This pose is a variation of Extended Side Angle. The most important alignment points are the length of the spine, and the openness of the top shoulder. Do not sacrifice these elements to "get the bind". Start with "half a wrap" and see how that feels. If you can't breathe easily, or you experience discomfort in the wrapped shoulder, it's too soon!
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!
This practice is all about moving through the midline to get extremely centered! It's about processing all the unprocessed experiences so we can walk away feeling like we've integrated whatever is flying around in our mental, emotional and physical space. If you're looking for a little "upward" energy, here you go!
A short practice that focuses on basic binds--Triangle, Side Angle, Half Moon, Bird of Paradise and Yogi Squat. This practice is great as a stand alone, and also as a way of building a foundation for deeper binding in "All About the Binds, Part II"... which will be coming soon... enjoy!
Shoulder-stand has the potential to create a relaxed and resilient mind when you can stay in this pose with enough ease and enough time to truly reap its benefits. If you are not super familiar with how to set it up - well, jump to the 26-minute mark to understand the setup, entry and exit so that you can fully enjoy the pose. Note the modifications that can support you in finding a place of ease if this is new. We spend the first 26 minutes preparing the body and mind to feel focused and supple. From this place, we invite calm into the body and imagine we can share this calm and spaciousness as we move through our lives.
Feeling tight in the chest and shoulders? This flow will help you to release stress carried in the the upper body. Warm up with a few Sun Salutations and then explore deep shoulder/chest stretches such as Anahatasana, Gomukhasana, and Ustrasana. Relax with a few twists and a supported bridge, then enjoy a restful Savasana! Namaste!
If your energy is finite, then it makes sense to be mindful about where you spend it, and upon what! Sometimes we get caught up in someone else's story, even a total stranger, and lose all sense of center. You can allow strangers on the road to raise your blood pressure, or not so much! You can give an entire afternoon to someone else's drama, or you can stay focused on your own life! Join us as we get really sweaty and flow through a sequence that targets the hips, shoulders and core. You'll get to play on your hands and also upside down if you want to, I just ask you to stay focused on your calm, steady breath and your own wild and beautiful heart :)
This practice will emphasize the shoulders and hips, leading you into a deep, seated hip opener, double pigeon. It is a great, all around, feel good flow that is perfect for winding down your day and ending your week. If you are looking for a practice where you get to do a little bit of everything, this one is for you!
A solid plank pose will build the foundation for more challenging balances. It tones the core, strengthens the low back, chest, shoulders, arms and more. It's basically a one-stop pose to get your whole body fired up. We'll warm up the shoulders and wrists before moving into a modified version of Sun Salute A. Then we'll go on a journey through variations of the traditional plank, visiting side-plank, forearm-plank, and even plank-jacks. Building the core muscles wouldn't be complete without finding length in a few juicy twists and creating space with lovely heart openers.
Dynamic, flowing and sweaty fly strong practice! We open the psoas, the hamstrings, and hips in this playful flow. Strengthen the core and shoulders with plank and plank variations. A few minutes for inversions and a few backbends complete the practice! Enjoy!