Each yoga student has a personal reason for coming to my yoga class. It varies from: stretching, releasing the tension, exploring their inner landscape, balancing, decreasing stress, feeling joyful, moving with breath, being a part of the yoga community, or simply sitting with their hoodies on in stillness alone, but being seen and noticed by your teacher, even from the distance. Based on the feedback I obtained from my many classes (drop-in, or registered), here come 5 Favorite Asana from 2019 Yoga Classes that will make it worth to come to the studio, no matter the weather condition outside.
1) MIGHTY SAVASANA – CORPSE POSE
SAVASANA is like a cherry on the top of the cake. You must work intensively to get to a state where you feel like you are in heaven. Although it looks easy, lying on your back in the motionless pose – Savasana (Corpse Pose) has been called the most difficult of the asanas. Indeed, many yoga students who can happily balance, bend, and twist through the rest of the class struggle with just lying on the floor. The reason is that the art of relaxation is harder than it looks. It doesn’t happen on demand. It is an art of surrounding and you need to work out on many levels of your field to allow yourself to feel “Bliss of Yoga”
2) CHAIR FLOW
In our class, we flow with body and breath and then we simply hold Chair Pose. It works the muscles of the arms and legs, but it also stimulates the diaphragm and heart. Synchronizing our flow with a breath always activates a warming fire element in a human body; it is felt around the class. Everyone is fully awake by the end of a chair flow.
Drop in Winter 2020 classes starts on Jan. 3th!
3) CAMEL – ANTI -DEPRESSION YOGA PILL
Beginners very often aren’t able to touch their hands to their feet without straining their back or neck. First, try to turn your toes under and elevate your heels. If this doesn’t work, the next thing to do is to rest each hand on a block. Position the blocks just outside each heel, and stand them at their highest height (usually about 9 inches).
Physical benefits: stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen chest, and throat. It also stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas), back muscles, improves posture and stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck
4) GODDESS POSE – CONNECTED TO YOUR INNER FEMALE ENERGY
Utkata konasana (oot-KAH-tuh cone-AHS-uh-nuh), also known as the goddess pose or fiery angle pose, is a pose to help you harness the forces of the universe while stretching and toning your lower body. This pose helps each of us connect to our inherent inner goddess, finding a common space with this powerful feminine energy.
As you practice utkata konasana, be conscious of the feminine energy at work. This energy empowerment will be felt throughout your daily life, both as a part of this pose, and also in your alignment of feelings, practices, and mantras everywhere you go.
Physical Benefits: Stretches your hips, groin, and chest. Tones and strengthens the core muscles. Strengthens the quadriceps and inner thigh muscles. Heats the body and increases circulation.
Energetic Benefits: Encourages downward energy (apana). Activates root and sacral chakra.
5) SHOULDERS OPENING WITH A BELT
This is our Anti-Slouch Yoga Strap Trick. Everyone loves this! This genius strap get-up comes from the Iyengar lineage, my yoga Alma Mater, and I am so grateful for their wisdom. This is one of the best ways to keep your spine supported while opening up the pecs and shoulders. We help each other with good belt alignments and benefits are felt immediately. We spent about 15 minutes in a “belt vest” ( I don’t know what this means…) which in our breathing exercising and more. A side effect of this asana is feeling like having a royalty posture. Carrying your body with majestic awareness, thanks to Yoga.
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Please share with us, thanks. See you in the next year in the class, smile!
~Veronika Prielozna, RYT500