Grounding Practice: Explanation of Nadi Shodhana, moving with mindfulness, and rooting the body through deep hamstring openers
This class will begin with an explanation and demonstration of alternate nose breathing (Nadi Shodhana). This breath helps to calm the nervous system, quiet the mind, and purify the system. It's an excellent way to begin a practice and sets the tone for the rest of the class which encourages slow, mindful movements aligned with deep breathing for a grounded, intentional and steady practice. We will start with meditation and prayer to set our intention and connect to Source, and a sequence that begins with Sun Salutes leading to a series of low lunging poses to open the psoas muscles and organize the pelvis. This leads to a variety of poses that target the opening of the hamstrings including Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana), Half Splits (Monkey) Pose (Ardha Hunumanasana), Cresent Pose (Anjaneyasana) to Intense Side Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasa), and Toe Stand (Padangusthasana and Padahastasana). Also included will be instruction on Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) and Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) to Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottansana). The class concludes with Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Head-to-Knee Pose (Janu Sirsansana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), Meditation, Corpse Pose (Savasana), and a closing prayer of gratitude.