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.
Hello friends! If you're looking for a full-body flow in a shorter amount of time with extra love for your hips, look no further! The hamstrings and shoulders get lets of attention, too, and we fire up the core nicely. You'll walk away from your mat feeling grounded and open. Hip Happy Day to You!
A perfect practice when you want to slow down, center yourself, and release tension from the shoulders, chest and upper back. The hips and hamstrings get plenty of love, but this practice is shoulder-focused. Deep, mindful breathing, longer holds. Inversions. Two blocks may be helpful. Guided meditation at the end. Treat this practice as a conversation you're having with your body, where the main question from moment-to-moment is, "Does this feel right?" Enjoy yogis!
A flow for when you're feeling low, friends! No matter how many tools you have in your back pocket, sometimes life just gets really lifey! Practicing yoga for X number of years doesn't mean you won't feel sad, stressed, challenged or full of despair sometimes, it means that when you experience some of the heavier emotions, you know how to lean into them and ride those waves. Movement helps. Deep breathing helps. Community helps. And remembering that no feeling is forever also helps. Hope you find this flow to be the mood booster I did! Love y'all with my whole heart xx
Spoiler Alert: there's no prize for forcing anything. This practice gives you many good opportunities to build heat but you can also back off if you need to! The shoulders, hips, hamstrings and core get a lot of love in this flowing practice, you'll have reminders to keep breathing deeply and to listen to your body and respond with awareness and compassion. Two blocks may be very helpful to deepen some of the backbends and hip openers. Enjoy the good sweat and deep opening, yogis!
A nice, juicy practice that incorporates a variety of binding postures, and invites you to investigate all the elements that go into making them possible--strength, balance, flexibility and mobility. Enjoy Part 3 of our binding adventure!
Building on the foundation of All About the Binds, Part 1, this invigorating practice will lead you through a sequence of postures that involve not only binds, but twists as well. A great challenge for mind and body. Enjoy!
A perfect flow for days when you need to get moving! We start with grounding and then we get grooving. A little breath-of-fire and some gentle twists get the party started. The shoulders, chest, upper back, neck, jaw and face get some serious love, as do the hips, hamstrings and quadriceps. We strengthen the core and play with tripod headstand or the building blocks to get there. More hip-opening to follow, and then a sweet, sweet savasana! Sometimes you just need to get your body moving to free up energy, quiet your mind, open your heart and get back to whatever you're doing with more presence and focus. If that sounds good, this is for you! 2 blocks may be helpful to lift the floor up.
If you're looking for a practice to get grounded and open your body deeply, this is it. Even if you practice daily, there are going to be times when you feel tight, or have less energy or have to coax yourself to get on your mat. This is my go-to kind of practice for days like that when I really want to open my hips, shoulders and hamstrings, get my breath going and also free up my energy! It's a great kind of practice when you're dealing with anxiety and need to move to burn it off, but maybe don't have your maximum energy level available. We sweat, move and breathe our way into an open body and a quiet mind. And you may see some arms popping into frame here and there because this is the Wild Card Monday class which I teach over zoom and in person while I film for y'all! I think these classes have a little extra community vibe which is kind of magical. So welcome to the Practice Garden, so glad you're here!
A great hip, shoulder and hamstring-opening flow where we breathe deeply and build heat with the intent to release tension. You will sweat and move, but this is a good class to do at the end of your day, when you're on your cycle, or when you really need to focus on grounding and opening. Restorative backbend options, lots of hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing will help to move through feelings of anxiety or depression and will be comforting on days when you might be feeling overwhelmed.