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.
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!
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!