Welcome to your yoga class with aquatic elements for fluidity and flexibility!
Your yoga class today embraces the elements of the sacral chakra of going with the flow and embracing the fluidity on and off the yoga mat. This vinyasa yoga class includes hip opening postures, dynamic stretching and muscle building exercises and will leave your whole body stronger (and softer like water)!
Throughout the yoga class, you will work on postures such as Hanging Cobra, Ascending Dog Rollboard, Warrior II with Goddess Push-ups, Skandasana, Sacred Squats, and seal the practice with a Pranayama.
Join me on the mat and together we will tap into our sacral chakra by embracing play and fun as we connect with our bodies and learn to listen to our needs!
Here is my question for you today ... are you having trouble going with the flow (hah, who doesn't)?
We are a species of doing - a masculine energy - and our daily life demands a lot of it.
Whether it's doing a lot of laundry, cleaning your house, shopping for groceries, looking after your family, walking on your yoga mat every day…. we spend a lot of time in this Make energy, which makes it difficult to let go and just be (aka resting and receiving).
For this reason, we must intentionally incorporate ways of feeling and being.
This is where the sacred chakra, svadhisthana, comes into the conversation.
Let's talk about this chakra ➡️ activity here is feeling, the element is water, and it is a predominantly yin female energy center. It is related to fluidity, movement, change, receptivity, creativity and sexuality.
Because of this energetic makeup, the sacral chakra is an adaptable, fun, playful, and enjoyable place to continue to travel the river of your energy (versus attempting to jump the ship or paddle uphill).
This chakra encourages us to imitate water - to be fluid, flexible and to go with the flow.
So ask yourself… .. Where can you let go? Where can you have fun? Where can you be and receive?
This element is a reminder to do what water would do; ebb and flow, remain malleable, adaptable, shapeable, fluid and flexible, so that you can lean against breaking when change and challenge occur.
Today's yoga class is your opportunity to do it all, embrace the fluidity of femininity, and allow fun and play to be part of your journey.
And what about having fun off the mat, can we talk about it?
For some, it might be a spa day, video chats with friends, painting, or a bubble bath. For others, it may be long walks, outdoor camping, or a family night out. There are so many variations of what fun, play, and fun can be, and you can choose which variant suits you (but choose, please).
Comment the YouTube video with THIS IS MY RIGHT TO FEEL to let me know you are with me.
I will find you on the carpet
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 class 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 directeur 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 of course, it never hurts to check out a couple different variétés 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 to chic.
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 chic. ) 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 class. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your muscles. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long zones 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 class may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the posture 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 challenges. 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. '