Supported bridge is great to prep for deeper backbends or in lieu of them on a day when you are fatigued. Place the block at the right height for you and in the right spot so the low back feels long, even as the chest feels open. Lengthen the tailbone toward the back of the knees while pressing the shoulders down into the mat so both the front and back of the spine feel long and supported.
In a perfect world, a backbend creates a perfect arc that opens the front body without any compression to the spine. A fitness ball gives you the support and feedback to create that arc, for a more spacious backbend with much greater ease. If you struggle to get your wheel up off the ground, the ball is a great way to build strength with the ball beneath as a safety net. OR skip it and stay in the yummy, supported extended bridge. Wait for the ball under your belly for the easiest plank of your life. And stay for the sweet savasana with legs on the ball.
A yin practice to revitalize. Winter-inspired.
In this practice, we will work with the superficial back line of fascia where the kidney and urinary bladder meridians flow. Backbends increase energy and energy reserves. Forward bends help restore energetic reserves, calm the fear response and other habitual reactions.
For this practice, you will need a blanket, bolster, strap, 2 blocks, and a wall. Peak poses - Toe squat, reclined hand to big toe pose.
Yin yoga offers the opportunity to find a profound release of tension in the deeper lying tissues in the body and can significantly increase your range of motion.
In this class, Jamie introduces you to the 3 principles, the tattvas, and some of the beauty and benefits of the yin practice. As you practice please remain passive, relaxed, take your time. Before you begin, create a calming environment whatever that means for you. Perhaps you want to light a candle? You will need a blanket and a bolster (a couch pillow will work as long as it's firm). Your body and your nervous system will thank you for slowing down and opening deeply. Enjoy, yogis!
A very gentle, super delicious practice to help you release tension and reset your mind and body. Guaranteed to leave you feeling both peaceful and energized... enjoy!
*Beginning students may find a strap helpful...and please listen to your body and take these poses only as far as feels right!
Chair shoulderstands can be really soothing for the nervous system. Getting into them, not so much! Instead of slithering to the ground head first like it's no big deal, we do a lot of prep work right side up. We warm up the body and get centered (read: core work!) first. Then, step by step, we gather ourselves into the chair and gracefully find our way into the support of the chair, the comfort of the wall, and land on blankets to support the shoulders... staying center and grounded so that the pose feels like a soft place to land and a sweet spot to rest. Then you will be gently guided into releasing the pose and resting on solid ground with a new perspective and a quiet mind.
Sometimes we all feel a little stuck - at home, on the road or in a rut. I find doing something familiar in a new way gets me motivated and moving. Familiar is soothing. New is inspiring. This session guides you through familiar poses, like bridge, with some different variations and props to keep it interesting... and to keep you moving! Use a couple of pillows and a towel to get cozy and relaxed at the end of this simple strengthening session.
A moderate post-natal flow to ease you back into your Vinyasa practice. Re-discover your body and breath post birth. Gentle Vinyasa helps to warm the muscles & standing poses allow for centering and grounding. Chest openers help to ease any muscular strain of holding and nursing a new baby! Enjoy!
Whether you've been on a plane for twelve hours, in a car, or just sitting at your desk for too long, this is for you! A mellow, steady flow to build some heat followed by lots of nice stretching for your psoas, hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders and chest! Yes, please! Supported bridge pose and supported shoulder stand followed by a nice hold in a wide straddle forward fold send you into Savasana feeling like yourself again, only better ;)
When you're not in the mood to do anything and you know moving will (almost always) make you feel better, get some props and roll around on your mat - or your bed?! This hip-opening session has your hips on a blanket for extra traction in your lower back. Rocking around on the blanket is a super sweet way to massage your lower back. Enjoy opening your whole body with minimal effort and maximum support! Make sure you have blocks/bolster/support to place your feet on to avoid over-stretching the front body and compressing the back body so you truly feel equanimous - open and at ease.