Techniques and Alignment

I often find myself tongue-tied trying to find the most precise way to explain the yoga I teach. So far, the best way I could say is I teach the methods and  techniques to do the poses to get the body in proper and optimal alignment.

“Just think of it as ‘T&A Yoga’,” I said once after seeing that I had thoroughly confused yet another person who wanted to know what kind of yoga I teach. What started out as a joke is now stuck, and so here we are with Techniques and Alignment Yoga.

I would say that this class is appropriate for those in the Beginning years, seeking a deeper understanding of yoga, from posture and breath work and beyond. I also dabble into more concepts of yoga philosophy here, and start to introduce principles of the 8 limbs of yoga and history behind the names of the yoga poses and mudras.

With its long history, broad reach, and modern wide-spread popularity, yoga is immeasurable when it comes to different styles and interpretations. Yet, I have come to study, and love, the practice of Hatha yoga from a more “agnostic” approach, one that places a considerable amount of emphasis on preventing injuries based on the current knowledge of anatomy and how the human body moves.

Hatha yoga includes the yoga postures (Asana) and breathing techniques (Pranayama). The practice of Hatha yoga is a start for the process of self-inquiry. It provides numerous opportunities for us to look under the hood of our body and mind. With that, the Techniques of Yoga class is intended to provide a solid foundation for any style of yoga that moves you (yes, I know, I couldn’t resist :))

The classes will provide you with instruction and information as appropriate for your body, and help you refine your techniques so that your yoga practice can become smoother, more steady, and sweeter, whether it be hot and power yoga, or quiet and gentle yoga.

Some topics we’ll talk about include:

  • Benefits and characteristics of each type of posture
  • How to transition between poses efficiently for a smooth vinyasa
  • Yoga breathing techniques
  • Precautions and common errors
  • Why we do the things we do in yoga, such as the meaning of Om and Namaste
  • And of course, Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Yoga But Were Afraid to Ask (to which I may or may not have the answer)

Current sessions

  • Ongoing T&A yoga classes are at Village Green Yoga in Issaquah on Mondays – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Ongoing T&A yoga classes at Taj Yoga in Seattle on Wednesdays – 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Please email me at nikki @nikkiyoga.com if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing/writing you.

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