TWP Beginners Course BioWe believe our Yoga Beginners Course is the perfect first step on your lifelong yoga journey. Taught by London Triyoga teacher, Richard Catmur, our Beginners Course is designed to introduce you to the fundamental yoga postures, giving you the basic groundwork that you need to approach group classes with confidence. We'll explore 6 key categories of yoga postures with each week's session having it's own specific focus.
What to expect in each session...
Week 1: Forward-Facing Standing Poses
In week 1, we will be exploring forward-facing standing poses and forward bending poses. We'll begin with a gentle warm up to help us mobilise, easing any stiffness in the body, and to help us become more attuned to physical sensations. We'll then look at some fundamental postures such as Downward Facing Dog pose and Mountain pose. From there, we'll explore Warrior 1 pose and Pyramid pose before coming down to move through some seated forward bends.
Week 2: Lateral Standing Poses
In week 2 of our Beginners Course, we will be exploring lateral (or side-on) standing poses. We'll begin with our gentle warm up to help us mobilise, easing any stiffness in the body, and to help us become more attuned to physical sensations. We'll then recap the fundamental postures we looked at in the last session such as Downward Facing Dog pose and Mountain pose. From there, we'll explore Warrior 2 pose and Triangle pose.
Week 3: Forward-Bending Poses
In week 3, we will be exploring forward bending poses, both standing and seated. We'll begin with our gentle warm up, which is probably now becoming more familiar to you. After recapping Downward Facing Dog pose and Mountain pose, we'll look at variations on different standing forward bends including a re-exploration of Pyramid Pose. We'll begin to wind down with seated forward bends, including Head to Knee Pose, before moving towards a slightly different variation of Savasana for our relaxation.
Week 4: Spinal Twists + Hip-Opening Poses
In week 4 of our beginner's course with Richard Catmur, we focus on wringing it out in spinal twists. After gently mobilising the body and recapping some of the basic yoga postures that we have been learning up to this point, we will explore standing spinal twists such as Revolved Crescent Moon Pose and Revolved Triangle Pose. We'll then move down into some seated twists and gentle hip openers before coming to rest in Savasana, our relaxation pose.
Week 5: Back-Bending Poses
In week 5 of our 6-week beginner's course with Richard Catmur, we focus on backbends, which are postures which bring the spine into extension. After gently mobilising the body with our familiar warm-up, we'll begin by working into some shoulder opening postures like Cow Face Pose. We'll the re-explore the standing pose Crescent Moon Pose, before looking at a new pose King Dancer Pose. King Dancer is a standing balance as well as a backbend, so you may want a wall space handy here. From here we'll explore Locust Pose before returning to a more familiar pose, Bridge Pose.
Week 6: Inversions
For the final week of our 6-week beginner's course with Richard Catmur, we focus on inversions i.e. postures that elevate the heart higher than the head (don't worry, we won't be standing on our heads!). After gently mobilising the body and recapping some of the standing postures that we have been learning up to this point, we will explore inversions such as Supported Bridge pose, a variation of Legs up the Wall pose and a Supported Shoulder Stand using a chair.
Richard Catmur has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and completed his 200hr Teacher Training, 300hr Advanced Teacher Training and Restorative Teacher Training under the guidance of Senior teacher, Anna Ashby, at Triyoga London. His classes encourage students to explore their own bodies in each asana with awareness of the breath. Postures are held and refined going slowly and progressing in stages.