Introduction and Integration Basic Yoga Series Video

Mindy Piland shows some basics yoga postures, and explains what you need to get started.
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Hello my name is Mindy Piland and I am here at Yoga Time Studio in Purcellville, Virginia. I am going to show you some poses from Baron Baptiste, Power Vinyasa. I am yoga alliance trained and certified. I have been teaching for about two years and we are going to focus on how to do yoga without hurting your self. So, basically staying mindful, staying outside of your head and leaving your ego at the door. So, I am going to take you through the integration series of yoga which is we begin with Child pose. So your knees come to the width of the mat, your big toes are touching in the back. You are sinking all the way into your hips and lengthening in your spine. So, coming all the way down, moving into a deep relaxation; a resting pose. Gravitating your body towards the earth and then coming back up. We’re going to move into downward facing dog and in yoga; one of the most important parts of your practice is not only your breath but also your alignments. So, alignment meaning bringing your feet down to the mat and you’re downward facing dog. You’ve got—using the width of the mat, pressing through the triads of your fingers which is your pointer finger in your thumb or the four corners of your palms. Your arms are straight. Your feet are hip width distance apart. Hip width meaning two fists. Your sits bends come high, lowering all the way down, allowing the crown of the—your head to reach the mat for the full expression of downward facing dog and just pedaling out to your—at feet at you own pace. Moving through our integration series, which is the very beginning part of our practice, okay. Now moving right along, we look at our hands and you can either walk or float your feet forward coming all the way up to the front of the mat. Inhale half way, lift, straight back, flat table top back, your gaze comes forward. Your legs are straight and then exhale coming all the way down. And the slowly come rolling up. You want to round out your back, allowing the crown of your head to be the last to rise and then inhale your arms up high, lengthening high and exhale your hands down by your side, Samasthiti palms forward. Inhale fully, exhale completely.

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