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".
In the class we target the hips and hamstrings, these are the areas we tend to store stress and tension and it can be difficult to get into the fascia and smaller muscles around theses areas , so prepare to breathe deeply and let go of this unnecessary tension! You will feel amazing when you do!
A sweaty class with a lot of core strength work and an emphasis on working on your own experience and with your own challenges. Down dog or child’s pose? Both are the right answer, but there are plenty of opportunities here to work hard with a dancing warrior flow and arm balance opportunities. There’s also a long, sweet and relaxing end to class with a triple dose of hip opening featuring janu sirsasana, double pigeon, and baddha konasana, as well as some heart opening opportunities with back bends and twists.
"Om Mani Padme Hum" to grow and advance individually as well as collectively. Get the breath and blood moving with a Kundalini warm-up to this lotus flow geared towards generous hip opening with the support of a strong center. Weave your way through the standing flow while you wrap your arms around yourself into binding variations that eventually unravel into "Soldier of Love" and a balancing variation of Surya Yantrasana.
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.