Lesson 5.0 - Day 2 Theory Video: Variations on the AYP Asana Starter Kit ~


Day 2 "Variations for the Starter Kit (part 1)"

Welcome to Day 2 of our Yoga Asana Journey. 

In today's video, we will explore variations for the postures included in the AYP Starter Kit. By incorporating these variations, we can add depth and adaptability to our practice, allowing for a more personalised and fulfilling experience on the mat.

In the learning video, we will delve into the details of each posture and explore the corresponding variations. Let's take a closer look at the variations for the following postures from the Starter Kit:

Heart Centering: Variation = Tapping 

The variation for Heart Centering is an exercise called Tapping. Tapping involves gently tapping various areas of our body with your fingertips and hands, awakening and invigorating the heart center as well as other parts of the body. This variation enhances our connection to the energetic and emotional aspects of the heart and body promoting a sense of openness and receptivity.

Knees to Chest: Variation = Supine Twist

The variation for Knees to Chest is an exercise called Supine Twist. In Supine Twist, we lie on our back and gently guide our knees to one side while keeping the upper body grounded. This variation provides a gentle stretch for the spine, hips, and lower back, releasing tension and promoting spinal mobility.

Kneeling Seat: Variation = Yoga Namaskar

The variation for Kneeling Seat is an exercise called Yoga Namaskar. Yoga Namaskar involves performing a seated sequence of movements that combine elements of stretching and movement of the spine. This variation helps to open and activate the entire body, preparing us for deeper asana practice.

Sitting Head to Knee: Variation = Maha Mudra

The variation for Sitting Head to Knee is an exercise called Maha Mudra. Maha Mudra is a powerful posture that involves sitting with one leg extended while bending the other leg and bringing the foot to the inner thigh of the extended leg. This variation provides a deep stretch for the hamstrings, hips, and lower back, promoting flexibility and grounding as well as activating the sushumna nadi or the main energy line in the energy body. 

In the practice video, we will seamlessly integrate these variations into a flowing sequence. By exploring these variations, we can expand our repertoire of movements and adapt our practice to our individual needs and abilities. Remember to move mindfully, honouring your body's limitations and always listening to your body (self-pacing).

Throughout the practice, we will focus on breath awareness, proper alignment, and the mind-body connection. By staying present and attuned to our breath, we can cultivate a sense of inner calm and harmony.

So, let's dive into Day 2 of our Yoga Asana Journey, exploring the variations for the Starter Kit postures. Get ready to enhance your practice, expand your horizons, and experience the transformative power of yoga.

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