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.
Lift your heart toward heaven. A deep heart-opening flow that will open your shoulders, upper back and chest and leave you feeling both open and in touch with your own beautiful resilience. Kapotasana variations on your way to a possible kapotasana once we're warm!
Giving and receiving. Make an offering to start your practice so it's full of intention, love, devotion...bhakti! Lots of shoulder, hip and hamstring opening, love for your IT bands, pigeon pose, standing splits, upper back opening all in preparation for some fun poses like perch pose and eventually, fallen angel. The receiving comes from the doing and then the surrendering. Enjoy, yogis!
This well-balanced practice combines a grounding warm-up with a heat-building standing sequence, challenging core work, as well as a deep opening of the heart and hips. At the end you can expect some relaxing forward folds, spinal twists, and a thoughtful meditation to send you into savasana.
May you take the brightness of your practice and shine your inner light on the world!
A sweaty and challenging flow with lots of twists and turns along the way, love for your hamstrings, hips and shoulders, heat-building and core-strengthening, a little tutorial for those of you working on your side crow, and some tips for heading toward kapotasana if you're ready! A conversation about Garuda and why it never goes well if you shrink yourself to make other people feel comfortable, and lots of laughter also included. Intermediate practitioners welcome, lots of options to turn the heat up or down as needed, just please listen to your body!
Lots of core in this flow along with plenty of work for all the major muscle groups! Build lots of heat in a short amount of time, breathe deeply, wring yourself out and get a really good stretch! Fun arm balances and standing balance along the way. Short, thorough and lots of fun!
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!