Shoshin Yoga 88

Shoshin Yoga 88

FOCUS: Improve flexibility and mobility for squatting

The movements in this class can help to increase ankle and hip flexion and range of motion, especially if practiced with the right props. If you can’t get your heels to the ground in a squat, it is important to note that some people have genetically stiff ankles, while others have a lack of flexion available in their hips or lack of dorsiflexion in their ankles. For some people, restrictions in flexing the knees may be the limiting factor. It is important to use props for support in this class and observe where movement may be limited without judgement. Use the cues and props to adjust accordingly.

2 Blocks, 1 Bolster, 1 Blanket, 1 Sandbag

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Shoshin Yoga 87

Shoshin Yoga 87

FOCUS: Feet & Ankles

The focus of this class is to improve ankle mobility using plantar and dorsiflexion. Plantar flexion and dorsiflexion are movements that occur at the ankle joint. Plantar flexion occurs when the toes and foot are pointed down and dorsiflexion is pulling the foot up. Ankle joint restrictions can be possible causes of poor mobility in the legs, knees and hips. This class aims to improve flexibility in your ankles and stretch your toes by using your hands and your body weight. Props are optional.

2 Blocks, 1 Strap (Optional)

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Shoshin Yoga 86

Shoshin Yoga 86

Focus: Feet & Ankles

It’s important to work on the feet an ankles on a regular, on-going basis. Most people have a lack of ankle mobility, which can eventually lead to other problems and ailments. By practicing the feet and ankle sequences regularly, you will increase your stability, flexibility and mobility. This class is designed to help you improve all three.

1 Bolster, 1 Strap

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Shoshin Yoga 83

Shoshin Yoga 83

Focus: Lower Body

This class begins with floor work that targets the ankles, knees and hips. We will then make our way up to standing poses that focus on the lower body. After the standing work, we will transition back to the floor and focus on flexion and extension of the knees and ankles. The ankles can handle a fair amount of pressure, but the knees should not feel vulnerable during this sequence. Modifications will be given to diminish pressure in the knees.

1 Bolster, 1 Strap, 1 Sandbag

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