Looking for a guided meditation? Need a sweaty vinyasa flow? Just beginning? How about a relaxing yin class? Choose a style that fits your mood, energy level or interest.
Hearing anatomical terminology like "internal" and "external" rotation can feel daunting to a new and even experienced yoga practitioner. In this quick tip, Jamie describes the different rotations of the shoulder socket, the movement of the shoulder blades in conjunction with the arms and how this crucial information can help keep your shoulders and surrounding joints safe while you practice yoga. This quick tip will help you properly align your shoulders, specifically in downward facing dog and anytime the arms are alongside the ears.
This is a simple 10 minute centering meditation that will help quiet your mind and experience your center. It incorporates diaphragmatic breathing, also known as deep belly breathing, which is one of the fastest ways to instill relaxation. Diaphragmatic breathing fills your body with healing oxygen, stimulates the body’s natural relaxation response and soothes muscle tension. Take a 10 minute break from your busy life to breath and get centered, so you can step back into your life with a sense of calm, peace and clarity.
Do you need a quick morning yoga practice that slowly eases you into your day? This short, sweet, all-levels practice is designed to wake everything up with ease. Before you make your coffee or tackle your to do list, roll out your mat and spend 10 minutes with your body, your breath, and yourself. Our practice ends with a minute of conscious, intentional breathwork to start your day right.
This is a short and mindful guided breath awareness practice for any time you need to reduce stress and anxiety. We use a pranaymana technique called sama vrtti (also known as box breathing) to slow down and even out the breath, which is one of the most effective breath techniques to calm the nervous system. Enjoy!
Everything a mama needs! Join us for this postnatal practice that focuses on stability and building strength in the body. You will be guided to include your little one in the practice if you choose to do so. This practice focuses on building strength in the upper body, reintegrating core muscles, and opening up the neck and shoulders. Enjoy a little time to nourish your body and mind.
Zen out during this restorative practice to bring your mind and body into a state of calm and equanimity. We will open up the hamstrings to release the lower back before moving into gentle hip stretches and a restorative inversion. Restorative yoga enables deep relaxation as you hold poses for longer periods of time with the help of props to completely support you. This allows you to lengthen your muscles on the deepest level. Our parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated when we relax into poses, which promotes a relaxation response and reduces stress in our bodies. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for slowing your heart rate and breath and increasing blood flow to your vital organs, among other things. Props: Blanket, strap, 2 blocks, bolster/pillow
Get ready and get moving during this intermediate practice that gives you a little bit of everything, priming your mind and preparing the body for a great day. We will warm up the body through sun salutations, balance both on hands and feet, before settling into some nice stretches that will leave you feeling open and blissed out. Enjoy!
This an all levels vinyasa flow style class focused on shoulders and hips. Our shoulders and hips are the most mobile joints in the body. They are also easily injured if not balanced properly with both strength and flexibility. This class incorporates strengthening poses, like plank and warrior 2, as well as fluid, dynamic movements like Shiva squats, and shoulder circles. This is one of Heathers favorite practices to do at home because it always leaves her feeling open and balanced. If you’re using this flow to heal your hips and shoulders in some way, please modify this practice to make it your own and listen to your body. Go slow, and allow this practice to serve you.
Something we often hear in yoga is "square off your hips" or "find neutral hips." We are typically asked to do this in standing poses like crescent, warrior one and standing splits. In this quick tip, Jamie breaks down the different anatomical movements of the pelvis to help you better understand how to find a more neutral (square) pelvis in standing postures. It might not seem like it does much besides adding to your discomfort in a pose, but aligning your hips works wonders in increasing balance, muscle engagement and much more.
Analoma Viloma, in Sanskrit, meaning Alternate Nostril Breathing, is an Ancient Yoga breathing technique that helps to balance out our breath, the brain, and is useful for reducing stress. This breathing exercise is great for calming and for energizing your mind and body. By choosing which nostril you use to inhale, you can make yourself either more relaxed (left nostril) or more energized (right nostril). Alternate nostril breathing is about bringing these two opposites into balance. By slowly and consciously breathing through each nostril for an equal amount of time, we make sure to stimulate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in equal amounts. Analoma Viloma can be done at any time of day, can be practiced for any reason, and is very helpful before and after moments of anxiety.
Learning how to breathe is the most important concept yoga teaches us. This guided, visualization meditation will help you take deeper, more mindful breaths in order to be more present and relaxed. Three-part yogic breathing is also excellent for meditation preparation, best before asana practice and one of the most calming breathing exercises you can do. Enjoy and relax!
Do you need more energy? If so, this is the practice for you! Fire up your day in this short all around yoga flow designed to increase your energy and build strength in your major muscle groups. The arms, legs, back and core will all see some action here. We begin with Breath of Fire and move through sun salutation variations with push ups, back and leg strengthening and a little core work. Suitable for all levels. Power up yogis!