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8 Limbs: Yama
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8 Limbs: Yama

Explore the eight limbs of yoga, starting with Yama.

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Hi, everybody. My name is Rehl Clarke. Thank you so much for practicing with me today. I'm super excited about our series for these next couple of yoga flows. We are going to be talking about the eight limbs of yoga. Now, for any of you who do not know what the eight limbs of yoga are, that is totally okay. You can absolutely practice yoga without knowing what these are, but we are gonna dive into them just a little bit. The eight limbs of yoga are important because a lot of times we think yoga is all about the poses and maybe even the breath work, but yoga is so much deeper than that. It's a place where we can connect with ourself with a higher power and with the universe. With that being said, I want to read a little quote off my phone that kind of talks about the eight limbs. It says, "When we find the eight limbs of yoga, we are able to better connect with ourselves, connect with the higher power, and figure out what this reality is really meant for. The meaning of yoga is to yolk or to bind us to something greater, to something higher than ourselves." That quote kind of wraps up in a very small amount of what we are going to be diving into throughout these next couple of sequences and I am super excited for it. This flow is going to be focused on the Yama, which is the first limb out of the eight. This limb talks about having moral and ethical codes for ourself. So treating ourself with kindness, eating healthy foods, being respectful to ourselves, loving ourselves, and this aligns exactly with what God wants us to think of ourself, highly of ourself, being a kind person, a good person, doing good in the world. And that comes back to us. Not only being good to others, but being good to us as well. So with that being said, let's get into this flow and feel good and we can share that with all of those around us. I want you to come into a child's position at the edge of your mat. Our knees are going to be wide. Our arms out in front of us. Our heart and chest are gonna be melted to the floor. And we're gonna breathe here for a couple of breaths so get comfortable in this child's pose. Inhaling through our nose, exhaling through our mouth. Giving yourself a body scan from your fingers all the way down to your toes. Walking our hands to the left side of our mat, our right hand is going to be placed on top of our left hand. We're just gonna hold this here, stretching a different part of our back. And walking to the right side of our mat, our right hand is going to be down and our left hand is going to be placed on top. Walking our hands back to the center, placing our palms and fingers together, coming into this prayer position. We're going to place the top of our fingertips to the top of our spine. Slowly releasing that. We're gonna take our right hand and thread it under our arm, still in this child's pose. Releasing that, coming back to center, and threading our left hand and arm under our right. Coming back to the center, two more breaths here. Gazing at our fingertips, we're gonna slowly roll our body up into a tabletop position. Here, we're gonna do a couple wrist circles moving from each corner of our mat, moving left to right, right to left, really getting our wrists and our shoulders engaged here. A couple more times. Finding stillness, we're gonna curl our toes underneath us, pressing into our fingertips and lifting our hips up and back coming into our down dog. I want you to pedal out your feet here back and forth. Shifting our feet sideways, putting the weight onto the sides of our feet, we're gonna bend our knees, dipping our hips down, and coming up onto our toes and falling to the left. One more time. Inhale, up onto our toes and exhale, falling to the right. And inhale, up and exhale, to the left. Gazing at our fingertips, we're gonna walk our hands to the back of our mat to meet our feet. Inhale, halfway lift. Exhale, falling forward. Inhale all the way up to the sky, fingertips are long, gazing up and back. And exhale, falling forward. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, walking our hands, coming into this plank position, lowering down halfway. Inhale, upward-facing dog. And exhale, curling our toes underneath us, pushing our hips back, down dog. Pedaling out our feet, we're gonna gaze at our fingertips and walk to the top of our mat. Inhale, halfway lift. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, coming all the way up. Exhale, bring your hands heart to center. Placing our hands on our shoulder, we're gonna do a couple shoulder rolls. Rolling them forward and rolling them back. Moving into a couple sun salutations, we're gonna inhale our arms up to the sky. Exhale, falling forward. Inhale, flat back, hands come onto our shin. We're gonna hold here for a breath. Placing our hands down, coming into this high plank, lowering halfway down. Inhale, upward-facing dog and exhale, downward-facing dog. Gazing at our fingertips, walking to the top of our mat. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale all the way up to the sky, gazing up and back at our fingertips. Exhale, hands come heart to center. Inhale, arms all the way up to the sky. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, lowering down halfway. Inhale, upward-facing dog and exhale, downward-facing dog. Pedaling out our feet here, gazing at our fingertips, we're gonna walk to the top of our neck. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, arms come all the way up to the sky, gazing at our fingertips. And exhale, hands come heart to center. One last time. We're gonna inhale our arms all the way to the sky and exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back, holding here, lengthening through our spine, lengthening through our hamstrings. We're gonna exhale, placing our hands down on the mat, coming into that high plank, lowering halfway down. Inhale to upward-facing dog and exhale downward-facing dog. Inhale, right leg comes high. Exhale, stepping that forward. Inhale, coming into a high lunge. And exhale, bringing both feet, center hands come heart center. Inhale, arms up to the sky. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, shooting our legs back, lowering halfway down. Inhale, upward-facing dog and exhale, downward-facing dog. Opposite side. Inhale, left leg comes high. Exhale, stepping that through. Coming up, high lunge. And meeting our hands heart to center. Inhale, arms up and exhale, falling forward. Hanging here, walking our feet to the outside of our mat, we're just gonna sway left to right. Inhaling our arms up to the sky and exhale, bring our hands heart to center. Walking our feet to the center of our mat, we're gonna inhale, arms up, exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, placing our hands down on the mat, lowering halfway down, pressing back up, upward-facing dog. Curling our toes underneath us, hips face towards the sky. Inhale, right leg comes up to the sky. Exhale, stepping our right foot in between our hands. Coming up, high crescent lunge. Exhale, pivoting our back foot, opening up to the right warrior two. Inhale, reversing our warrior and exhale, placing our right hand on our right knee, lifting up and over to side angle. Cartwheeling our hands down, left hand is on the inside of our right foot. We're gonna inhale, open up our right hand up to the sky. Cartwheeling both hands on either side of our foot, lifting our left foot to meet our right foot. We're gonna inhale, halfway lift and exhale, forward fold. Inhale all the way up to the sky and exhale, falling forward. Inhale, flat back, hands are on shin. Exhale, lowering down halfway. Inhale, upward-facing dog and exhale, downward-facing dog. Inhale, left leg comes high. Exhale, stepping our left foot in between our hands, pressing up coming into this high lunge. Exhale, opening up, warrior two. Our arms are strong, gazing at our fingertips. Inhale, reversing our warrior and exhale, falling forward side angle. Cartwheeling our hands, our right hand is on the inside of our left foot. Left arm goes up to the sky. Cartwheeling our hands to either side of our foot, kicking our foot back into a high plank, holding here for one more breath. Putting a bend into our knees, pushing our hips back down into child's pose. We're gonna take our final pose of asana in child's pose today. Finding a comfortable place like at the beginning of this flow. And I want you to take time here to think of the loving things you have to say about yourself; the things that you have accomplished today during this practice. And just breathe here. Starting to wiggle our fingers and wiggle our toes. Maybe pressing up onto your fingertips and releasing, finding awareness of where you're at. We're gonna slowly roll our spine up into a tabletop position, crossing our legs, and coming into a seated position. Inhale. Inhale through our nose. Exhale through our mouth. Couple times here. Inhale, arms up to the sky. Exhale, falling to the right side. Inhale, arms up and exhale, falling to the left. Inhale, arms up to the sky. Exhale, bring your hands heart to center. Thank you so much for practicing with me today. I hope these kind words and feelings and thoughts you feel about yourself can be continued throughout your week. And have a beautiful day. Thank you so much again. Namaste.

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