Fitness, Mind, 23.03.2017

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

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 workshop, class or series of classes. Why? Read on…

1. You’re doing it wrong
Ok, maybe not wrong, but if you’ve been practicing 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 workshop or series, 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.

If you’re nodding along – “this is so me” – then get ye to a Basics Yoga course to get back into the beginner mindset. It’s all about patience and actively listening* to the instructor. *Also a good life skill!

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.


Our 4 week course is ideal for beginners, people who like to learn sequentially or anyone looking to revisit the fundamentals of yoga. Each week will build on knowledge from previous weeks and by the end of the series, you will gain the experience, knowledge and confidence to join in any open classes from our programme. With emphasis on practical application of your newfound knowledge, this is also a great opportunity to have questions specific to your practice addressed and experientially explored, discovering yoga in a safe and fun space.

Breakdown of the course :
WEEK 1: Salute the Sun (breaking down salutations + basic breathing techniques)
WEEK 2: Unleash Your Inner Warrior (standing postures + balances)
WEEK 3: Bend, Don’t Break (forward/back bending & seated postures)
WEEK 4: The Wheel, The Table & The Door (investigating planes of motion + safety & efficiency)

FRAME VICTORIA, Wednesdays 7.30-8.30pm
29 March / 5 April / 12 April / 19 April

FRAME KINGS CROSS, Thursdays 8.30-9.30pm
30 March / 6 April / 13 April / 20 April

For questions and to book a Basics Yoga course online here or contact the relevant studio.

Variations of Utthita Parsvakonasana.