A beautiful hip opener and release for the low back if your knees allow. Have a block and/or some blankets handy if possible. If you feel any strain in your knees at all, please go to the pose, "Thread the Needle".
Thorn in your side? Get it out with this hip-opening flow that gets deep into the side-waist. Extended and Bound Side Angle, Skandasana, Janu Sirsasana, and Double Pigeon, as well as some twisted Crescent Variations, help you find the space to open up along the side body and find some room to breathe and move. As usual, there's time for backbending and inverting on the way to a sweet Savasana.
"Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara" this mantra honors the lessons/teachings of the beginning or creation, the middle or preservation, and the ending or destruction of all things in life. This practice begins with a mellow, reclining hip-opening sequence, is sustained by flowing standing sequences, and wraps up with a gnarly expressions of Yoga Dandasana, the staff of the guru!
Link up instinct and intention (in this case, breath and movement) with a hip-opening flow that has some extra core-work thrown in. Series A and B, followed by some time to flow at your own place through Warrior II and Reverse Warrior, leads us to some side angle variations. Double pigeon is our hip opener of the day, with an option to modify or take it on your back threading the needle.
A sweaty hip-opening flow that includes some time in Humble Warrior, Warrior 2, Extended and Bound Side Angles, Triangle Pose and Ardha Chandrasana. There's plenty of time to get into the hips with Lizard Pose, Janu Sirsasana and Double Pigeon, and we finish up with a wide-legged forward fold before Savasana.
A sweaty hip-opening flow through Warrior II, Extended and Bound Side Angle, and Triangle pose builds the heat and leads to some extra time with hip openers (and the hamstrings) at the end in Janu Sirsasana, Double Pigeon, and a Wide-Legged Forward fold .
"Om Namah Shivaya" - create the closure you long for by invoking the energy of Shiva. This practice begins with a mantra, mythology, sparking the altar with a little breath of fire, and lighting up the 3rd chakra with some core strengthening. Find your flow through full body mudras and mystical shapes that challenge your legs, test your balance, and ignite your imagination. Thread together a selection of open-hipped arm-balances like beads on a mala, and try on a variation of Eka Pada Sirsasana and funky Dwi Pada Koundinyasana for size. Get to know the story of Shiva, and family.
"Om Mani Padme Hum" - The Jewel of Consciousness resides in the Heart's Lotus. Invite your difficulties to inspire more growth, more wisdom, more compassion. The practice of yoga is not easy, being human is not so easy either. Experiment with challenging arm-balances and transitions, rooting through the ground to rise up out of the muck. This sequence works the hips open in a full range of motion throughout the flow to lead us up to a more obscure peak pose, Viranchyasana. It's definitely more about the journey than the destination with this one ; )
Life is a balancing act, and this practice is about exploring your own delicate balance in a most lighthearted and playful way. Empower yourself by integrating deep into your center and strengthening the core of your being. Variations upon variations weave into a fairly complex sequential fabric, featuring moments with Eka Pada Galavasana, Vyaghrasana, Sirsasana, Scorpion, and Vatayanasana.
"Aham Prema" - I am Divine Love. A fun and fierce flow working towards deep revolved hip opening, leading up to Flying Lizard, Yoga Dandasana and Parivritta Krounchasana. We have work to do here on this planet, let us work together, united in love, against ignorant, hateful and destructive ways of being with each other and the planet.