This post has been somewhat delayed due to our big international move, so I am very happy to finally share it with you today.
Over the Christmas and New Year break we visited Australia, our original home. We spent a week by the beach, and I had the opportunity to put my teaching skills and yoga knowledge into practice by taking a very small (unofficial) yoga class while I was staying there with extended family and friends.
As some of you may have read in my past posts, I am planning to train as a yoga teacher in the future, so this was a fantastic introduction into what it would be like to work as a yoga teacher. I had a great time teaching the class and it was an excellent experience overall.
The duration of the class was approx. 90 minutes, and it was quite a long class mainly because I wanted to go through a large amount of postures to get a feel for what it would be like teaching these in the future, as well as to give my two practice “students” (and me!) a great overall body stretch and workout.
I had good feedback after the class, and the participants enjoyed it so that was great! The main things to add and focus on in future classes are: more breathing work, especially “breathing into the pose”, and spending more time on each posture. This will be possible when I write a shorter sequence with slightly less content.
I would love to share the sequence we did with you here:
(Disclaimer: Please get your Doctor’s approval before beginning any new exercise program).
Bridget’s Beach Yoga Class
Bound Angle or Sitting Cross-Legged
Five Slow Deep Breaths (in your own time, listening to the sound of the ocean)
Stretch Arms Up To The Sky
Shoulder & Neck – Circles & Stretches
Cat & Dog (or Cat-Cow)
Downward Facing Dog
Walk The Dog
Three Legged Dog
Pigeon & Twisted Pigeon
Fire Hydrant – Circles
Dead Bug (or Happy Baby)
Reclining Spinal Twist
Through The Hole Stretch
Plank (or Table)
Sphinx, Cobra, & Upward Facing Dog
Leg Stretch (Lying On Back)
Sitting Forward Fold
Mountain & Salute The Sun
Standing Forward Fold
Five Deep Breaths (in your own time, listening to the sound of the ocean)
Closing Thoughts: “May all creatures be happy, healthy, and free from suffering”.
Wishing you a peaceful day ahead,