Yoga is a systematic practice uniting the body and mind. Each practice starts and ends with a meditative focus to help calm the nervous system and improve focus. The practice can help foster relaxation, calmness, increased freedom of movement, strength and balance. Amy will focus on alignment with postures and linking movement with the breath. Each class will include warm-up, standing postures, some basic hip opening postures and savasana. Posture focuses on forward folds/twists one day with the second day focusing more on backbends and hip openers. Variations of poses are given to help accommodate different levels of students. A yoga mat is recommended and it may be helpful to have a blanket, pillow, block/step stool, strap/towel/scarf nearby.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of, but not limited to, high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you have ever experienced chest pain when exercising or have experienced chest pain in the past month when not engaged in physical activity, smoke, have high cholesterol, are obese, or have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.