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    Ardha Matsyendrasana: "Half Spine-Twisting Pose"

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Benefits:

    Spine twisting, in any method, and in any sequence, is highly detoxifying. We place the spine in a position so as to “rinse” the internal organs, the intervertebral discs, and the spinal column fluid from any impurities. The energy of twists help to neutralize the spine’s alignment from any remaining energy of back-bending and/or forward-bending postures.

     

    Technique:

    Begin by sitting on your mat. Fold your left knee in front of you so that your left knee lines up with your navel. Your left foot is to the outside of your right hip.

    Place your right foot to the outside of your left, folded knee. Your right knee should point straight to the ceiling. Square your hips in this position. If you cannot square both hips on the mat, then unfold your left leg and keep it straight.

    Stretch your left arm up to the ceiling and begin to twist your body to the right, so that your left arm hooks outside the right knee and thigh. Grab your left knee with your left hand, so that the left knee, right foot, and left hand are all touching. Your right arm and hand can come to the floor behind you so that you can use this arm like a kickstand. Press your right hand/palm into the ground to help you stretch up through the spine and you twist further and further. Do not sink into your lower back! It is very important you maintain an erect and upright posture while twisting.

     

    The Goods:

    Spine twisting increases the blood flow to our spinal column as well as all other internal organs. Think of the wringing of a sponge and you’ll understand exactly how this posture works! As we release toxins and static energy from the spine and internal organs, we “reset” the energy of our central nervous system, allowing for our bodies to begin “anew.” As this is the final posture of the hot yoga sequence, it is important to finish with an energized, yet neutral tone to our bodies, minds, and spirits. 

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    Janushirasana and Paschimottanasana:

    “Head to Knee Pose with Stretching”

    Benefits:

    This posture begins the closing sequence of our yoga class. Here, we further calm the body by forward folding. First, we stretch each leg, individually. Then, we stretch both legs together. Lengthening the hamstrings and folding the spine forward over the legs promotes a calm in the body and helps foster the feeling and frame of mind needed for our final relaxation at the end of class. Hamstrings are notoriously stiff and tension filled, so it is important to breathe deeply in these final stretches to allow the body to flush the tension out with fresh oxygen.

     

    Technique:

    Begin by sitting on your mat. Stretch your right leg out at a diagonal toward the top corner of your mat. Fold your opposite leg in so that the sole of that foot is pressed right up against your right leg inner thigh. Your legs should make a right angle at the hips. Stretch both arms up to the ceiling and interlace all ten fingers. Twist your body to the right and fold over your right stretched leg. Hook your grip around the sole of your right foot, flexing that foot back so the back of your right leg begins to stretch. Round your spine so your forehead touches your knee. Hold and breathe for ten seconds.

    Repeat on the other side.

    To begin Paschimottanasana, stretch both legs out straight in front of you. Squeeze them together as if you have one leg. Flex all ten toes back to your face. Lengthen your spine up to the ceiling and begin to fold at the hips. Reach your arms out to your feet and grab your big toes with your middle and index fingers. Use your grip to pull your toes back, helping to stretch your hamstrings. Keep sending your chest forward as you fold your body over your legs. Breathe deeply.

     

    The Goods:

    As stated above, these “closing” postures help foster a feeling of calm throughout the body, preparing us for final relaxation. When we stretch the hamstrings, we naturally release tension from the legs, which are considered to be the “roots of the nervous system.” This, in turn, helps to free the pelvis from tension, which is considered to be the “seat of the spine.” Now we are ready to neutralize and relax the spine, in our attempt to prepare the body, in entirety, for final relaxation. 

    To the HotYoga4You RVC Community

    Last updated 2 months ago

    To the HotYoga4You RVC Community,

    I’d like to thank Yolanda for this incredible opportunity and for trusting me with the responsibilities of managing our beloved yoga studio. As General Manager, I fully intend to uphold the dedication and commitment to serving our ever-expanding yoga community, as we have come to expect from this very successful and long-standing hot yoga studio. I can’t express enough how much I admire her bold shift to transition away from the Bikram brand,which has become synonymous with sexual abuse (www.wedonotsupportbrikram.com). 

    To be a trailblazer is not an easy fate, but one that Yolanda has been able to execute with unparalleled grace. Also, I’d like to extend my sincerest enthusiasm and heartfelt gratitude to the staff of HY4Y RVC and to our students, for welcoming me into my new role with such encouraging words of support. I look forward to this next chapter with unbounded excitement and privilege!

    Love,
    Tommy

     

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