Yoga for Relaxation
Day 18 of our beginner yoga challenge will leave our beginner yogis feeling relaxed. All the beginner yoga poses in this beginner yoga class for relaxation are hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. We will start this relaxing yoga class with a centering followed by some knee sways to relax your hips. Knee to chest pose will relax your low back and then hand to big toe pose will relax your hamstring muscles. When we come to standing side angle pose will open up your side body and intercostal muscles allowing you to breathe in a more relaxed way. Our balancing pose, tree pose, will allow you to relax into the present moment. Knee down twist will release tension from your spine, back and organs, adding to the overall relaxation of this class. In savasana I will read you a relaxing poem by Mary Oliver called Breakage.
You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions will be given for even the most basic poses and how to breathe. You will be given lots of cues of how to pay attention to your body and where to feel the effects of the yoga poses. You do not have to be athletic, flexible, strong, balanced, skinny or coordinated to do this class. The slow, step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to let go of your self-judgment and stay focused with commitment and motivation.
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