by Andrea Snyder
20 years ago I took my first yoga class through the University of Nevada Reno. Although I was just taking it to fulfill credit requirements, I still remember that very first class vividly. While I didn't maintain a regular practice until about 10 years later, I feel that the experience affected what my practice is today. I would love to be able to offer that same gift to someone else.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to talk to you a bit about my upcoming workshop/series; Yoga Basics, Series 1. This will be the first of a two part series on yoga which will cover everything that encompasses a comfortable and safe yoga practice. Each series section will be 6 weeks. You do not need to take the first one to do the second and vice versa, but it is recommended if you are brand new to yoga.
In Series 1, we will learn the fundamentals of yoga, i.e. basic poses(asanas), breath, modified sun salutations and an introduction to philosophy. You will learn the names of the more common poses in English as well as Sanskrit. Series 1 will start at the very beginning. What is yoga? Where did it come from? Every week we will go over breathing exercises and several different styles of yoga. My goal is that by the end of the series, you should be able to walk into just about any class and feel comfortable with your basic knowledge of poses and modifications.
Series 2 will expand on what we have already learned, plus dive deeper into sun salutations and pranayama. As I mentioned before, the workshop will focus on yoga philosophy. I want to make this fun and engaging for everyone with plenty of opportunity for questions and lots of open minds and critical thinking. We will hear stories and learn how different poses are linked to different deities and the stories around them.
Through yoga, I have formed bonds and built friendships that have lasted for years and years. You will always have a connection to the individuals that you attend any workshop with. It's almost as if you all share a special secret about life and the world itself.
"Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life truly exists"