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Connect with the earth and then defy its gravity in this grounding and exhilarating flow.
In honor of Earth Day, Two Fit Moms dedicated this grounding flow to connecting with the Earth and then defying its gravity with the exhilarating thrill of arm balances, inversions, and balancing poses.
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Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Supta Baddha Konasana
Start by lying down on your mat, bending your knees and bringing the soles of your feet together in Reclining Bound Angle Pose. Let your knees fall open like a book. Use blankets or blocks to support your legs if the stretch is too intense. Extend your arms alongside your body, and close your eyes. Relax and feel the weight of your body sinking into your mat as you breathe deeply.
See also 7 Steps to Master Bound Angle Pose
Paripurna Navasana/Utkatasana Combos
From Reclining Bound Angle Pose, draw your knees into your chest and roll up and down on your mat. Using your body’s momentum, plant your feet and come into Chair Pose. Spread your toes wide and feel your feet ground down into the Earth. As you sink deeper, let gravity bring you into any variation of Boat Pose. Fight gravity by lifting your heart up away from the Earth. Hug your knees into your chest once again, and roll onto your back. Using your body’s momentum, rock back up into Chair Pose.
See also Watch + Learn: Chair Pose
Crane (Crow) Pose
From Chair Pose, come high onto the balls of your feet, slowly lower down, plant your hands and come into Bakasana. Spread your fingers wide and feel the Earth under your fingertips. Resist gravity by pushing the Earth away.
See also Learn Crane Pose
From Bakasana, slowly lower the crown of your head onto the Earth and extend your legs for Tripod Headstand. Feel the energy of the inversion running through the crown of your head, up through your spine and out through your toes as you defy gravity.
5-Point Downward-Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana, variation
From Tripod Headstand, step back into Downward-Facing Dog. Instead of traditional Downward Dog, bring your hands and feet as wide as your mat and then give into gravity by letting your head and chest move down toward the Earth.
From 5-Point Downward-Facing Dog, walk your hands back toward your feet and slowly roll up to a standing position. Taking a step forward, and come into Warrior III. Ground down through your standing leg and feel the sole of your foot connecting to the Earth as you use your body’s strength to stay in the pose.
See also Shiva Rea’s Warrior III Bow Mudra
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana
From Warrior III, slowly lower your hands to the Earth. Using the power of your muscles to resist gravity, extend your top leg toward the sky. Slowly lower your raised leg and step back into Downward-Facing Dog. Repeat Warrior III and Standing Split on the other side.
See also Hit a High Point in Standing Splits
Slowly make your way back down onto your mat, coming into Child’s Pose. Sink down, once again feeling the weight of your body melting into the Earth.