As we grapple with the human impact of COVID-19, many of us are feeling anxious and uncertain. We're here to support you in the best way we know how: by offering these free classes for you to use and share as needed. If circumstances dictate that you stay at home, we hope your practice and the Glo community can be sources of comfort and strength.
In the spirit of connection and support, we are grateful to offer you these yoga, meditation and Pilates practices.
Shake up your morning with this invigorating little flow that fits it all in in 15 minutes! You'll enliven your whole body as you shake your joints awake, then melt away any nighttime stiffness with a fluid, hip-opening sequence that includes lizard, side angle, warriors that glide into skandasana, and energizing navasana work. Props Suggested: Two blocks and a blanket.
Take a brief break to stop stress in its tracks. This practice uses Chinese Medicine theory to counteract stress by nourishing the water element and kidneys. You'll practice long holds in poses that target specific meridians, in order to ease stress and tension. Specific breathing techniques will be used to magnify the calming effects. A great practice anytime you need to relax, recharge and shake off whatever is weighing you down. Props Needed: A block and a blanket or towel.
A better mood starts with recognizing your current state and realizing that you're always advancing, even when you're feeling low. Start with sun salutations and variations, then move with strength, stability, and intention through lower body stretches and gentle twists. Advancement is not performing complex poses, it's when you remember not to compare or judge.
The Powerhouse isn't just about the core; it also includes your inner and outer thighs, glutes, and back. This quick, but tough series will work this whole area, including a fiery series of ab burners and a plank hold to round things out.
This total-body workout gets moving right away with a cardio warmup that transitions into body-weight strength moves like squats and chair pose pulses. After working up a good sweat, move on to plank and side-body work then challenge yourself with an ab series before you stretch it out.
Take your Pilates practice outside the box with this challenging, rhythmic series. A full-body workout featuring contemporary Pilates moves infused with dance, you'll target multiple muscle groups at once while having fun and learning some new moves. Dance your way through this fast-paced class, with a final cardio burst at the end before cooling down with some dancer's stretches.
It's been a long day of fun and now it's time to rest. Travel from your head to your toes and then back up, relaxing all the way. Feel your body get sleepy as you let go of the day and drift into a dreamy bedtime space! Have the sweetest sleep and sweetest dreams.
Don't let stress hijack your day. Create a little distance to remind yourself that you are not your situation. This brief meditation will help you let go of anxious thoughts and soften commonly tense areas in your body, so you can keep yourself lifted when stressful times strike. Props Suggested: A block or bolster.