This short 10 minute beginner yoga to increase flexibility will focus on releasing stiffness in your neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, hips and legs. It is a wrist free, inversion free, and prop free class. When we are flexible in our bodies we are flexible in our minds, our emotions can move freely through us. We are not rigid with our thoughts, we can find new solutions to problems.
We begin our class with knee to chest pose combined with a neck release to release our low back. In lunge pose we create a flow to release not only our hip flexors, but also your hamstrings and back muscles. When we come up to standing we move in a flow from tadasana to release your neck, shoulders and upper back. I offer a wrist-free backbend to open your chest, strengthen your back and release your neck. We finish in savasana with a Mary Oliver poem.
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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