Eagle pose or Garudasana is great for stretching, opening and releasing the upper back between the shoulder blades, and it also stretches the shoulders, wrists, hips and ankles. Modifications are taught for those with tighter shoulders or knee issues.
Brand-new to yoga and need to start slowly? You can do this whole class from your chair! An armless chair is ideal so you can move freely. The pace is slow, the cueing is easy to follow, and the energy is so sweet even the bees tried to join for this practice! Focus on breathing deeply and being curious about how you feel. De Jur will do the rest! Enjoy the calming for your nervous system, the quieting of your mind, and a deeper awareness of what your body needs to feel at ease.
A little garuda mudra and pranayama for inward freedom and clarity of vision starts us off on an adventure that targets pigeon variations (even during your core work), eagle variations, and monkey pose right-side up and upside-down! Omg along the way, fun with standing balance, twists and all kinds of love for your shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Sat Nam, yogis, let's play!
We will share time together exploring yoga from our chairs. Breath work wrapped around gentle twists, folds, hip openers and more to create mobility, spaciousness and body awareness. An armless chair is preferred...any chair will, do placed on your mat. Suitable for all, with a focus on accessibility for older adults. All bodies welcome.
If you're looking for a deep hip-and-shoulder release mixed into your well-rounded flow, look no further! If you've been sitting too much, we target all the areas that long to move! The shoulders, chest, upper back and neck, hip flexors and psoas, the quads and hamstrings, and of course, the all-important spine! You will find that you release energy you didn't know you had and find fluidity in your breath and in your body. A block might be handy, but isn't necessary. Enjoy, yogis!
I had two variations of this sequence planned because I wasn't sure how much energy I had to work with - a high energy and a moderate energy version. This is NOT the moderate energy version :) This flow targets the outer hips and hamstrings. Think eagle pose, cow-faced pose, monkey pose, ardha badha padma paschimottanasana, lotus pose and more! I got a little emotional talking about the myth of Garuda and the idea that we should never shrink ourselves to make other people comfortable, thus the title of this class! I wavered between intermediate and advanced once again, but I offered modifications for the advanced poses, so please just listen to your body and enjoy this ride!
Tame the wild horses of your mind and come into a state of single-pointed concentration, otherwise known as yoga! We will explore horse pose in this practice, so you will want a blanket! Along the way we'll open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and you'll have opportunities to get upside down as well. Enjoy, yogis!
Oh, hi there! Want to play with eagle pose in all kinds of ways? Me, too! This is a fabulous practice if you want to release those IT bands, get into your outer hips, strengthen your core, open your shoulders, chest and upper back, take care of your spinal health, get upside down, face your fear and have some fun! Who doesn't want that?! And we do it all in half an hour! Grab your mat and let's play!
Hello, friends! This is the perfect practice for days when you have a moderate amount of energy and want to move slowly, feel deeply and really open your shoulders, side body, and especially your hips! This practice may or may not lead you into Horse Face Pose, Vatayanasana. The mythology around the pose is that you are taking the shape of the horse Vishnu (embodied as the avatar Kalki) will ride to bring peace, compassion, sanity and abundance back to earth. Wouldn't that be nice? In order to find the pose, half lotus has to be comfortable for you! If it isn't, please skip the pose! A blanket under your knee may be helpful. Enjoy, yogis!
Fun with eagle pose! Get ready to open your outer hips with all kinds of eagle variations, maybe even in places you wouldn't expect like side plank! Opening the outer hips creates freedom in the low back and eagle pose is a wonderful way to explore the bandhas, open your chest and upper back, in addition to the hamstrings, hips and quads! Of course there are also options to play with eagle in forearm stand and handstand. If you're short on time but high on energy, this is for you!