Salabhasana is an incredible low-back strengthener, and great if you're recovering from a hamstring strain. This is a variation, with the hands clasped behind the back. You can also run the arms alongside your body with the palms facing each other, or you can keep the hands on the floor by the floating ribs. Work at a pace that feels right, and listen to your body.
Sticky, tight shoulders can be a pain in the neck and the bane of your backbend. In this practice, we start by opening the shoulders and freeing the neck with a strap in a "closed chain" - Think stability and support for the neck and shoulders. We explore how freeing the shoulders opens the door to an open chest and long neck that makes backbends more fun... so long as we bring our abs to the party and support the low back, too! Don't worry. I'll remind you along the way. I've got your back!
So much of our stress sits in our chest and shoulders. Grab a strap (a towel or tie will work!) and take time to confront and release the tension. If you spend a lot of time on your phone or computer this class is especially great for you. Namaste yogis!
This practice is all about movement, breath and letting go! We work with sun salutations, lunges, standing poses and balances to open the body and free the mind. A nice well-rounded practice in a short period of time. Enjoy!
This practice is all about flowing, breathing and building strength to get into Peacock pose. Did you know peacocks can fly despite their very long tails? If they can do it, so can you! We just need to strengthen the core and the back body, and prep the shoulders and chest (sorry about the underwater sounds during locust pose, I crushed the mic but now we have a very cool headset!) Happy to meet you all, my name is Melvin!
In this class we will warm up the body with a short flow and then we will get right into our deep divine backbends! You will receive step by step instructions on how to achieve your best heart openers no matter what level or style you practice.Enjoy!
Free your shoulders in this Strong Flow Practice. Perfect if you are carrying stress in the upper back, shoulders and neck! Plank and core work help to build heat along with sun salutations to get you out of your head and connected to the present moment. Deep shoulder opening is worked in throughout the practice. A relaxing resting pigeon pose calms the body and prepares you for a deep and restorative Savasana!
Your back and core support you in your every move, so why not support and strengthen them with this short and fiery flow? We'll move through core and back strengthening exercises while elongating and stretching the back and major muscle groups. Make sure to listen to your body and move from a place of self love!
If you're like most people, backbends are tough. But if you can understand the mechanics of doing them properly, they feel amazing and can open up all kinds of possibilities in your life and practice. This class will help you figure out how to engage deeply through your shoulders and core in order to help you move deeper into your backbend practice. Go slow... and enjoy the journey!
The heart chakra is associated with the element of air, thus this is a breath based practice that focuses on opening up the chest and lungs. We will move through a series of vinyasas to warm up the body and stretch the shoulders, making our way into FULL locust, a heart opening inversion that strengthens the back muscles. Anahata means unstruck, alluding to the belief that there is a place within you that is pure consciousness, awareness and love. Join in as we connect to this vital energy center and feel empowered to take on our day with open arms. Enjoy!