December 24, 2010
Christmas Tree Yoga
I was honored to teach a lovely group of yogis and yoginis for an all-levels, all-ages holiday practice today. In honor of the season, we enjoyed tree pose in a number of orientations: on our backs, standing, on our sides, and on our bellies. With 26 bodies and students’ age ranging from the teens to the sixties, I offered a myriad of options. For example, downward-facing dog can always be table or child’s pose. A balancing twist can morph into side crow. A flipped dog can be three-legged or transition to wheel, or can instead take the form of a side plank on the knee with a bind hand to foot.
Here’s the practice, with links to some resources of mine that might inspire you to try new things.
- Knees to chest
- One knee to chest, stir the thigh in the pelvis
- Tree pose, supine
- Single leg crossover twist, shoulder circles
- Rolling like a ball, with variations
- Chair, tree, twisting chair, tree, twisting chair (Tree and Chair in APGY)
- Toe squat, twisting toe squat (side crow option), standing forward fold
- High lunge
- Low lunge
- Lizard lunge
- Tripod twist
- Pigeon fold (side bend and twist options)
- Pigeon backbend
- Flipped dog or side bow (as in the Table Core Flow in APGY and the Quick Fix podcast)
- Tree in side plank
- Runner’s lunge/splits
All with variations between (more in this blog post on the options and this one with a video)
- Reclining half Lord of the Fishes
- Reclining cow-face
- Reclining twists with eagle-pose legs, both sides
- Bridge or wheel
If you’re interested in learning more about sequencing and deepening your practice, consider joining me for our Carrboro Yoga Teacher Training program
, which begins in September 2011. The application will be online in the new year.
My music was wonky, so I never got to share Martin Sexton’s “O Christmas Tree,” which I’d planned to slip in as we settled down for our final corpse pose. You can find it on iTunes
; it’s a soulful, sweet version.
All my best for your Christmas. May it be full of comfort, joy, and peace.