Svelte combines many aspects of dance, fitness, pilates and yoga. It's instructed to firm, lift, and tighten your best assets while restoring the congested areas and improving your posture. Now let's plié and relevé our way to happiness.
Being that Derek talks about loading often in his yoga classes, here is a chance for something a bit different: a 24-minute kettlebell flow pulled from his group classes in Los Angeles. In the video he's using a 16-kg bell, though you can substitute a dumbbell for all of these movements.
This practice focuses on releasing judgement and embracing one's self whole heartedly. A great man once said, "the highest spiritual practice is self observation without judgement" As we move throughout this sequence, we focus on becoming the observer to our breath and movements without attaching to a particular outcome. From this place of open awareness, we enter into the curiosity of it all and begin to find joy in the journey.
A little description of what this latest Yoga for Busy Moms Series is all about! I designed these sessions so you could do them in order for days when you have the time (and hopefully those are the majority of the days :)), but I also understand as a mom of two, a business owner, and a human being who's trying to show up for herself and all the people in her life with the best I have to offer, sometimes you have to take what you can get! So I designed these so you could do any or all of them as stand-alone sessions :) Much love to you, mamas.
Short, efficient and to the point! This quick sequence will make you sweat and prepare your body for inversions! Inversions Conditioning: Crescent Pose twists holding a block, Dolphin with alternating leg lifts or holding Pincha, Alternating leg lifts, Burpees, Forearm plank with Serratus Push-ups, Handstand Kicks. 4 rounds of 30 seconds each with a 10 second break between poses!
Don't have time for a full class? No problem! Here you can get your ab fix in a hurry! What to expect:
One side twisted leg lifts
Pain when you laugh for the next three days!
During this sequence we will start with a moon salute sequence to open up the chest and hip flexors before moving into strengthening hip openers. The peak is one of my favorite arm balances, baby Bakasana! If you're someone who travels quite a bit or finds yourself sitting for an extended period of time, then this practice might just be the medicine to medicate the soreness you feel in your lower back, shoulders and neck. Enjoy!
Hanumanasana is a beautiful pose to stretch and open our hamstrings. It also asks us to slow down and prepare our bodies in a way to receive this intense pose. The sequence is designed to educate and open your body, mind, and energy to create a healthy shape that feels supportive and spacious. With one leg in the past and one leg in the future, it's a lovely reminder to keep your head and heart in the present and listen to the intuition and intelligence of your body!
The title says it all for this one. If you're looking to stretch, strengthen and generally develop a better understanding of how to use your abdominals to help you get into more advanced poses, this class is for you! Whether you can see it from the outside or not, everyone has a six pack, and this class is here to put it to work! (Note: The first 10 minutes of this class deal with nauli kriya, which is a very challenging thing for most people to do. It requires a lot of patience... so be patient!)