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!
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!
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.
Grab a strap (a towel or tie will work!) and wake up areas that may feel dormant from hours of sitting and slouching. As we awaken the physical body, the subtle body will start to feel the shift as prana flows more freely when the heart is open!
Give your shoulders and hamstrings some love in this dynamic flow practice! We build heat with sun salutations and focus on releasing tension in the upper back, neck, shoulders, legs and hamstrings. Standing balancing poses and core work are mixed in to build strength. Finishing stretches prepare you for a sweet and relaxing savasana!
In each pose, we want to ask ourselves, where can I engage more, and where can I surrender more? The same holds true for life. We can't save other people, or control what they do, say, want or need. Those are places where we need to let go with love. But, we can work on the way we respond to what we're given, and we can be accountable for our own contributions to any situation or interaction--that's where we might engage more. Explore this concept in a sweaty, rigorous and fun flow, and detox til you find your joy. It's in there!
Start with a strong core so you know where your center is, and go from there. Working with the idea of knowing your center (and knowing yourself) and moving around that center with integrity. Early core-strengthening sets us up for a fiery and twisty Crescent flow, followed by some standing balance and twists. Dolphin, Dolphin Plank, Twisting Ardha Chandrasana, Eagle Pose, Hanumanasana and Gomukhasana take us into the shoulders, upper back, hamstrings and hips. Open it up while staying true to your center.
Target front and back-body opening to bring yourself back to center. Cat-cows show up in various forms throughout the flow. How much are we offering up to those around us and the world at large, and how much are we taking the time to tune in and nurture ourselves? How much do we depend on external affirmation, and how much do we value our own intuition? Expect lots of shoulder, chest, psoas, hip flexor and quadriceps opening, balanced out with lots of upper back, lower back, hamstring, calf muscle and ankle attention! Core work for a strong center, fun twists and arm balances along the way. Get ready to come back to center!
happy cow-face pose