This is a gentle practice that will help you connect to your breath while opening your hips and heart. It’s perfect if you’re in the mood for a deep stretch and some mental relaxation.
You can expect a lot of encouragement around deep breathing as well as sukhasana, cat/cow, down-dog, low lunge, lizard, single pigeon, reverse table top, bridge, happy baby, janu sirsasana, paschimottanasana, spinal twists, and savasana.
Enjoy, yogis! xo Josie
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
Are you always rushing, maybe even through your yoga practice? Sometimes it's hard to slow down because we have so many places to be, things to do, and people counting on us, but self-care is the last thing to sacrifice! Take a little time for yourself with this steady, thorough flow where we'll open every major muscle group at a pace that builds heat, but also gives you enough time to be really curious about how you feel and what you need from moment to moment, and maybe even to be sweet to yourself. After the flow and standing sequence, we'll hit the floor for backbends, core strengthening and deep hip and hamstring opening with a special appearance by your friend and mine, the frog!
This class is designed for anyone looking to gain flexibility and balance in the body. If you find that doing sports, driving the car, or even sitting at a desk leave you tight and achy, this class is for you. I created it with a mind to my students, who enjoy surfing, tennis, running, but often have long commutes or sit for hours at a computer. Great if you suffer from back pain or sciatica.
If we want to learn to swim, there comes a point when we have to wade into slightly deeper waters. And so it is with yoga. Eventually we have to build on what the basics have taught us and move into more challenging territory. This practice is designed to introduce you to some of what lies beyond the basics and give you the tools to wade out with confidence.
End of a long day? dealing with insomnia? Just need to nurture yourself? Wonderful, let’s get to it. A very moderate amount of flow—just enough to build a little heat so we can deeply open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Lots of forward folding to calm the nervous system, and a guided yoga nidra at the end. Try savasana in bed, and get ready for sweet dreams.
If Oreo's were yoga classes, this practice would have a little yang filling stuffed between two yin cookies. In other words, delicious! Go slow and deep, then build a little heat as you work your strength and resilience, and then bring it home with a little more slow, deep goodness. Enjoy!