Gomukhasana, or Happy Cow Face Pose is a hip-opener which can be too intense for people with knee issues, so please listen to your body! It is also an intense shoulder opener, and you might like to have a strap or towel handy. Nothing should hurt. If you can't breathe deeply, you've gone too far!
I had two variations of this sequence planned because I wasn't sure how much energy I had to work with - a high energy and a moderate energy version. This is NOT the moderate energy version :) This flow targets the outer hips and hamstrings. Think eagle pose, cow-faced pose, monkey pose, ardha badha padma paschimottanasana, lotus pose and more! I got a little emotional talking about the myth of Garuda and the idea that we should never shrink ourselves to make other people comfortable, thus the title of this class! I wavered between intermediate and advanced once again, but I offered modifications for the advanced poses, so please just listen to your body and enjoy this ride!
Carve out some time that is just for you. Tune in, wring yourself out, breathe deeply and walk away from your mat feeling energized and open! We build heat with Series C, fire up the legs with crescent variations that lead to twists and eagle pose and eventually take us into side crow, koundinyasana 1 and dwi pada (grab a block if you're working toward side crow). Deep core work along the way, backbends, and then the juicy, stretchy stuff - lizard pose variations, hanumanasana, happy cow face pose and a savasana that is sure to be blissful. Enjoy!
This hour-long practice is focused on letting go of stress in the shoulders and upper back. Begin by bringing awareness to the moment by focusing on your breath and move gradually into a strong flowing practice. Play with some fun balancing poses and release pent-up tension in the shoulders! Enjoy!
So much of our stress sits in our chest and shoulders. Grab a strap (a towel or tie will work!) and take time to confront and release the tension. If you spend a lot of time on your phone or computer this class is especially great for you. Namaste yogis!
All kinds of Archer's Pose and Gate pose variations, lots of shoulder, upper back and side-body opening, love for your quadriceps, hips and hamstrings, cow face pose and a fun flow where you can play with flying pigeon and funky forearm stand variations. Enjoy, yogis!
Explore your perceived limitations in this challenging practice! There are lots of heat building poses and playful arm balances and inversions. We move into advanced variations, but there is never pressure to do it all unless it feels right for you. Approach your practice with an open heart and a sense of wonder! Namaste!
A prenatal yoga class that connects you to your breath in order to get deep into a stiff neck, tight shoulders, chest and upper back. Perfect for early in the morning or after a long day before you head off to bed. Great at any stage of pregnancy.
We start this practice on our backs with gentle core strengthening and poses to warm up the hips. On the hands and knees we loosen up the spine, then move to downward facing dog and into standing poses. Peak poses are Eagle pose on our backs and feet, and we even play with it in handstand and shoulder stand! Enjoy, Lauren
Take a conscious counter-pose to your daily life of hunching over smartphones, keyboards and steering wheels with an open-hearted stance with your shoulders on your back. A selection of special Kundalini Kriyas awakens the spine, bandhas and navel center are activated to support you in every move you make. Cultivate strength and stability through the legs and side-body in the flow of standing postures, winding down into the ground through the crown to rise up into headstand, possibly transitioning into an arm-balance variation.