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EXPLORE YOGA STUDIO
WEDNESDAY - 8AM & 7:15PM
YOGA AT THE WALL
FRIDAY - 6PM
2ND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH - 7:15PM
THURSDAY - 7:15PM
10 Ways to Use Yoga Blocks
There are a TON of ways to use Yoga Blocks. Bringing the floor closer to you, helping with passive stretching, fine tuning alignment, adding challenge to the class, myofascial release and many more. In this video, I'll share 10 of my favorites woven into a Flow style class. Grab two blocks and meet me on your mat!
Slow Flow | Hip Strength
We work a lot on stretching our hips in yoga and creating more flexibility and mobility in our hip joints, but did you know that many of the poses we do also work to sneakily strengthen the hips and create more stability? In this class we'll do many of the poses that work to create strong and healthy hips as well as sneak in some fun and challenging variations, stretches, balancing poses and even some fun core work. Enjoy!
Yoga for Lymphatic Nourishment
Here's a class to put on repeat right now. Yoga for Lymphatic Nourishment. Our lymphatic system plays an important role in our immune health and movement is a key component of keeping this system healthy and running smoothly. Unlike the arteries, the lymphatic system doesn't have it's own "pump" (the heart) to get the fluid moving, so it relies movement and changes in pressure in the body. This is a Slow Flow style class specifically designed to enhance the function of our lymphatic system by targeting areas of the body with the largest concentrations of lymph nodes with compression, lymphatic pumping and repetitive movements.
Yin | Lung Nourishment
Here's a 30 Minute Yin Style practice designed to nourish and create space for the lungs. Common postural habits that come along with working at a computer, holding a phone or even driving for long periods of time creates a posture that contributes to short and shallow breathing. When we don't breathe in deeply and effortlessly, feelings of anxiety, stress and fatigue can become a common occurrence. Try this short Yin Style practice where the holds are a little shorter than traditional yin and we've infused a few acupressure techniques and myofascial release to further enhance relaxation and reduce stress. For this class you'll need two blocks. Enjoy!
Yoga for Athletes | Cycling
Bike riders or "Cyclists" have a very specific posture and group of muscles that are primarily used when riding, and with that a tendency to have tightness, tension patterns and fatigue in those same areas. In this super duper slowed down yoga class, we'll go through some poses and movements that will help open the front of the body (countering the prolonged flexion in riding for any period of time) as well as giving some love and much needed stretching to some of the hard working muscles on the back of the body (hamstrings & glutes). You will need props for this class. So grab a blanket or bolster (or even a large beach towel), a yoga strap and a block or two and I'll see you on your mat. Enjoy!
Myofascial Release | Quadriceps
We have four (quad) quadricep muscles in our upper leg. They are the Rectus Femoris, Vastus Medialis, Vastus Lateralis & Vastus Intermedius. Their primary job is to extend the knee (the rectus femoris also helps to flex the hip). If you've been climbing lots of stairs, working out hard, doing some extra squats, leg extensions or maybe riding your bike more than you're used to, chances are you might be experiencing some soreness. That's where Myofascial Release comes in! Myofascial Release is an awesome tool to use both as a prehab exercise as well as rehab. Use the technique in this video before and after you tackle your next tough workout.* As a bonus, if you've been experiencing knee pain, the techniques in this video could also help to ease some of that. Try it out and let us know what you think. Enjoy! *If using myofascial release as a "prehab" exercise immediately prior to a sport/workout, make sure to do it for much less time than you would after. Studies show 30 seconds to a minute is all you would need to increase joint mobility with no negative effects on muscle performance. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4637917/)
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