Using the wall to deepen your practice, part 6 ❤
I love being able to share my favorite wall-stretches with you guys (and you're are always so appreciative of these flows 😊), so here is a new sequence I filmed today. Feel free to give it a try (but please warm up with first with some gentle heart-openers). 😍
If you scroll back through my videos (especially the ones with the hashtag #yogawithriva ) you'll see that we've done backbend warm-ups, hamstrings & hip-flexor stretching, and upper back & shoulder opening. This video has some more ways to use the wall for inversions and backbends 😍
Here is the series I'm doing in this flow:
1. Puppy pose (standing variation) - this is one of the best stretches for opening the shoulders and upper back.
2. Standing backbend & walk-down to wheel - the wall is a great way to learn how to prepare for drop-backs (shifting the weight forward and into the legs is essential).
2. Wheel pose - the key is to get your shoulders over the wrists as much as possible, and reaching your chest toward the wall helps with that.
3. Handstand hollowback - you guys already know how much I love hollowbacks for opening the chest & shoulders 👌🏼
4. Handstand scorpion - the wall is a great tool to help get deeper into this pose without having to worry about balance.
5. Forearm Hollowback and scorpion - similar to the handstand variations, doing these against the wall is so helpful with deepening the pose and not worrying about balance 😊
Please remember to move slowly and mindfully, listen to your body, and only do what feels right. 😍
Happy practicing! And remember to tag me if you give these a try! 🙌🏼
🎵 cover of 'syrup and honey'