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.
A slow flow perfect for pregnant yogis late in the second trimester or in their third trimester. Emphasis is on linking breath and specific movement to help your baby move down into the birth canal as well as helping to reduce stress and anxiety in order to prepare the mind and body for child birth.
A playful sequence for little ones that connects them to their breath. In yoga we call our breath “Pranayama." For this class we are going to use pom poms or cotton balls to help us explore our breath and play with some fun yoga poses! You can expect some nice hip and shoulder opening and fun standing balance along the way! Enjoy!
Chair shoulderstands can be really soothing for the nervous system. Getting into them, not so much! Instead of slithering to the ground head first like it's no big deal, we do a lot of prep work right side up. We warm up the body and get centered (read: core work!) first. Then, step by step, we gather ourselves into the chair and gracefully find our way into the support of the chair, the comfort of the wall, and land on blankets to support the shoulders... staying center and grounded so that the pose feels like a soft place to land and a sweet spot to rest. Then you will be gently guided into releasing the pose and resting on solid ground with a new perspective and a quiet mind.
Kids ages 5-tweens (their grownups are welcome to join!) With all that is going on in the world right now, it can be hard for us to find our focus! Breathing, yoga and mindfulness can help! We will work with the haikini mudra in this practice - a mudra is another name for hand yoga. This mudra helps us find concentration. Flowing through many poses that require our direct attention and finishing in resting pose, yogis will be reminded that they can do anything they put their mind to.
Even if you only have 20 minutes, you can change your entire mindset, open your body, connect to your breath, quiet your mind, meditate and nurture yourself! This class was filmed live on the Yogis Anonymous Practice Page on Facebook, but also for your pleasure anytime you need a quick but powerful reset!
We target the hips in this session, but also give lots of love to the hamstrings, inner thighs, shoulders and core. If you're looking to build some nice heat, breathe deeply, center yourself, fire up your core, play on your hands with bhujapidasana (shoulder-pressing pose) and tittibasana (firefly pose), and deeply open your hips, this is for you! Great for stress-relief and an all-over glow. Enjoy!
Well, we didn't stop moving very much at all, but we had a lot of fun filming this class for you! Want to really feel your outer hips? How about those adductors? We get it all with lots of fun along the way, so get ready to work and sweat, but also get ready to laugh! You might find yourself in flying pigeon, or dragonfly. You may end up in a handstand. You might say to yourself, how did I get here? This is how we do it, one practice at a time!
A fun flow that targets the shoulders, upper back, hips and hamstrings, includes six-minute abs and a tutorial on dolphin pose with a strap and a block, when it makes sense to play with pincha prep, and when you're ready to head into full pincha mayurasana (forearm stand). Enjoy!
Start with stretches for the hips and back. Continue with some sun salutations and a balanced group of standing poses. Move to the floor and work towards astavakrasana, the eight-limbed arm balance pose. Finish with backbends and shoulder stand. Enjoy!