The main animal-named asanas (postures) can be found alphabetically in the list to the right (on each page of this website bar the homepage). If you know of another posture with an animal name not on this list then please do get in touch. The invention of new animal-named postures is also in the pipeline (in collaboration with anatomy and physiology experts) so as to incorporate a wider breadth of the astounding animal kingdom.
Each posture has its own story – historically, traditionally, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and biologically – both for the named animal/posture and the practitioner. Each posture and animal has its own wisdom to bestow upon us as we invite ourselves into the essence of each posture, commit to the posture and experience the posture. Each of us also has bundles to offer each animal we greet during our class and the whole of the animal kingdom in general.
The postures are arranged together in different ways, at different paces and in different styles with different emphases so as to create six different Animalia Asana® classes including the following (NB: one class does not feature all of the postures but rather a carefully selected few to suit the nature of the class concerned):
- The Animalia Asana® Class
This is the full and main Animalia Asana practice covering almost all of the animal postures. The full set sequence class takes roughly 2 hours and comprises 40 of the animal-named postures. In a 90- or 60-minute class, we fit in as much of this set-sequence as possible and alternate some of the postures that we practice week-to-week.
- Animalia Asana® Flow
Generally a set sequence of postures explored in quicker succession and with more repetition.
- Animalia Asana® Restorative
Generally a set sequence of postures at a much slower pace, low physical intensity, more passive, staying in the postures for at least a few minutes.
- Animalia Asana® Advanced
Generally a set sequence of postures, hatha in style and featuring the more physically demanding postures or a more advanced arrangement of the postures.
- Animalia Asana® General
Generally a set sequence of postures, hatha in style, somewhere in between the Animalia Asana Flow, Restorative and Advanced practices.
- Organic Animalia Asana®
Hatha/flow, different set of postures each time – medium level of physical intensity.
Each class will also weave in animal-named mudras (hand gestures) and the Bee Breath (Bhramari Pranayama) practice.
The universe is not for men alone, but is a theatre of evolution for all living beings.
Live and let live is its guiding principle.
Non-injury is the highest religion.
~ Virchand Gandhi
= Sarvabhutaya Yogah (Animal Yoga)