We realize the obvious question here – ‘Why do I need Intro Series at Big Fish?’ We have some answers for that:
Our studios are committed to create strong, educated (in yoga), healthy people. The 10-class Introductory Series to Yoga is the first step. Led by a Team of educators who have studied the content thousands of hours and constantly transition it to make what they deliver better each series, our Intro Series is approachable, intelligent, comprehensive, and fun.
Based on Iyengar Yoga, alignment, spine research, and the system created by Big Fish Yoga – the Big Fish System – we focus on building a strong foundation and moving from a healthy spine that lengthens and strengthens vs. compressing and shrinking from every day habitual movement patterns. From expanding a strong relationship and understanding of the bones and muscles of your feet and their relationship to the rest of the body, powerful poses can emerge. Physical alignment is our focus. What is alignment, you ask?
Well – How you define it depends on the context. There may be a specific definition and keep asking yourself again and again depending on the context. Alignment is a sustainable relationship of parts. How does something work? Overtime? A way of working where we are centered within the joints and not stressing or causing degeneration. We can look at alignment by looking at mobility and stability – part of a whole. We can’t only inhale. We aren’t only moving. We aren’t only still. Alignment is working a stability + mobility balance. We want there to be a harmony – an integration of the whole. And this is what you begin to learn through our Intro Series.
You’ll practice for five consecutive weeks, twice weekly, building on your learning and new physical insight class after class. By night ten, your body will have transformed, your muscles will have new strength, and your tissue will experience greater flexibility. Form and posture (and alignment!) will be found! And best of all – you will have created new, strong, healthy relationships to incredible people…and experience this great new relationship to yourself.
Here are all the details: (While we recommend the entire series of ten classes – the best $125 bucks you’ll ever spend – to gain all the benefits of our Intro Series, we also invite anyone wanting to drop-in and learn just for the night to c’mon! Each class is $12 for our Members or $17 for future Members. Here’s what we’ll be serving.)
Night 1 Creating a Solid Foundation – Stepping into the practice – this is where it starts! You will learn the Big Fish System by starting from the beginning. We will workshop each pose we introduce to you and teach modifications for anyone new to yoga practice. You’ll learn foundational poses, feel movement and warm your body in a powerful, fun way. You will leave night one with the experience of ‘YES! I can do this!’
Night 2 Vigor, Rigor, GO! In this class you will continue moving through the Big Fish System with WHY we move the way we move. Continued learning of posture groups with an emphasis on alignment is the focus. You will experience a shift in heart rate and learn twists that heal! These are dynamic poses that get the energy flowing more vigorously. Twisting your torso is one of the most powerful actions that you can do to transform the health of your internal organs, glands, circulatory system, muscles and connective tissue. Let’s twist and shout!
Night 3 Get Grounded. On this night, we’ll learn together a series of poses that increase strength in your legs, hips and back, which gives you a sense of overall balance, body confidence and courage. Triangles aren’t just a shape we learn as kids – it’s a shape the body has access to….to heal, strengthen and open us up.
Night 4 Balancing Act. You don’t need to “have good balance” to do these poses. We are all born with a natural sense of balance. The tools you’ll learn to create ease in balancing are focus, foundation and breath. These poses tone your lower body, they balance the left and right sides of your brain and stabilize your equilibrium. Get ready to learn the power of your step, standing on one foot and regaining strength in something we each need daily!
Night 5 Hearts on Fire – WHY our bodies need backbends. You’re only as young as your spine. Period. We teach to the spine with every posture – specifically, tonight, you’ll learn more about spine igniting and the importance of moving from your spine. A strong, supple, limber spine is the key to a long life. Get ready to know your spine, feel it and heal it!
Night 6 Burn Baby Burn!- Solid Core Strength. What is core? Well – we teach that core is shoulder to shoulder, hip bone to hip bone and everything in between. An awareness of core changes the way we move. On night six, we look specifically at abdominal muscles through abdominal-focused postures that give us a deeper seat of power. It is an inner strength that stabilizes every move you make. Strong abdominal muscles take unnecessary pressure off your lower back and you use your core in every pose!
Night 7 Don’t be scared! We’re going upside down together. Inverting the body is incredible for flushing organs with fresh blood, activating our glands, and draining fluid from our legs. It can also be tons of fun! Get ready to learn the basics of going upside down from ALIGNMENT – not from a photo you’ve seen on Instagram! Let’s get real! And go upside down in safe, stable, aligned power. And we’ll do it together.
Night 8 Let it go: Pelvis + Hips + Hamstrings. Our hips are the mother of our mobility and also house a good portion of our tension and stress. As you start to release and open the tissues in your pelvis through the Opening and Release series, you provide an opportunity for the rest of the body to shift into alignment. Poses: modified Reclining 1/2 pigeon, seated single leg forward fold, seated double leg forward fold, reverse table top, fish, and waterfall.
Night 9 Celebrate & Soar. This class is about play – with a solid foundation established, we’ll have some fun bringing in some of those postures that may have been intimidating in the beginning. Bird of Paradise, Flip Dog, Crow – it may sound like a circus, but we promise, we’ll have a fun time tonight causing these animals to come to life.
Night 10 Meditation, Celebration, Never Completion. This class is about triumph and celebration! We practice for a full class, doing every pose we have learned through Intro 1 and then complete with a new practice: meditation. A guided meditation is introduced by learning to build the seat for meditation, creating comfort in the joints and spine and learning to choose being still and present – a real gift to yourself! You’ll leave with a gift from Big Fish so don’t miss the night we graduate together – and move on together.
2018 Intro Series begins January 22nd at our Beach studio and runs for five consecutive weeks; each Monday and Wednesday night from 7:15-8:45pm; $125 for the series of 10 classes.