A beautiful hip opener, baddha konasana, or bound angle pose also requires a long spine. Prop yourself on a blanket or block if the low back is rounding. Work on a long spine before you add the forward fold, and whenever you get there, relax your shoulders and neck.
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
Feeling stressed? This flow will help you release the stress and tension that we so often hold in our hips! We move, breathe and dive into some fun yet challenging postures! Use this flow to find some inner freedom and deep release in the hips. Namaste!
Perfect for the end of a tough day, times when you're feeling depleted and/or stressed out, end of a travel day, nights when you struggle with insomnia, or paired with a shorter vigorous flow (we filmed this after Rise, Shine, Energize). Sometimes we walk around as if we're supposed to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders or store tons of stuff in our hips, but it's always good to get that tension out of your body! Lots of attention given to the shoulders and hips. Enjoy x
(Props are nice if you have them, but you can make this work with a firm couch pillow, a stack of books and a tie or long belt from a robe :))
By request, here is a flow for you mamas in the homestretch of your pregnancy, a time when you want to ease up on inverting and get that baby headed into ready position! LOTS of squatting (we'll be resting in malasana instead of down dog), and we'll open those hips from every direction. Hamstrings and quads get lots of love, too, with nice plié squats (you may not be calling them "nice" while we do them, and you may want a chair handy if balance has become an issue :)). Camel pose opens the heart and it's great if you have a block and a bolster ready for savasana, or you can use a couch pillow, too! Wishing you and your baby the very best!
P.S. This is also a great practice for when you have a headache and don't want to send the blood rushing to your cranium ;)
Ever tell yourself you’re a mess, or you’re crazy or you’re an idiot? Words are powerful, and the way we speak to ourselves and think about our process has a huge impact on the way life feels day-to-day! Get on your mat and feed a loving voice. Pay attention to your inner voice as it comes up, and work with it with compassion and patience. Hamstrings, shoulders and upper back get lots of attention, and we take our centered selves upside down with handstand variations. Crescent pose sets you up for nice heart opening, and forward folds at the end balance it all out. Carry on!
The theme is nurturing yourself. A perfect practice for days when you feel low on energy but still want to build some nice heat and get a sweet stretch. Maybe you have a headache like I did while filming this, maybe you're fighting or recovering from a cold, or maybe it's just been a tough day! Can you give yourself what you need? Are you able to practice self-compassion? Explore these ideas as we move and breathe together and open every major muscle group. A nice savasana awaits!
This flow class includes a gentle warm up, a heat building standing sequence, arm balances, inversions, heart and hip opening and a gentle cool down. Approach your edge gently and consciously. Explore your limits and receive whatever is happening with an open heart and a clear mind. Let go of perfectionism and instead practice more gratitude and self-acceptance. Enjoy, yogis!
Short on time? One of those days where you’re spinning or spiraling mentally? Hit the pause button, grab your mat, and let’s get breathing and moving for a few minutes. Just enough to get you out of your head and into your body, to breathe deeply, to open up physically, and to head back into your day (or night), with more clarity, ease and connection. Thanks, yoga!
Dessert! Hips, Hamstrings and Savasana. If you're building your own flow today, this is the chill part! Can be done as a stand-alone for a yin session if you're in need of something restorative and chill, or you can do it as part of the whole practice. Much love, mamas!