September sees the return of Posture Clinic. If you do one workshop, you should make it this one! You’ll leave with a better understanding of the poses in our Sweat Hot Classic classes so you can be sure that the time you invest in your yoga is bringing you maximum benefit.
Why do I need it?
Because of the way we are built and habitually move, we all have in-balances in our body – muscles and joints that are stronger or weaker than others. Yoga is a great way to bring much needed balance to your body.
Our Sweat Hot classes are designed to work all your muscles equally and protect and strengthen your joints. But sadly it’s not as simple as just performing the poses. Your body is inherently lazy, it looks for an easy route and left to its own devices it will continue to work the stronger areas which will become tighter, tougher and more immobile and the weaker areas will become weaker and weaker.
Yoga will also help strengthen your joints, but to do this, you need to ensure your joints are stacked one on top of the other in a pose. This ensures your musculoskeletal system is supporting your joints. A misplaced foot or hand, can put all of this out of whack and the end result is a strained, unstable joint.
To combat this you need to understand what each pose is designed to do and how to achieve it. Posture Clinics give you this knowledge so your yoga can bring you greater benefit.
What will I do?
You’ll spend 2 hours working on around 10-15 postures. Using things like blocks, straps, a partner, the wall, you’ll understand what a pose is meant to feel like, which muscles should be contracting and which should be lengthening. You’ll learn how to “switch on” the right muscles and relax the ones you don’t need. You’ll also develop an understanding of the role of your muscles in supporting your joints so you can keep them safe. It’s fully interactive. You’ll be able to ask specific questions about your body and get hands-on instruction and guidance.
Who should do it?
Anyone taking our Sweat Hot classes. Whether you’ve done ten classes or a hundred you’ll benefit. If you’re new to our classes, you’ll get some guidance early-on to ensure you’re approaching your poses in the right way. If you’ve been practicing for a while, you’ll learn the tweaks and adaptations you need to make to your poses to gain greater benefit. This is a great session if you’ve been practicing for some time and feel like you’ve reached a plateau and aren’t seeing much change week-on-week as it will give you specific areas of focus to work on.
What poses will I cover?
We do four Posture Clinics per year and each one focuses on a different set of poses. The next session will cover; standing forehead to knee, staff, standing bow pulling pose, balancing stick, boat, half hero, 3 x separate leg stretches.
What else do I need to know?
The two hour workshop costs £25. It is led by two instructors. There’s just 16 people in class. The heat isn’t on. You won’t get overly sweaty but do come prepared to move. Sign up! You won’t regret it.