Keep it Moving (20-min) Vinyasa
Keep it moving with Clara and the students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga in this air-inspired yoga class that stimulates and frees the body with quick and subtle movement.
Props: 2 Blocks
Location: Stretch Yoga Studio, Vancouver
As you move, focus on the ujjayi breath and ask yourself: how does this movement feel and how does my breath correspond?
The element air is associated with curiosity, intuition, motion, light, and quick-wittedness; keep this in-mind as you breathe.
Open your practice with a modified Sun Salutation with Prana Flow style breath. Move through Marjariasana (cat/cow) variations in long-lunge pose to open the chest, shoulders, and back body, as well as gently opening the hamstring on the front leg as you bend and straighten the leg.
Go inward and focus on breathing deeply to open outwards. Balancing poses are endured by focusing on the breath.
A short flow from Ashta Chandrasana (high crescent lunge) to 3-legged Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) progresses to knee taps on the upper tricep from Phalakasana (plank pose).
The students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga share variations in this flow from Dandayamana Bharmanasana (balancing tabletop).
Flowing from downward dog to plank/tabletop will create heat, strength, and build muscle in abdominals and arms.
A twisted-lunge variation will stimulate the circulation of blood and release tension in the muscles of the abdomen.
Yoga twists create compression in the belly for the digestive organs to receive oxygen-rich blood and nutrients.
Once you’ve wrung out all the tension, come to Malasana (yogic squat) and allow the dust to settle and simply feel your breath.
Ask: where can I embrace, and add more movement to my life to clear the static?” Close your class seated with Clara and the students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga for breath retention before closing with meditation or savasana.
This class was filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Yogi’s may want two blocks for their practice.