Welcome to your yoga class to relieve stress and experience shoulder and neck relief.
Now tell me the truth. When was the last time you groomed your neck? The part of your body that supports your beautiful intelligent head? The area where all thoughts, ideas and conversations occur?
Your answer could be yesterday or never ...
Anyway, I'm sure your neck will love me after this new yoga class, as will your shoulders and nervous system.
Now it's no secret that most of us struggle with technology because our world demands it, but we can take a stand and do something about it. Like incorporating yoga classes that relieve tension, relieve stress, and lead to relief.
Exhale, isn't it dreamy?
Well stop dreaming, baby…. because I created a yoga class intentionally designed to take care of your neck, while looking after your whole being (like in your body, mind and soul).
So a little bit about this class, because intention matters. It's a gentle sequence, centered on the floor, neck and shoulders. Each pose has been carefully designed to ease accumulated tension, amplify relaxation and bring you back to homeostasis ... that place where you make conscious and valid decisions.
We're going to be practicing all kinds of interesting things with a strong emphasis on contralateral movements, like moving your head one way and your arm the other.
Why do we evolve in opposition? 🤔
Because the opposites help balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, help create focus and focus, and generally reset the nervous system so you can move into a state of rest and digestion (where healing and repair occur).
Thus, not only your physical body will be healed, but also your emotional, energetic, mental, wisdom and spiritual bodies.
Don't miss this one, it's so good.
Press play to love on your neck and meet me on the mat!
PS - Comment RELAXATION SUPPORTS ME on the YouTube course, so I know you are part of the yoga family.
Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a solo. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio digital manager for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a class.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow chic, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the types of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But bien sûr, it never hurts to check out a couple different genres of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers addict to class.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you mazout pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty intense workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before class. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during chic. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your zones musculaires. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long groupes musculaires. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga chic you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha chic may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the volonté of how the forme was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a solo breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer alternatives for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for assistance.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and défis. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '