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.
This is an intermediate high-intensity flow with lots of heat-building on the early side. Please be ready to modify or put your knees down at any time (options given). Chaturanga push-up crunches and targeted core strengthening fire up your shoulders and abs. We use the heat to focus on opening the shoulders, upper back and chest with lots of behind-the-back clasps in a variety of poses, and twisting to wring out tension. Standing balances help us build endurance and focus. Breathe through moments of confrontation and see if you can soften around them so that you can do that off your mat as well. We work hard in this flow but don't worry, we also have lots of fun :)
Open your hips from every direction, unlock your shoulders, upper back and neck, stretch your hamstrings, open your heart, and fire up your core before we get on our hands and play. Monkey pose and eagle pose right side up and upside down, and a super sweet savasana, all around the topic of embracing and opening to our inherent vulnerability.
Early heat-building with series C variations opens the hip flexors, psoas and quads. Once we're warm we balance it out with the back body and give the hamstrings calves and ankles some love. Monkey pose comes out to play, along with eagle pose and some nice twists. Handstand jumps, handstands and optional monkeying and eagle-ing around upside down are included after core strengthening. Open the hips a little more and hit Savasana hard. Release the comparing and contrasting mind and open to all the gifts that are already present.
In this class we take flight in several different variations of Eagle pose! Don't worry we will warm up by moving through several creative Sun Salutations before we fly! This class is well-rounded and will certainly energize you inside and out! Shine on my fellow yogis:)
We start this practice on our backs with gentle core strengthening and poses to warm up the hips. On the hands and knees we loosen up the spine, then move to downward facing dog and into standing poses. Peak poses are Eagle pose on our backs and feet, and we even play with it in handstand and shoulder stand!
Tons of heart and hamstring opening, core strengthening and inverting in this session, where we talk about growth opportunities, and the always-important question: Who am I going to be in this situation?
Feeling tension in your upper back, shoulders, chest, neck, jaw and forehead? Oh my gosh, this is for you! Build some heat with me, and let's get in there, release whatever you might be holding, and free up space and energy so you can get back to the business of being awesome!
Hips, hamstrings, shoulders and blanket abs are the focus, along with approaching your fear and working with it, and developing a breathing practice for those challenging moments in life (including the ones that happen when Waze sends you in circles for twenty minutes on a long car ride, and your daughter has to pee :)) Work it on the mat, so it shows up for you in the world.