This version of salamba sarvangasana, or supported shoulder stand, is accessible to every body. Lying on 2 bolsters with a strap to support your legs in a neutral position, allow yourself to slide the shoulders firmly onto your mat for a wide-open chest without any strain on the neck or effort to hold yourself up in this gentle inversion.
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Here are some classes featuring Supported Shoulderstand.
Remember where you come from people, you are a vessel for DIVINE LIGHT!
An intricately woven texture of movement guided by breath to connect you back with your radiant source. Don't be scared, we gonna get a lil' witchy with this one, drawing pentacle shields in space and such for protection. Shapeshift from Eagle into One-legged Crow, and check in with Ashtavakrasana. Keep radiating that divine light lovers.
Shoulder stand is a great pose to invoke deep relaxation - IF you have the flexibility to get into it AND the strength to sustain it for (at least) several minutes. When you do it using the support of a chair, you can stay longer with more ease. It's especially great for tight shoulders and tender necks because your body weight shifts out of the neck/shoulders and into the support of the chair. If this is new, make sure you preview getting in and getting out of the shoulder stand so you know how to move safely to take care of your neck! Over time, this practice will strengthen and open your shoulder girdle and give your more internal support for all inversions.
Inversions can feel intimidating, but they don't need to be. It's all about taking things slowly and letting yourself feel the connections in the poses you CAN do in order to start moving into poses that have previously seemed unattainable. This practice will teach you some of the basics of going upside down, and help you build confidence to start feeling more comfortable with your head on the ground and your feet in the air. Enjoy!
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.
The second chakra is associated with the element of water and is located in the pelvis. This charka is all about going with the flow of life, embracing change and doing the things that bring you joy. In this practice we will move through a series of sun salutes, hip openers, and heart openers to prepare the body for pigeon pose, bow pose and various variation of side plank pose. This is an all levels flow perfect for the evening or winding down from a long day.
Inversions can be safe and fun for almost everyone if you Keep It Simple Silly. This session is a class I teach to Older Adults who have been practicing with me for a while. It is also a great option for beginners or others who want to get upside down AND are not sure if they are ready for it. We will use the wall to build stability and create support for the whole class. And as we move step by step, you may find that this is a practice that you will build up to over time. Or you may go all the way with legs up the wall to give yourself a new view of your practice, yourself and the world around you. Make it yours - that's the yoga!
A Maha Devi Mash Up celebrating the various forms of the mother goddess. Big backbending, hip-opening, and arm-balancing co-exist and compliment each other in this Lotus Flow which culminates in the infamous "Lucky Lakshmi" variation of Padmasana.