If you’ve ever arrived early for your Fierce Grace Brixton yoga class you’ve probably noticed your fellow hot yoga students running through some simple stretches on their mats. Though most FGB classes start with a warm-up sequence, it’s a good idea to go through a few basic poses that will help get you ready for the session ahead. In addition to preparing your physical body, doing a few poses when you get on your mat will help you break free from the tensions of the day and gets you into your proper FGB yoga mindset.
We’ve put together 3 easy stretches to get your Fierce Grace Brixton energy rolling and make all yoga postures easier.
Begin by lying down on your back with the knees bent for a few pelvic tilts. To do these, you press your lower back gently against the floor, tilting your pelvis toward your face, and then release it. It doesn’t sound like much, but this very subtle movement has a wonderful effect on the spine, warming it and getting it moving freely. If you have a stiff back, doing about 20 of these will generally loosen things up for your Fierce Grace Class.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
For easy pose (Sukhasana) come up to sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position on your yoga mat. Do a few neck rolls here. First, let your chin drop toward your chest. Then roll your chin over to the left shoulder, circle the head back, then bring the chin to the left shoulder. Continue circling slowly, moving through any areas of tightness, for about five rotations. Then do an equal number of rotations in the opposite direction.
Begin to work your legs toward perpendicular to the floor, either one at a time or both together.
From the pelvic tilt position, lift one leg off the floor and aim the sole of your foot at the ceiling. Keep the other foot on the floor or bring it up to join the first one.
We know that sometimes straightening the legs is a challenge, it’s fine to keep them bent. Once you are set up, begin to strongly flex and then point your foot. Notice how these contrasting positions feel different all the way up your leg. You are beginning to stretch the hamstrings, feet, ankles, calves, and fronts of the shins.