Starting with the "Hard" Thing

Starting with the "Hard" Thing

Lorrie Blockhus
Teacher: 
Yoga Style: 
Hatha
Class Length: 
60 min
Student Level: 
Level 1+
Intensity: 
Mildly sweaty
Purpose: 
Awareness
Balance
Conditions: 
Flexibility
Props: 
Block
Keywords: 
tight hamstrings, after work, afternoon practice, runners
For many people hamstrings are tight. For others, balancing is difficult. And of course many people fall into both of those categories! After a little warm up with "Broken Toe" pose and some pedaling in Downward Facing Dog, you'll be trying the Extended Hand to Big Toe pose toward the beginning of your practice just to see how that goes for you - afterwards, the rest of the practice might seem like a piece of cake ;) You'll work some additional standing postures and transitions and then circle back to that same standing balance to observe how it feels different than the first round. Afterward, you'll release the legs, hips, and lower back and do a little more comparing with a Reclined Big Toe Pose, which looks suspiciously like a reclined Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose. This is an insightful practice that lengthens the hamstrings and can help you know from where your resistance really comes. You might like a block under the hands help you "play" with your alignment in various standing postures. Please start in a comfortable seated or reclined position for a centering breath awareness. We'll end with a guided full body relaxation in Savasana.
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