Pranamaya - Insight Yoga Earth: Balancing Yin Energy With Sarah Powers
Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Instructor: Sarah Powers (Instructor Profile)
Certified instructor description:
Insight yoga recognizes that our health and vitality depends on a free flow of energy in both our lower body, the earthly 'yin' region, and our upper body, the heavenly 'yang' region. The practices on this DVD cultivate a balance of these two vital forces by enhancing the Earthly grounding aspects of our nature, using a combination of yoga movement, held postures and skillfully guided meditations. The emphasis in the Insight Yoga Earth DVD is on enhancing the vitality in the Hara while encouraging strength and stability in our legs and abdomen—the ‘earth’ areas of the body. Sarah Powers interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin style of long held poses combined with a flowing Yang practice influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and alignment based teachings.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate-level practitioners. The DVD also includes bonus audio MP3s of all practices. Equipment needed: yoga mat. DVD highlights include:
Practice Overview: A short presentation on the principles of Insight Yoga with further details about each practice on this DVD.
Practice 1: Grounding Down: A series of standing and balancing poses that encourage lower-body groundedness, followed by fluid movements to decongest stagnancy in the back and shoulders to help maintain a healthy spine.
Practice 2: Spiraling Chi: Seated twists and core strengtheners that increase circulation along the spine and abdomen.
Shamata Meditation: A breath-focused meditation to develop a relaxed and stable quality of non-distracted attention that cultivates ease of being.
Vipassana Meditation: A mindfulness practice to disengage from the habits of mental reactivity and develops an alert, inquisitive attitude leading to insight.
These sessions can be practiced daily, either individually or together for more depth.