In the first module of this course, we learn how fostering an understanding of the Ayurvedic elements that give rise to both our bodies and the world at large can allow us to deepen our yoga practice.
In Module 2.2, Douglass walks us through the Yamas and Niyamas, which are the foundational outward and inward observances in yoga.
In Module 2.3, we learn how our breath relates to the physical postures in yoga and how to use this understanding to our advantage as practitioners.
In Module 2.4, Douglass shows how to develop our Drishti, or single-pointed focus in our yoga practice to cultivate embodied awareness in yoga postures.
In Module 2.5, Douglass teaches us how to recognize and navigate the delivate balance between efford and surrender in yoga.
In the final module of this course, we explore the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit that is integral to our deeper understanding of yoga’s role in our lives.
Flexibility allows us to experience greater range of motion and ease. Our movements become more fluid and movement and breath align. This practice focuses on the fluidity of breath and movement in Low Lunge, Ardha Matsyendrasana (seated twist) and Supported Paschimottanasana, melting straight into a Supported Savasana.
Simple but elegant describes this peaceful, slow flow that beautifully coordinates the breath and movement in a seated flow, Cat/Cow, and then in a gentle supine flow. Relaxing the body, generating greater inner awareness and finding joy in simplicity best decribes this yummy vinyasa flow.
Connecting breath to movement highlights this standing flow that begins with the foundational pose Mountain Pose or Tadasana. Uttanasana and side stretches are also included before a luxurious Savasana.
Each of the poses conspire against us to knock us off our center. Our aim is to return to center again and again, as efficiently as possible. In this practice for beginners, you’ll discover three different ways to practice Tree Pose and get relaxed about wobbling your way to balance and grace. The key is … Continued
Warrior poses demand endurance, confidence, and vigor. This practice begins gently and builds awareness in the legs and hips that directly affects the lower back. Learn a trick to feel your thighs “engage.” A few strong standing poses and a strengthening backbend challenge your flexibility and strength. Finally, build yourself a bolster for your knees to … Continued
This well-rounded practice for beginners gets you up on your feet while targeting the tight spots in the shoulders. The front of your body stretches when the muscles in the back engage. Try some heating postures to help warm up the arms and shoulders while creating the space and strength you need to prepare for more … Continued