Her approach relies on the idea of the mind-body connection. “I’d like to invite the idea here that flexibility in the body and flexibility in the mind are actually interrelated,” she says. “So we perform these physical exercises to really help us achieve mental openness and mental flexibility.”
As she moves through the 30-minute flow, she repeatedly encourages breathing into each pose while scanning the body for any stiff, rigid, or sticky parts—anywhere you’re being met with resistance. (And after a year of sedentary living, that may be almost every part!) “How can we breathe openness, how can we breathe life into those areas,” she prompts.
Sometimes when we think about flexibility, she says, we experience a knee-jerk reaction that we aren’t actually adaptable. “But what happens when you reframe?” she asks. Ideally, when you allow your mind to tell a new story—that you are flexible— it opens you up, not just in a yoga pose but in life.
To test out this hypothesis, roll out your mat and press play on the video above.
Oh hi! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts for cult-fave wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content. Sign up for Well+, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.
Loading More Posts...