Kia Miller, who teaches a unique blend of Kundalini and vinyasa yogas, grew up in the Falkland Islands, off the coast of Argentina, where the ocean is the backdrop for daily life. In practice, she enjoys fluid movements that recall the rhythmic rise and fall of the ever-present waves of her childhood, as she basks in the flow of the breath. "It's a lovely, harmonious feeling,"she says.
Miller, who lives in Los Angeles, often begins her Radiant Body Yoga classes with warm-ups from Kundalini Yoga that invite prana (life force) to move through her students' nadis (energetic channels) before she asks them to fully embody the flow of vinyasa.
To tap into your own fluid nature, synchronize your breath with your movement and allow your body to flow naturally, releasing all tension as your mind rests in a meditative state. If you feel resistance, in body or mind, think of moving like a river traveling downhill, finding a path around rocks and branches that offers the least resistance. As Miller says, "Look for that place where things move with ease."
When you're truly in the flow, you can respond like the ocean—to the tides, the wind, the natural rhythms of the earth—and move gracefully through all situations. This practice offers an opportunity to energize your body and mind while simultaneously soothing them, inviting you to find a path of ease.
To Begin: Sit quietly in Sukhasana (Easy Pose) and observe where you are at the beginning of your practice. Set an intention to soften rather than to push against your limits. Slowly lengthen your inhalations and exhalations until they feel sustainable and comfortable.
To Finish: Relax in Balasana (Child's Pose) and take note of how you feel in this moment. Stay here for 20 breaths, feeling your body, heart, and mind refreshed and renewed.
Don't be left feeling one-sided! Repeat the sequence from the beginning, taking poses on your second side.