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.
Practice begins with a 3-minute talk about the importance of self-compassion. If you are a Type A perfectionist by default and live with a loud inner critic, my goodness this is especially for you! Please set the intention to replace any negative inner talk with a voice that roots you on as we move and breathe and make shapes together! We give lots of love to the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, fire up the core and then give extra love to the hips when we're warm. This is a feel-good flow that's all about cultivating compassion and developing a loving and respectful relationship with your body, and perfect for days when you have a moderate amount of energy! Once we can be compassionate with ourselves, we can do that for other people with a different kind of insight.
For those days when you're shorter on time, this is a practice that will get you grounded, present and attuned to sensation early. Once you're present you can expect lots of deep, conscious breathing, and after a mindful beginning we will pick up the pace with some series C variations to get your heart pumping, build some heat and open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. We fire up the core and open up the heart in backbends, and end in a nice pigeon pose that leads us into a twist, and then savasana. Guaranteed to shift your energy, clear your mind and open up every major muscle group!
A well-rounded journey that starts with some gentle forward folds and twists, builds steadily through some standing balances and core work, and finishes strong with a few playful inversions and arm balances... enjoy!
Be Where You Are. Love Who You Are.
Being present is extremely elusive. We have brief glimpses of it, like looking at stars in a dark sky. Eventually our mind is focusing on the past or future, and the moment of NOW is lost.
Can you be exactly where you are with acceptance? Can you be compassionate with yourself when you fall and pick yourself up?
We will explore these themes of patience, presence and curiosity as we move into this hour long practice together.
Be easy with yourself. You may lose your balance and/or your focus. Know that you can always find your way back to presence and self-acceptance.
Love and Peace to all,
A flowy 40-minute class, that is a balance of fitness, flexibility, and centering. The class starts with floor exercises for the core, hips, and hamstrings. On our feet, we practice a flow of standing poses, folded into a sun salutation based structure. Enjoy!
A sweaty flow for runners who want to sweat. This is a great class for experienced yogi runners who need to take a day off from the roads (or trails), but still want to get their sweat on — and their endorphins, too! We flow through three different sun salute variations, build some heat with standing poses like Warrior II and Extended Side Angle, and work towards a playful standing balance sequence focused on hip rotation. We finish with some hamstring opening, followed by a double dose of hip opening. Aaahhhh.