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Body Mapping for a Happy Low Back

Feb 23, 2020

Being able to move your joints well in all different shapes is one way to keep those joints happy and possibly improve how they feel!

Feel Good Chaturanga

Jan 12, 2020

Find global integration in this shape to get all these pose’s benefits minus any injury!

Brain Break!

Sept 20, 2019

Need to a boost in your focus and concentration? Try this fun 4 minute brain break and see how you feel!

Strong Chaturanga Cues

July 14, 2019

Chaturanga is a fancy name for push up/down that is often cued with elbows into the sides. However, keeping a global engagement throughout the movement can be a challenge! Instead, try these cues out to see how strong your push up/down can feel! 

Outdoor Hips

June 15, 2019

Instead of yanking and pulling on the front of your hips in hopes of easing tension, this week we will work on being gentle but strong and notice and discover how all our hip stuff (as well as the rest of the body) works together to help areas of tension find their happy place!

Tight Hamstring Musings

May 24, 2019

Yoga offers us the perfect opportunity to elicit tissue change, try these ideas out to give your hamstrings some needed strength to help them feel their best!

Strengthen Your Feet by Moving Your Toes

May 3, 2019

Strong feet helps us move and balance with more ease in life! We ask a lot out of our feet but rarely give them any love, try this move and see how it goes!

Pyramid Flow and Finding More

Mar. 31, 2019

We all move in different ways with a variety of patterns, strengths, limitations, etc. Finding the effort in our poses is what will cultivate change and adaption for feeling our best! This fun little flow  emphasizes some of those cues that help you find more instead of “right”. 😊

Warrior 1 Gets Strong

Feb. 24, 2019

Try these cues to discover a new level of effort in this pose and quite possibly discover a few areas you didn’t know could be worked in this seemingly simple shape.

Stronger Connections in Half Moon 

Jan. 24, 2019

Try this fun cue to find a bit more connection in the top hip in half moon pose!

Connect Your Shoulders Flow

Jan. 6, 2019

Finding ways to wake up the smaller stabilizing muscles of the shoulders can make a powerful addition to any flow and start to build strength and new awareness in these joints. 

Dolphin Flutter Hops

Nov. 21, 2018

Playing in dolphin pose in a fun way to prep or build up to forearm stand. Try little hops on one leg and progress to switching from leg to leg mid-air. Have fun!

Desert Fun Balance Flow

Oct. 5, 2018

Simple yet challenging flow to play with balance

Tree Flow

Aug. 11, 2018

A creative little flow for our class this week. Try adding tree pose to your daily yoga flow.

Stronger Eagle Variation

Jun. 8, 2018

The common versions of eagle and cow face arms are all good, but try these variations to feel more engagement and find greater mobility.

Finding Neutral Spine

Jan 23, 2020

We want our spine to move in all different ways as well as be able to find neutral. Neutral is also an excellent place to be able to feel a solid core connection. Use this little tip to build the awareness in your body to be able to find neutral spine in any shape.

Trap Release Magic

Dec 22, 2019

Grippy traps?! Try this 3 times on each side, gently contenting and fully relaxing the tissues around this area. Notice the difference between sides and then do the other side! Enjoy!

Triangle Integrated with Action Cues

Sept 12, 2019

If you move through triangle too fast you might miss all the opportunities for increasing strength and range of motion and all the other therapeutic effects!

Leaning Star Flow

July 5, 2019

Finding integration and connection throughout our poses helps build balance, confidence and strength! That translates into more coordination and freedom of movement in everyday life. Enjoy this little flow with a few action cues that naturally bring about this integration.

20 Minute Restorative Flow

June 6, 2019

This 20-minute practice is for those days that you could use a short, feel-good practice that focuses on breath and down regulating the nervous system. Enjoy!

Strap Activations

May 18, 2019

Using a strap is a fun way to find new and different activations and sensations in common shapes!

Finding Your Best Downward Dog

Apr. 26, 2019

Refine your downward dog to customize the pose to your needs, your dog will look different than everyone else’s! But finding the work, the effort, the co-contractions will help you make change the feel your best!

Low Back Friendly Hip Hinge

Mar. 16, 2019

Discovering multiple ways to move into your forward fold is a good thing! Moving in the exact same way every time can contribute to things getting cranky. Try this low back supportive hip hinge the next time you make your way into forward fold and see how it feels! My bet...strong, stable, supported, and engaged!

Sideways Down Dog Flow

Feb. 18, 2019

Add some interesting variety in your hip movements with this abducting sideways downward dog, good stuff!

Side Body Flow

Jan. 18, 2019

Give your side body a little love with this short sequence (sped up a bit).

Debunking Tree Pose Cue

Dec. 1, 2018

A cue often used for tree pose is to avoid the knee with the lifted leg. I argue, modern science is telling us the opposite. Our tissues need load and stress to get stronger, to build capacity. 

Cross Body Sun Sal

Nov. 16, 2018

Boost neural activity with this fresh look at an old favorite

Lizard Airplane Flow

Sep. 7, 2018

Interested in hips that feel open and awesome? Play with this flow to move your hips in all different directions!

Strong Bow Variation

Jun. 14, 2018

This active version of bow will definitely give you some sensations to explore!

Happy Wrists in Yoga

Jan 19, 2020

We ask a lot out of our wrists in yoga, a 90 degree of extension, as in plank pose, can be challenging and uncomfortable. Use this prop placement to help support your wrists while building strength to work up to feeling your best.

Unwind Your Grippy Neck

Nov 29, 2019

Three of my favorite ways to help feel less grippy in your neck and shoulders.

Flow with Hand Weights

August 29, 2019

Playing with adding light weights (optional of course) to certain pieces of our flow. Check out these sample moves for some ideas we will be playing with.

Cross-Lateral Flow

June 21, 2019

Cross-lateral and cross-midline movements are powerful for the body and brain! Strengthening neural connections between the right and left hemisphere of the brain and cultivate better coordination, balance and reset the nervous system for a calm blissed out feeling! Give this flow a try.

Top of the Foot Stretch

May 31, 2019

Do this any time throughout the day to give the top of your foot a little movement love! Especially great during the summer with flip-flop wearing season!

20 Minute Travel Flow

May 12, 2019

Traveling? Use this flow any time you need a little pick-me-up and unwinding during your journey.

The Bodacious Block

Apr. 10, 2019

Blocks offer us a multitude of ways to enhance our practice! Check it out.

Diaphragmatic Breath

Mar. 10, 2019

It is common for many of us to loose touch with our ideal expansive rib cage breath. Re-discovering the fullness of breath, moving the rib cage and using the diaphragm fully, is a game-changer for the mind and body. 

For the full diaphragm video: https://youtu.be/hp-gCvW8PRY

Low Back Friendly Cobra

Feb. 1, 2019

Getting the whole body involved in your cobra pose can make a huge difference in how it feels! Try these few tips and see what happens.

Transitioning between Down Dog and Lunge

Jan. 11, 2019

Make this transition as smooth as possible with these tips.

Curtsy Eagle Flow

Dec. 1, 2018

Challenge your balance and give some love to your shoulders with this fun and strong sequence.

Therapeutic Shoulder Movement

Nov. 16, 2018

This move is one of my favorites to rehab or pre-hab the shoulders.

Fun Sliding Flow

Aug. 15, 2018

Get creative with these common yoga poses to spice things up! Remember, press down into the sliders while moving, it makes all the difference with engaging all those supportive muscles.

Fun Hip Focused Flow

Jun. 14, 2018

Playing with sliders in common poses make for a new experience... and often a bit more effort!