Alex instructs postural yoga two times a week.
Thursday 6 pm – Nuffield Gym. Members only.
Saturday 10.45 – London Road.
Saturday – 10.45 – 11.45 – City Balance 659 – 661 London Road, Derby, DE24 8UQ.
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What do you need to come along to yoga?
Come along to yoga if you are able to comfortably bend both forward and backward, bear weight through you’re wrists and feel well in yourself. Bring a drink and flexible long-sleeved clothing.
About Alex’s approach
Postural Yoga is a western adaption of an Indian physical health and relaxation system that focuses on strengthening and balancing the body and nervous system thereby calming the mind using the postures and yoga breathing techniques.
Within class participants will be taken through a slow warm-up where the spine will be mobilized, the muscles of the inner and outer core will be warmed and stimulated. The class will then perform two or three rounds of Sun Salutations, a form of vinyasa yoga sequence where the postures are made to fit together in an order that alternately lengthens and contracts the spine and body. After this, the class moves into the phase of standing postures where gravity is used to strengthen and lengthen the body before transitioning down onto the floor for seated postures, twists, balances and inversions.
Throughout the practice, attention is drawn towards the control of the breath and the awareness of the bodies sensations.
In postural yoga, the act of breathing is used as an anchor to encourage the mind to stay in the moment, rather than entertain future or past thoughts.
About Stretching and yoga
Often people often say, “I can’t do yoga I am not flexible”, or “yoga is just stretching”.
In one sense postural yoga is about stretching, many of the poses involve the lengthening of tissues under the pull of gravity combined with a load in positions that are difficult to maintain. Postural yoga works your balance, twists, bends and uses more-often-than-not a lot of strengthening. Without a doubt, if your goal is to get fit then resistance, circuits, cycling will get you, fitter, and faster.
How is postural yoga different.
Why would you practice postural yoga? The flip side of not being so good on fitness or strengthening is the subtleness of yoga, where the poses are performed quite slowly allowing you to tune more into how you feel. As a society, we can exist too much in our heads.
More technically the action of loading myofascial tissues, (a big word for muscles and connective tissues that support the muscles), whilst the muscles are contracting and exhaling deeply, creates a phenomenon known as a Pandiculation. We see animals pandiculating as they stretch. Research indicates that pandiculations are very good for our posture, flexibility, and strength.
Tom Meyers the Anatomy Trains author links yoga postures to his connective tissues lines or meridians. The suggestion here is that postural yoga could help unwind our injured and fatigued bodies. See an article by Tom Myers
Crow is an arm balance where all the weight is bourne into the hands and shoulders. This poses is all strength and balance.
Some beginners can get both feet off the floor first time whereas others have to build up their strength and overcome a fear of falling forwards.
This pose leads to a 3 point headstand and then handstand.
Out of High Crow into Tripod Headstand. The movement of the knees onto the elbows requires stabilizing the abdominal cylinder.
Down dog is the combined lengthening of the whole back of the body, particularly into the calves and thighs.
Where the upper back is over rounded than this pose can work towards a flatter longer spine.
This pose requires a degree of hip flexibility combined with balance and the strength to push up off the floor.