Yoga class I

Allow 45 minutes for practice

This sequence adopts certain poses with the support of a wall or a chair. This way of practicing, for both new and experienced yogis, should inform positioning when doing the asanas without support.

  1. Vrksasana (Facing a wall)
  2. Chataranga Dandasana (facing wall)
  3. Uttanasana (at wall)
  4. Virabhadrasana 3 (at wall)
  5. Uttanasana (from a wall to a chair)
  6. Viparita Karani
    • From Viparita Karani, lower your heels down towards the skirt with your feet apart and soles of the feet on the wall so that you are squatting, lying down.
    • Let the lower back breathe and groins and hips stretch
      Stay until the breath is intimate and steadying and you feel acclimatised.
    • Roll onto your side, come up and prepare for…
  7. Savasana

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The Buddha reminds us of the right approach in his famous metaphor of the raft from the Majjhima Nikaya.

In it, he describes a situation, where a man standing on the near shore, which is dangerous, needs to get to the far shore, which is safe.

There are no bridges or ferries so he builds a raft; it is not fancy, but adequate to get him across. Once on that far shore it has served its purpose, and a wise man leaves it where it is, without dragging it with him as an encumbrance.

— Buddha