In Day 2, we focus the mind on the muscles of the backs and fronts of the legs, which provide support to the hips. We create length and strength to these areas of the body through Pyramid, balance postures, and variations of Lizard, before exploring splits. After this fun class you will feel strong and uplifted.
Thank you for this class and for the precise cueing. The "dragging" motion to engage the hamstrings proves to be useful as I tend to overextend the knees. I'll always use this in my next practices as well as the cue to bring the heel closer to the butt in the 3-legged down dog. It opens the front hip and engage the hamstrings. Can I ask you a question? What is the purpose of lifting the toes in the down dog? Is it to better feel we press down through the heels? Thank you in advance for your answer. Namaste.
I’m loving this challenge so far! Just what I’m needing after a chaotic December that’s left me all kinds of out-of-whack. Your teaching is a delight and I’m so looking forward to the days ahead. Thank you 🙏🏻
Lina S Hey Lina! First, I really appreciate your curiosity and deep inquiry to the practice. I nerd out on this stuff so it makes me happy when I feel others are thinking deeply as well.
As far as lifting toes during DownDog, the goal is to further support hamstring extension. For REALLY mobile practitioners, heels on the ground in DD can be relatively easy and they may not feel much compared to someone with less flexibility. So to encourage more length and extension, heels pressed with the toes lifted allows the hamstrings to extend more in DD which may be more applicable to those with a deeper range of motion and looking to go deeper. I hope this answers your question! Namaste!
Kelly B I'm so happy to hear Kelly! I can imagine how chaotic December may have been for you especially during the holidays. Often times I believe the consistency of a Yoga practice allows me to ground when things aren't as consistent. I'm hoping that these classes continue to support and I am grateful this has made its way to you! One day at a time (Or lately I've been saying "One breath at a time") You got this!