Awake & Evolve: Cycle 4 - Balance Vinyasa Flow
Standing Mountain Pose
Start by centering yourself in a standing mountain pose with your feet hip distance apart for 15-20 deep breaths. As you inhale, extend the arms above the head, lengthening and extending. As you exhale bring the hands down to prayer position.
Balance Flow Vinyasa
Warrior 2 - Reverse Warrior -Side Angle Pose - Tree Pose - Dancer Pose
Flow through this vinyasa like water, using your breath to ignite your internal fire.
Begin by flowing into Warrior 2 pose for 5 deep breaths. Starting on the right leg, first place your right foot in front, slightly to the right, and your left foot out to the left at about 90 degrees. Try to find your alignment, squaring the hips to the side wall. Feel your thighs become strong as you deeply lunge into the warrior 2 pose. Stretch and lengthen through the arms, turning your head to gaze at your front middle finger. Stay here for 5 breaths, and then move into reverse warrior pose, extending the right arm up as you lengthen the left arm down and back. Stay here for 5 deep breaths.
From reverse warrior gently move through to Side Angle Pose by releasing your elbow on the thigh or your fingertips to the floor next to your front right foot. From there, extend your left arm straight up toward the ceiling or along the side of the ear, relaxing the shoulder down the back. Take 5 long slow breaths in side angle pose, feeling a deep hip and shoulder opening. After 5 breaths in side angle pose, step through into Tree Pose for 5 deep breaths. Standing on your right leg bring your left leg into the tree position either on the shin or upper thigh area, depending on your flexibility level. Now find your drishti, or focus point on the floor in front of you. Count 5 deep breaths balancing in Tree Pose.
From Tree Pose, gently flow into Dancer Pose. Grabbing the outside of the right foot, still standing on the left leg open the spine and heart center in full Dancer Pose. Take 5 deep breaths in Dancer Pose.
Repeat the entire series on the left side. After completing one slow round on each side, begin to flow with your breath through the vinyasa at your own pace. For this cycle take only 1-3 deep breaths in each pose, try to work though at least 5 rounds on each side.
Topic: Awake & Evolve Yoga
Mindith is a born mover. She has spent her life exploring various athletic disciplines, starting with ballet and modern dance from an early age. She went on to become a E-RYT 500 certified yoga therapist and teacher and discovered CrossFit after the birth of her daughter. Mindith coached CrossFit at a number of boxes near her home in Southern California, which lead to her involvement in Russian kettlebells and Olympic weightlifting. She has coached a wide variety of populations and cares... Read More