Keep your pelvis level by drawing your navel actively toward your spine. Feed your back leg like crazy. Think about lines of energy. One straight line from the crown of your head through the back foot of the extended leg. Another from your bottom wrist to your top. A block is useful to "lift the floor up" in many cases.
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Twisting Half Moon.
Santosha, or contentment, is one of the Niyamas (observances) described in the Sutras of Patanjali and can be a difficult one to work with. Some of the shapes we explore in this practice (and many of the situations we find ourselves in throughout life) may bring up big feelings. Use this time on the mat to breathe through and be with what comes up.
Maha moments include Marichyasana variations, Eka Pada Bakasana, and a Hollowback Pincha variation at the wall.
Open every major muscle group, build a lot of heat, fire up your core with intense ab work, practice standing balance to strengthen your body and your ability to focus, get on your hands with options to get upside down, open your heart and your hamstrings, clear your mind, wring yourself out, have a few laughs, and take a nice rest all under an hour! You're welcome, ha!
Deep into the shoulders, upper back and hamstrings we go! Inversions and arm balances and twists throughout, fun transitions and a lot of core strengthening built into the flow, and then targeted on the floor. Heart and hip opening once you're warm, and a very deep Savasana, which you will have earned.
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!
Use this twisting practice to revitalize and regenerate your whole system! Lots of flow, heat and challenging poses. The focus is on twists and revolved poses, to help clear away stress and tightness. Enjoy Yogis!
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.
45 minutes of Standing Poses only focused on the GLUTES. My style is to MOVE you a lot and offer challenges. I teach the details of alignment! You will learn to do the poses safely and know if you're doing them correctly for YOUR body. Ground your SELF, find those muscles to Stabilize and then you will be FREE To OPEN. (Added bonus: great for those of you with wrist, elbow or shoulder issues that prevent weight-bearing on your arms!)
Feeling tension in your upper back, shoulders, chest, neck, jaw and forehead? Oh my gosh, this is for you! Build some heat with me, and let's get in there, release whatever you might be holding, and free up space and energy so you can get back to the business of being awesome!
Are you always rushing, maybe even through your yoga practice? Sometimes it's hard to slow down because we have so many places to be, things to do, and people counting on us, but self-care is the last thing to sacrifice! Take a little time for yourself with this steady, thorough flow where we'll open every major muscle group at a pace that builds heat, but also gives you enough time to be really curious about how you feel and what you need from moment to moment, and maybe even to be sweet to yourself. After the flow and standing sequence, we'll hit the floor for backbends, core strengthening and deep hip and hamstring opening with a special appearance by your friend and mine, the frog!
Cultivate generosity of spirit with the Pushpaputa Mudra, or Handful of Flowers, offering it up to the energy of abundance, prosperity, beauty and love. Filmed at Kate's beautiful gem of a studio in Mar Vista, Light On Lotus, this 2nd chakra focused Lotus Flow emphasizes fluidity and freedom in the hips in every direction.