In this well-rounded class we focus on open hip poses, and then finding our twisting poses and counter-twists to balance the body and mind. Of course we play with arm balances and inversions to challenge ourselves and change perspective... All you need to do is show up with an open mind and be ready for anything!
Get into every nook and cranny with a sweet start and head into a heat-building flow that targets the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Take your pigeon for a ride and then fire up your core, open your heart, and turn your world upside down with straddle handstands. Chill it out with more hip opening and a delicious Savasana. A little talk about developing the strength to open to reality as it is, which is not always as we'd like it to be, and to come back with love.
Side Body Part 2: If you like jumping straight into the action then this flow is for you! We warm up with some side bending Surya C and then continue where we left off from Side Body Part 1 and build on the poses! Flip Dog, Arm Balances, Funky Visvamitrasana, Pigeon with twist each way, Pyramid back knee bent, Runners Lunge, open crescent, crescent twist, Skandasana grab ankles or use strap, Prasarita or inversion, Goddess hands to inner ankles and lean back, Set up warrior 2, Side angle warrior variation with hand inside front ankle, Koundinyasana 2. All of that equals Sides Wide Open ;)
Slow down and center yourself with guided breathwork, then begin to build heat gradually through spinal flexes, sphinx pose, and forearm plank variations. Surya C creates space in the hip flexors and encourages the spine into extension for more generous heart opening to come. The arms swirl, sweep, and wrap throughout the flow to find freedom through the shoulders, chest, and even give yourself a hands on assist. Maha moments include Fallen Angel, Scorpion variations, and big backbending to crack that heart wide open.
This flow gets moving quickly! On the menu: Surya A with side stretch. Open hip, knee to nose, knee to tricep elevator x 3, three legged dog, opposite side elevator x 3, 3 legged dog, fallen triangle, low lunge with Side Bend, crippled crab, half Hanuman x 3 breaths, Runners Lunge, open twist crescent, exalted crescent, Skandasana side to side, Prasarita (optional Headstand or handstand) Goddess shoulder drop, Side to side goddess, set up for warrior 2, warrior 2, Side angle, Triangle
Abs and compass pose! Yum.
Ready to rock? Get centered with this energizing flow that includes lots of core strengthening and chances to get on your hands (and head ;)). Work in partnership with your body, and it will open and strengthen for you. Breathe deeply, connect to your intuition, and move in a way that feels good in your body. Savasana is sweet and deep!
Tune-in with a 3 part breath starting at 8 counts, then increasing it to 10, then 12. The flow is built upon a lunging sequence with an emphasis on clarity of structure, joint stacking and lines of energy, clasping opposite elbows whenever possible. We'll pay a great deal of attention to hip squaring and stabilizing, which sets us up for success in revolved Ardha Chandrasana and Standing Splits. Ample shoulder opening creates the space for a solid Pincha Mayurasana, then relax back into Supta Virasana for full release and opening of the front body.`
Wanna feel great right now? Me, too! Grab your mat and let's open up the hips deeply (think marichyasana, lotus and kurmasana variations), target your shoulders, hamstrings and side body, do some nice twisting and fiery core strengthening, connect to your breath, bring yourself to center, open your heart, turn your world upside down, and ultimately know yourself better so that when you head out into the world, you can be aware of what you're bringing to every situation!
We get right into moving, starting on our feet, in a wide-legged forward bend. Stretches follow to warm the hips, hamstrings, and back. Moving to the front of the mat, in a sun salute format, we do some core work and a gentle backbend, to prepare for full sun salutations. Integrated into the flow, we weave eagle pose (garudasana), and flying pigeon, (eka pada galavasana) and standing poses. Now fully warm, we work at deepening our backbends by using the wall. If appropriate you can work on standing up from upward bow, dropping back and handstand. We conclude with a supported inversion or shoulder stand. A lot of class, in under an hour. Enjoy.
Want to open your hips and shoulders in a serious way? Grab your mat and get ready for a challenging, fun flow where we build lots of heat quickly, fire up the core, do some arm balancing and inverting, and then use the heat to open the shoulders and hips deeply and mindfully. Remember to breathe and listen to your body!