This yoga sequence focuses on strengthening the abdominals, lower back muscles, and the outer hips which all help to find steadiness and stability in the peak pose, tree pose (vrksasana). Recommended props: 1 block
I love doing abdominal work with you. It is hard, but you are right, just smile through it. I am so much more aware of how to negotiate with my body, meeting myself where I am in the practice. I have chronic lower back pain (dramatic bike crash on it), and this slow practice really does help. Time to eat some chocolate cake. Namaste
Hi David, Wonderful to hear! Thank you for your feedback....and yes, time for chocolate cake. B
A bit on the slow side for me, but a good beginner session.
Really enjoyed this one--felt the core work for sure and the balance came easier at the end than I expected. I agree with someone in the comments though: too long to put so much pressure on my wrists--for me anyway. Otherwise, I definitely intend to come back to this one again and again.
I enjoyed that kind of smooth and steady way of practice. In general, I often find the slower pace, repetitive actions are more challenging. And focusing on the breath: maintaining a deep rhythmic breathing pattern was really rewording. Of course I felt my abdominal :), but at the same time I felt centered, balanced... not just in the physical level.
The instructor Birgitte leads through a strength building lower back and abdominals leading me to the most expansive tree pose I have ever practiced. I will revisit this teacher soon. Namaste
I am a beginner & found this video very helpful & one that I will return to. It is not a basic beginner, but it is a great workout! :)
I love Birgitte and was so happy to find her online after moving away from Santa Monica. :) This video is especially helpful for me. I have lower back scoliosis , and the core strengthening exercises really help, without being too rigorous. Thanks Birgitte!
love this work. this steady awareness and alignment is just right for me
I really like this practice! I have scoliosis and I tend to hyperextend my back. With this practice I found myself doing poses I always had trouble maintaining, it is very rewarding.
I understand why there is so much repetition, but this reminded me of being in aerobics. I just prefer to do yoga as moving sequence with a start and a finish.
Too long to have the pressure on the wrists!
I LOVED this sequence! It was slow, gentle, & relaxing while still getting a good workout at the same time. A couple times it was even pretty intense! (bridge pose & plank pose anone?) I really enjoyed the ab work. It was easy and didnt feel like a lot of work or painful, yet I could still tell I was working out my abs.
Find your center and your balance in this well rounded practice. Recommended props: 2 blocks
Let go of the pursuit of perfection and work toward finding active balance in your practice.
On a long drive, you can start to lose your patience. At the next rest stop, refocus your energy and calm your road rage with tree pose.
Melanie Lora Meltzer
Balance poses give us a sense of both focus and freedom. Use your breath to remain strong yet at ease in these postures, and find balance both on and off your mat. Recommended props: 2 blocks, 2 blankets