Arm balances are great for building strength and confidence. They take practice and will slowly build over time. Even though they may feel like too much work at first they are worth the effort when you master the pose–you will feel invincible!
- Take this section after an Intro and a Middle (warm up).
- Listen to your body at all times! Stop and watch if something is too difficult for you-slow improvement is the safest improvement.
- Follow this section with the Inversion Challenge section (advanced yogi’s), another Add-On All Levels section or a Cool Down.
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Enjoy and Namaste!
What is A La Carte Yoga?
A La Carte yoga is 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 to the all levels add-on sequences for more advanced yogi’s that want more of a challenge.
How are the Classes 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 (vinyasa), and advanced (active) practices. They include sun salutations and aim to warm and stretch your body.
The Add-Ons are all levels and include twists, backbends, standing balance poses, arm balances, inversions and hip opener sequences.
The Advanced Challenge sequences are for Advanced students 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?
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 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 and above 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.