Calming Five Element Yoga Flow

By slowing the movements of your body down with mindful breath-movements you can anchor your mind into the relaxed present. For all-levels. Modify as needed for your body.

 

 

A. Setu Bandhasana Bridge Rolls into Baby Bird

INHALE: “My breath and deeper wisdom guide me, showing me how to trust…”Ground your feet into the Earth and effortlessly float your hips up like there’s a balloon in your belly.
EXHALE: “…And how to set myself free again.” Roll down one vertebra at a time, bringing soles of the feet together, knees out to sides and bend elbows, palms upward like a baby bird’s wings. Pulse back and forth between these two poses with your breath. Repeat three times or more.

 

 

 

 

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B. Double Supine Kapotasana Pigeon & Twist

“In my own house, I am always welcome.” Know that comfort is already here within you. Cross your left thigh over the other, then pull knees toward your chest to stretch the hips/buttock area. Rock gently side to side to explore sensation for a few breaths. Then EXHALE: lower knees to the right side and extend arm outward for supine twist, allowing the nervous system to reset balance. Uncross legs and try the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

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C. Viparita Karani Legs Up the Wall

“I am ready to be with you ‘divine being’. Catch me and hold me. I surrender to your grace.” (you can insert your personal ‘divine being’ here such as God, Goddess, Creator, true Self, Shiva, or other).
Hips up on a cushion and legs supported by the wall. Each time you EXHALE slowly, let your body totally surrender to higher love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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D. Savasana Corpse

“Let me find rest in the Universal Heart of all Hearts within my Heart.”
Allow your mind and body to sink into peace and stillness. Rest for 8 minutes or more.

 

 

Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise or weight-loss program. The general information displayed here is not intended to substitute for or replace your healthcare professional.

Five Element Yoga® is a vibrant and colorful flowing practice created by Jennifer Reis. She draws from Eastern traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kripalu Yoga. The result of practice both nourishes and balances your inner earth, water, fire, air, and ether elements to cultivate harmony and increase health. Join Jennifer for Five Element Yoga retreats: Martha’s Vineyard, Kripalu Center, and more!

 

Recommended practice on CD or MP3: Five Element Yoga®: All Levels Guided Yoga Practice and Deep Relaxation: Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra®.

Jennifer Reis Yoga© Photos by Michael Reis at the Yoga Barn MV.

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