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 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!
Once you've learned the basics, it's time to start digging a little deeper and building YOUR practice. This means applying your curiosity, patience and intelligence to explore different possibilities in order to discover the poses and ways of moving that will be most effective for you as you grow and change and your needs evolve. This practice is intended to get you started on that fascinating and neverending path. Enjoy!
Sometimes going further requires slowing down. This practice is all about taking time to investigate some of the subtler dimensions of the body and mind in order to understand ourselves on a deeper level and thus allow for new possibilities both on the mat and off.
A slow, simple sequence of basic poses. Perfect for beginning students looking to build a more solid foundation to their practice. Great also for more seasoned practitioners looking to revisit and reconnect with the basics.
When it comes to learning something new, nothing is more valuable than mastering the basics. This practice will move you slowly through several of yoga's foundational poses, taking time to let you absorb the mechanics and feeling of each posture and transition. Whether you're brand new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you can always benefit by spending a little time on the basics. Good luck... and enjoy your practice!