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.
This is a gentle yoga session perfect for relaxing tensions in the body, countering stress, quieting the mind and coming home to the heart space. Give yourself permission to slow down, connect with the breath and turn inward. You can expect gentle stretches for the whole body + savasana for total relaxation. Enjoy, yogis!
We are all asymmetrical. Sensing what's off-kilter in our pelvis and core is especially tricky to pinpoint. This practice uses blocks to help us feel our center. Think of the block as the friend you can trust to tell you the truth and set you straight. These insights give us options to consider: What feedback am I missing? Where do I need to be stronger? Where might I need to be softer? What can I change? What can I accept? Do I need new friends? ;) How can we better support ourselves and each other so that we all feel a little more centered?
Got a stiff back from a long hike or a Netflix binge? Get some relief with undulating spinal movements in all directions of travel. From heel to head, we take it outside the linear box and keep it moving with lots of variations on the theme of releasing backline tension. We'll sneak in some core support because nothing says back relief like abs in the game. We finish up with my favorite "clock" movements before settling into a timeless stillness where residual tension unwinds.
A flowy 40-minute class, that is a balance of fitness, flexibility, and centering. The class starts with floor exercises for the core, hips, and hamstrings. On our feet, we practice a flow of standing poses, folded into a sun salutation based structure. Enjoy!
Cultivating your own inner calm and inner peace is a radical gift you can offer to the world! Enjoy this time to go inward and take care of yourself, knowing ultimately it’s a gift to all those you come into contact with! You can expect a well rounded flow sequence squeezed into a 30 minute time-frame. Enjoy, yogis!
If you are stressed out and needing some extra support, this class is for you! It's easy to forget how much our inner resources, our practice and our props can hold us together when we are faltering. This practice moves slowly from downward-facing savasana - no need to face the world! - and supported downward dog, bridge, candlestick and plow with some yummy inwardly-focused poses in between. Find shelter in your practice as you find the peace within.
This practice is all about releasing stress, opening the body and clearing the mind! A well-rounded flow that includes deep shoulder work, arm balances, and grounding standing poses. You will come out of Savasana feeling better overall! Enjoy!
If you feel stiff anywhere in your back side - from head to toe - you may have more than one place that's a little stuck. This practice takes you through lots of variations on some basics to find the sneaky spots where tightness can linger. The great thing about variations is we don't get so caught up in doing it right and we have more freedom to just move in ways that feel right for us. This can really free us up to notice the changes in our breath that cue the shifts in sensation. Trusting our breath helps us to trust ourselves and our bodies. Oh, what a release that is!
Take a moment to slow down and tune in. This practice will move you through a variety of postures intended to help you wake up the spine, hips, shoulders and hamstrings, priming your mind and body for a deeper practice. If you're new to yoga, listen to your body and only take these postures as far as feels right! If you feel any pain at all, you've gone too far. Enjoy!
This is a gentle yoga session aimed at releasing any internal blocks you may have to experiencing more peace and ease in your life. Extra emphasis is placed on stretching and opening the hips. This class is appropriate for all levels and for anytime of day. Enjoy, yogis!