Enliven the heart. Move from a softer space within your own heart, and connect to others from this empathetic center. In this Beginner level video, part of a three part series, Samantha Brown leads you through a progressive series of hip and heart openers, aligning the natural curve of your spine, and awakening the heart to participate in life with deeper compassion. For more Grokker Premium videos on this topic, visit Samantha Brown's Expert Profile page.
2. Living Compassion: Wheel Pose
Listen to your hearts truth. In Yoga, back bends are considered heart opening, as you extend the lower spine away from your pelvis, and lift the sternum by drawing the tip of your shoulders in and up to the sky. The apex pose for this class is Urdhva Dhanurasana, or the Full Wheel pose. Follow Yoga Expert Samantha Shakti Brown through this deeply heart opening sequence in this Grokker Premium video.
3. Apex Series: Urdhva Dhanurasna
All roads lead to Urdhva Dhanurasana, or the Full Wheel Pose. This Grokker Premium video focuses on preparing the body for this deep backbend. Find a deep spinal extension with Anusara Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant as she guides you through a sequence to realign proper curvature along the spine in this advanced pose.
4. Afternoon Pick Me Up
This energizing sequence will wake you up from your afternoon funk. Feel revitalized, refreshed, and prepared with a strong breath. Yoga Expert Siri Peterson guides you from a gentle sun salutation to challenging forearm stands and deep quad stretches, so you can face the rest of the day with strength, ease, and sharper focus. Put away the coffee and hop on your yoga mat to finish the day in centered clarity with this invigorating Grokker Premium video.
5. 4 Back-Strengthening Poses
If you have minor back pain or just want a stronger back and more range of motion, these poses are the solution. Consider warming the body with sun salutations before practicing these postures.
6. Poses to Relieve Sciatica
Here are some poses to relieve the pain of sciatica so you can enjoy your yoga practice better.
7. Yoga to Relieve Sciatic Pain
Any inflammation or injury to the sciatic nerves can significantly restrict our movements and cause pain or numbness in the hips, knees or legs. Yoga asanas help in relieving sciatic pain. Please use caution when exploring advanced postures and be sure to warm your body before practice.