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

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QUICK VINYASA FOR ENERGY

In this class we are going to look at one of the most common transitions in yoga: stepping through from downward facing dog to lunge pose. 

This transition requires lots of core strength. Don't be hard on yourself if you don't get it on the first try. It took me many hours of practice to be able to do this transition smoothly. Enjoy the process of building strength in your body. Be willing to laugh at yourself in the moments when you don't feel graceful. It's all a part of the journey.

LENGTH: 10 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This quick class circulates prana (life force energy) through your body to give you a boost in physical energy and mental clarity. 

BENEFITS:
energizing, strengthening

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
A folded blanket under the knees to alleviate any knee discomfort. Blocks under the hands in table top pose to alleviate wrist discomfort.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:
x cat/cow stretches
x bharmanasana - tabletop pose
x adho mukha svanasana - downward facing dog
x anjaneyasana - low lunge
x balasana - child’s pose