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 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 85

Shoshin Yoga 85

Focus: Heart Opening

Heart opening postures expand the chest and rib cage, create more space, and make you feel more receptive and free. When the back rounds, the chest can collapse, and over time this pattern may create pain and tension in various areas of the body. Heart opening postures counteract the pattern of rounding forward. This class focuses on postures that access the upper and middle parts of the spine, which are often underutilized.

2 Blocks, 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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Shoshin Yoga 81

Shoshin Yoga 81

Focus: Full Body

This is a full body class that features twisting poses that have a detoxifying effect because of the “squeeze and soak” action. During a twist, the internal organs are compressed, and when we release the twist, fresh blood flows in, carrying oxygen and the building blocks for tissue healing. This class stimulates circulation and has a cleansing and refreshing effect on the torso organs and associated glands.

2 Sandbags, 1 Bolster

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Shoshin Yoga 61

Shoshin Yoga 61

FOCUS: LEGS UP THE WALL~A CONDITIONING PRACTICE FOR THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

This class features a different variation of legs up the wall, where the hips are further away from the wall and the soles of the feet touch the wall. From this pose, we’ll explore different foot, ankle, and shoulder work, while using gravity as a conditioning practice for the circulatory system.

PROPS REQUIRED: BOLSTER, STRAP

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Shoshin Yoga 57

Shoshin Yoga 57

FOCUS: ELIMINATE ACHES, PAINS, AND DEEPLY RELAX 

This class aims to produce down regulated states through simple movements that use gravity to the body’s advantage. Down regulating the nervous system develops our capacity to be calm, aware, and present, even in the midst of stressful situations. Down regulating the stress response is an acquired capacity. It’s like a muscle: you have to build it over time in order for it to be strong.

PROPS REQUIRED: BOLSTER & STRAP 

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