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.
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!
A sweaty flow that takes you through a full range of opening for your hips, with some side waist lengthening to take you deeper. Gate pose and Side Angle variations get you into your waist; we get into the hips with Humble Warrior, and Warrior 1 and 2; and some low and high Crescent variations and Lizard get into the psoas and front hip region. Of course there's plenty of time to sweat and flow, and then to release and open with heart openers and some deep hip opening on the floor.
End of a long day? dealing with insomnia? Just need to nurture yourself? Wonderful, let’s get to it. A very moderate amount of flow—just enough to build a little heat so we can deeply open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Lots of forward folding to calm the nervous system, and a guided yoga nidra at the end. Try savasana in bed, and get ready for sweet dreams.
Don't have time for a full class? No problem! Here you can get your ab fix in a hurry! What to expect:
One side twisted leg lifts
Pain when you laugh for the next three days!