ROOT CHAKRA YOGA NIDRA

Any yoga nidra practice is going to be grounding for the root chakra, but this one I designed with specific imagery to balance the root chakra. It starts with a body scan and then guides you into a sacred tree visualization which is one of my favorite visualizations to get connected with the earth.

LENGTH: 20 MINUTES

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YOGA FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

This class begins with supine poses and builds a stable and secure foundation before transitioning into more active, standing postures.

This class can be modified to be done in bed or in a chair. Keep an eye on your screen for the poses you aren't familiar with to find which variation of each pose is going to be best for you.

LENGTH: 40 minutes

BENEFITS: 
grounding, strength building, balances the root chakra

PROPS:
Two yoga blocks, yoga strap (optional)

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x savasana - corpse pose
x bananasana - supine side body stretch - aka banana pose
x knee hug/half happy baby
x supta jathara parivartonasana - supine twist
x cat/cow stretches
x adho mukha svanasana - downward dog
x tadasana - mountain pose
x vrksasana - tree pose 
x uttanasana - standing forward fold
x malasana - garland pose
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x jathara parivartonasana - seated twist
x sukhasana - seated meditation

RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF

LENGTH: 60 minutes 

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This restorative class uses poses and breathing exercises to soothe the nervous system and relieve stress. 

BENEFITS:
stress relief, grounding, restorative, gentle stretch

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
yoga bolster (or stack of pillows) and a folded blanket

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x cat/cow stretches
x seated twist
x balasana - child’s pose
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x viparita karani - legs up the wall pose
x sukhasana - easy seated pose
x chandra bhedana - one-nostril breathing

QUICK SELF CHECK-IN MEDITATION

Whenever we're busy, it's easy to move from one task to the next without pausing in between. But this sets us up to CRASH. 

Today, I'm sharing a five minute guided meditation practice that I've created for those in-between moments. This allows you to check in with how you're feeling throughout the day so that you don't get swept up in the business and forget to care for yourself.

You can use this practice anytime of day. It can be a great way to transition into your evening routine when you get home from work. You can do it on your lunch break. In between household chores. You can do it in the car in between doctor appointments or running errands.

Doing this has been a game-changer in how I manage my symptoms and budget my energy. If you try it out, let me know how it works for you!

LENGTH: 5 MIN

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SUPINE YOGA FOR GROUNDING

LENGTH: 30 minutes 


ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:

This supine class grounds your energy. It soothes excess vata energy and benefits the root chakra. The entire class is done lying down and can be done in bed if desired.


BENEFITS:

grounding, gentle stretch, root chakra, back pain relief


PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:

yoga block (can substitute a blanket or pillow) + yoga strap (can sub belt/scarf)

POSES IN THIS CLASS

x knee hug

x supta padangustasana - reclining hand to big toe pose

x setu banda sarvangasana - bridge pose

x jathara parivartanasana - supine twist

x savasana - corpse pose

RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR DEEP REST

LENGTH: 90 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This restorative yoga class progresses you into deep stillness and relaxation. Marked “two spoons” for length + prop set up.

BENEFITS:
relaxing, grounding, calming, relieves fatigue

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
Grab all of the props, pillows and blankets you have. I’m using a bolster, pillows, yoga blocks and a blanket for this class. You might also like to use a chair for a variation of legs up the wall, depending on your preference.

POSES IN T

x seated cat/cow stretches
x seated twist
x paschimottanasana - seated forward bend
x balasana - child’s pose
x mrigasana - deer pose
x supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose
x viparita karani - legs up the wall pose
x savasana - corpse pose

RESTORATIVE YOGA TO FEEL SAFE

LENGTH: 40 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This restorative yoga class soothes the nervous system. These cozy poses allow you to feel safe and supported.

BENEFITS:
relaxing, grounding, calming, relieves fatigue, relieves insomnia

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
Practice can be done on the floor or in bed. Grab all of the props, pillows and blankets you have. I’m using a bolster, pillows, yoga blocks and a blanket for this class.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x balasana - child’s pose
x baddha konasana - bound angle pose
x parsva savasana - side lying pose

 

 

 

BED YOGA RETREAT DAY FIVE: CHAKRA FLOW

What are the chakras? How does our yoga practice affect them? Why does any of this matter? We'll be exploring all of this on day five with a seated yoga flow that activates all seven of the major chakras. When I originally designed this class, I was going for a flow style but it became a sort of vinyasa flow + restorative hybrid. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

You can download this practice with or without music here

BED YOGA RETREAT DAY FOUR: RESTORATIVE

Since this is a bed yoga retreat, I wanted to give all of us this opportunity to really savor our practice. Restorative yoga is one of my favorite styles of yoga. In this type of practice, our goal is to gently open and relax the body so that we are able to settle the mind and body into stillness. The poses are held for prolonged periods of time, so we will support the body with props in each pose. Infused with meditation, this restorative practice will rejuvenate your entire body. In my experience, restorative yoga is even more refreshing than sleep because it is a conscious and constructive rest. It relaxes the nervous system, releases tension and calms the mind. 

An overactive mind can make it difficult for us to stay present in the moment. This practice will teach you to observe your thoughts and use the awareness of your body and breath to slow your mind down. Its not about silencing the thoughts but simply no longer allowing them to control your experience. 

You can download this practice with or without music here

BED YOGA RETREAT DAY TWO: BEDTIME YOGA

This gentle, seated and supine practice releases tension in the entire body so that you can feel relaxed and ready for bed. This day also comes with a guided yoga nidra practice for insomnia. You might fall asleep before this is over, so make sure that you're completely ready for bed before you begin.

You can download this practice with or without music here

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

SUPINE YOGA FOR FLARE UPS

LENGTH: 20 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This practice is done lying down to relieve tension in the body when you might be too tired to lift your head.

BENEFITS:
Pain relief, grounding, relaxing, gentle stretch

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • savasana - corpse pose
  • pavanamukhtasana - wind-relieving pose
  • supta padangusthasana - reclining hand to big toe pose
  • constructive rest pose
  • supta kapotasana - reclining pigeon
  • supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose

All poses are done seated.

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
two pillows (optional)

RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR FATIGUE

LENGTH: 45 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This restorative yoga practice uses poses that specifically focus on alleviating fatigue. I'm scoring this practice with two spoons because of the prop set-up. HOlding the poses, however, requires minimal to no effort.

BENEFITS:
Restorative, calming, pain relief, fatigue relief

POSES IN THIS PRACTICE:

  • prasarita padottanasana - standing wide legged forward bend
  • setu bandha sarvangasana - bridge pose
  • balasana - child's pose
  • supine twist - supta matsyendrasana
  • supta baddha konasana - reclining bound angle pose
  • savasana - corpse pose

All poses are supported with props.

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
1-2 chairs, bolster, block, and two pillows