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Honor your relationship to Santosha, contentment in body and mind with this morning yoga sequence designed to challenge your balance.

This vinyasa class is for intermediate/advanced yogis looking to challenge the core strength through arm balancing.

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Style: Vinyasa

Duration: 60-min

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Props: 1 Block

Focus: Core, Arm Balances

Location: Leña, Galiano, BC


Start by harmonizing your body and breath in seated meditation and breathe into where you are. You’ll flow and build toward a peak pose into Eka Pada Koundi B (flying splits).

With shoulder opening, twists, lunges, and binds, this vinyasa flow sequence adds layers to your practice to build side waist length and strength.

Target your obliques with core work in plank pose and variations on extended trikonasana (triangle pose) and floating trikonasana.

Longer-holds in lizard pose and hanumanasana (half splits) will create length and strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and adductors, to prepare you for arm balancing. Bound forward fold, bound side angle pose, and Ardha chandrasana (half moon pose) treat your shoulders and chest to spaciousness to breath with more ease and depth.

Come down from your peak flow with more twists, forward folds, and ananda balasana (happy baby pose).

This sequence asks you to test your balance within in your relationship to santosha, and without in a peak flow toward arm balancing.