A great pose for opening up the side-body. Gate pose mimics both extended side angle and reverse warrior poses. Wonderful for days you've been sitting, driving, or traveling, or any time you're looking to open up your breathing muscles! Watch the tutorial, then try the classes below which incorporate this delicious pose into a complete practice.
Today’s class is all about building heat to open the side body. Since we don’t stretch our side body nearly enough this should feel pretty good! What to expect: Warrior 2, Side Angle Warrior with variations to work your side body, Skandasana to open your hips, One legged crow, malasana, Gate Pose, Baby Visvamitrasana, Crescent Pose, Exalted Crescent, Triangle with a special side body stretching variation and handstands sprinkled throughout of course! Enjoy!!!
The intention of this particular practice is to let go of old stories that aren't serving us, are out-dated, or aren't even real! Use the Kaleshvara Mudra to help yourself along in this self-improvement project as you steady your breath and come into your center. The flow itself is creative, and forces you to think outside of the box and might help to shake things up a bit if you've felt stuck. Insert a few inspiring characters into the new chapter you are writing: Shiva, Kali and the Sage Ashtava.
If you want happy knees, it's essential to have strong and supple hips - among other things! This session spends a LOT of time standing on your knees. You may find that a blanket under the knees creates enough cushion for you. Or, you may have really tender knees and want to find a different class. (Stay tuned for more!) If you're still with me, you will be amazed by how much strength you build in hips/hamstrings by standing on your knees, and you may also be surprised to sense how much balance is required. The struggle is real! You'll have blocks handy to help you feel safe as you move in unfamiliar ways, and you'll get a nice hip-release series to finish for dessert!
We take a big step with balance in this session. We begin in the chair and go to the wall for tree. Notice how much you use the wall and maybe challenge yourself by giving some space between you and the wall. Then we use the wall for a Warrior 2, stepping the feet wide apart to build strength in a wider range of motion. Be curious about using the chair for the warrior pose, especially when you feel ready to take a bigger/wider step. This builds strength, flexibility and best of all confidence!
Get out of your chair and take care of your spine! Spinal health is the key to general health--your brain and your spinal cord are in constant communication. Too much sitting creates stagnation in every way. This practice will give your spine the love and care it deserves, improve your posture, and release tension from the neck, shoulders and upper back. Open it all up so you can breathe deeply, and head back into your day feeling centered.
Opening up the side body feels great for an expansive, free breath and long spine. AND it can throw you off balance as you willow over sideways while trying to maintain your center. This is a great practice for life - finding expansion, getting off balance, finding your center and remembering to bring your sense of humor so that you have fun along the way!
A sweaty flow leads us into gate pose, side angle and bound side angle. We get a chance to play with balance in half-moon pose and check in with the hamstrings in some forward folds and hanumanasana. Inversions, backbends and hip-opening round out the class.
A short, deep, juicy flow to open up all of the major muscle groups and leave you feeling awesome. A moderate amount of energy needed, an optional astavakrasana along the way, and a lot of deep stretching. Let this be an invitation to breathe and connect to yourself, to release tension, and settle back into your true nature.