A typical yoga class

A typical Yoga Play class will start with some easy warm-up postures, either sitting or lying down. These aim to wake up the spine, and prepare the body for movement.

The main part of the class will be an interesting sequence of dynamic and held postures. There may be variations on sun salutations, incorporating standing and balancing postures. We will often practice a more complex posture, including inversions. There will always be options to keep things simple, or to choose a variation which suits your body, your energy levels, and your mood. Props such as a yoga strap or a block might be used to find your best version of a posture.

After the dynamic flow, we will come back down to the mat for quieter seated and supine postures. This is a time to feel the benefits of the practice, which include openness in the hips and shoulders, more expansive breath, and ease of movement.

We will usually end with a breathing practice and a simple meditation. There may be practical suggestions for self-care, so that you can take your yoga practice off the mat and into your everyday life.

No two yoga classes will ever be exactly the same. Classes will typically have a theme, such as ‘feeling grounded’ or ‘fluid movement’. Postures and sequences will become more familiar, and you will be given the opportunity to explore your own preferences, to build a yoga practice for you.

You will be asked to fill in a simple form at your first class so that you can let Ali know if you have any medical conditions or injuries. This will help Ali to tailor your practice for your needs.

If you have any questions about Yoga Play classes, don’t hesitate to ask. You can email Ali at yoga.play.ali@gmail.com.