San Francisco is a hotspot for yoga enthusiasts of all backgrounds. In all of the classes we visited, the class sizes were huge and the community was truly alive. We experienced first hand the strong sense of community and undeniable bond
Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today.
With over 20 years as both a student and teacher of yoga, Stephanie Snyder has long expressed her passion for India’s mythology and how we can apply it to our lives. She led us through some simple poses that help you drop into your body, connect to your breath, and activate an inner sense of abundance and truth.
Read an interview with Stephanie Snyder here.
Understanding both the mechanics of the pose and the spiritual philosophy behind it helps us have a comprehensive experience of what we are practicing and why. Only then we are open to the possibility of spiritual integration.
Stephanie Snyder’s Sequence for Abundance
Twisting High Lunge
Bring the hands together at the front of the heart inhale, lift the chest, and widen the collar bones. Exhale and twist towards the right. Hook your left elbow outside the right thigh. Keep right knee directly over right heel. Keep your left leg strong and straight. Turn the belly, ribs and heart, and gently turn the gaze up. Breathe deeply.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
Start on your knees. Align hips directly over knees. Lengthen the spine as you squeeze shoulder blades towards spine. Leaning back, bring one hand at a time to the heel of each foot. Lift your chest towards the sky. Take at least three long, deep breaths.
Modification: tuck your toes under and reach for your heels. Or, place the palms on your lower back with fingers pointing up.
Start in downward facing dog. Place the right foot forward in between the hands. Left knee comes down to the floor. Spin to your left, and tuck the left heel under left sit bone
Adjustment: move the right foot forward if your hips feel tight or even sit up on a block or kick the left heel in and hold onto your right ankle.
Place hands prayer pose. This helps us to realize our divine connection and balance the hemispheres of both sides of the brain. One foot is facing up, representing the connection to the spiritual world. One foot is facing down, representing connection to the earth. This pose reminds us that we can live in both worlds simultaneously.
Lakshmi Pose (Continued)
Stay in this position and breathe deeply for as long as you wish or Place your left hand on your heart and place your right hand by your shoulder facing outward, as you are taking an oath. This is a posture that invokes fearlessness.
Chant a Lakshmi mantra if desired.
Childs Pose with Palms Face Up
From cow pose (hands and knees), bring sit bones back to heels. Place forehead to floor and reach arms forward.
When hands are up we are in a receptive mode to receive blessings and good fortune. We are open to receiving what we need so we can then share wisdom, joy, vulnerability or anything else that authentically comes through us.
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