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 deep dive into shoulder, upper back and hamstring-opening along with quadriceps strengthening, lots of breath work and time to feel your feelings. Some fun focus-honing with standing balance, a little reminder not to take anything for granted, and as always, laughter along the way! A block and a strap may be helpful. If you're looking for grounding, opening and centering, this is it.
This practice is all about the relationship you're having with light! Do you open up to the light? Invite it in? Seek it out? Foster it inside yourself?Or are you repelling light in any way, consciously or unconsciously? This practice peaks with compass pose, Surya Yantrasana - a pose that turns your body into a compass or sun dial so you set yourself up to receive the light when it's offered to you, cultivate it inside yourself, and offer it up to the world around you! Pretty sweet, huh? Grab two blocks and a strap and let's get our compasses calibrated, yogis!
If you're looking for a practice to get grounded and open your body deeply, this is it. Even if you practice daily, there are going to be times when you feel tight, or have less energy or have to coax yourself to get on your mat. This is my go-to kind of practice for days like that when I really want to open my hips, shoulders and hamstrings, get my breath going and also free up my energy! It's a great kind of practice when you're dealing with anxiety and need to move to burn it off, but maybe don't have your maximum energy level available. We sweat, move and breathe our way into an open body and a quiet mind. And you may see some arms popping into frame here and there because this is the Wild Card Monday class which I teach over zoom and in person while I film for y'all! I think these classes have a little extra community vibe which is kind of magical. So welcome to the Practice Garden, so glad you're here!
A great hip, shoulder and hamstring-opening flow where we breathe deeply and build heat with the intent to release tension. You will sweat and move, but this is a good class to do at the end of your day, when you're on your cycle, or when you really need to focus on grounding and opening. Restorative backbend options, lots of hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing will help to move through feelings of anxiety or depression and will be comforting on days when you might be feeling overwhelmed.
A sweet, steady hatha class that builds some heat so you can open your heart! Shoulders and hip flexors get extra love. If you feel like you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, here is your antidote!
Spring is a time to thrive. Yoga can help us be fully present and engaged as we shift seasons and are open to new perspectives. How we move, how we breathe, and what we eat can help us embrace this transitional time of year. This practice is about lightening up and clearing out. The liver and gallbladder are the organs that support the cleansing process.
Lemon essential oil is a cleansing oil.
Peak poses - Bananasana, figure 4.
A fun, energizing flow where we explore cross-legged options! Expect to get into those outer hips, and your IT bands, too! Ever tried a cross-legged handstand? Today's your day, and you might find mulabandha in a whole new way while we're at it. Get ready to have some fun, yogis!
This is an advanced flow where we focus on finding freedom in the upper back, across the chest and in the shoulders so we can explore some deeper backbends including viparita dandasana. If you're experiencing tightness in your upper back, across your chest or in your shoulders, if you feel you may be carrying tension or that your breath is not flowing as freely as it might, if you have been feeling a little blue...this practice is an opportunity to open your heart and trust your process! You may want a strap and a couple of blocks along the way. Please listen to your body - you cannot force heart opening!