SHORT + SWEET PRACTICES
Enjoy this short full-body yoga practice in the morning to kickstart your day, or anytime you want to just breathe, stretch out, and feel your way into your body when things feel disconnected. Includes a reclined sequence, followed by Cat/Cow, Downdog, and Standing Forward Fold. Then we visit some quick standing postures, including Tree, Buddha, Wide-Legged Forward Fold, and a Lunge Variation. Then head down to the floor for some core illumination, Bridge Pose, and a final relaxation.
This is your go-to practice whenever you need to fire up ALL the parts of your body as a quick warm up. Use this as a stand-alone practice, or a pre-routine to a hike, a run, a cycle, another yoga practice, or before you sit down at your workspace for a couple of hours. You can end at the 18-minute-mark standing, or enjoy a restorative Legs Up the Wall position to rest for as long as you’d like.
This short and sweet practice explores criss-crossed shapes that will help you shift out of the box in subtle ways to feel your body differently, which is always a good thing! We start with some reclined core stabilization work with crossed ankles, then flow through a pretty standard Sun Salutation flow with lunge and Forward-Facing Triangle postures. Then we mix it up with crossed leg versions of the Sun Salutation flow! You’ll experiment with balance and sensation in these slightly-shifted pose variations, all the while, enjoying the movement of the breath within the frame of your body. Optional props: 2 blocks
Use this powerful practice to explore range of motion and strength in the shoulders and the hamstrings in a flow that leads to an active version of the pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II. This quick practice fires up the whole line of the back body, in the upper shoulders and the backs of the legs, and I bet you’ll feel GREAT after you move in this way! Remember to work within YOUR range of motion and capacity for strength. Two yoga blocks will make this practice both more supportive and more challenging, so use them if you’d like. Want more work for these areas? Check out the Hamstring Strengthening Series and the Shoulder Strengthening Series.
New Moons are wonderful times to tap into our intention and purpose, and to create from this place. This practice focuses on the “core” (center of the body and the legs) to generate energy and power with intention. We use a mudra of fingertops on the ground throughout the practice, which will help you ground into the power of Earth. Enjoy lots of integrative core and hip flexor strengthening work and of course, lots of breath. The practice culminates in Navasana (or Boat Pose). Restart, revisit, rejuvenate. These are the asks of this practice and of New Moon energy.
Join me LIVE on Zoom at 7:30am PST on Mondays for just 30 minutes. These quick practices are for YOU to enjoy. No need to even turn on the camera or engage (unless you want to). Just soak up the practice. Take it in. Let it feed your system.
When you join my online class library at the WATER tier ($22/month), you’ll get the Zoom link for these short online classes. Great for accountability (hint, hint.) If you can’t make it live, join the FIRE tier to get access to the class recordings and practice at your convenience.
Let’s start our days and weeks off right, with intentional movement and clarifying breathwork. See you on the mat.