This is like Triangle Pose, just imagine your lifted foot is pressed against the back wall. Your lower hip is externally rotated, your standing leg is engaged, your core is strong, and you can open up your heart and breathe. The extended leg is long and strong, the top thigh spins toward the space behind you, and your foot is actively flexed with toes spread.
We warm up with a version of down dog single pigeon and OMG squats then we flow through side angle and triangle to open up the side body, quads and hammies. Through our flow we work on bird of paradise, side plank, warrior 3 and revolved half moon strengthening the entire body as we move through shapes working with the breath. Modifications are offered for each pose to make sure all levels of yogis can participate. You can make this class as challenging as you want it to be by pushing yourself to your own edge, whatever that may be today. Let's have fun and get stronger together!! Namaste!
Side standing poses are greatly beneficial for strengthening and opening. How we practice these poses determines whether these poses are helpful and healing or not so much. Today, in this short practice, you'll learn how to practice warrior 2, extended side angle, triangle and half moon so that these poses are helpful, strengthening and truly beneficial for your lower back, SI joints and hips!
Work on connecting with your breath and grounding yourself in the present as you move through a series of difficult asanas. This class focuses on accepting yourself where you are now while working toward your positive intentions. We'll start with a gentle warm up, then there will be sun salutations, standing poses, arm balancing, core work, inversions, back-bends, hip-openers, forward folds, spinal twists and savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
Beginning with shoulder openers and hamstring openers, we warm up the body to get our flow on and work towards strength building poses like crow pose, warrior III, revolved half moon and L Pose at the wall. We cool it down by getting into the inner thighs and hips with seated wide leg forward fold and single pigeon. There is something in it for everyone so have fun playing and pushing your limits in the process. Namaste Yogis!
The second chakra is associated with the element of water and is located in the pelvis. This charka is all about going with the flow of life, embracing change and doing the things that bring you joy. In this practice we will move through a series of sun salutes, hip openers, and heart openers to prepare the body for pigeon pose, bow pose and various variation of side plank pose. This is an all levels flow perfect for the evening or winding down from a long day.
This intermediate practice leads you into one of the most universal arm balances, Bakasana, Crow Pose. We will move through a series of sun salutes and hip openers to warm up the shoulders and body as we take flight on our hands to experience the exhilaration of trying something new! Suitable for all levels.
This class incorporates an energetic flow designed to strengthen the core while opening up our hamstrings. I introduce arm balances and inversions to offer a change in perspective and to promote a challenging yet safe environment to try something new. We also work on being present at every moment during our practice focusing on how we enter each pose, hold each pose and exit each pose. The effort to stay present and aware during our practice especially through challenging poses can have a very positive effect in our lives off the mat. It's a subtle reminder that everything is temporary and when you are working through challenges in life that feel unbearable, those too will pass but there is work to be done to get through it and the pay off is totally worth it. Namaste!
This class focuses on intention, breath and finding freedom at your edge. Listen to your body, challenge yourself and at the same time honor your limits. I will lead you through sun salutations, standing balancing poses, inversions, heart & hip openers, as well as spinal twists and savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
Take the time to notice how you feel in each pose as you flow through Warrior II, Ardha Chandrasana, and Extended and Bound Side Angle poses. A pause in Goddess Pose/aka Standing Frog, gives you a chance to really feel those hips and quads and keeps you in the moment. As usual, there's time for backbends, and then we take a little extra time for inversions before single pigeon (or threading the needle on your back).