Posts tagged ‘Live class’

Episode 53: Reaching, Ribs, and Relaxation

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photo credit Tiffany Sankary

This is a live class from a summer intensive taught in July of 2016. Class begins with developmental movement warm-ups focused on waking up the side body. This warm up prepares you for the active asanas that are done in the last half of class.

Just under two hours, you may need to carve out some time on a Saturday afternoon for this one. The first hour of this class could be done alone as a gentle restorative class to wake up the torso.

Props needed: 1-2 blankets, 2 blocks

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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 33- Live Slow Flow class- a mixed level practice with dhanurasana & parvrtta janu sirsanasa

This is a live mixed level class. Grab and block and a blanket for class.

Two of my favorite poses in this class are dhanurasana and parvrtta janu sirsasana. We work up into dhanurasana (bow pose) with a blanket rolled up underneath the lower belly. This prop supports the lower back so that you can more easily move the weight more to your legs rather than having all of the weight on your belly. After dhanurasana we will take seated twist ardha matsyendrasana right into side bend parvrtta janu sirsasana. These three poses done towards the end of class are a great sequence to help stimulate the abdominal organs, especially the liver and the kidneys.

Enjoy!

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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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Live Slow Flow

This is a 60 minute class good for beginners. Props used are two blocks and a strap.

Here’s a bit from Ted’s Yoga Journal about his experience with this class:

“Sarah opened the live podcast by asking her class if they had any requests.  I heard one woman say, “Hip Openers”, and I was into it.  I love hip openers.  I love the way they make me feel like I’m walking on air after a class.

We started in a supported back bend, and set our intention for the practice.  I placed the blocks I was using my parents basement beneath my shoulder blades and the other under my head.  I felt so relaxed and present that I wondered why I don’t do yoga more often.  After about five minutes of meditation here we moved on to the rest of the practice.

“Now move into high plank.”  I heard Sarah’s voice from my laptop.  “Oh yeah.”  I thought.   I remembered why I am reluctant to get back into yoga practice.  I’m inherently lazy, and high plank sounded like a lot of work.  Before, I would practice for a week and feel on top of the world, then fall out of practice for a month and feel like I’m back at square one.  We moved through high plank, then downward facing dog that was fairly shoddy.  Luckily, we had only just begun, and my mother (also a yogi) was more than willing to offer her advice for my form (which my wounded pride reluctantly accepted).

The highlight of my practice today was the legs up against the wall pose.  I have a job that requires me to work on my feet, and this pose is great for my tired legs.  All in all, it was a good practice for getting back into the ol’ yoga game.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow and doing another podcast.”

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