In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Stephanie Snyder explains that with all the external stimulus going on around us, most of us can benefit from coming towards center (or the midline). When we’re able to do that, we are much more productive in a way that feels more stable.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Stephanie Snyder explains that the root chakra is a place where we like to store unresolved issues. So when we practice yoga, we give that energy, whatever has been stored there, a pathway for release. And what’s so great is that we don’t have to analyze our “issues”, we don’t have to dig deep into our history. Just do the practice and the release will come.
In this Pose of the Week, Stephanie Snyder demonstrates Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend or Upavistha Konasana. Take both legs out so they are in a wide V and then come forward and down. You can stay where you are or you can grab the outer edges of the feet and bring the front of the spine all the way to the floor and then the forehead to the floor. Keep your toes pointing upwards. To come out, walk your hands back, grab the inside of one knee to draw the foot in and then the other.
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.