Re-examining the key actions that are basic to all of the poses is one of the most important things that we can do in our yoga practice. Not only does this approach keep us process-oriented rather than goal-obsessed, it also educates us about how we can find balanced alignment during our daily activities. Furthermore, re-learning the basics reminds us of our underlying similarities as human beings and diminishes our infatuation with differences. Given our current social climate, this last piece seems particularly important. We need a practice that allows us to feel our universality as the vital backdrop to our individuality.
Check out our new releases and you will be re-enchanted by simplicity. In Upward Energy, Brooke LeBourgeois teaches a primer on grounding the thigh bones in order to create space in the torso. This action might seem subtle and elusive at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will have access to lightness and ease in all of your waking moments. Then in Back on the Court, I share one of my favorite recipes for unwinding the lower back and releasing tension in the shoulders. Even though this practice was designed for tennis players, anyone who has a lower back and shoulders will benefit. The movements are slow and deliberate, and as basic as the poses appear, their effects are profound. Hope you enjoy!