Simple movements flowing with breath and intention allow you to Welcome In all that is with greater ease and gratitude. For all-levels. Modify as needed for your body.
Warm-Ups By slowing the movements of your body down with mindful breath- movements you can anchor your mind into the relaxed present.
A. Sunbreaths x 3
INHALE: Open your raised hands as you lift upward from any suffering.
EXHALE: Release your arms downward like the beauty of the setting sun – quiet, slow, and graceful.
B. Sunbreath Twists x 3 on both sides
INHALE: Arms up overhead like a child reaching for her mother.
EXHALE: Twist and float arms down to the horizon line as you spread peace both behind you and ahead of you. INHALE: Untwist as you raise arms up again. EXHALE: Twist to the other side.
C. Hip Circles x 3 in both directions Bring your feet wider apart, bend your knees and with hands on your hips and circle your hips wide. Ground down into all of the surfaces of your feet as you circle around.
D. Parsva Viribhadrasana Warrior Pulses x 3
Good for: Standing your Ground while welcoming in the world around you and within you.
PREPARATION: “I Stand My Ground”. With feet wide apart, work on rooting your feet into the Earth and strengthening legs by hugging the muscles into the bones. Gently draw your legs towards each other like scissors closing.
INHALE: “I Welcome In everything as it already is.” Bend your forward knee into Warrior as you bend both elbows with palms facing upward to open your heart and wings to the sky. Strengthen between the shoulder blades.
EXHALE: “I expand into my True Nature.” From your heart stretch your arms outward to realize all of who you truly are.
Pulse back and forth with your breath, bending elbows as above, then reaching out.
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®.
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Photos by Michael Reis at the Yoga Barn MV.
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