Note: If you have knee issues, please go to the pose "Thread the Needle" instead. If the knees don't trouble you, but the hips are a bit tight, have a block or a blanket handy. Once you've set up your pigeon pose, focus on full inhales and complete exhales.
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring One-Legged King Pigeon Pose.
A quick floor practice to get your body warmed up for the day. Together, we'll explore how leg extension originates from the lower abdominals. You can expect to focus on moving your long legs through space with control by engaging the core muscles.
Tame the wild horses of your mind and come into a state of single-pointed concentration, otherwise known as yoga! We will explore horse pose in this practice, so you will want a blanket! Along the way we'll open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and you'll have opportunities to get upside down as well. Enjoy, yogis!
Today we're taking it down, to the ground. This floor barre series explores slow, controlled exercises designed to strengthen turnout from the hips, as well as bring awareness and stability to your dance practice. The low-impact exercises are ideal for dancers who are nursing an injury, or those who are starting out and wish to fine-tune their technique.
From the mud we go! And from the mud we grow! This whole practice is a prayer for peace, for our evolution and eventual recognition that we are all one. Kriyas and breath work to energize and release as we open the chest, upper back and heart and head toward eka pada raja kapotasana! May we all open and rise up.
Happy New Year! New year, new alternate set :) Welcome to the magic garden where you get to weed out what doesn't serve you and nurture the things you want to grow! We did some nice heat-building with Series A and C variations, a chance to play with koundinyasana II, opportunities to root down and reach for the sun with bird of paradise, core work (but of course) backbends, hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing throughout! A little mermaid even showed up! Sending you and yours lots of love and wishes for a very Happy New Year where we spend lots of time together playing in the Magic Garden! So grateful to be on this journey with all of you!!
This is a full-body flow with an emphasis on the legs, building endurance and stamina! Lots of squatting, heat-building fun with goddess pose, and chances to safely play with balance, followed by some deep stretching and releasing. Props are nice here, if you don't have bolsters, couch pillows will work! 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.
We build some nice heat with series C and dive deeply into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. The flow is full of twists and turns and playful transitions including arm balances and inversions. Pranayama is the focus throughout the class, so if you aren’t ready to breathe deeply, get ready! This is one of the most powerful ways to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. Backbends, hamstring opening and core strengthening as we flow, and a guided savasana send you floating off your mat.
Debating between intermediate or advanced for this one because the hip-opening is deep and I want those of you with knee issues to listen to your bodies! Please don't force anything. A nice steady pace to build heat as we open the hips more and more along the way. This is a well-balanced flow with core strengthening, backbends (they felt SO good) and a long tripod headstand, but there is no doubt the focus is deep hip-opening you'll feel for daaaaays. Marichyasana variations are the dessert we're heading toward, but there are a lot of delectables along the way. Enjoy!