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Level 1
60 min

Hip to the Groove

Restorative | By Felicia Tomasko on May 11 2012
Our hips are the area of the body where we're often sweeping things under the our virtual rug. When we dive into this part of ourselves with compassion, we can use the pose and our breath to metaphorically plow the blizzard of tension off of the roads of the body. This class begins with a long seated sequence unraveling the side body and the hips before moving into a long juicy seated forward fold, a compassionate dragon pigeon sequence and then a savasana allowing us to drop into the support of the earth. This practice deeply nourishes us and allows us to fully embody our intention for our practice.

Description

Our hips are the area of the body where we're often sweeping things under the our virtual rug. When we dive into this part of ourselves with compassion, we can use the pose and our breath to metaphorically plow the blizzard of tension off of the roads of the body. This class begins with a long seated sequence unraveling the side body and the hips before moving into a long juicy seated forward fold, a compassionate dragon pigeon sequence and then a savasana allowing us to drop into the support of the earth. This practice deeply nourishes us and allows us to fully embody our intention for our practice.

Comments

  • Sue Evans     Oct 27th, 2013
    I find it difficult to offer myself compassion. This practice has been a blessing to both my ability to offer myself compassion and to my hips! Thank you so much.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Oct 27th, 2013
      Dear Sue, sometimes the most challenging person to offer compassion to is ourselves! I'm happy to hear that this practice was meaningful both in terms of cultivating compassion as well as helpling to create more ease in your hips. Enjoy the after effects of this class and remember to practice compassion with yourself throughout the day. Many Blessings, Felicia
  • Vanessa Preville     Oct 12th, 2013
    Wonderful class! After sitting all week that was just what I needed :-)
    • Felicia Tomasko     Oct 12th, 2013
      Dear Vanessa, we definitely need cross-training for our everyday life, including what we do at work (sit). I'm glad you found this practice meaningful and helped to to reset your body at the end of a long week! Continue to enjoy! Namaste, Felicia
  • maren marks     Sep 22nd, 2013
    Felicia,

    I am bowing to you Goddess - thank you for your deep inquiry and generosity.

    Question - In dragon pose I got pain around my tailbone. Any ideas on how to take the pain away? I did allow myself to return to palms after moving down to forearms. That helped. But what is weird is normally it would feel better for me to go down to forearms - to get deeper.

    I appreciated your tenacity in encouraging compassion, so interesting how constant that reminder needs to be when it applies to myself.

    Thanks again.

    Yours,
    Maren
    • Felicia Tomasko     Sep 23rd, 2013
      Dear Maren, Thank you for your kind note and for the acknowledgement of the journey of compassion.

      In terms of your question, as a yoga teacher, I cannot give medical advice and we recommend and feel it is important that you consult your doctor to address any specific medical needs. In my experience and from the perspective of practicing yoga, here's what I would suggest you try in terms of the sensation you feel around your tailbone. First, pay close attention to your abdominal muscles and while you are in the pose, instead of thinking about sinking as deeply in as you possibly can, think about the integrity of pulling up on the transverse abdominus and the deepest of the abdominal muscles for structural support around the tailbone. See how that feels and let me know. With best wishes, Felicia
  • Yesenia Marks     Jul 6th, 2013
    Thank you for this...my hips have been such a source of sadness for my running and this lovely class has helped me give them love. My heart goes out to you.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jul 6th, 2013
      Dear Yesenia, Sorry to hear about the sadness in your hips, but I'm glad you found the love in the hips through this practice. My heart reaches out to you as well. Many blessings, Felicia
  • Sarah Hammond     Jun 11th, 2013
    I was in such a terrible place when I came to this practice today. I had no idea how alone and disconnected I really was feeling. THANK YOU so much for this practice and the reminder that we are always supported and surrounded by love. Every practice with you is a blessing, but today was truly spiritual for me. Thank you so much for spreading you light.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Sarah, I'm sorry to hear about how you felt when you began this practice, but delighted that this practice helped you remember that it is true that we are never alone. We are deeply connected with each other, with ourselves, with the Earth, in meaningful ways. I'm honored by your note and I feel the blessing of being able to share this practice. It's great to hear about the deeply spiritual experience your practice allowed you to have. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt note. With love, Felicia
  • Elizabeth Ward     Nov 19th, 2012
    My first class with Felicia and i love love love your style of teaching! So cool to think that I'm doing you class from California in the English countryside! Thank you...Namaste.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Elizabeth, love that we are connected across continents. I'm
      Glad to hear that you've enjoyed your first class with me and I hope you've had the opportunity to experience many more. Blessings! Felicia
  • sherry carbeck     Sep 27th, 2012
    YUM!! Thanks!
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Shery, I'll take Yum!! as a compliment. Thanks for taking the class & for your sweet note. Namaste, Felicia
  • Maria Benson     Jul 29th, 2012
    I was destroyed by yard work a couple days ago and this class felt so good! Thanks for helping me open up!
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Maria, I'm glad to hear that this class helped you recover from your yard work. Thanks for sharing this practice with us here at Yogaglo. Namaste, Felicia
  • Brona Malone     Jul 19th, 2012
    Ah Felicia - this was the first love/hate moment I experienced in our virtual relationship together! ha ha - dragon indeed! great class - thank you!
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Brona, ah! I know those love/hate moments well. I'm glad to hear that it took some time for you to have your first of those moments. I know how you feel about dragon pose!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the class. Namaste, Felicia
  • Melanie Zerr     Jul 4th, 2012
    I enjoyed this class very much. Thank you for reminding us that it doesn't matter what the pose is supposed to look like, we need to be compassionate towards ourselves and make the pose what we need. This was just what I needed today.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Melanie, I'm glad you found the reminders for compassionate practice to be meaningful. We need to remember that the important part of the pose is not how it looks but how it feels. I'm glad to hear that you found what you needed here. Namaste, Felicia
  • Julie Skinner     Jun 7th, 2012
    Wonderful, thank you. I find restorative yoga really suits my body these days, (started with ashtanga vinyasa) - nearing the big 50 with 6 months left of a 3 year yoga teacher training! With your permission, I would love to adapt this class for students I teach, crediting you of course. Namaste.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Julie, I hope you've used this class in whole or in parts often!! We all bottle from each other and it is a way to share the joys and benefits of this practice. Hope you're having a happy birthday year and enjoying all of the opportunities to dive into the great varieties of this practice. Enjoy the relationship with your body! Namaste, Felicia
  • Jane M     May 12th, 2012
    The breath really is everything. Your imagery was very useful in reminding me of how it can help me do the poses (as well as the props, of course) Thanks always.Definitely a favorite!
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Jane, I agree! The breath is everything and the more we remember this, the better we are!! I'm glad to hear you found the imagery here helpful in your practice. Thank you for taking the class and for your note! Namaste, Felicia
  • Elena Donhoff     May 12th, 2012
    wow, I really liked that class. thank you. I am a yoga teacher in my early 40's and used to do vinyasa flow/power yoga classes - but have now discovered the joy of yin and restorative, quieter practices. recently had my fourth baby, so this is just what I need. funny how things/needs/habits can change. I also use blocks and props, before that was a no-no, Ifelt I have to do without or I am not good enough. so what you said about allowing yourself to be supported was great.
    anyway, I love your classes Felicia, the music and your words are uplifting and inspiring.
    live in Stockholm - far away - but will continue to do many more of your classes.
    • Felicia Tomasko     Jun 11th, 2013
      Dear Elena, I'm happy to be connected from California to Stockholm! And I'm happy to hear that you've allowed yourself to be supported and to have varied experience of the practice...I love a good vinyasa flow class but also find that I also need cross-training with yin and restorative practices. Enjoy and thanks for writing. Namaste, Felicia
  • sophie Murphy     May 11th, 2012
    so so lovely!! thank you your classes are a joy!..i was wondering though..do you have any advice for someone who is veeeery very flexible, when doing a forward fold...i can't feel a thing, i just fall into them and i'm not sure how to approach them...should i relax my legs? my head? should i tense anything?? i have a very persistent blockage in the upper back between the shoulder blades that i am sure a forward fold would help with....

    also is there any ayurveda information sources or books that you would recommend..i would love to know more!!..

    thanks! sophie
    x
  • Mia Mironov     May 11th, 2012
    Thank you!:)namaste
  • Birgit Maris     May 11th, 2012
    Felicia, you are therapy. Such a wonderful session that was. The hour flew by. I especially appreciated your reminder about support.