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A La Carte yoga lets the student take charge of their yoga class components. Each yoga class you take has very distinct sections including an Introduction, a Middle or warm up, the meat of the class such as twists, backbends, inversions, etc., and a Cool Down or end. Have you ever walked into class not feeling very energetic and the teacher has planned a very active class that day? A La Carte yoga offers the yogi a choice of class composition–and I think its a monumental shift in online yoga class offerings. Get it here first!
What is A La Carte Yoga?
A La Carte yoga is class components broken into different sections so yogi’s choose their beginning, middle and end sections of their class. For purposes of my classes, Intro means the beginning of a class, Middle means the warm up portion and Cool Down means the end. You can add “Add-On” sequences after the Middle section that focus on different aspects of yoga such as twists, backbends, etc. There are even Advanced Challenge sections that can be added.
How are the Class Components Broken Down?
All of the Intro’s are all levels and are appropriate for every yogi…beginner to advanced. They include a centering and gentle movement to start your practice.
The Middle’s (warm ups) are specific to beginner, intermediate, and advanced practices. They include sun salutations and aim to warm and stretch your body.
The Add-Ons are all levels and include the meat of a class. Choose from twists, backbends, standing balance poses, arm balances, inversions and hip opener sequences.
The Advanced Challenge sequences are for Advanced students only and are designed to accompany an all levels Add-On class. The idea for the Advanced Challenge sequence is to take the advanced student further into more difficult postures.
The Cool Downs are all levels and are appropriate for every yogi…beginner to advanced. They include some forward folding, gentle twists, breathwork, meditation and Savasana.
What’s My Level?
It’s hard for me to tell you what level you are without seeing your practice. If you are in need of an Evaluation at any point in this program, you can purchase one from the SHOP tab and I will ask you to send me a sample video of your practice. I can also do this over Skype. iChat, or Google + Hangout if you prefer. Otherwise, the chart below will offer you some rough guidelines to choosing appropriate level yoga classes.
Beginner=0-1.5 years of dedicated practice. Beginners are still learning pose names and working on basic pose alignment. They are still building flexibility and strength in their arms and legs. Beginners can be athletic or not, and will naturally excel in one of the areas that yoga asana (physical practice) requires…these being strength, flexibility, balance, focus.
Intermediate=1.5-3 years of dedicated practice. Intermediate students know all of the basic pose names and proper pose alignment. They are strong in their arms and legs and usually excel at some poses, and are gaining confidence in other areas. They know what they are good at and what they need to work on.
Advanced=3-5+ year’s of dedicated practice. Yoga teachers are usually at this level. They know their body really well and know their limitations. Their challenge is to gently expand beyond their limitations and with in-depth explanation, they can excel in advanced poses. Advanced yogi’s know what their body parts are doing in a pose-to the detail of the position of their little toe.
Where Do I start?
Choose your class components and download them to your computer. Start with the Intro, move on to the Middle (warm up), then on to whatever Add-On you chose, and close with a Cool Down. Feel free to add more Add-On sections to make your practice longer. Or eliminate the Add-On all together to make your practice shorter. The shortest a class should be is an Intro, a Middle, and a Cool Down. I don’t recommend cutting those corners or you might miss out on the value that this yoga series can bring to your practice.
After completing an Add-On section, Advanced Challenge sections can be added if you are an advanced student. These sections are challenging!
Make sure the sections match. If you have chosen to do an Add-On all levels backbend sequence, the Advanced Backbend Challenge is a natural next step since you are already warmed up. If you try to do an Advanced Challenge sequence and have not completed the all levels Add On section that accompanies it, you will be disappointed and probably frustrated. The two go hand in hand.
Enjoy your practice everyday!