Without the use of Photoshop or any digital manipulation, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee spends weeks converting her tiny Seoul studio into some of the most elaborate installations we’ve seen—for the sake of taking a single photograph.
Welcome to Summer! We’ll be celebrating the season in class this week. We each respond differently to the heat, which is something we’ll be exploring in our practice this week. For some of us (especially hot yoga lovers) the warmth is energizing and the perfect time to explore stronger postures and work up a cleansing sweat. For others, a more cooling restorative or yin style practice feels more balancing. Many practitioners find they need less ‘warm ups’ since your body is already warm when you arrive on the mat, for stiffer practitioners it can be a great time to work on deeper openings, more flexible yogis may have to be mindful not too overstretch.
Summer is often a hectic season socially and your yoga practice can be breathing space and time to turn inwards - or a continuation of the atmosphere of celebration, we’ll be including some detoxifying twists to give the body a helping hand if you’ve overindulged. It’s always a good idea to stay well hydrated, but especially if the weather is hot, or you are focusing on cleansing practices make sure to stay hydrated through the whole day.
We’ll use playful exploration in class to hone your own Summer practice, short sequences you could practice at home, on holidays or on the beach. Cooling Pranayama techniques, grounding and centering meditation and some soothing sequences to promote better sleep on hot nights.
This week we’re focusing on hips! We’ll be working on pelvic stability as well as flexibility, exploring internal and external rotation and flowing all the way from the floor up into the air.
Have a great week Yogis!
'Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom'
‘Walk as though you are kissing the Earth with your feet’
Thich Nhat Hanh
We’ll be celebrating gratitude this week. Gratitude for this amazing practice that allows us to be our own ‘charming gardeners’ and bloom to our fullest potential and experience the fullness of each moment.
You may choose to dedicate your practice to someone in your life you are grateful for and afterwards thank them personally as well as energetically.
We’ll be practicing with gratitude and acceptance for our own bodies and that we have the time and energy to step onto the mat, making the most of every moment.
This week our theme is Muladhara, the base chakra. it is located at the base of the spine, at the coccygeal plexus. Hormonally it corresponds to the adrenal glands- our fight or flight response.
Muladhara’s element is earth and it relates to survival- emotionally this relates to feeling stable, grounded, physically healthy, prosperous and trusting. Take special care of Muladhara chakra when moving house or travelling, or when you have a had a shock.
When Muladhara is overly active we may feel sluggishness, stuck in an emotional rut or drawn to hoarding, materialism and greed.
Deficient characteristics include feeling disconnected from our bodies, fearful, undisciplined, restless, underweight and spaced out.
Physically, when this chakra is out of balance, we may experience issues with bones, legs, feet and skin. We may have trouble regulating adrenal function and dealing with stress, with flow on disruption of digestion and sleeping patterns. Read more about Muladhara and the chakras here
In class this week we’ll focus on practicing with calm strength and groundedness, focusing on standing postures and asana and pranayama that strengthens the pelvic floor. We’ll then explore that sense of stability in inversions and backbends- seeing if we can feel just as grounded when less of us is touching the floor.
Our theme this week is prana, we’ll be exploring the flow of energy through our bodies as a way to find alignment from within. This works on an emotional as well as physical level, yoga is amazing at illuminating areas of tension or blockage in our bodies and minds and giving us the space and tools to gradually free up that energy.
I went to some fantastic classes at Yogafest this weekend! The sessions with Telford focused on tuning into pranamaya kosha (the energetic layer of awareness) and finding your alignment in each posture by tuning into the flow of breath and energy.
This week we’ll be working with a mix of restorative style practice where we hold the postures longer to give us time to tune into the subtle layers of awareness and energizing flowing vinyasas get us moving on all levels.
Have a great week Yogis!
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