Today we're bringing you another chair yoga flow, this time focusing on sun salutations. If, for whatever reason, doing the traditional Sun Salutation flow isn't working for you, then we recommend giving this version a try. It's also a great way to switch up your practice! Follow along with UB instructor Simiya Sudduth guides us through this gentle chair yoga flow.
The new year is fast approaching, and we figured it'd be a good time to bring you this video with a chanted meditation meant to cover past, present, and future karma. And even though this is traditionally used before starting the physical Kundalini Yoga practice, it could be a great addition to your meditation practice as well, even if you don't regularly practice Kundalini Yoga. It involves the chanting of one phrase three times, which instructor SiriAtma Kaur explains in more detail in the video.
Practing handstands, or want to get used to taking weight in your hands during inversions? Follow along with instructor Lindsey Borgna as she guides you through a Frog Jump drill. Move with your breath as you practice these: inhaling as you crouch down, exhaling as you press up into the jump.
Bhramari Breath, also known as Bumble Bee Breath, is a Pranayama (breath-work) technique that is great for when you're feeling overwhelmed and are in need of a simple way to tune out the noise and re-center yourself. Follow along with Constance in the video and give this technique a try.
Ready to give Bridge Pose a try? Grab a block (or a thick book) and follow along with instructor Katie Rodgerz as she demos the pose. Bridge Pose is a backbend that is great for energizing the body and lengthening the spine.
Chaturanga Dandasana is common in Vinyasa Yoga classes (and some Hatha Yoga classes), and is often presented as part of the "vinyasa" flow. But how often do we break it down as its own separate pose? Here instructor Katie Rodgerz walks us through Chaturanga using blocks to help guide us into the pose's shape.
Short on time? Classic Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskara in Sanskrit, is a great option for when you want to get moving in your body but don’t have enough time for a longer yoga practice. Follow along with @Lindsey Borgna’s demonstration as instructor @Tori Arnone verbally guides us through this sun salutation. This video shows various options for poses throughout the sequence, so we recommend having a couple blocks (or large books!) nearby in case you’d like to use them.
Are you comfortable with Crow Pose and want to give another variation a try? Here is Urban Breath instructor Katie Rodgerz with a guide to Side Crow! 🎉 Make sure to warm up your body first - be that through stretches, or perhaps after a yoga class.
Have you been wanting to practice arm balances but aren't sure where to start? Follow along with instructor Constance Steinkampas she guides us through Crow Pose. This pose is typically introduced as one of the first arm balances yoga students learn, but we think it's a great one to revisit whether you're new to yoga or a long-time practicer. Be sure to warm up your body (especially your wrists!) before giving this pose a try.
Anyone else feeling extra sleepy today? Our instructor Jackie Kinealy has got you covered with this video's pose. Legs Up the Wall is a great pose to cozy up in as you wind down from your day. Feel free to add as many props as you like to help you get comfortable - in this video we show you examples of how to incorporate a blanket and an eye pillow.
A Kriya in Kundalini Yoga can be thought of as an overall theme that uses a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome or goal. In this video instructor SiriAtma Kaurwalks us through Sat Kriya, which is meant to elevate the kundalini energy.
Yoga Rolling! Have you ever given it a try? In case you aren't familiar with it, Yoga Rolling combines yoga with the rolling of inflatable massage balls to integrate techniques that will relieve tension in the muscles of your body (and in the case of this specific video, the hips). We have instructor Kerstin Brune here to break down a few techniques for hip releases while Stacy demos.
Ready to fire up your energy on this chilly Monday? SiriAtma Kaur is here to demonstrate Kundalini Frogs, something many of you may have already experienced in one of her Kundalini classes. If you have a few extra minutes today, then consider tuning in to your body and breath and giving these Kundalini Frogs a try.
Join instructor Jackie Kinealy in learning another type of breath-work that we love: Breath of Joy! It doesn't matter how you look; just focus on the feeling of releasing tension and building energy. And have fun with it!
Are you brand new to Acro Yoga, or perhaps you've given it a try and want to learn more? Here instructor Amber Jacober guides Stacy Broussard as the flyer and Joe Orf as the base through a beginner Bird Pose. The flyer can keep their hands in contact with the base the entire time, or lift their "wings" and fly if they feel stable. Either way, have fun! Be sure to take it slow and to listen carefully to your partner.
Amber and Joe have led two Acro Yoga workshops with us so far, and we're excited to host more workshops with them in the future. Their next workshop will be on January 26th, 2018. You can learn more on the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/158006608144293/
Ujjayi Breath, or “Loud Breath” is a breathing technique we use in a yoga class to help slow down our breathing so that we can move more mindfully from one posture or pose to the next. It’s also a type of breathing that can be used to help calm the mind at any point in our day, not just in class. If you have ever heard an instructor cue Ujjayi Breath and not quite felt comfortable with it, then this is the video for you. Stacy Broussard is here to break down Ujjayi Breath and to help show you how to integrate this type of breathing into your own practice.
Handstands! They look cool, but how on earth do we get our feet all the way up there? Stacy Broussard is here to walk you through L Pose, a great way to get the feel of the handstand shape while still relying on the stability of the wall. It's also a good pose to revisit even if you're already comfortable in a handstand, because it can help you check in with your alignment and build more strength. Handstands aren't "essential" to a yoga practice, just like one pose isn't more "important" than another, but they sure can be fun.
It’s time for another pose breakdown! This week instructor Stacy Broussard is here to walk you through Eagle Pose (or Garudasana in Sanskrit). Consider giving this pose a try after your body is warmed up from a yoga class, or perhaps after taking a few minutes to stretch out your hips. We suggest a few rounds of cat/cow, and a few poses that are intended to be hip openers (some examples are: Cow Facing Pose, Chair Pose, Tree Pose, Mountain Pose, or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - all of which can be googled if you aren’t sure what they look like).
Our breath is powerful - it's what reminds us that we're alive! But it's easy to forget that it's also a wonderful tool for both focus and relaxation. Alternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, is one of several methods of breath-work. It requires us to slow down and pay careful attention to our breath which in turn calms the mind, relaxes the body (which helps relieve any lingering tension), and offers us a chance to find stillness in the present moment. It may feel a little silly the first few times you try this, but give it a go and see what you think!
Have you ever given Eight Angle Pose a try? This is a fun pose that tends to look much more complicated than it really is, so Instructor Stacy Broussard is here to guide you through it! Spend some time stretching out your hips and hamstrings, and then see where this pose takes you. Don't forget to breathe!
Urban Breath instructor Jee Moon walks us through Downward Facing Dog, explaining helpful tips on alignment and on ways to relax into the pose.
Instructor Stacy Broussard with an easygoing cat/cow pose flow filmed by SLAM Agency. It's beginner friendly, and can be especially helpful for those who experience lower back pain.
Instructor Stacy Broussard walks us through some options for modifications to take while doing yoga during pregnancy, including a few specifics for each trimester. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
We offer Prenatal Yoga classes several times a week - check out our website to sign up, or send us a message if you have any questions!