Laughing Lotus co-founder and yoga teacher Dana Flynn wants you to feel in inspired. "Everything seems so uncertain in this world today, but your practice is one thing that can be certain," she says. "It's totally possible to face your fears, make your home practice a prayer, and ensure that it's meaningful as well as fun." Flynn suggests that by moving in a dynamic flow through the sequence on the following pages, you can free your body and mind.
Don't worry if the poses look unfamilliar or have strange names—like Stargazer, Funky Tree, or Dancing Ganesha. Flynn has dubbed the entire sequence a "shape-shifting cosmic dance" and recommends that you approach it with the intention of being spontaneous, open, fearless, and free. "It's energetic, empowered, ecstatic, alive," she says. "So keep your sense of humor, especially if you aren't used to sticking your tongue out at your difficulties," which you will do in the pose called Kali.
Part of the series is moving from Kali to Peaceful Warrior to Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose). Cycle through these three poses as many times as you like until you feel like a dancing dervish. You will tap into your intuition and sense your unlimited, boundless, ingnite potential. "You might feel small," Flynn says, "but you'll soon realize that you are bigger than you think you are." Now that's cosmic!
Personalize Make your own daily yoga ritual: Light a candle, say a prayer, or dive into movement as medicine.
Breathe Tap into your creative power by becoming intimate with your breath. Sit cross-legged; inhale and exhale.
Sit with your legs extended, then fold into Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend).
Lift up into Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose). Rest Exhale an audible "Ahhhhh," and lower to the ground to rest for 10 minutes in Savasana (Corpse Pose).