A very deep hamstring opener, so please move slowly and thoughtfully. It shouldn't hurt! We start in ardha hanumanasana, and work our way toward full splits (but please note, nothing magical happens when you get your situation to the floor, so don't rush!) When you have the basic idea, get started on the classes below that work this pose into a full flow!
Open your hips from every direction, unlock your shoulders, upper back and neck, stretch your hamstrings, open your heart, and fire up your core before we get on our hands and play. Monkey pose and eagle pose right side up and upside down, and a super sweet savasana, all around the topic of embracing and opening to our inherent vulnerability.
Early heat-building with series C variations opens the hip flexors, psoas and quads. Once we're warm we balance it out with the back body and give the hamstrings calves and ankles some love. Monkey pose comes out to play, along with eagle pose and some nice twists. Handstand jumps, handstands and optional monkeying and eagle-ing around upside down are included after core strengthening. Open the hips a little more and hit Savasana hard. Release the comparing and contrasting mind and open to all the gifts that are already present.
Join me and my friend Katrina for a private session (you're invited!). If you're in the mood for sweaty, intense and energizing, if you want to release your shoulders, the space across your chest, and your hamstrings, fire up your core, play with standing balance and extra backbends, and get some tips on your handstand practice, then this is for you!
Have an hour to get your sweat on AND quiet your mind and open your heart? Then this is for you! We build heat quickly and use the heat to open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings, fire up the core and play with all kinds of balance. A little talk about knowing yourself, feeling your feelings and opening to reality as it is, which sometimes involves releasing an old vision and opening to a new one.
Tons of heart and hamstring opening, core strengthening and inverting in this session, where we talk about growth opportunities, and the always-important question: Who am I going to be in this situation?
The pace is slow and steady, but we go deep. You'll want a nice amount of energy for this one as we build heat and head into the upper back and chest with intention and focus, and give attention to the hamstrings and back-body as well so you leave your mat feeling centered and balanced. We work our way toward forearm stand, so please have a strap and block handy. The conversation is about releasing the picture in your head of How Things Should Be, and opening your heart to how things are. Sometimes you have to release one vision to make space for the adventure life has in store for you, which takes trust and bravery. Ready to open?
Don't let fear stop you from saying the things that need to be said, and doing the things that need to be done. Stoke your inner flame, and think alchemy: How can I transform intense feelings into productive action? We open the hips, hamstrings, and heart, fire up the core, play with arm balances and inversions, and move right into that fire. Ready? Time to root down and rise up.