Baptiste Yoga: 10 Poses to Help You Love Your Body

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who leads YJ's online course Pillars of Power Yoga, demonstrates 10 poses that will help you love and accept your body.
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Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who leads YJ's online course Pillars of Power Yoga, demonstrates 10 poses that will help you love and accept your body.

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who leads YJ's online course Pillars of Power Yoga(sign up here), demonstrates 10 poses that will help you love and accept your body.

Yoga gives us the opportunity to find peace in the ways things already are and that includes our bodies. When we give up the idea that something needs to change, we can move past perceived limitations. And when we love ourselves as whole and complete, we realize the goal of yoga.

The 10 poses in this sequence open up a conversation with the body through sensation and breath. As you come into each of these longer hip openers and folds, let your body be your friend and guide to connect you to your inner wisdom. As you listen to and love your body as it is, your body will respond by helping you get deeper into poses and giving you more freedom and peace as you move through your life, both on and off the mat.

To begin this sequence, generate ujjayi breath to set the rhythm for your practice. Warm up with a rag doll Standing Forward Bend for 10 breaths and at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B.

To finish the sequence, I recommend closing with 10 breaths in Seated Forward Bend and a supine twist on each side.