Our very own Brixton teacher and member, Lotte van Buuren talks to us about all things BEAST.
As a recent Teacher Training grad, Lotte loves seeing members try something new; so if you’ve never tried BEAST before, you might be curious about the class or even if you’re a regular at our Saturday 12.30pm class, then check out her blog below with tips and tricks to take your practice to the next level.
“Am I advanced enough to do the Beast?” is a bit like asking “am I flexible enough to do yoga?” – you will be in no time if you try and commit.
What I like about the Beast is that progress is fastest and most visible from all FG classes. You’ll be amazed what you can do after a couple of attempts at that seemingly impossible pose.
It also gives as many variations as you may need. When you feel strong there is always something more to work towards. When you’re not feeling as strong as you thought you would, you can transform the class into a long version of FG. And yes, long it is. But don’t let that put you off; take it easy and do really take a break if you need it (everyone does at some point in this class!)
So, if you’re ready to take the plunge let me give you some advice:
1 – Take it very, very easy during the first 20 minutes or so. The beginning of this class is deceptive as it’s 2 similar to FG. Be aware that it’s a warm-up for the tougher and more fun parts of the class.
2 – Be religious about keeping a calm breath through your nose, more than in any other class. There are hardly any breaks so if you lose it, do way less or sit down.
3 – Tame your ego. Be curious, not jealous.
4 – If possible, try to become aware of your breathing even before getting to the studio. Calm your breath and mind so you’re in the right state of mind when you start.
Thanks Lotte, great advice on this class.
Still not sure? Chat to our friends reception team and dive right in there. You’ll tame the BEAST in no time!