Category Archives: Heart Openers

Opening the heart for the New Year. Tues 745pm

Opening the heart with spinal flows and backbends.

Warm up of a Sun Salutation variation adding in some leg stretches and shoulder stretches.  Cobra  rolls, boat, bow with stretched bow, raised cobra, swan bows and a twist, wide leg forward fold

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Opening the heart with Back Bending postures. Tues 745 LFF Seminole

Opening the heart with back bending postures tonight.  Pranayama over 2 blocks to start the movements and open heart with breath.

Moving into warm ups with cat rolls, thread the needle, child, chest expansion.  Facedown shoulder openers.  Cobra rolls, toe stretch with shoulder openers. Sun Salutations into deeper cobra work.  Prone alternate arm & leg moving into bow or half bow.  Camel, bridge rolls,  to full wheel, plow with block under sacrum.  Happy baby and a twist or two before aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Relaxing Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

Opening the heart before the Holidays begin. Tues 745pm

Finding the smoothness of the breath with Sahaja, Dirga.

Starting in Cat with some cat circles, into cat rolls, donkey kicks to Downward Facing Dog.   Opening up the hips and leg muscles with low lunge moving to gate variation, cowface pose, Downward Facing Dog to Lizard.  Onward to a pigeon series adding in a strap on the back foot to open the front body.  Downward Dog, plank to cobra and cobra rolls.   Camel, child, roll to standing for balance.  Tree, Goddess to up on toes to knee to chest balance. 

Standing strength as a flow no long holds tonight. Triangle, 1/2 moon, warrior 2, side warrior, triangle, wide leg forward fold.  Warrior 1, pyramid, warrior 3, pyramid, revolved triangle, forward fold.  Other side yup we are going to fire up the tapas in one leg before moving to the other. no worries as we are not holding for long.

Squat to boat, staff,  fish twist, 4 square stretch or firelog. Aromatherapy, happy baby, knees to chest twist, rock the clock, Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow oils, thank you Susan.

Touching base with TrIyengar tonight. Mon 530

Pranayama:  Easy seat with seated breath of joy.

Moving through a Cindi Lee warm up with cat rolls, downward dog, thread the needle, arm circles and chest expansion before opening the feet with toe stretch.  Hindi squat to a temple twist.

Sun Salutations with the cobra work for the back before sharing the Iyengar option of the Tri Yoga Cat Bows  3 in 1 with a block.   Using the dowel for the side body backbending work to again expand the side body.

 Bridge rolls to body awareness by observing the hips to notice if there is one that is “wayward” as Karin calls it.  Usually everyone has 1 that is wayward.  We will discover how to recognize it and how to work with it to bring it more into balance.

Folds and twists before aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be a new Blend Pitta/Kapha from Yoga Flow Oils,thank you Susan

Opening the heart to the season. Tues 745pm Shanti Flow

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana

Rolling like a ball, roll back with twist, bridge rolls,  bridge to plow? with block if needed, apanasana, cat rolls, toe stretch with chest expansion. Sun Salute with wild thing and belly of the dragon, plank with added leg lift. Hindi squat, horse,balance with a twist, camel, locust, cobra flow. Vajrasana twist, janu Sirsanana with twisting open. Aromatherapy and savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Open Heart from Yoga Flow oils, thank you Susan.

Strong Back and Open Heart Mon 530pm Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Kapalabhati with short hold

Coming to standing and moving to the wall for a new awareness for Reed stretch really feeling the side body open as well as awareness on the hips and shoulders.

Most of tonight’s practice will be heart openers starting with cat rolls then moving onto cobra 1/boat, half locust, full locust, boat, sphinx, bridge rolls, reclined cobbler, hip side stretch. Aromatherapy then leg stretch to Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Kapha Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Opening the hips, while building strength. Friday 1115

Pranayama over 2 blocks this really helps to open the hips.

Wide feet supine twist, cobbler flow, kneeling table circles, fire hydrant with circles, donkey kicks. Toe stretch & toe balance, Lunges with 1/2 hanuman, crescent lunge to empty heart lunge.  Downward Dog to pigeon alternating sides. Swami series breath work.   Warrior 1 with strap behind, pyramid with strap, dancer with strap.   Gentle cobra, bow, camel series, vajrasana releases,  seated wide leg FF and twist.  aromatherapy and savasana.

Aromatherapy today will be Prana Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Peaceful flow Mon 530pm

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Shining Skull.

Opening with a water flow practice from TriYoga to open the body to deeper stretches at the end of class. Keeping with the water theme and flowing through gentle wave, cat bows then onto the back to open the hips leg lifts, leg stretch, reclined tree, hip side stretch, happy baby etc till we run out of time slow and sweet openings. Rolling up for aromatherapy and then the letting it all go in Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

TrIyengar my mix of TriYoga & Iyengar Yoga. Mon 530pm

Pranayama: Dirgha and Shining Skull breath.

Cat rolls, toe stretch with neck stretches, inversion and eversion for knee strength. Reverse table for the arms and Navasana flow for the core. Standing strength flow.  Adding in tonight the advanced version of cat rolls with extended cat which is with a leg lifted, this really brings stability and strength to the core. Karin Stephan’s back bending using a dowel to refine the movement before moving to the floor to open the back with gentle cobra flows.

Bridge rolls then supported bridge to release everything. Happy baby and hip side stretch.  Time to roll up for aromatherapy and Savasana.  WOW where does the time go. 😀

Aromatherapy tonight will be Dharma from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Full body massage with Yoga tonight. Tues 745pm

Tonight every body part will be massage with the gift of Yoga. From the tip of the head to the tip of the toes.

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana.  Adding in Rabbit stretch to open the mind.

Moving right into standing and movement. Warming up the shoulders with cat bows and for those that don’t like those and find them too easy we will have harder options for you…. no worries.  Moving down the body to the back, opening the front of the body while strengthening the back.  A few seated twists that also open the hips.  Then opening the feet with toe stretch and for those that want more advancing the move.   Aaah the hips, opening the hips with swan and sustaining the holds.  Happy baby and a nice long sustaining hold of hip side stretch. Reclined easy seat and reclined cobbler.  Time for aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Anxiety Ease from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan