Yoga Practice Routine

Class Recordings, March 20 and 22, 2018

This week I taught students the chant "oṃ śāntīḥ" for our meditation. The yoga practice emphasized forward bending postures and exhale technique for a lightening, relaxing effect. The classes were similar, with the evening option being a little more relaxing to prepare students for winding down at the end of the day.

Tuesday, 10:30 am, 3/20/2018

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 3/22/2018

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many free class recordings, as well as full video routines and tutorials. I hope you find them useful!

Class Recordings: March 13 and 15, 2018

The following recordings are from classes for intermediate students, with a focus on pausing after exhale to prepare for bandha work. We did some nice cleansing breathwork and meditation as well. 

Tuesday, 10:30 am, 3/13/18

Thursday, 10:30 am, 3/15/18

Thursday, 5:30 pm, 3/15/18 - similar to Tuesday morning's class

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many free class recordings, as well as full video routines and tutorials. I hope you find them useful!

Class Recordings: Beginning Yoga, March 2018

Here are the recordings for the six-week Beginning Yoga course I am teaching March through April 2018.

I hope these recordings support your developing yoga practice. This sequence of classes is a wonderful start for complete beginners, and they also offer a gentle option for more advanced students to deepen their practice in the basics.

Class 1 - Feeling the breath, forward bending poses to relax the back and hips

Class 2 - More forward bending poses, with a focus on strengthening legs and back

Class 3 - Backward bending poses, focusing on strengthening the upper back and arms

Class 4 - Twisting poses, with a strengthening, stretching and cleansing effect

Class 5 - Balance practice and side-lengthening postures for stability, space and focus.

Class 6 - More balance practice, and emphasis on personal experience in the practice

 

You can find these recordings and many other video and audio practices and tutorials on my Patreon page. I hope you find them useful!

I am planning to offer Beginning Yoga again soon--please contact me for the next start dates.

Class Recordings: February 15, 2018

This week we focused on preparing upper body strength for adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog), as well as a breathing ratio with pause after inhale and exhale to build capacity to work with bandhas later in the spring. The meditation object was the moon and light--with the intention of helping students recognize their inner knowing, even when it seems covered and hazy. My hope was that a meditation on moonlight would also have a cooling, soothing affect after the work of so many back-bending and core strengthening postures.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 2/15/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 2/15/18

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many more audio and video recordings to support your yoga practice. Please enjoy the resources!

Class Recordings: February 1, 2018

This week marks the middle of winter!

To coordinate with the season's shift toward longer days and spring, classes continued to work on cleansing twists and added some uplifting backward bending postures. The morning class used a pause after inhale and meditation on spring growth to help warm and wake the system, while the evening class includes pause after exhale and a meditation on moonlight for soothing, relaxing effect.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 2/1/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 2/1/18

The recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many more recordings, videos and tutorials, all for free! I hope you find them useful for your practice.

Class Recordings: January 25, 2018

Classes today focused on developing a capacity for listening to the body, and for yoga practice as an opportunity to build a relationship with the body, breath and inner self. We are still working on yoga poses that stretch and strengthen the spine in preparation for staying in a deep twisting pose, and the breathing and meditation practices are designed to be inward and reflective. 

Thursday, January 25, 10:30 am

Thursday, January 25, 5:00 pm

These classes are hosted on my Patreon page, where you'll find lots of free videos and recordings to support your yoga practice. Enjoy!

Class Recordings: January 18, 2018

These recordings are taken during my regular weekly yoga classes. This week we are working on twisting postures and preparing for some poses that require a little more flexibility in the legs, hips and spine (like janu sirsasana) and strength in the upper back and core.

Both classes include a pranayama for a lengthened exhale and a meditation on snow.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 1/18/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 1/18/18

The recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can access many free class recordings, tutorials, and yoga videos. Enjoy!

Class Recordings: Beginning Yoga, January 2018

Here are recordings from the 6-week Beginning Yoga class I taught in January and February 2018.

If you were a student in the class, I hope you find these recordings helpful to remember and practice techniques between classes. If you weren't able to come to class this time around, you are welcome to use these recordings for your own practice at home. I hope you find these recordings supportive and informative.

Class 1 - Focus on smooth breathing and poses that stretch the back of the body

Class 2 - Focus on breathing and backward-bending poses that lengthen the front of the body and strengthen the back

Class 3 - Introduction of Side-bending postures and furthering exhale lengthening and meditation practice

Class 4 - Twisting Postures and introducing a pause after exhale and sitting meditation

Class 5 - Downward Facing Dog pose*

Class 6 - Some balance challenges and a quieting, focusing breath and meditation practice to close our series

The links will take to the files on my Patreon page, where you'll find many more class recordings, videos and other resources. Enjoy!

I hope you find these recordings useful. You can learn more about the next Beginning Yoga series here, or email me if you'd like to inquire about the class.

*I forgot to record the Beginner class on February 8, so I taught similar content to next week's 5pm Thursday class to share here

Class Recordings, January 11, 2018

Please enjoy these recordings from my regular weekly yoga classes on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Both classes emphasize building upper back strength in forward bending and backward bending poses, with the goal of preparing for twisting poses and the seated forward-bend, janu sirsasana. The yoga poses, breathing and meditation were also designed to give a "cleansing" effect, which is useful at the beginning of the year, after the excesses and disruption of the holidays.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 1/11/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 1/11/18

Live class recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you'll find many recordings and videos, all for free! 

Yoga Nidra Relaxation Exercise

Yoga Nidra is a style of yoga which emphasizes reaching a deeply meditative state through gentle breathing and visualization exercises. The word nidra in fact means sleep, and state of meditation is described as a waking sleep, in which you are conscious but completely resting in body and mind. The result for most students is attaining a level of relaxation and ease they've never felt.

Here is a simple 10-minute Yoga Nidra exercise in which you move your attention to different spaces of the body in a repeating pattern. You'll begin lying down in a comfortable position, with your head and limbs supported in a way that there is as little strain on your body as possible. (You can find ideas for a comfortable savasana pose here.)