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!
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