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Get Rid of Anxiety

If you often find yourself spiraling downward with negative or racing thoughts, you are not alone! Through practice, patience, and loving attention, you can retrain your brain to remain focused on the here and now, the objective facts, and your own inner power. This incredibly insightful class with Jen will help you to sooth the mind, breathe, nurture the body, and release some of those difficult emotions.

Begin in Child's Pose (Balasana) to begin grounding, then transition to your belly to invite gentle movement in the hips, shoulders, and heart space. Continue releasing tension in the chest, neck, and jaw with Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana) and Lion's Breath (Simha Pranayama) and Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), then build strength with Plank Pose (Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana), and mantra-guided Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). Flow through a standing sequence featuring Garland/Squat Pose (Malasana), High Crescent Lunge (Ashta Chandrasana), Standing L/Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana), Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), and Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana).

Come back down for soothing cycles of Cat/Cow (Marjaryasana/Bitilasana) for the hips, spine, and heart space, then focus your attention to the present with Balancing Table (Dandayamana Bharmanasana), Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III), and Revolved Half Moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana). Release stress held in the body with Revolved High Crescent (Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana), feel-good stretches for the chest and shoulders, a supported Bridge (Setu Bandhasana), supported Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani), and Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana). Continue opening the hips, pelvis, hamstrings, and spine with Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana) and twists. Settle into a sweet Savasana then carry your mantra with you as you step off the mat feeling clear, connected, nurtured, and present.

For this class, you will need a block and a strap (or homemade substitutes). An extra block is optional for additional length and support. Also optional, you are invited to bring along an eye covering and a grounding essential oil (lavender, sandalwood, myrrh, cedarwood, frankincense, ylang ylang, etc.) for Savasana.