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

SUN SALUTATION PRACTICE WITH PROPS

The word vinyasa means “to flow.” When we practice vinyasa yoga, we flow smoothly (or as smoothly as possible) from pose to pose, linking our movement with our breath. Sun salutations are one example of a vinyasa practice. Traditional sun salutations tend to be quite vigorous and build heat in the body by warming up all of the major joints.

In this class, I will show you ways to modify a sun salutation practice to make it more accessible and ultimately more pleasurable for your body. These adapted variations still give you the same benefits of a traditional sun salutation practice which include:

  • Building strength

  • Energizing the body

  • Warming up the muscles and joints

  • Warming up the spine

  • Focusing the mind

LENGTH: 40 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This class shows an alternative to a traditional sun salutation practice. You will need to beable to put weight on your hands and knees for this practice.

BENEFITS:
energizing, strengthening, grounding, builds stamina, heart opening

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
yoga bolster, blanket and two yoga blocks - if you don’t have a bolster you can stack some pillows and wrap them up in a blanket.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x sukhasana - easy seated pose
x cat/cow stretches
x surya namaskar - sun salutations with bolster
x ustrasana - camel pose
x balasana - child’s pose
x supine pigeon pose
x IT band stretch
x savasana - corpse pose

YOGA FOR MIND-BODY CONNECTION

LENGTH: 7 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This quick and easy seated practice gets you reconnected with your body in a way that allows you to experience your practice without expectations.

BENEFITS:
energizing, calming, gentle stretch

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
None required. A folded blanket or bolster under the hips may make the practice more comfortable. Practice can be done on the floor or in bed.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x sukhasana - easy seat
x parsva upavistha konasana - half seated wide angle pose with side-body stretch
x janu sirsasana - head to knee pose
x matsyendrasana - seated twist

HEART CENTERED FLOOR YOGA FLOW

LENGTH: 10 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This short class reconnects you with your heart so that you can tune into how you’re feeling and rediscover that oasis of self-awareness even in the middle of a busy day. 

BENEFITS:
calming, grounding, opens the heart chakra, strengthens the upper body

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
blanket to pad knees (optional)

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x heart movement meditation
x cat/cow stretches
x parsva balasana - thread the needle
x anahatasana - melting heart pose - aka puppy pose or extended child’s pose
x seated meditation