Bryant Park Yoga is back in New York City for its 12th season, featuring teachers curated by Yoga Journal. This week’s featured instructor is Lauren Imparato, who led the Tuesday morning class.
Hot summer. Hot city. Hot music. Hot you. This 6-pose sequence and my Bryant Park class were all about getting cleansed, strong, and inspired from the inside out and outside in.
Fists into abdomen
Sit on your shins, either directly on your heels or with a block between your heels for added knee support. Pull your belly in and lift your chest, opening your collarbones. Make fists with your hands and place the fists on your abdomen, pressing in firmly. Take a big breath in and continue to press.
Fists into abdomen, folded forward
(Continued from previous pose)
As you exhale, fold forward over your fists and soften your stomach to absorb your fists into your abdomen for organ stimulation.
Come up to standing. Inhale, rise up to your tiptoes. Exhale, bend your knees until you are sitting on your heels in a little squat. Imagine sliding down a wall, keeping your back upright. Inhale, bring your hands together at the center of your chest. Exhale, twist first to the right, left arm outside right thigh, right arm up. Stay here 5 breaths, come through center, and then twist to the left.
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From a seated position, inhale your knees into your chest. Exhale, bring the shins parallel to the floor or up to a 45-degree angle. Inhale, reach your arms forward and pull your chest through your armpits, bringing the belly into the spine and lengthening the low back. Breathe here for 5 breaths, lifting the sternum up.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Sit on the ground with your left knee bent and your left foot outside your right leg. Bend your right knee and place your right foot to the mat just outside the left knee. Inhale, lift your left arm. Exhale, twist over to the right. Stay here and breathe for 5 breaths, and then switch your legs and twist left.
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Lie down on your mat, bend your elbows, and bring your hands to your ribcage or mid-back for support, spreading fingers wide. On an inhale, lift your legs up toward the ceiling. Stay here and breathe for at least 10–15 breaths.
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