Posts tagged ‘Heart Opening’

Episode 51: Tech Antidote

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It’s been over a year since I have posted a podcast. I’m very happy to share this first Tech-antidote class with you. This class is not just for the imbalances you may be finding in your body, but also the mental fatigue, the brain fog, and the emotional rollercoaster that being connected online for hours can do to the whole self. A contemplative practice is such a crucial part of our work-life-stress balance. Managing your stress is a huge step towards good health. I hope this episode and all the past podcasts help to keep you balanced, healthy, and happy.

Props needed: One Block

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Episode 49: Undo your desk job shoulders!


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When something stressful is happening in our lives the shoulders tend to be a common place where we hold tension in the body. Tense muscles, if ignored can lead to injury later on. This tense feeling in the shoulders can even start to creep up towards the ears, give us tension headaches, and keep us from having a healthy and restful night of sleep.

Sitting for hours over a keyboard, which we are all too familiar with, can contribute to tightness in the hips, legs, neck, shoulders, and back. This creates an unhealthy posture that you take with you when you leave your office for the day, in which the back and shoulders hunch down and the neck protrudes the head forward. The spine thus becomes misaligned when the body is in such a stagnate position.

In this short class, we will move through basic poses that target areas of tension which can be an effective antidote to many desk job ailments and general stress build up in the shoulders. This is meant to be a class that you could use if you only have a short amount of time, but need a quick break from sitting at your desk. Or, if you come home from work and you need a little pick me up, this class will energize those stagnate tight areas. As an added bonus, yoga can have powerful effects on the mind and may help address the damaging stress of a high-pressure job by helping to calm the mind and quiet racing thought patterns.

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Episode 43: Locating the inhale & moving towards purvottanasana

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This is a 75 minute live slow flow class. Class begins with a short pranayama to bring attention to the inhale phase of the breath and how the inhale can enhance an opening and lifting of the chest during the asanas.

This balanced practice includes a number of standing poses and twists, ending with  purvottanasana, or upward facing plank pose as our backbend. This pose, as well as the more general focus of class will be on how we can find a lift and buoyancy in the chest. We will use the inhale phase of the breath to wake up and open the muscles of the chest and the exhale phase of the breath to connect to the deeper abdominal muscles that hold us up in the poses.

 

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Episode 32: 90 minute slow flow: Wrist-happy!

This is a 90 minute class without any down dog or poses that require weight bearing on the wrists and hands. This class is great for anyone because of it’s focus on opening up the upper back and keeping an open posture in the chest. This relieves any pinching or stress that occurs in the shoulders, arms, and wrists from poor posture.

You will need two blocks, a strap, and a blanket or towel. (also have two ice packs ready for savasana if you have inflammation in your wrists).

Some of the poses we will move through include:

ardha salamba sirsasana- half headstand/headstand prep

utkatasana- chair pose

virabadrasa III- warrior III

garudasana- eagle pose

malasana- garland pose

ardha matsyendrasana- half lord of the fishes pose

gomukasana- cow’s face pose

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Episode 29: Move Deeper In! A 75 minute live HATHA class!

We will use two blocks and a strap for this live class. We open just about everything in this class- the heart, the hips, the piriformis and IT bands, the side body, and all the in between places.

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Episode 24: 75 minute LIVE fun vinyasa

A lot of hip and shoulder opening in this class. We use a foam roller in the beginning. . . if you don’t have one you can begin in a heart opening position with blankets or blocks. The picture below is one option.

Supported heart opener for the beginning

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