We build steadily towards some big flying hip openers a.k.a. arm balances! If you’re feeling tired of your routine and are ready to mix it up with some new skills this is the practice for you! We tackle some of the more elusive arm balances Flying Pigeon, Ashtavakrasana and Grasshopper! We start with some hip opening sun salutes to build heat and begin to open the hips and hammies and then steadily layer on the deeper poses so that you arrive at the peak ready to effortlessly move into the more complex postures. Enjoy!
Open your hips from every direction, unlock your shoulders, upper back and neck, stretch your hamstrings, open your heart, and fire up your core before we get on our hands and play. Monkey pose and eagle pose right side up and upside down, and a super sweet savasana, all around the topic of embracing and opening to our inherent vulnerability.
Our adductors and abductors are extremely important yet often overlooked muscles. In this short flow we move through a series of exercises designed to activate and strengthen them. This is a great warm-up for a longer balance-oriented class or simply a great way to loosen up quickly.
Baddha konasana to dandasana to navasana, anyone? Don't let the chill start fool you, we are gonna build some heat and open the hips and shoulders. A fun, creative flow that will keep you guessing and leave you feeling glorious as we explore both opening, but also folding in. Tara is sometimes translated as star and this flow honors Tarasana, the goddess of compassion and protection, because much of the time we need both!
In this 59 minute class we will give your hamstrings the treatment they deserve! We will begin with a long uttanasana, then move onto a toe/fascia stretch, followed by Surya A, low lunge, half hanuman, abs strengthening, crow, pyramid pose, Warrior 3, prasarita variations, optional work on Tripod headstand, Pincha and press handstand, toe taps, twisted triangle, Triangle, Half Moon, side plank, full vasisthasana and much, much more! Enjoy!
Let's open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, shall we? A little Series C starts us off, and leads into skandasana and lizard pose. Then we open the hips further with a dancing warrior flow that leads into bound side angle and bird of paradise. We work on non-reactivity, and learning to ride the waves, staying centered as circumstances ebb and flow.
Early heat-building with series C variations opens the hip flexors, psoas and quads. Once we're warm we balance it out with the back body and give the hamstrings calves and ankles some love. Monkey pose comes out to play, along with eagle pose and some nice twists. Handstand jumps, handstands and optional monkeying and eagle-ing around upside down are included after core strengthening. Open the hips a little more and hit Savasana hard. Release the comparing and contrasting mind and open to all the gifts that are already present.
Allow things to unfold however they will and see if you can open and receive things you never imagined. Join Kate for a flow that's full of twists and turns and sure to keep you on your toes (hands, head, haha). Just when you think you know what's coming...