As an 8th generation New Orleanian, I have a hard time admitting that a large part of me is, at the core, a Mardi Gras Grinch. It’s not that I don’t thoroughly enjoy the parades, and I am certainly no stranger to indulging on good food and drink. It’s the traffic that most bothers me. When I am sitting for 45 minutes in stand-still traffic waiting to get through an intersection, with a 2 year-old screaming bloody murder and two other children incessantly asking the old, “when we are going to get there?”, I feel stuck and frustrated. And when we do finally manage to burst through the congestion, I feel an almost overwhelming sense of freedom and elation.
Hatha yoga is essentially a practice of balance, rhythm, and coordination. And anyone who partakes in this practice — from sincere student to casual dabbler — invariably discovers that the main traffic site impeding the free circulation of energy in the body is the hip joints. Each of our two new releases features poses that promote fluidity, stability, and ease around the vital junctions of the hips. Hips Free is a sequence that I have been using for the past decade to restore balance to the right and left sides of my pelvis and to relieve the gridlock in my lower spine. It’s a level 2 practice because the poses are defintely deep, but the creative use of props makes it highly approachable and supremely satisfying. Meanwhile, Royal Detox is a challenging sequence that level 3 students will enjoy because it involves interesting variations of the quintessential inverted poses, Headstand and Shoulderstand. Known respectively as “the King and Queen of all yoga poses,” their twisted renditions are made doubly potent by the way in which they untangle the hips, massage the internal organs, and boost the immune system by enhancing lymph drainage. In naming this video “Royal Detox,” I am paying slight homage to the King and Queen of Carnival here in New Orleans, but I believe that by the end of the practice you will feel cleansed of pretension and you will be content to reside in the dignity of your natural, balanced state. Hope you enjoy!