These two questions are ones that I get asked once someone knows that I teach one of our Yoga 3 classes. First off Yoga 3 is not as scary as you may think it is. You don’t have to be a master of all those crazy arm balancing poses, be able to put your foot behind your head nor are you expected to levitate. What you do need is an open mind and heart to allow yourself to explore asanas and sequences that you may have never practiced before. Be open to the idea that you probably won’t know nor be able to do all the poses or variations that are being taught, allow yourself to be uncomfortable and maybe even encounter a fear (for some that is being upside down and for others it may be the fear of not having any idea what Adho Dhanurasana is).
What happens in a Yoga 3?
There are similarities to all our other vinyasa classes at Tranquil Space. We do sun salutations, standing poses, backbends, seated poses, hip openers and inversions. It is just that we take deeper variations of poses, work into more advanced variations, play with arm balancing poses, work to float from a pose to another (think tripod headstand to side crow and back up again), and this is the class where you get the time to work in handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), forearm stand (Pincha Mayurasana) and scorpion (Vrishchikasana).
How do you know you are ready for a Yoga 3 class?
It is a class that is meant to challenge you and you should have a solid Yoga 2 practice, meaning you are very familiar with the standing asanas (warrior 1, 2, 3, revolved triangle/side angle/half moon), be familiar with arm balancing poses (more than just 1 or 2), comfortable practicing headstand (barring any medical reasons you don’t), and in my opinion have a strong vinyasa (chaturanga to up dog does not wear you out after 2-3).
If you have all that and you are curious to take your practice to the next level then come to a Yoga 3. We have two on the schedule at Dupont:
Mondays, 6:30 pm with Dave
Thursdays, 7:30 pm with me (Siobhan)
Still not sure?? Then attend a Yoga 2 with Dave and/or me; that will give you a sense of our teaching style and you can ask us after class about what specifically we would do differently in a Yoga 3.
Come join us as we have fun exploring our edge and being humbled by the practice of yoga!