Lesson 2: Linking Movement and Breath
In this lesson, we’ll learn how to breathe using Ujjayi breath, the “victorious breath” that helps us to stay calm and focused and anchors our movements into the flow. This week, we’ll start to put some of the poses we’ve learned into the flow of the full Sun Salutation so the poses become linked together with the movement of the breath. It’s magical. We’ll also do some core work to strengthen the low back and belly, and we’ll practicing a new balancing pose. Let’s Flow!
Recommended props: 2 blocks, a blanket, and a strap
Linking Movement and Breath – Home Practice
These short videos are more instructional in nature, so watch them when you want to refine or review something, or if you just have time for a very short practice.
Guided Breath Work – Ujjayi Breath
Props: bolster/pillow, blanket (optional)
Quick Warm Up (Spine and Shoulder Focus)
Props: 1 block, blanket
Full Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar A)
Hip, Core, and Balance Flow (Malasana –> Boat –> Cobbler’s –> High Lunge to Warrior 3)
Props: 2 blocks, blanket
Supported Bridge and Reclined Hamstring Stretch
Props: 1 block, strap
Guided Relaxation (Supported Baddha Konasana)
Props: bolster, 2 blocks, blanket