Posts from the ‘Podcast’ category

Episode 45: Discovering and Softening Into Boundaries

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In this 90 minute class, I build upon some of the material that I will be exploring during my March retreat. The class will grow from a seated meditation into some longer yin style poses and eventually towards more challenging asanas. Take this class as a way to discover your limits, and soften your mental and physical boundaries. Your hips and lower back will thank you, and you will get a tiny glimpse of what I have planned for the retreat.

You will need a block, a strap, and a wall to place the short end of your mat.

A large part of the art and skill in a yoga practice is the ability to sense how far one can move in a stretch. If there is no challenge in a pose, no intensity or stretch, then there will be little possibility for opening. The opposite approach of going too far in a pose, increases the possibility for pain and injury to occur. Somewhere between these two places is a happy middle ground. It is possible to find a degree of stretch that is in balance. Where there is a challenge without pain. Where there is vigor without strain.

Experiencing this balance or middle ground relies on a high degree of sensitivity. This place in the stretch just before pain, but not pain itself, could be referred to as a your boundary. With heightened sensitivity, the boundary can soften and you will be able to feel more space in your poses. Pain tells you where the limits of your physical conditioning lie. The length of your stay is determined by your endurance limit, while your interest in a pose is a function of your attention.

Take this class as a way to play with all of these boundaries: endurance, strength, stretch, and mental attention. As you “play the edges of the boundaries”, your skill in yoga has little to do with your degree of flexibility. Rather it is a function of how sensitive you play with these limits.

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Episode 44: Steady and Stable Abdominals

This is a very playful 20 minutes to wake up your abdominals and upper body. The exercises during the first half of class are done on a thinly rolled yoga blanket or towel. This will create a less stable ground and a more challenging position for the back of the body to balance on. Your body will need to rely on the abdominals to keep you from tipping over. It should look a little something like this (but with the blanket roll underneath your spine):

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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 42: Get out of your chair! 45 minutes for travelers and people who sit a lot.

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Take this podcast with you when you travel. Bring it into your hotel room or even do it in the airport. It’s another great class if you have been sitting at your desk all day. Stand up, lie down, twist and move things into a different shape!!!

Traveling, especially by air, can be very hard on the body. It wreaks havoc on our posture and the our mental state. You may feel spacey, anxious, or generally unsettled when you are traveling. This class will ground your energy, helping you to feel awake, rested, open and ready to enjoy the rest of your day and your new destination.

As you do this practice, cultivate a slow, deep and even breath. On slow inhalations focus on bringing space and life back into the body and on long exhalations focus on a sense of grounded steadiness.

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Episode 41- Samskaras and creating new habits!

Today we briefly explore bringing attention to our samskaras during the hatha yoga practice. The concept of samskaras from the Yoga Sutras refers to the imprints that are left on the subconscious mind from our experiences, in other words, our habits. In this 35 minute practice, we touch on how becoming more aware of our samskaras during an asana practice can help us relate to our environment during the rest of our lives.

Thank you for listening,

Sarah

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Episode 40 The Action of Cat Spine (spinal flexion)

A new podcast exploring the “cat spine” pose and how the rounding of the back that we do in this pose can be utilized during the practice of other asanas to bring freedom to the neck and upper back. Use this asana to slow down and to help bring some space and freedom in that “hard-to-get” stuck area between the shoulderblades.

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Episode 39: Core Support Short

I did it! Only 20 minutes of practice like you have been begging for. Okay, okay it’s a little more than 20 minutes, but I’m working on this short class thing. This class was made for those of you who have been asking for some abdominal exercises to do at the beginning of the day.

We start with a blanket or a towel and that is the only prop you will need.

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“I listen to your short core strengthening podcasts every morning, and have had zero instances of back pain since starting this ritual. – SW

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Episode 38: Courage and Compassion

A full length podcast. This is a strong practice with some vinyasa flow towards the middle of class. We work on high plank and side plank to build strength and confidence. Be careful of your wrists during these poses and modify to suit your bodies needs.

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Episode 37 A shorter podcast!

This is a class carved out from a live class that I taught. You will want to have 1-2 blankets rolled in a bolster for the end of class. There is not a typical introduction for this class as I usually record. This was a request from one of you. Please let me know your comments on how that worked for you.

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Episode 36: Anatomical Focus for a Posterior Pelvic Tilt

This class is  a video specifically designed for those with a posterior tilt of the pelvis. Before going ahead and doing this podcast, you will want to be sure that this class is suitable for your postural habits. A posterior tilt of the pelvis looks something like this, with the tail tucking under and the lower back rounded:

Generally, this causes the hamstrings to be tight, the lower back to flatten from it’s natural lumbar curve and the shoulders to begin a steady slump forward. The class was originally created with as a video. I have posted the mobile version here. Be sure to have a blanket or towel, and a strap.

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