Vinyasa Flow Yoga: A grounding practice to open the shoulders, chest and heart-center.
In this grounding and centering practice, we will focus on poses (asanas) that open the shoulders, chest, and heart center. The class opens with alternate nose breathing (Nadi Shodana), meditation, and a prayer of intention. Moving from Thread the Needle Pose to Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) to Mountain Pose (Tadasana), I'll incorporate shoulder openers, including a variation of Eagle Pose (Garudasana). Flowing from Sun Salute A (Surya Namaskar A) will we do a series of poses to increase spinal flexibility including a Locust Pose variation (Salabhasana) with the hands clasped behind the back and a high Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) followed by a low lunge variation (Anjaneyasana) with the hand interlaced behind the back, moving into a twist. From there, we will flow into Cresent Pose (Anjaneyasana) with Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana) arms, to a twist (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana). This leads to Standing Side Stretch, Humble Warrior (Baddha Virabhadrasana), and a Wide-legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana C). We will also explore Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana), Side Plank Pose variation (Vasisthasasana), Camel Pose (Ustrasana), Bound Ankle Pose (Baddha Konasana), Seated Twist variation (Ardha Matsyandrasana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), meditation, Corpse Pose (Savasana) to a closing prayer of gratitude.