Daniel Paris Guide to Yoga
Thinking Outside the Mat:
To have a more practical understanding of my Guide to Yoga, I have created a few short classes. Each video relates to a specific chapter of my guide.
The sequences in these videos are meant to show you the range of possibilities of the practice but are not suitable for every student. Remember that yoga is no substitute for any medical therapy. Talk to your doctor before starting your practice.
Going with the flow
Most yoga styles include flow in their practice. It creates body heat by stimulating your cardiorespiratory system and the autonomic nervous system, resulting in maximum muscle performance and acute mental focus.
Take a stand
After finishing your yoga flow, your body will be warm and your mind clear. Now is the moment to get into high-intensity poses. I refer to such as standing poses. They are essential to muscle growth and flexibility.
As muscles fatigue and body energy decrease, you move to less intense poses. The truly difficult task now is to keep the mind focused. You need to become very sensitive to reset muscle tension.
Ground your self
When energy levels are low, it is easier to stay in soft poses. As you bring your body closer to the ground, poses are less physically demanding. But be aware, your mind will try to wonder.
During a deep stay of relaxation, restorative poses can be very powerful. They are a big part of my practice. These poses accelerate muscle recovery cycles, help to regulate your sleep, and are a great gateway to meditation.
Savasana is the ultimate yoga pose. The fact that it is simple does not make it easy. The first part of your practice is a metaphor of all things you can do and control, all "posture" you can adopt in life when facing specific situations. Savasana reflects the exact opposite.