Wild Lotus Video
Wild Lotus

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Wild Lotus

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In this hip-opening workshop with Chris Chavez, we will establish the tools necessary to cultivate deep long-lasting roots that will allow your lotus to blossom fully and safely for years to come. We will navigate the resilience of the lotus flower as we experiment with a few key postures and sequences. Hip-openers are extremely grounding and will cultivate a sense of ease and fluidity in your body and mind while adding balance to your practice!

Contraindications: Always work to the stage or level that is most appropriate for you. Handstand and handstand preparation can be done against a wall if you do not have a partner. Inversions should not be done if you are pregnant, are menstruating, have high blood pressure, have any shoulder or spinal injuries, have eye issues or are recovering from an illness or injury.

Live Music by Shamans Dream - Craig Kohland & Rara Avis + guests


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BostonJulia, posted on January 21, 2015

As a teacher I so appreciate the clear description of knee mechanics and how to align & act (actions) accordingly in standing poses, piegon and, of course, lotus. My one question for Chris is: I've heard anatomy experts like Leslie Kaminoff say that there is enough variation in the hip joint (eg longer or shorter femur heads, variations in socket size or shape) that some people's structures will never get into full lotus no matter how well you are aligned, no matter how balances and accurate your actions. The thigh bone simply doesn't rotate any further because of an individual's structural limitations. Thoughts?

Redhotyogi, posted on May 13, 2013

I love the fact that Chris makes me laugh when I almost want to cry, like when holding those warriors at the beginning! Fantastic class

vagabondprincess, posted on March 22, 2013

Another wonderful class. I live in an isolated location, so these classes are a real lifeline. Hope to study with Chris in person some day. Thank you!!!

Natashakti, posted on March 12, 2013

I really really really like this class!!! Gratitude! Love from Key Biscayne Florida... <3 Natashakti

robynamzaleg, posted on February 26, 2013

so cool I can keep practising with you! Love this class! Much love from Vancouver! Robyn :-)

yogibari23, posted on February 18, 2013

@chrischavez Thank you so much for this wonderful encouragement and advice on how to get there. I will work on it and keep you updated! Thanks again! :)

chrischavez, posted on February 2, 2013

@yogibari23 SWEET! That is awesome!!! Are you ready for the next thing?! Getting your knees up your arms is the hardest part of going from the ground up, all the way to handstand in lotus.... the same power that you used to get up to kukuttasana, if you keep lifting through your kidneys, you can press all the way up!! The key is... DON'T STOP!!! The energy pushing down through your straight arms and up through your kidneys has to be explosive, so once you get the momentum, keep going!!!! Good luck and I am waiting for your next post - that you got it!!!! Love!!!

yogibari23, posted on February 1, 2013

Excellent workshop! Just realized I could do kukuttasana! Before this I was always practising it from a headstand. Today I just managed to slide my knees up on my arms for the first time in my life! :)))

chrischavez, posted on January 17, 2013

@Beccakat13 ahhhh the ever elusive handstand!! yeah... that fear is a bastard!:)) and yet, at the same time, we need it to keep us safe...

the tricky part about handstand is learning how to turn out if you are going over, once you got that down, there is not much to fear.... i learned how to do that on the grass with some friends... we would kick up and when we would just about start to go over we would turn to the side like doing a cartwheel...my friend would be behind me so that there was no way i could go over... over time you start to feel comfortable just going up, because you know what to do if you go too far:)) it's good if you have someone behind you or a wall in case you freeze or can't figure out the turn:)) also... practice kicking up to the wall without touching it... increase the distance so you start to rely less and less on the wall... NEVER go further than the distance of your leg's ability to reach the wall (i learned that the hard way!!)... this will start to build your strength to hold your center.... and most of all!! keep trying!!!!! every kick you take will move you towards your goal!! Balance!! (which may or may not be reflected through a pose:))))) love!!!!

chrischavez, posted on January 17, 2013

@IrinkaYoga thanks for watching and for the sweet comment!!!! I am glad you enjoyed it!! lots of love:)

chrischavez, posted on January 17, 2013

@vickilynb74 wow! it sounds cold out there!!!! Keep warm and keep practicing!!! Kick some handstands in the snow for me:))) love!!

chrischavez, posted on January 17, 2013

@malika hey love! great to hear from you!! see you over the weekend:)) love!

chrischavez, posted on January 17, 2013

@TamaraRae you are MOST welcome!!! thanks for watching!! lots of love:)

Beccakat13, posted on January 9, 2013

Great workshop! I love your sense of humor and feel blessed to get to take this class from Wanderlust. I have no problem with lotus pose, but it's the handstands that challenge me. After two years of practice, I still cannot get up on my own. Scared I guess! Thanks again :)

IrinkaYoga, posted on January 9, 2013

awesome, awesome class! feels safe to do all of this, great explanations!

vickilynb74, posted on January 8, 2013

Thanks from the Alaskan tundra! So grateful for this website; your class was really joyful!

malika, posted on January 8, 2013

Chris what a pleasure to watch you here. Love your smile and your energy. Thanks for sharing as I am in the other side of the world I still can practice with you. That's crazy, love this. Malika Lausanne Switzerland

TamaraRae, posted on January 7, 2013

loved this~ thank you again Chris for your beautiful energy~

chrischavez, posted on January 6, 2013

@montlake thanks for watching!! yes that move is challenging:)) the main reason why i started to teach half and full lotus jumps, is to make sure that the student can not use their hands to pull the foot in, this can tweak the knee if the hips are not open... it teaches the action rather than the result (if that makes sense?)... i don't remember if i covered it in the video, but you can even cross your ankle over the opposite knee like the number 4, and practice jumping like that.... it simply brings a sense of lightness and playfulness to the practice... keep trying it and let me know when you get it:)) love!

montlake, posted on January 6, 2013

Nice workshop for the hips! This is the second recent video with jumping into handstand from half lotus (something I have never seen until now). It is tough! I can't even almost do it!

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