The theme this month is Relaxation, and this week we dive into both activating/strengthening and releasing the psoas muscle. We start and end with a more restorative session while lunging and leg balancing our way through the Vinyasa.
This series of stretches and small movements are focused on warming up your shoulders and upper back, as well as preparing your mid to lower back through a series of twists. A great warm-up before jumping into a flow.
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
Balance and twist away with this flow that will have you twisting and turning at every turn. We end up with some deep hip and shoulder opening interspersed with core strength for a well-rounded journey.
Tight calves? This stretch class is for you! We focus on the calves along with the rest of your lower chain, from your ankles to your hips. This is a great warm-up for a flow, as well as a nice stretch for the evening.