga poses. The important thing to understand is that whilst this pose may look like a simple resting pose, in fact it is as if not more important as the active yoga poses. You will feel a big difference between the first savasana at the beginning of class and the final savasana at the end of class. The difference that we feel shows us that yoga really does work.

• Positive Thinking and Meditation
At the end of class there is a 15 minutes guided meditation focused on relaxation. Sometimes I also prepare a handout, this does not contain heavy philosophy but just a little something for you to think about during the week.

• Proper Diet (vegetarianism)
After yoga practice you may feel that you only want something very light and easy to digest. You are welcome to ask me for vegetarian recipes if you feel that you would like to have a vegetarian meal on yoga nights or at any other time. I have been a vegetarian my whole life and and I love food. As all my students know, I can chat to you about food for as long as you like!

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Door to classroom at Likir Monastery in Indian Himalaya