Pranamaya - Insight Yoga Heaven: Balancing Yang 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 Heavenly energy with our body using a combination of yoga movement, held postures and skillfully guided meditations. The emphasis in the Insight Yoga Heaven DVD is on enhancing the vibrant Yang energy within our 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: Strengthening the Lung Chi: A series of upper body poses, inversions and yin backbends, with breath exercises and visualizations to strengthen the lungs and increase overall circulation and vitality in the body.
Practice 2: Ground Support: Breathing into the Hara: A series of yin and yang postures practiced on our backs, nourishing the spine, hips and abdomen.
Karuna Meditation: A guided compassion meditation in which we use our mental and emotional obstacles as opportunities for developing kindness and sensitivity toward our vulnerabilities as well as an empathic connection with others.
These sessions can be practiced daily or a few times a week.