INTRO TO THE CHAKRAS LECTURE

 In this lecture, I’m going to give just a brief introduction to the chakras. I’ll be answering questions like what are the chakras? Where are they located in the body? How do they work? Why should you even care? 

The chakras are a part of a really beautiful energetic system that is so multi-faceted  and complex that even after years of studying the chakras, I am still learning. And that’s the beauty of yoga and yogic philosophy…there’s always more to learn, there’s always room to grow. So keep in mind that this lecture is really just scratching the surface, and I hope it will encourage you to keep asking questions and keep diving deeper.

LENGTH: 10 MINUTES

FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA: BACK BENDS

LENGTH: 20 minutes

BENEFITS
opens the chest and shoulders, strengthens the back muscles, stretches the hip flexors, stimulating and energizing

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class teaches you how to safely practice backbends without compressing the lower back or injuring the neck.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
Two yoga blocks and a folded blanket.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x bharmanasana - tabletop pose
x cat/cow stretches
x bhujangasana - cobra pose
x eka pada rajakapotasana - pigeon pose
x balasana - child's pose
x ustrasana - camel pose
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x jathara parivartanasana - supine twist
x savasana - corpse pose

THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA

In the west, yoga is often portrayed as a purely physical practice. I feel like this misconception is slowly shifting, but the physical postures are still the central focus in most yoga studios. 

What’s interesting is that when Patanjali outlined the yogic path in the yoga sutras, he described the practice as having eight limbs and asana (the physical postures) were only one of those limbs. 

In the last video we talked about nirodha, which is the effort to restrain or gain control over our mental fluctuations, and we do this by practicing these eight limbs of yoga.


FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA: TWISTS

LENGTH: 15 min

BENEFITS:
grounding, promotes spinal health, good posture, healthy digestion

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class teaches you how to properly perform spinal twists so that you get the maximum benefit and comfort out of each pose

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
Yoga block and a folded blanket (optional)

POSES IN THIS CLASS:
sukhasana - easy seated pose
parsva sukhasana - seated side body stretch
easy seated twist
bharmanasana - table top pose
utthan pristhasana - lizard pose
balasana - child’s pose
ardha matsyendrasana - half lord of the fishes pose
savasana or constructive rest pose

FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA: HIP OPENERS

LENGTH: 20 minutes

BENEFITS: 

stretches the inner thighs, hips and groin, may help relieve pain

ABOUT THIS CLASS:

This class explores some common hip opening poses to help relieve tension in the lower body. Great for people who spend a lot of time sitting down.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:

Two yoga blocks and a folded blanket.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x sukhasana - easy seated pose

x seated cat/cow stretches

x bharmanasana - tabletop pose

x IT band stretch

x eka pada rajakapotasana - pigeon pose

x balasana - child's pose

x supta baddha konasana - reclining bound able pose


FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA: STANDING POSES AND INVERSIONS

LENGTH: 15 minutes

PROPS: 2 yoga blocks + a folded blanket | all poses can be done seated in a chair

ABOUT THIS CLASS:

This class breaks down some common standing yoga poses and inversions.

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x tadasana - mountain pose

x uttanasana - standing forward fold

x alanasana - high lunge

x adho mukha svanasana - downward facing dog

x balasana - child’s pose