FlowSometimes, we just need to move and breathe. Let these breath-based movement and yoga practices lead you into an exploration of your body-mind and into enjoyment of all your capable of.
INTRODUCTORY FLOW PRACTICES
This short flow takes you through a spinal warm-up using Tabletop and Cat/Cow. Then enjoy some side-bending and stretch the inner thighs in Gate Pose (Perighasana). Finally, we’ll move into some lunge variations to open the hips and strengthen the legs. Grab 2 blocks for support under your hands, and a blanket for some cushion under your knees if you’d like. Let’s flow!
Note: This is part of the 4-part Foundations of Flow series of classes. Click here for additional practices in the series.
Sneak your way into a deep practice through this ladder flow sequence that starts on the floor (with some sneaky core work!) and builds toward some challenging moments. This class includes a great drill for stepping forward from Downward Facing Dog into a Lunge (which is a move with which lots of people struggle!!) in place of the regular “vinyasa” transitions. We also Warrior 2, Reverse Triangle, Goddess, Half Moon, and some twists throughout. Short practices you do on a regular basis add up to bigger transformations than BIG things you do every now and then, so revisit this one every time you need a reset and a chance to remind yourself of calm and settling. 2 blocks will be useful.
In this all-levels class, we explore some “functional” variations on pieces of the classic Sun Salutation flow from the yoga tradition. We start by finding a 3-dimensional breath pattern, then move into some great exploration of the body: the spine, the ankles, the core, the wrists, the shoulders, the hamstrings, and more! This work should help your yoga practice (and your everyday life) feel stronger and more integrated. All of this functional-movement exploration gets integrated into a Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, and then a quieter Lunar Salutation in celebration of Full Moon energy.
Get Grounded Flow
This breath-based vinyasa practice starts with the intention to get grounded into the experience of your body connecting to the Earth and your breath as an anchoring element. We move through a seated warm-up, then into a standing flow including some hip-opening lunges and Warrior poses, and then into Tree, a grounding single-leg balance pose. We end with Bridge, a Reclined Pigeon, and a guided Savasana to release effort and surrender into the Earth.
Balance is not about achieving perfection, but about calibrating the moment-to-moment shifts in our lives. This class starts with a great foot + ankle warmup and then moves into a ladder flow that progressively adds on new poses into a full flow where we play with balance along the way. We’ll also practice a fun and light drill for hopping forward from Downdog to a Standing Forward Fold. Experience balance sweetly, and with curiosity, much like you did when you were a kid, before your ego got involved! You’ll need a blanket/towel for this practice, and 2 blocks might be helpful.
This class uses the experience of the senses and your breath to cultivate a feeling of being grounded and anchored in the present moment. We flow in low-to-the-ground movements to warm up and then move into strong moves that incorporate being grounded but also hovering away from the floor to develop strength, such as in Three-Legged Plank, Core Plank, a transition from Tree into a Lunge, and Hovered Forearm version of Extended Side Angle Pose. After the flow, relax using poses at the wall (or not..options are given if you don’t have a wall!) like Legs Up the Wall and Reclined Pigeon at the Wall. Enjoy releasing overworking mental activity and getting grounded in your present experience.
With our “new normal” changing daily as we deal with the impacts of Covid-19, this practice has as its intention to recognize the shifts we do in life and in our practice, to experiment with pivoting in new directions, and to stay connected to a steady, calm BREATH in the midst of it all. We start with a seated Eagle Arm twist and side bend sequence, and then move into a standing flow focused on the legs in strong Lunges and Warrior poses, and we play with a balance skill builder to strengthen the outer hips and ankles in the middle of it all. We end with hip and hamstring stretches, and a deep rest. 2 blocks and a strap will be helpful for this practice.
Use the resources and tools of your breath and of your yoga practice to help you feel safe, protected, and settled, even in uncomfortable moments. This practice is designed to help you find comfort through “resourcing” and then to push you into new shapes, to feel uncomfortable (just a little bit!) and to intentionally remember how to get through these periods of growth and expansion. This practice includes a novel sequence that moves from Parsva Balasana (Side Child’s Pose) into a variation of Side Plank, and later in the class to a version of Half Camel. We’ll also explore how the hips move in a “Music Box” variation of Warrior 3 to Half Moon, along with some good-old-fashioned flow that follows the breath. You’ll need one blanket and/or a Coregeous Ball, plus 2 blocks for this practice.
You have the power to choose CALM and manage your mindset for greater balance, and this practice encourages you to cultivate this sense of calm. We start by activating the core to tap into your power, and then we move the major joints of the body, especially the wrists and shoulders. Further shoulder work is incorporated into a standing flow to help you release tension and build strength. Moments of challenge give you time to re-anchor into calm through your breathing. Side plank and Wild Thing give us a chance to explore and play. A blanket and 2 blocks are optional for this practice. Enjoy!
FLUID MOVEMENT PRACTICES
Soak up this stretchy flow focused on the hips, IT band, and hamstrings. Imagine that you’re moving through honey during this practice so that your movements feel a little bit sweet and also a little bit challenging as you S-L-O-W D-O-W-N and feel. As you move, you’ll build a more connected mental map of your body and a greater awareness of the state of your being. 2 blocks will be helpful for this practice.
Use this practice to fall in love with your breath…a crush, if you will. Enjoy the feel of your breath in your body and let it carry you through this unique flow that features a repeated shape of Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose) in various positions. Dig in, let go, turn your brain off for a while, and enjoy getting swept away by this practice.
The ask of this class is for you to FEEL GOOD. To use your external senses, your proprioception (where you are in time + space) and your interoception (your sense of the internal landscape of your body) to give you body what it needs. This ladder flow moves through a repeating pattern including Thread the Needle, lots of Child’s Poses, versions of Side Plank, Buddha (1/2 Chair with a Pigeon Leg), various gentle backbends, a fun version of Half Camel and much more. This flow sequence has challenging moments, but LOTS of moments to catch your breath and just BE. We end with Dolphin, Supported Bridge, Reclined Gomukasana, and a Reclined Twist.
Enjoy this full-body flow practice that invites movement, flow, and fluidity so you can get “unstuck,” both on and off the mat. This flow includes repeating elements so you can get into the fluid movement of your breath in an easeful and inviting way. Includes a lunge flow, Moon Salutations, Warrior 1, Side Plank, Pigeon, and some great hip and twisting work. Two blocks and a blanket are optional props.
Practice this sequence any time you want to connect to the energy of the sun through the consistent movement of your breath. Filmed on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, this class features several variations on the classic Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) pattern of moving connected with breath. Dig into your emotional body by feeling sensation, noticing the mood (“bhava”) of your body, and then responding consciously instead of habitually reacting. This practice invites you to cultivate power and energy OR to cultivate rest and relaxation via the attitude you bring to the practice.
This Inner Fire Flow class was Live-Streamed at Luma Yoga. This class includes an emphasis on anchoring the front ribs down to encourage a sense of power in the center of the body, along with a lift of the heart. We do lots of hip work and balance play in various forms of Eagle Pose (Garudasana), squatting and arm balancing in Crow, a Lunge Flow, and end with Bridge Pose, some hamstring and hip stretching, and a relaxing rest in Savasana to integrate our practice.
CORE VINYASA PRACTICES
Move From Center
Often, life pulls at us from the edges, we spin out of control, and we forget how to move from our center. Use this heat-building yoga practice to reconnect to the midline of your physical body and to generate movement that is generated from the strong, stable presence of your core and the movement of your breath. This flow features lots of wrist, ankle, and knee warmups, and a standing flow that includes Warrior 2, Extended Side Angle, Goddess, a Wide-Legged Forward Fold and fun ways to get up and down off the floor without hands. We end with a seated twist, a reclined hip stretch, and a final relaxation to settle and calm.
Filmed on April 4, 2020, the numerology of 4-4-2020, or 444 is the focus of this class. So an exploration of the 4 elements (fire, earth, water, air) as a way to tap into inner power and wisdom is the theme. We use core work to tap into the Fire of the belly, grounding of the body into the Earth, movement to feel the element of Water, and of course breathing to feel Air. Strengthen your wrists with some wrist taps (humbling!!), and then enjoy a knees-down flow sequence eventually comes up to standing and Tree pose. We play with Bakasana (Crow Pose) before coming down to rest in the integrative state of inner wisdom, Savasana. You’ll need 2 blocks and a blanket for this practice.
Use blocks as support AND to make things more challenging and interesting in this fun “Block Party” practice that explores ideas of resistance, feedback, and the learning that happens when we have those forces at play. We start with restorative postures, then move into a little interesting core work using a block. and finally, move into a standing flow incorporating the blocks in new ways. You’ll get a chance to practice the flow without the blocks also, to feel differences and use your imagination. Have fun with this one! 2 blocks needed.
(I’m calling this Block Party #1 because I’m sure they will be more practices like these. So many ways we can use blocks, right??)
This is the very FIRST live-streamed class I taught at Luma Yoga. Enjoy connecting to yourself, finding steadiness through your body, and calming your mind through the movement of the breath. This class includes a lot of shoulder awareness in all directions, including pushing and pulling, rotating internally and externally, and feeling the shoulders rotate and move when you reach your arms up over your head. We enjoy an exploration of a Side Plank variation with an optional lift of top leg and/or quad stretch, and also some Lunge work with added shoulder work. Stay calm and keep practicing, everyone!
Use this practice to relax, stretch, and release energy in the threads of your body that needs to GO. Begin with a lovely upper back opener, and then move into some solid core work to connect you to center and to your breathing. Stretch the toes and the shoulders to wake them up and release tension. Then we FLOW through a vinyasa practice that includes lots of Dolphin/Forearm Plank shapes, Side Plank, Fallen Triangle, Pyramid, Standing Split, and Wild Thing. We end with a visit toward Forearm Stand (the stage with one leg lifted in Dolphin) and then just REST in Supported Bridge/ Savasana of your choice. We work hard, but it’s all integrated, calm, and infused with the breath. Two blocks will be helpful, plus a small blanket/beach towel.
Explore the inner line of the body in this flowy vinyasa practice that uses Rabbit Pose (a hugged-in version of Child’s Pose with the hips lifted and the crown of the head on the floor) as part of the repeated flow. You’ll stretch the feet and ankles, and practice moving between Chair, a Squat, and Keeling as a way to get up and down from standing to the floor. Practice rooting and rising in poses like Warrior 1, Crow Pose and a prep for Tripod Headstand. And we’ll open the heart in poses like Camel, Reverse Warrior, and Wild Thing. Use the energy in your body to ground into the Earth, and from that rootedness, explore opening the crown of the head to receive higher vibrations!
FULL BODY PRACTICES
Wake all the joints of your body with this morning practice that includes an emphasis on stretching your side body to get spacious, long, and full of energy!
Move through breathwork, side bends, twists, and balancing postures using your own body and breath to guide your practice. In this way, we “proceed as the way opens” (a Quaker saying) to make choices about practice (and LIFE) when there doesn’t seem to be a roadmap. You’re invited to vary your postures in a variety of ways and to just explore moving and following your breathing. Poses included are Bird Dog (opposite arm/leg extensions in All 4s, Twisted Chair, Eagle, Warrior 3, Seated Twists, and more). Enjoy proceeding as YOUR way opens.
Feel the winds of energy (vayus) in your body with this flow-based practice that includes lots of breathwork, a rocking-and-rolling vinyasa, a Warrior to Skandasana flow, Half-Crow Pose (Eka Pada Bakasana), and an exploration of a Reclined Flying Pigeon. The ask of this class is to clear your field of energy: to gather back power you have loaned out, and to give power and energy that you can loan to others through consciousness, breathing, and movement of stagnant energy.
Enjoy this ladder flow sequence where we layer on one part of a sequence, then another, then another so you can clear your mind, and let your body sink into a state of “flow.” Includes Lunge Twists, 3-Legged Plank, Core Plank, Chair (Utkatasana), Warrior 1, 2, and 3, Half Moon, Eagle, Seated Twists and Folds, and more!
In each practice in which we come together as a group, we also always have our own individual experience. So in this practice, you’ll be encouraged and reminded that YOU have the intelligence of your own body to listen to. You can even break the “yoga rules” and make things feel GOOD. A “potpourri” practice, this class hits all the parts of the body and is a well-rounded practice you might come back to again and again. A great workout, a great rest, a great stretch, all guided by the movement of the breath. Enjoy!
In this practice, we bring awareness to how we align the inner spaces of the body to increase our alignment with how we want and DO act in the world. We work with feeling the arches of the feet, on up the legs, the pelvic floor, the respiratory diaphragm, the upper palate, and the crown of the head in this attempt to connect to the midline of the spine. The flow works around those spaces through deep squats, Rabbit Pose, Forearm Plank, a zipped-up Shalabasana, Warrior 1, and more. We work with some hip movements around a stable spine, and we also play with a Single-Leg Deadlift movement, Tripod Headstand, Eagle, and a Seated Twist. Throughout, you’ll be invited to reconnect to the inner domes in your body, to realign, realign, realign, and then to ACT with skill. 2 blocks will be helpful. Enjoy!
This class includes an emphasis on anchoring the front ribs down to encourage a sense of power in the center of the body, along with a lift of the heart. We do lots of hip work and balance play in various forms of Eagle Pose (Garudasana), squatting and arm balancing in Crow, a Lunge Flow, and end with Bridge Pose, some hamstring and hip stretching, and a relaxing rest in Savasana to integrate our practice.
GENTLE + RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
Three restorative poses, 5 minutes each. This practice uses the analogy of a glass of water with sand in it that has been stirred and invites you to let the sand in your system settle and your water to clear. You’ll need 2 blankets or towels and 2 blocks for this practice.
Try this practice when your low back needs some love and attention. This is a gentle yoga / movement practice, designed to help you feel your body more fully, move through the hips, pelvis, and upper back, and release tension and stress.
Use this gentle practice to feed your system with nourishment, steadiness, and calm so that you can tap into the highest vibration for your life. This will have a ripple effect on all around you. This practice includes restorative breathwork, seated leg lifts, basic joint mobility for ankles, hips, wrists, shoulders, and neck, and culminates in a Janu Sirsasana Series to fold forward, twist, and side bend. A 3-minute Box Breath practice will set you up well for Savasana. A bolster/pillow and blanket/towel is recommended.
Use this practice to move into the parasympathetic nervous system (“PNS”) so you can restore your body and mind, replenish energy, and cultivate mindful presence. We start with a restorative posture to relax the Psoas muscle, then move into a slow-flow practice with lots of grounding, breath-initiated movement, and asymmetrical play. Use this practice whenever you need a little self-care. A couple of blankets or towels will be helpful, as will 2 blocks. A pillow or bolster is also recommended. Soak up this practice!
You don’t need a mat for this practice, and can even do it in your kitchen while you’re making coffee/tea, oatmeal, rice, etc. This practice is a tutorial on how to do Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) from the Functional Range Conditioning approach to move your joints in all the major ranges of motion!