Yoga For The Inflexible
Today's practice will offer a new way to explore the familiar as new. We'll take our down dogs against the wall, slide with blankets into splits, and refine our mobility with alignment and integrity. This practice is an invitation for those that are hypermobile to build awareness and strength where needed while laying the foundation for the "inflexible" to open the body with support and safety.
6 Postures You Should Know Part 1
In this video, we break down 6 postures that are commonly practiced in yoga classes. Downward Dog Standing Forward Fold Seated Forward Fold Warrior One Boat Pose Half Pigeon Pose Grab a block and try these on! taking the time to feel the proper alignment in your body can only enhance the rest of your practice and set you up for success when we step into flow. * If you're looking for a flow class, check out our library after watching this! :)
Fundamentals of Arm Balances
In today's class, we'll work our core and shoulders while also opening up our hamstrings and hip flexors. After about 40 minutes of prep work, we'll break down crow, flying split (eka pada koundinyasana II), and forearm stand. I demonstrate how to use props, whether it be a wall or a block to make these postures more accessible. Even if you have no desire to actually get airborne today, the first 40 minutes of this class are still beneficial to take and don't include any arm balances :) Enjoy! *Clear out some wall space *Grab your blocks!
Kapotasana Series: Shoulders, Chest, Thoracic Spine
During this class we'll practice isolating the work of our backbend to be mostly in the thoracic (upper) spine. This whole class is about opening our hearts and making space in an area that has a tendency to get closed up due to our current day lifestyle and experiences. Whether or not you have any intention of eventually trying on this week's peak posture, Kapotasana, this class is great for life in general :)
Peak Posture: Kapotasana
This class takes on a workshop style with a short flowy warm-up in the beginning. Kapotasana is DEEP so it's necessary to be strategic in warming up the body and open up properly. Take this one step at a time... there is a version of this posture for everyone but they wont all look the same. Just be sure to stop when you feel like you've met your boundaries today. :)
Headstand Series: Traditional Headstand
This class leads up to a traditional Headstand. To prep, we do plenty of core work, shoulder engagement, and hamstring opening. A nice flow is followed by quick breakdowns of six different ways to enter into a headstand safely, without jumping. You can do this class even if you've never done a headstand before. If you have a headstand in your practice regularly, I'll show you how to challenge your balance there. And Lastly, if you have a neck injury or sensitivity, we'll even go over a "headless headstand" where you can use chairs to stay off your neck completely, but still experience the rest of the posture. That being said, you'll want some props today! Block Strap 2-3 chairs (armless if possible) Have fun!