In the third class of the beginner's series we move from preparatory postures, to standing postures, to inversions. Specifically we are going to do a beginner inversion called Shoulderstand. Inverted Poses should be avoided by people with high blood pressure, eye or ear problems & women who are menstruating. Stop or modify the pose if you feel compression in your neck or pressure in your face, throat or eyes. This class will focus on breathing to engage core strength and finding the stability in your legs and their connection to the ground so that when they do go upside down they are strong and controlled. In this class the principle of using “preparatory poses” like we did back in episode 129 really paves the way for inversions - we will do poses to open up your chest and shoulders and prepare your legs and breathing to go upside down so there is nothing to worry about. Props needed for this class: 2 blocks and a yoga strap.
Melissa West is a yoga instructor who helps people to surrender to peace in their lives by connecting to the vital energy within their body through breath, cultivating optimal functional movement by harnessing the power of gravity and increase overall mobility by creating more suppleness in the spine.