Standing postures follow - poses which open the hips and chest and develop balancing skills. We even have a go at balancing on the hands - not as hard as it sounds!
We then move to seated, kneeling, prone and supine poses. These focus on developing rotational mobility in the spine, opening the hip joints and stretching the hamstrings (back of the thighs). Yoga is all about removing blockages, allowing energy to move freely around the body, so we spend some time in each pose to gently persuade the body to open up.
We usually find time for inversions towards the end of the class - either, shoulder or head stands, which can easily be modified for anyone with conditions which make these poses inadvisable. All poses in a Sunpower class can be adapted for different levels of experience, from beginners to those with years of experience. My most important teaching instruction is that you listen to your body, and never force or strain.
We finish the class with a short relaxation, and hopefully go on our ways refreshed and ready to face the outside world fitter in body and serener of mind.
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