Activate the Core and Hips
Guess what? Your core is super smart. I mean, it holds you up, keeps you steady and balanced, allows for breathing and all sorts of positions. It’s brilliant! I truly believe that core “strength” is overrated.
This is a sublime practice that is equal parts restorative Yin and meditation. We will take some absolutely delicious poses as we meditate on, of all things, the hand. Your nervous system dedicates a great deal of resources to your hand. By relaxing the hand, you can relax and self regulate your brain, your mind, your body. You won’t believe how fast this hour goes by, and how incredible you feel after.
Your core is extraordinary. Allowing for unparalleled strength and stability for the very human task of walking upright, carrying things, hugging and looking one another in the eye. But your core also allows for an incredible amount of mobility for a huge variety of movements and expressions. Your core is integral to your breathing and even your emotions. It’s always bothered me that something so smart has been diminished in our culture. We see it as strong or skinny or we hate it. We abuse it with the ubiquitous crunch or sit up and hope it shapes up! This class is all about honoring the core for the intelligence it
Oh this is just my favorite way to train the core. More than anything, your core is designed to monitor and adapt to your movement. In other words, to respond to perterbation by returning you to center. When we challenge to core this way it is highly educational for your neuromotor system.
Hip Closing Quickie
We hear all the time in Yoga about Hip Opening. It makes sense, if you want to increase hip range of motion you should stretch your hips… right? If I’ve learned anything over the last several years of dedicating my teaching to evidence based practice, it’s that the things that seem the most “truish” should be the first to endure scrutiny.