Category Archives: Upper Body Strength

Smoothing out the shoulders. Wed 7pm Yum Yum Hatha 132

Pranayama: over noodles

Fingers in the sand shoulder openers, cat rolls, thread the needle, Vajrasana chest opener. 1/4 dog on blocks, anahatasana.  To the wall with Doug Keller work, stretching it out with eagle arms and shoulder openers on the wall, waterfall on the wall to slide down to the floor.  Twists and folds, aromatherapy, Savasana

Aromatherapy tonight will be Vata/Pitta Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Flying into March with Crow balance. 745pm LFF Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha

Cat rolls, hip circles to open up the hips. Sun Salutation with swan to downward dog alternating moves, raised runner with prayer twist, 1/2 hanumanasana, vinyasa to wide leg forward fold to Skanda. Dolphin with dolphin planks with leg raises, walking in to get feeling of forearm balance.  Downward dog, hop forward to crow balance position repeat then move into crow balance, hop back to plank ?? Hop feet outside hands for firefly, malasana. Squat using 2 blocks then Tolasana hand balance, toe stretch and toe balance.  twist and folds to round out the class.

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

Mudras with the flow. Mon 530 Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Box breath, shining skull with holds

Cat rolls, 1/2 tortoise rolls with twist, easy seat with forward fold and twist, toe stretch with flowing mudras, 10 churnings, warm up gentle flow to balance with dancing Shiva. Cat bows,to standing strength flow with mudras, forward fold to extended leg squat, basic hand balance, L-Seat fold to hip side stretch, reclined free seat. Aromatherapy and Savasana

Aromatherapy tonight is Relaxing Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Good Morning Yogi’s Thurs 6am

Covering for Heather while she is in Hawaii well today she is traveling.

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, slow shining skull

Cat stretches, toe stretches with arm movements to really open the feet, opposite arm and leg balance. Sun Salutations with dolphin planks added in for upper body strength. Standing posture flow. Adding strength moves for the back with locust and cobra, twists and forward folds to prepare for the day.

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

Shoulders ~ Strength and stretch. Mon 530 Shanti Vinyasa

Too much we allow the world to churn us and our shoulders take much of the stress. Tonight we will open the shoulders as well as strengthen them with the use of flex bands to help us find the smaller, deeper muscles.

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha 

Warm up of cat rolls, thread the needle, chest expansion and side bending.  To the wall for Doug Keller work on the shoulders.  This is some of the best awareness work as well as being very strengthening and yet easy to remember.  Do this before class if you come early.  From here we will bring out the flex bands and now the harder work starts.  Down to the floor to feel the strength of these newly aware muscles with Dolphin plank, regular plank and perhaps side plank.  Using the strap to unwind and stretch the muscles with some Eric Shiffman shoulder openers.  Dandasana chest expansion, kneeling reverse hands.  Aromatherapy, Savasana

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

Strength and Balance in the shoulders. Fri 1115 LFF Sem

Pranayama: easy seat Dirgha with arm movements

1/4 dog with block, thread the needle increasing the stretch by moving the forearm closer to the knee, elbows on blocks and lower heart to floor anahatasana, rabbit, cat with lifting the knees and round the back. Table of torture, Doug Keller work, holding a block shoulder alignment, goddess with eagle arms, chair with prayer twist, reed. Downward dog to Cat bows, dolphin to dolphin plank add leg lift if want more work, forearm plank with thread the needle. Face down shoulder stretch.  Cobra with hands clasped behind back. Natural seat with chest expansion, eagle arms, trap squeeze.  Aromatherapy fingers in the sand Savasana

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

Flowing with strength~~upper body and legs. Mon 530 Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana, Analoma Viloma

Standing, to chair, forward salute, forward fold, jumping or stepping back to Downward Facing Dog.  Bringing back the cat bows for a few weeks so cat bows 1 & 2.  Swan to 3 legged dog.  Working with a “T” mat to make the standing postures a beautiful flow.  Wide leg forward fold with a sway, forward salute, triangle, side angle, triangle, warrior 2, side warrior, 1/4 turn to raised runner, warrior 1, raised runner to 1/2 moon, warrior 1, raised runner, walk back to wide leg forward fold and we do it again on the other side.  Toe balance, cat, downward dog, standing. 

To the floor to strengthen the back to my favorite Cobra1/boat flow to flowing cobra flow.  L seat to bridge to happy baby, hip side stretch.  Aromatherapy, Savasana

Aromatherapy tonight is Ananda Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

Strength, balance and a beautiful back. Mon 530 Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana, Anuloma Viloma

Right into flows with cat bows, 3 legged dog (extended mountain) to swan, back to cat bows but adding on for extended cat bows. Balance with raised standing to warm up the feet and legs, tree, extended tree, half stance. Strengthening flows for the back, flowing cobra to locust. Tortoise bow and arch, easy seat, Janu Sirsasana to Tarasana, aromaterapy to savasana.

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

Finding the shoulders and upper back. Tues 745 LFF Seminole

Pranayama: easy seat with arm movements to Dirgha breath

1/4 dog using block, giving the ol traps a squeeze, thread the needle, anahatasna, rabbit Sasangasana, cat with knee lift, table of torture, Doug Keller work for the shoulders, Wanda’s block work, goddess with eagle arms. Moving through some shoulder openers using the strap to assist the stretch. Being ever mindful of the high mobility of the shoulder but also the instability of the shoulder.  Aromatherapy & Savasana to integrate it all.

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