This yoga course is focused on proper alignment and meant for students of all levels, from those who have a little yoga experience to those who are teachers. We will cover proper alignment techniques for popular yoga poses and strategies for avoiding injuries in your practice. This course comes with 11 full length sessions with me so you can put to practice immediately what you've learned.
We will break down and practice poses that you'll most often see in my classes and most Hatha yoga teachers' classes. We'll look at poses where the front leg is neutrally rotated in the pelvis and poses where the front leg is in external rotation. We'll also break down sun salutations (Surya Namaskar A and B) and variations. We also practice proper alignment in chatturanga, upward dog and downward dog. Inversions are discussed and practiced as well.
Our course is structured so that you'll watch the interactive lectures first and then practice the 30-minute vinyasa flow classes. The course will take you about 8 hours to complete. I would recommend practicing one section at a time and then the practice. Each section will take 45 minutes to an hour to complete (including the practice) and I've included quiz's after each lecture to be sure the information stays with you.
Take this course if you love yoga! I want us all to practice until we're well into our 90's, so let's make our alignment as good as it can be. This course is based on my 10 years of teaching as well as my experience as a teacher trainer. I've taught over ten 200-hour teacher training courses through YogaWorks and I'm also a teacher on the faculty of the 300-hour professional program. The YogaWorks method is the "Gold Standard" of teacher training, so the information you'll receive here is awesome!
Ujjayi breath, Tadasana (Mountain pose), and the 3 platforms of the body.
The Foundations of a pose, how we ground down and then lift away to create energy and ways to avoid compensating for tight area in the body.
An exercise in Table and "Bird Dog" pose (lifting opposite arms and legs from table) to practice stability of the trunk and pelvis.
Learn proper alignment in Warrior 2 and Triangle pose and how to ensure the safety of your knee and lower back.
Quiz on Externally Rotated Standing Poses
Learn and practice the proper alignment of Half Moon and Side Angle poses.
Sun Salutation A or Surya Namaskar A Practice and breaking down Chatturanga.
How to jump back to chatturanga and how to practice Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukjha Svanasana).
Sun Salutation A and practicing downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)
Learn what an asymmetrical neutrally rotated pose is and how to practice them.
Practice Warrior 1/Vira 1 and Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose)
Learn the safest way to twist and how to practice twisting triangle (Pavritta Trikonasana)
Learn how to practice and modify twisted side angle (Parsvakonasana) and twisted half moon (Ardha Chanrasana)
Practice Surya Namaskar B and variations. Learn the correct breath to movement and alignment of each pose.
Learn the best way to transition from warrior 1 (Vira 1) to warrior 2 (vira 2) and why they are different poses.
Practice setting up for inversions and learn when you shouldn't practice them.
Learn a safe way to set up and practice shoulder stand.
Learn how and when to use a strap in shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana).
Practice backbends that strengthen the back such as: Salabasana (locust), cobra (Bujangasana), Camel (Ustrasana)
Find out about the "wheels" in practicing your backbends and why they're helpful.
Learn how to set up for seated poses and what props to use (if any)
This lecture will invite you to practice some seated poses: cobblers pose (Baddha Konasana), wide-legged forward fold (Upavistha Konsana) and seated twist (Marichiasana C) and review the principles of twisting.
Lesley Fightmaster, E-RYT 500, leads a breath-focused, alignment based class that combines her deep love of movement with the practice of yoga. Lesley believes that the transformational gift of yoga should be available to as many people at possible and offers yoga classes on multiple online platforms.
Lesley is a certified instructor and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She earned her 200-hour certificate trough YogaWorks in 2006 and went on to complete her 300-hour training to become E-RYT 500 certified. Lesley is now on the faculty of the YogaWorks teacher training department. She leads 200-hour certification programs and teaches in the 300 hour program. Students appreciate Lesley's ability to infuse her meditative and flowing Vinyasa classes with yoga philosophy, concise technical alignment, and some heart-felt humor.