Learn how to make the most of this "resting pose" which is really quite active. Open and strengthen your shoulders and your upper back, and open the hamstrings, calves and ankles. Add the breath. When you've got the basics down, try the classes below that flow in and out of this universal pose.
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Downward-Facing Dog.
Enjoy a gentle warm up, Series A, Series B, standing balance, spinal twists, core strengthening and dancer’s bridge followed by bridge and wheel pose. The cool-down includes happy baby pose, thread the needle, reclined twists and Savasana.
Rather than being overly focused with what the posture looks like from the outside, focus on how each posture feels from the inside. Make friends with whatever you discover!
If your (down) dog is giving you trouble, "he" may just need some new tricks to get "him" in line. Sure, it might be as simple as better alignment. But dogs are people pleasers by nature. Maybe it's time to look at the nature of your dog and see what "he" needs to be a good dog. This session explores lots of warmups and props that address some common dog issues. Play with these to help you see what you need for a happy dog. Remember that consistency, patience and positive reinforcement are keys to any kind of training. Be kind to yourself and give yourself a treat every time you show up on your mat.
Take the time to connect inward and set an intention to start fresh, tapping into a new version of yourself. Enjoy a short yet well-rounded flow for your body, mind, and spirit. Give yourself permission to feel whatever genuinely arises. Practice holding space for your highs and lows, ups and downs with acceptance and non-judgment. Above all else, breathe! Namaste, Yogis!
This class will guide you through a meaningful intention-setting, a feel good warm up, a few rounds of sun salutations, and into a dancing warrior flow. Afterwards, enjoy a supported shoulder stand, wheel pose, thread the eye of the needle, a wide leg forward fold, spinal twists and a relaxing savasana. Try extending love and respect for your body as you focus on your potential rather than any shortcomings or imperfections. Namaste, Yogis!
This practice is all about learning to take your time and move mindfully. Holding poses requires deep focus, attention and awareness, they also build a lot of heat! Sun Salutations done with intention help to warm the muscles in the body and plank variations create overall strength. Standing poses, backbends and core work will leave you ready for a very relaxing Savasana! Learn to slow down and reconnect to yourself.
A postnatal practice for yogis who are at least 6 weeks postpartum. As a new mom, connecting with your breath is key to both help strengthen your core and to reduce stress. This practice does address diastasis recti as well as specific areas affected by pregnancy, labor and taking care of a newborn!
Enjoy this short yet well-rounded flow anytime of the day! You can expect intention-setting, deep breathing, sun salutations, a creative mandala flow, bridge into wheel, hip opening, forward folding, a spinal twist and savasana. Finish feeling renewed and energized! Namaste, Yogis!
To all the people out there who either used to practice yoga and loved it but for one reason or another fell out of practice, or the people who have always wanted to start a yoga practice but for whatever reason have never made the time or have felt too intimidated to start, this practice is for you. Once you acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with the practice, you come to realize that Yoga is an old friend who it's always good to spend some time with no matter how long it's been. Enjoy!