There's an art to relaxing, and you'll start by simply experiencing what it feels like to unplug. Allow gentle movement and breathwork to help you transition into a more tranquil space before dropping into slow, long holds in double pigeon and a hamstring stretch. While a strap is the only prop you'll need, you're encouraged to use anything else that will help you feel cozy. Props Needed: A strap. Props Suggested: A bolster, two blocks and a blanket.
Give soothing attention to your chest, upper back, shoulders and neck. Let the busyness of the day fall away as you massage your temples, then begin to slowly open your shoulders with your strap. The area under the shoulder blades is often quite tense, so you'll work on opening this area up with prone shoulder stretches and relaxing twists, then enjoy the newfound spaciousness during a long savasana. Props Needed: A strap. Props Suggested: A bolster and a blanket.
Twist away any stress you've been carrying with you throughout the day. This class will guide you through a series of supported twists to create ease of movement in your spinal column while opening your hips, side body and chest. You'll end with a deep quad stretch and cat's tail, supported by your strap if needed. There'll be some sweet self-massage moments and a nice long savasana to round things off. Props Suggested: A strap, a block and a blanket.
Your breath is one of the best tools you have to counteract stress. This class will gently open up your chest to make room for deeper breathing. You'll melt your shoulders with a few openers then get deep into your deltoids and pecs with sphinx and supine side body stretches, sprinkling in self-massage along the way. Today's practice ends in supported supta baddha konasana for a deeply restorative hip-opening bonus. Props Needed: A strap and a bolster. Props Suggested: Two blocks.
Stress and overwhelm cause our body to constrict, and many of us hold this tension in our hips. Today's class will focus on encouraging a deep release throughout the hips and inner thighs, which can have a surprisingly pacifying effect. Practice slow, deep breathing in seated straddle splits and gomukhasana, supported as needed by your props. You'll wind things down with your coziest savasana and a blissful happy baby, as all your stress melts away. Props Suggested: A bolster, two blocks and a blanket.
Now that you've mastered the art of relaxation, it's time to really indulge. Allow your breathing to dissolve the day's stress, then sink into long holds of supported child's pose and big side body stretches. Your final practice includes a special reward: an extra long savasana with a dreamy guided body scan. Settle in, you deserve it! Props Needed: A blanket and a bolster. Props Suggested: A block and a strap.
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