Effort without Strain

Ashleigh Sergeant
HathaModerate-21 hr, 24 mins

In this slow and steady 90-minute class for intermediate students, you will encounter your edges with grace and ease, not with strain and force.

Spend the first ten minutes on the floor, teasing open the lower back, sacrum, and side body with twists. Then, we’ll move into prop-supported lunges, standing poses, and folds to stimulate the lengthening of the spine and the opening of the chest and shoulders in preparation for deep backbends.

Feel the body flood with prana as we practice a sequence of full dancer pose (natarajasana) variations before entering into the full standing expression of the pose. After generating intensity, we’ll wind down the practice with seated hip twists that unravel the spine. Bathe in a luxurious, 20-minute savasana before closing our practice with a short grounding meditation.

Props: A blanket (or towel), bolster, strap, block, and a chair (optional)