Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

Different levels of hatha yoga class, and its prerequisites.

Ideally, there are four levels of Hatha Yoga Practices – Foundation, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Foundation course usually involves Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Therapy, it is usually used for people who come with certain complaints and restraints. The beginner level is for everyone as it accommodates the basics of the practice, SuryaNamaskara with modifications, and basic asanas for beginners. It is ideal for people with issues that might not be able to practice dynamic yoga. Intermediate and Advanced Yoga classes are dynamic and involve dynamic practices including several rounds of SuryaNamaskara, Vinyasa, and Advanced level asanas including inverted asanas. These level classes can be taken by people who have practiced yoga and do not have heart issues, back pain, knee pain, blood pressure, sciatica, neurological disorders like epilepsy, etc. Although, a class can be structured to be inclusive of all levels and open for everyone. The teacher can modify the students who are beginning to adjust to their level or have them rest in Balasana when they are getting tired. If a student is deemed unfit to practice yoga at a particular level after the teacher’s diagnosis. The teacher should approach them individually and explain to them the nature of the issue and offer alternatives.

Courtesy To: Shrutika Mishra, RYT – 200 Hour   

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