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Practice with Clara

Flow with breath in a dynamic vinyasa class that embraces the water element to celebrate Lakshmi. Open your practice with a mantra to Lakshmi to celebrate abundance, beauty, and prosperity. This sequence builds heat with leg balancing, chaturanga push-ups, and warriors to strengthen the abdominals, glutes, and inner thighs. Move into arm balancing with crow pose, and close your practice with a grounding meditation.

Style: Vinyasa

Duration: 56-mins

Level: open-levels

Props: 2 blocks, 1 blanket

Focus: Embrace the water element to celebrate the Goddess Lakshmi

Location: Lila Familia Production Studio, Vancouver, BC.

Opening Mantra & Meditation

Come to sit and place your hands over your heart. Think of someone or something that you’re grateful for or have been thankful for this year.

Celebrate the power of Lakshmi Goddess with this opening Mantra.

Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, abundance, beauty, prosperity, and fertility. We invoke Lakshmi into our lives when we want to invite prosperity into our lives and all those around us.

Mantra to Lakshmi Goddess:

|| Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalakshmaye Namah ||

Opening Sequence 

Bharmanasana (tabletop) sway the hips side to side to stretch out the side body.

Marjaiasana/Bitilasana (cat/cows) to express the spine, move with your breath.

Balasana (child’s pose) or 8-breath to do as you like.

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Sun Salutations (2x) move through your own variation or follow Clara’s lead.

Wave 1 

Utkatasana (chair pose)

Urdhva Hastasana (hands to sky)

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Utkatasana (chair pose) variation with hands clasped at the back.

Ashta Chandrasana  (high lunge) variation with a flow:

  • Inhale hands extend to the sky
  • Exhale to ribs to thighs and extend hands to the back of your mat

Skandasana (wide-legged squat over one leg) shrug shoulders onto the back and lift the chest.

Anjaneya (low lunge)

Ardha hanuman (half splits)

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downdog)

Phalakasana (plank pose)

Chaturunga push-ups (x8)

Ustrasana (camel pose) variation with hands on the ground, lift the hips to the sky to stretch the front body.

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downward dog)

Virabhadrasana | (warrior 1) variation with hand to elbow to open the side body.

Virabhadrasana ||| (warrior 3) variation with hands on the hips with the standing leg bent.

Tada Kapotasana (standing pigeon pose) variation with options:

  • Take hands to the sky like chair pose, OR
  • Take a hand to foot and twist to one side to engage the obliques.

Anjaneya (lunge pose)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (seated spinal twist)

Bakasana (crow pose)

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Repeat the same sequence on the other side.

Backbending Sequence 

Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana (bridge pose) hold for 8-breath.

Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose) hold for 8-breath.

Cooling Sequence

Knees to chest, rock a little side-to-side to massage the low back.

Ananda Balasana (happy baby pose)

A hip opener of choice, with several options:

  • Gomukhasana (cow face), OR
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon pose), OR
  • Agnistambhasana (double pigeon pose), OR
  • Supta Kapotasana (reclined pigeon pose).

Spinal twist of choice, with options:

  • Supta Matsyendrasana (reclined spinal twist), OR
  • Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana (revolved seated side-angle pose).

A forward fold of choice, with options:

  • Uttanasana (forward fold), OR
  • Baddha Konasana (bound-angle pose), OR
  • Upavistha Konasana (wide-legged seated forward fold).

To Close Your Practice

Meditation or savasana.