Our yoga class theme of the week is renewal ✨
From a yogic and mindfulness perspective, renewal can be viewed as letting go of what no longer serves us so that we may grow and embody who we are now in our fullest capacity.
Lao Tzu once said,
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
This week, invite your students to see their practice from a fresh perspective, embracing the spirit of spring and the season of renewal. Spring is a time for expansion, for us to let go of the heaviness of winter, and bloom into our biggest and brightest selves.
In your yoga class, you can have your students build up to the peak pose Wild Thing, also known as Rockstar or Camatkarasana. This fun and invigorating asana is great for the upper body, helping to stretch the chest, shoulders and throat — areas that tend to get clogged up physically and energetically as seasonal allergies arise.
Throughout class you’ll want to focus on opening up their shoulders, and using teaching cues that remind students to lift their chest so that their bodies are warmed up and ready by the time you reach your peak. Wild thing also helps to open up the hip flexors and build strength in the back and lower body. Camatkarasana will help your students feel refreshed, open and ready to take on the world!
Here are some yoga poses that you can incorporate into your class to embody the spirit of renewal as you prep for Wild Thing:
1.Warm up with a Lung Bench
Grab two blocks. Place one block on the wide, medium height setting, below the shoulder blades. Place the second block beneath the head. Give students the option here to straighten legs or keep knees bent.
2. Create space in the hips with Crescent Lunge
From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward and drop your left knee down to the floor. Give students the option here to keep their hands on the floor, bring their hands to rest on their thigh, or lift the arms up overhead. If there is any discomfort underneath the left knee, pad up with a blanket or folded yoga mat. Don’t forget to do the other side too!
3. Open the side body with Peaceful Warrior
From Warrior two, flip your front palm and reach it up and back overhead. Rest your back hand gently on your back leg as you open up your side body and create space along your rib cage.
4. Find your Wild Thing
From Downward facing dog, lift up your right leg. “Flip your dog” and step your right foot to the left of your left leg with your knee bent. Sweep your right arm up and over your ear with your palm facing down. Draw your shoulder blades together to lift your chest and expand through your heart center.
Time to wind down ⏱
Don’t forget to cool down with a supine or seated twist before coming to lie down in savasana. Here at YogaRenew, we are wishing you a bright and expansive spring season!
Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new yoga class theme and pose ideas. 😉