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 short on time but want to breathe deeply, get present, build a fire in your belly and open your hips and hamstrings deeply, look no further! We pack a lot into this short practice and you may even find yourself on the way to kurmasana (tortoise pose) by the end! Please don't force a thing, though, just move, breathe and be good to you!
All Ages / Family
What is your favorite color?
Mine is orange, all shades of orange!
How many colors are there in nature? Look closely and you will see thousands of shades of every color, more than enough to fill a box of crayons! When we rush past everything outside, we don’t notice all of this variety. But when we are more mindful, we can slow down and look with curiosity.
Before playing this game, grab a box of crayons and an adult.
We will first warm up with nature-based poses like butterfly and tree pose. Then we are going to try to match the colors of the crayons to things in nature or inside our homes! This is an activity that you can do over and over again. It's a great way to connect with nature, and one another. Enjoy!
Let’s Draw ... With Our Toes?!
For this class, you will need a piece of paper, something to draw with and a hard surface to draw on. We are going to draw ... with our toes! This activity is so much fun, but it also shows us how important our feet are in helping us stay centered and grounded. We will play with lots of balancing poses, like tree pose and airplane pose, and will build body awareness in this fun flow! Thanks for drawing and balancing with me today!
"Rise and Shine On"
A truly gentle, restorative practice for mamas (or anyone!) who needs some love, nurturing and calming! The hips, hamstrings and shoulders get lots of attention while you breathe deeply and release tension. Perfect before bed, or anytime you need some grounding.
We get to the hip-opening quickly here with fun series C variations that include lots of squats and lizard poses along the way, standing marichyasana if you're feeling open, 6-minute abs, bakasana, bhujapidasana and tittibhasana options, grasshopper pose (and the building blocks to start moving toward it if you aren't there just yet), tripod headstand or handstand with a wide straddle, backbends and forward folds and a super sweet savasana. This class packs a lot of punch in a relatively short amount of time and it's guaranteed to leave you with open hips and a great big smile :) Enjoy! (A block or two might be very handy!)
A post-run stretch designed to let you make it a shorter (20 min) or longer (40 min) stretch session depending on your preference. We spend plenty of time on the hips and hamstrings with lots of forward folds and pigeon variations, and there are options for a deep psoas stretch, an extra dose of hip opening and a restorative backbend if you have the time. Enjoy, yogis runners!
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.