This class will move you through a thorough opening of your hips and legs, and will also address your upper back and upper arm strength. All of that is needed to prepare for the crow pose – a balancing pose in which the legs need to fold deeply towards the chest. The class is for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. I provide alternations that allow you to prepare for the crow pose in case you are not ready for the full fold and balance.
Warning: this is an advanced CA Yoga class, please read the recommendations below the video to enter a safe practice. The Reversed Wheel Pose is for most of us a difficult pose to practice, as it requires a steady balance and a deep backbend at the same time. With the support of the headstander, the pose becomes more accessible! Balance is not as much of an issue, and we are able to control the drop back and reversed jump more directly.
This beginner class focuses on backbends and leads you to a standing backbend. When we do backbends standing on our feet, we are usually directly confronted with our movement tendencies: either we tend to open up from the upper back only, forgetting to move into the lower back/pelvis and hips, and usually propping up the chest area. Or we tend to bend excessively from the lower back, leaving out the lower back and lengthening through the spine.
The Dancer Pose – aka Natarajasana – is one of those poses that I do way to little, and when I get to practice it, I wonder why! The practice of the Dancer Pose feels so good and addresses so many aspects of our body & mind. As it is a standing pose, on one leg, it asks to find the foundation in the feet and ground into the floor. This requires a steady and calm mind, and the support of our breath.
This class will prepare you for the triconasana, aka triangle pose. The triconasana is my most important go-to exercise when my lower back feels out of wack. It mobilizes the hips, broadens the pelvis, stabilizes and strengthens the lower back, mobilizes the upper back, and activates the legs. After a couple of triconasanas, you’ll feel your walking feels freer and lighter. Your legs will feel stronger and your lower back stable and at ease!