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There are four ways you can modify a yoga posture. Firstly, reduce the effort required to move into the posture. This means keep the limbs, arms and legs close to the center of the body. The further you move the limbs away from the body, the greater the effort is required. Modify by keeping the arms and legs close into the body.
Second, reduce the repetitions. Often in yoga the postures are repeated several times. If you find your body is feeling uncomfortable, that means you need to do less. Reducing the repetitions means you may only do one set, rather than three repetitions.
Third, reduce the time you stay in a position. If you find your body is tensing or your breath is labored, these are signs that you need to come out of the hold. The postures should never cause tension, therefore reduce the time you stay in the hold.
Finally, cease the practice all together if your body does not feel comfortable.
Yoga teaches you to pay close attention to your body. As your practice develops you will notice more and more when your body needs to reduce and modify the postures.
Edition Sept 22, 2021
Since online classes began around March 2020, they have proven to be a valuable way to connect with others, especially at a time when we all miss connection and crave it so much. Of course, they are also a way for you to continue your yoga practice, which I hope has helped to support you through these uncertain times.
Today as I write this newsletter, there has been a lot of unrest in Melbourne. Uncertainty and unrest can lead to worry and anxiety. I can say from personal experience that yoga has helped me be grounded and anchored during these times. Not always, (because I’m human), but far more than days when I never practiced yoga. This is my wish for you, not that you ‘do yoga’ and create shapes with your body, but that yoga helps you understand yourself and brings you inner peace
More about online classes
A variety of classes are offered either through live classes, here’s the timetable or on-demand classes which you can watch anytime, all for a flat fee of $16.50 weekly. This has meant people have been able to practice yoga far more often than they did when attending classes at our venue. For the same rate they paid for one class at our venue, they have been able to access as many classes as they wish 24/7, giving them greater value. So, with lockdown extended for another 5 weeks, if you think you need the added support of yoga or great value for your money, why not try online yoga through our Home Membership. You can cancel anytime, meaning you can choose to do just one week. Here’s how you can join
Roadmap out of lockdown for venue classes
For those who wish to wait until classes resume at our venue, as mentioned above, we have approximately 5 more weeks to wait. The Victorian Roadmap indicative date is the 5th Nov. If you have purchased pre-paid class passes, please ignore any automatic emails about expiry dates. Please note, as usual, ALL pre-paid class passes will be extended the length of the lockdown. The Momoyoga app will be updated at the end of lockdown to show your full credit of classes owed.
Until next time, I will leave you with one thought…..
When life feels overwhelming, breathe. Just one breath might be enough to make a difference.
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