We begin the week with a gorgeous full moon to shower Spring blessings upon us!
Yoga 1, Yoga 1-2 and Yoga 2 Classes
Come get “Hippified” under the full moon this week in Yoga 1, Yoga 1-2, and Yoga 2 Classes where you will squat, lunge, lengthen and twist as you focus your attention on your hips and the muscle groups that support their mobility with a practice that will give your entire body a healthy challenge. That along with Yoga Sutra 4.14 will leave you feeling grounded and more mobile to move through life!
Yoga Basics Classes
This week’s Yoga Basics Classes will focus on the balance of the Inner and Outer Rotation of the legs to bring core strength to the belly and stabilize and protect the low back, hips, knees and ankles. These actions bring connection to the upper and lower parts of the body and bring integrity to the core. This allows the spine to be free and full energy to flow.
Other Classes Open To All Levels Anytime
Wednesday Night 7:30pm Vedic Astrology Class with Sri Ekan (All Welcome)
T.G.I Friday Night 5:45pm Yin Yoga with Lisa (All Levels Welcome)
Friday Night 7:30pm Meditation Class with Sri Ekan (by Donation, All Welcome)
Why Are Hip Openers So Good For Us?
Hip Opening Asanas (Yoga Poses) bring release in many areas that are tight and bring a sense of release across the board to many practitioners. What many students do not understand is that virtually our entire practice of yoga is a big hip-opening opportunity. There are over 20 muscles that cross the hip (the collection of inner thigh muscles known as the adductors, the collection of outer thigh muscles known as the abductors, the hip flexors in front, deep lateral rotators in back, and more), so any movement that stretches any of these muscles could be considered a “hip-opener.” For this reason, we could argue almost every pose is effectively a “hip-opener.”
What are the specific benefits of hip-openers?
Tight hips affect everything from your ability to get into Back Bend to simply being able to pick up something off the floor. When hips are tight, they increase the load and cause overuse of the spine. In addition to the benefits of improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Yogic tradition holds the hips as a storage ground for negative feelings and pent-up emotions, especially ones related to control in our lives. Hip-opening can also create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways. Opening the hips gives us access to freedom in the body and in our own unique expression — creatively, physically, and spiritually.
Come enjoy all these benefits and more this week at Lake Center Yoga!