3 Reasons Going Back to Basics Should Be Part of Your Regular Yoga Practice

By Jayne Robinson

Basics Yoga series instructor David Kam takes on all-levels Chaturanga variations.

Whether you’re an advanced asana master or someone who has never stepped on the mat, your practice will undeniably improve with time spent in a Basics Yoga class. Why? Read on…

1. You’re doing it wrong
Ok, maybe not wrong, but if you’ve been practising Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Rocket et al for a while, chances are you might have become slightly ego driven in your practice rather than noticing, say, the subtleties of achieving correct alignment.

In a Basics Yoga class, there is no singling out if you’re unsure of how to get into a posture or which variation of a posture is right for you; the instructor delivers this information blanket to the whole class with demonstrations and adjustments for each student.

2. You need to be reminded of a little thing called listening…
If you go into any standard or advanced yoga classes, you might notice a few yogis go out of sync if an instructor mixes it up from the ‘usual’ flow. This happens a lot during a sun salute with a Chaturanga-to-Plank instead of to Upward Facing Dog. In a Basic’s class we’ll transition through the poses at a slower pace so the whole class is in sync.

3. You really are a beginner
Chaturanga, Utthita Trikonasana, I-don’t-know-what-you’re-saying-asana… If you’ve been into a yoga class and had to do more looking around to see what the others were doing than going with the flow, then it’s time to go back to basics. And that’s ok!

If you take the time to lay a foundation through Basics Yoga, you will ultimately become a stronger yogi. Being able to flow through the poses with the knowledge of how to self-correct means you won’t be flustered trying to keep up or ‘get it right’ – instead you’re free to focus on your breathing and really go inside to get the full mental and physical benefits of yoga.


We’ve got Basic Yoga classes across studios, join us in Shoreditch on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Sunday mornings.
In Kings Cross on Tuesdays and Fridays, in Victoria on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Hammersmith on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays and over the weekends in Fitzrovia and Farringdon.

Book via the timetable!

Plus this month we’ve got a Back to Basics workshop in Frame Hammersmith with Charlie Steatham. Click here for more info!

Variations of Utthita Parsvakonasana.

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