Have you ever felt confused by the Vinyasa movements: Chaturanga and Upward Facing Dog, and wondered if you’re doing them ‘right’ or ‘well’? Or perhaps you find your wrists and/or your shoulders suffering from the repetition of these movements?
The somewhat scary truth is that these are the poses I most often see done poorly. So even if you think you’ve been doing these poses for a while and you’ve got them cracked…I encourage you to think again. It’s through no fault of your own, it’s just that these postures are difficult to master!
Given the fast pace that we typically move through these postures in a class – it’s very challenging to understand the complexity of each posture and transition, and ensure we move in a way that serves our body well.
Because vinyasa movements are a crucial part of a typical flow yoga class and because they are repeated so frequently, the risk of injury is somewhat heightened. But this doesn’t mean that we have to suffer with pain, or to avoid these movements completely.
I have therefore created this unique masterclass to help you refine your experience of Chaturanga and Upward Facing Dog (as well as some of the transitions around them), so that when you return to your regular class you’ll have greatly improved your understanding of the postures, honed your technique and have a repertoire of variations to explore.
Whether you’re new to a flowing style of yoga, or have more experience, this Masterclass will guide you through a more mindful and interesting vinyasa practice. It will emphasise when to listen to your body, and let go of your ego, without necessarily loosing that ‘strong’ element of the practice. Ultimately, through movement practice, exploration of different shapes and a Q&A this Masterclass will help make your practice yoga safer and more enjoyable for you.
Sarah’s Masterclasses are a great opportunity to cover some aspects of yoga that are generally not covered, or explored in depth within a typical class. The 1.5 hour format allows time for exploration in practice, and also discussion and questions, so each persons learning journey can be supported.
What’s the refund policy?
A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least 7 days before the masterclass. Any later than that and no refunds will be given.
Will I get individual guidance and help during the session?
Unlike workshops at some of the large studios around London, my Masterclasses are limited to a maximum of 16 people to ensure that individual attention can be given. There will also be opportunities for specific questions relating to your practice if you have any.
What if I’m a beginner, will this masterclass be ok for me?
Yes, in fact this will be a perfect session to help you start understanding the movements of Chaturang and Upward Facing Dog to ensure that when you attend general classes, you are educated in how to move safely through these postures. As it can take some time to build the strength to execute them, there will also plenty of progression options so you can choose the level that feels appropriate for you right now.
I’ve been practicing Vinyasa/Astanga/Power yoga for a while already, so will this masterclass still be useful for me?
It definitely will. In some ways, it’s even more important to attend if you’ve been practicing for a while, as we can easily get into stuck habits and patterns with our practice that may be detrimental to us over time. And because these postures are usually moved through quickly and repeatedly in a typical class, the risk of injury is heightened. So even if you don’t have any pain associated with these movements yet, it’s really worthwhile to attend – investing in the time to breakdown the poses, explore the different options available and ways to move that best suit your body at this particular time in your practice.
What if I have an injury, will I be able to attend?
It’s best to talk with me first, as this will depend on the type of injury you’re working with, how long you’ve had it, and what advice you have had from a health professional. Please contact me to discuss.