In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder demonstrates Side-Reclining Leg Lift or Anantasana. Start by lying on your right side and get the body as straight as possible. Bring your right hand to the side of the face and then lift your left leg as high as you can. Reach up and grab your left big toe with your left fingers and balance.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder demonstrates Visvamitra’s Pose or Visvamitrasana. Starting from Warrior II, bring the left shoulder under the left knee and bring the left hand outside of the left foot. Make sure that your right foot is firmly planted and then rock the weight back and see if you can float your left foot. If that goes well, grab your left foot with your right hand and open up.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga class, Stephanie Snyder reminds us to really stay in the moment for the sake of joy. Often times we are not in the moment because we are thinking about what’s to come or we are making plans or we are thinking about what happened in the past. She explains that unless we can really drop into the moment, then there is no joy because joy is now, joy is in the moment. It’s not in the future and it’s not in the past.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder demonstrates Goddess Pose or Utkata Konasana. Start by taking your feet nice and wide and then turn the feet out. You externally rotate from the inner groin, roll the inner groin towards the outer hip and bend the knees. Bring your knees right over your heels and go as low as you can. Press the thigh bones back toward the back body and the sit bones forward towards the front body.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder walks us through Scale Pose or Tolasana. The best way to start is to press your hands into the floor, draw the belly back and lift your crossed legs. Over time when Lotus Pose becomes accessible, come into Full Lotus, press the hands down, draw the belly back and lift as high as you can.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder walks us through the Low Lunge or Anjaneyasana. Step your right foot forward, keeping your left knee on the floor and keep your thigh bones hip distance apart. Tuck the back toes under or untuck the back toes. Let the hips come forward and reach your arms up.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Stephanie Snyder reminds us that what we’re really interested in when we talk about opening the heart is that the witness sits in the seat of the heart. The part of us that has clear perception resides there, and when we are able to access this part of us we are able to encourage behavior that’s in line with our highest good.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder demonstrates Eagle Pose or Garudhasana. Start by bending your knees. Then take your right knee over your left, squeeze the inner thighs together and sit down. Bring the arms forward, cross the wrists and press the hands into each other.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Stephanie Snyder reminds us to be present, moment to moment. If we spend all of our mental energy in the future, then days will just pass us by without even realizing it. If we can be in the moment then we have the opportunity to see things as they actually are (correct perception) and from that place we’re able to make decisions that uplift us and uplift everyone around us.