The Holiday Season is starting (it is currently Thanksgiving in the US), and so I dedicated this class to the act of giving, and receiving. We are going to explore the connection to the abdomen, where we can sense a feeling of grounding, of coming home to oneself. We are also exploring the heart area, which is the area where we typically connect to the outer world, to the sense of space and lightness.
Forward Bends can feel deeply relaxing and restorative when executed in a well-balanced way. It releases strain from the back of our legs and allows our legs to move freely in our hip joints. It also lengthens and strengthens our lower back. Most importantly, it calms down the nervous system, and opens the body for deep breaths, while the brain enters a calmer space.
Releasing tension from the hip area and lower back releases the way you move around, walk, and run. It allows you to feel grounded in your lower extremities, which automatically gives you a sense of calmness and steadiness. This class is an accessible class for anyone who wants to let go of tension from the lower back, pelvis and back side of the legs (hello hamstrings).
This routine is my ‘go-to’ every Saturday morning! This intermediate/advanced class is focused on a variety of inversions, from liberating movement through the spine with the backbender, to inversions like the headstand (Salamba Sirsasana), a headstand in the headstander and the plowpose moving into the shoulderstand (Sarvangasana).
In this class, I focus on catching our breath low in the lungs, in order to experience the full capacity of our breathing, and the calming effect it has on our nervous system. We start with exercises that create awareness in the lower and mid part of our torso and then move to a seated posture in which we connect to abdominal breathing, being conscious about the role the diaphragm has to be able to connect to the belly area.