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Yoga For Emotional Balance
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Yoga For Emotional Balance

Create emotional balance in this yoga flow.

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Hi, everybody. My name is Rehl Clarke. Thank you so much for practicing with me today. Today, our flow is going to be centered around emotional balance. Why emotional balance is so important is because sometimes in life we have something we are looking forward to and maybe the plans change or a trial that happens. When life seems like it's all over the place, we can turn to God for that steady, consistent love that God is always going to give us. Yoga is also another great way to find emotional balance. Through breathing, through movement, through connection within ourself, we are able to find that steady flow and that constant piece that we're all looking for in life. I'm super excited to share this yoga practice with you today, because when we have emotional balance, we can understand what we are needing, we can understand what is best for us, and we can share more love and light with other people. So with that being said, let's get into it. We're gonna start in a seated position and we're gonna work on some box breathing. Box breathing is a amazing way to relieve anxiety, relieve stress. How it works is we're going to inhale for four breaths, hold that breath four counts, exhale for four, hold for four, and inhale again. I like to imagine a box, commonly why it is called box breathing. It's gonna go something a little bit like this. Inhale, three, two, one; hold, three, two, one; exhale, three, two, one; hold, three, two, one. At this time, I want you to find your own rhythm with this breath. Maybe holding those counts a little bit longer. Find that rhythm. We're gonna be here for a couple of minutes, finding ourselves, being present in the moment. While you're breathing, I wanted to touch a little bit on our heart chakra. Our heart chakra is an amazing chakra to have in balance to help with emotional, and mental, physical balance. Because when our heart chakra is in a line and everything's good with that, we are able to accept love, accept change, and we are able to give love and give encouragement to other people. When our heart chakra is open, we are ready to receive. We're ready to receive love from God. And that is what this flow is all about. We're going to be doing a lot of movements that are opening up our heart chakra all across our chest, our shoulders to receive that love that God has for us, to help us feel a little bit more emotionally balanced today. With that being said, keep that in mind while we breathe here. Focusing on this box breathing. One last box breath. And on your last exhale, placing your hands on top of your knees, sitting up strong, our shoulders are broad and out. We are smiling. Happy to be here. We're going to inhale through our nose, exhale through our mouth. Inhale through our nose, and exhale through our mouth. Inhale through our nose, and exhale, releasing everything. Last time, inhale and exhale . We're going to inhale, our arms up to the sky. Exhale, opening our chest, reaching our hands around, clasping our hands, and lifting our chest high. Slowly releasing that, inhaling up; and exhale, cactusing our arms again, reaching behind us, clasping our hands, and lifting up to the sky. Inhale up one last time; and exhale, cactusing our arm, clasping our hands, lifting up to the sky. Inhale, arms come up; exhale, placing our hands on either side of our knee, keeping a bend in our elbow, we're going to bring our nose to our knee. Inhale, arms up to the sky; and switch, falling to our left knee. Elbows are bent, touching our nose or our forehead down to our knee. One last time, inhale up; exhale, falling to the right. And inhale up again; and exhale, falling to the left. Coming back up to center, we are going to come into a tabletop position here. We're gonna do a couple cat-cows. We're gonna do the opposite of traditional breath work with cat-cows. This time we're gonna inhale, arching our back, bringing our naval to our spine; and exhale, releasing, melting our heart down, gazing out in front of us. Inhale, coming up; and exhale, gazing out in front of us. Inhale up, really engaging that core; and exhale, letting your heart melt down to the floor. Inhale up; and exhale down. A couple more times here. Inhale, rounding that spine, tucking your chin; and releasing, gazing out in front of you. Moving on to a couple wrist circles here, we're gonna go all the way around our mat going left to right, right to left couple of times, getting some nice, good movement in. Warming up our wrists for some of the poses we have later on in this practice. Just a couple more wrist circles here. Finding stillness, we're going to inhale our left arm up to the sky and exhale, letting it fall back behind us. Our left fingertip should be touching our right hips or on top of our right thigh. Wherever you are at is great. And inhale, reaching that up to the sky, bringing your left hand back down to center. Inhale, right arm goes high; and exhale, releasing that. Opening your heart chakra, feeling the love of God embody your soul. Inhale, right arm high; and exhale, coming to center. Curling our toes underneath us, we're gonna exhale, pushing back into down dog. Inhale, gazing at our fingertips, we're going to walk to the top of our mat. Inhale, flat back; exhale, coming into a forward fold. Inhale, arms come all the way up to the sky, feeling that love. We're going to exhale, clasping our hands behind us and opening up our chest once again. Inhale, swooping all this energy up; and exhale, holding it close into our hearts. Clasping our hands behind us, popping our chest out. And one last time, inhale, those arms up. And exhaling, clasping our hands, lifting our chest up towards this sky. Chin falls back, and breathing here. Exhale, slowly falling forward, keeping our hands grasped together, we're going to bend our right knee, taking our left shoulder closer to our left knee, getting a nice hamstring stretch. Moving to the opposite side, putting a bend into our right knee, drawing our shoulder, our right shoulder close to our right knee. Inhale, releasing your hands, engaging your core, lifting up to the sky; and exhale, falling forward, coming into a high plank. Here we're going to lower down halfway; inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, downward facing dog. Gazing at our fingertips, right leg comes high. Putting a bend into our knee, we're gonna do a couple circles here. Just one or two big circles drawing with our knee, and stepping our foot in between our hands coming into a low lunge. We're gonna inhale, our arms all the way up to this sky; exhale, wrapping our arms around us, clasping our hands and opening that heart chakra once again. Inhaling, our arms up; exhale, opening out to the side, flipping our right hand upward, reversing this low lunge. Cartwheeling our hands on either side of our foot, shooting up into a high lunge, inhale, coming up , breathing through this. Our leg is on fire. We feel good. We feel alive. And stepping our back foot to knee, our right foot at the top of our mat, shaking that out. We are going to inhale, our arms up; and exhale, coming out of that cleansing breath. We're going to inhale, our right leg high. Excuse me. We are going to inhale, our left leg high. Taking our left hand, grabbing our left foot, our right arm goes straight out in front of us coming into dancer. And slowly releasing that coming into a high lunge, we're going to come onto the inside of our foot. Inhale, right arm up to the sky; and exhale, sweeping that down, looking straight forward. Gazing at our fingertips, our arm is strong. Placing both hands on either side of our foot, we're gonna curl our left toes underneath us, pushing our right foot back, coming into a high plank, lowering down halfway. Inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, downward facing dog. Pedaling out our feet here, we're going to gaze at our fingertips and walk to the top of our mat. Inhale, flat back; exhale, forward fold. Inhale, arms come all the way up to the sky; exhale, hands come heart center. Inhale, arms up; and exhale forward fold. Inhale, flat back; exhale, lowering down, moving through our vinyasa. Inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, downward facing dog. Inhale, left leg comes high this time, giving ourselves some nice hip circles here, maybe one or two. And stepping that through, coming into a low lunge. Inhale, arms up; and exhale, letting our arms fall behind us, clasping our hands, letting our chest be open and feeling the love of God, bringing us emotional balance, bringing us peace, self-worth. Inhaling, our arms up, opening up to our opposite side, flipping our left hand up and reversing this low lunge. Cartwheeling our hands on either side of our foot, curling our right toes underneath us, popping up into a high crescent lunge, holding here. Breathing, our leg is on fire. And bringing our back foot near our top foot at the top of our mat. Inhaling, our arms up; exhaling down, honoring that cleansing breath. This time our right leg is going to come up. We're going to grab our right leg with our right foot taking our left arm out in front, really pushing our right foot back into our right hand, coming into dancer. And slowly releasing that into a high lunge, bringing our hands on the inside of our foot. We're going to inhale, lifting our arm up to the sky, gazing at our fingertips, and shooting our arm forward. Arm is strong, gazing at our fingertips. Bringing our hand back down, curling our right toes underneath us, pushing back into plank. We're going to lower halfway down, inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, pushing ourself down into downward facing dog, taking our hands in between our legs, and placing our hand, our cheek down onto the mat. Breathing here . Honoring what you are feeling. We're going to slowly come out of this, coming onto our hands and knees into a tabletop position, lowering all the way down to our belly, and coming into a cobra pose. Our hands are going to be directly under our shoulders. We're going to inhale, push up, our chest is open. Head tilts back, gaze is up to the sky. And exhale, falling down, placing our right or left cheek down onto the mat. Inhale up; and exhale, lying your opposite cheek down onto your mat. Last time, inhale, really lengthening that spine, tilting that head back. And slowly coming back into a normal child's pose, arms are straight out in front of you. Forehead is placed flat onto the mat. Gazing at our fingertips, coming into a tabletop position, curling our toes underneath us, pushing back into down dog. Gazing at our fingertips, we're going to walk to the top of our mat. Inhale, halfway lift; exhale, forward fold. Inhale, lifting all the way up to the sky; and exhale, bringing our hands hearts to center. Inhale, our arms up to the sky; exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back; exhale, coming down into a high plank and holding here for a couple of breaths. Pushing back into down dog, we're going to inhale our right leg high; exhale, stepping it through. Inhale, coming up to warrior one; and exhale, warrior two. Flipping our hands, reversing our warrior, and coming back up. Taking your hands behind us, clasping our hands, we're going to move into humble warrior. Falling forward, our right shoulder goes in on the inside of our right knee. Breathing here, feeling consistent, feeling strong. The feelings that God allows us to feel when we have God in our life for that emotional balance. Inhale, slowly coming up, releasing that, reversing our warrior one last time, cartwheeling our hands, coming into a low lunge. Inhaling, our arms up; exhaling down. Dropping our hips back, straightening our front leg. Curling our left toes underneath us, right leg shoots back, lowering halfway down. Inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, downward facing dog. Gazing at our fingertips, walk to the top of our mat. Inhale, flat back; exhale, forward fold. Inhale, all the way up; and exhale, hands come heart to center. Inhale, arms all the way up; exhaling, forward fold. Half lift and moving through our vinyasa on this next exhale. Inhale, upward facing dog; and exhale, downward facing dog. Rolling our shoulders to a plank position, holding here for a couple of breaths. Pushing our hips up and back on our next exhale, coming into down dog, we're gonna inhale our left leg high; exhale, stepping that through, coming into warrior one. Exhale, opening up warrior two. Inhale, reversing our warrior and coming back to warrior two. Clasping our hands behind us, falling forward, humble warrior. Our left shoulder is on the inside of our left knee. Breathing here, cartwheeling our hands up, coming back to warrior two, flipping our hand, reversing our warrior one last time; and exhale, cartwheeling our hands down into a low lunge. Inhale, arms come up to the sky; and exhale, placing our hands on either side of our foot, pushing our hips back, straightening that front foot. Curling our right toes underneath us, kicking our left foot back, lowering down all the way onto our bellies. From here, placing our hands underneath our shoulder, coming into a baby cobra, we're gonna inhale, pushing up just halfway. Exhale, falling forward. Inhale, lift; and exhale, fall forward. Last time, inhale, lift, this time pushing yourself back into child's pose. Staring at our fingertips, coming back up to table top, crossing our legs underneath us and coming to a seated position on our mat. Sitting tall here, we're gonna take one big inhale and exhale . We're going to be moving into fire log. We are gonna start with our right leg keeping our right shin as flat as we can and placing our left shin on top. We're gonna do a couple breaths here while in this pose, hands can be on our knees, palms can be faced up, or you can go into any hand mudra that you would like. Deep breaths here. Letting everything out through your mouth. Taking your left leg that is on top of your right leg, we're just going to cross it over and hook our right elbow to the outside of our left knee, gazing over our left shoulder, coming into a spinal stretch here. Slowly releasing that, lying our left shin flat onto the ground, right shin comes on top. Again, hands are down on our knees, palms facing up or in any mudra you would like. And breathing here. In through our nose, out through our mouth. Couple more breaths. Now taking our right leg that is on top of our left leg, we're going to cross that over, hooking our left elbow to the outside of our right knee, gazing over our right shoulder, coming into the other side of this spinal twist. And slowly releasing that. Coming into butterfly, we're going to inhale and exhale, drawing a little closer to our feet with our chest. Straightening our legs out in front of us, clasping our hands behind our back again. I want you to inhale all the love that you feel from God. All the stability, love, comfort. And exhale anything that is holding you back from feeling those things in your life. Slowly coming onto our back. Taking a deep breath here, we are going to move into plow. If you do not have a good back or a neck injury, please only take this pose if it is in your practice and you are comfortable. We're going to place our hands down, straightening our legs and lifting our hips. Our hands are gonna come on our hips. Feel free to hold this here or draw your feet close to the ground, taking this full pose. Slowly releasing that, lowering down one vertebrae at a time, being very gentle with our back. We're going to sit up slightly. Straightening our legs out, our hands are going to come underneath our bum. Our elbows are supporting us, and we're going to tilt our head back so the crown of our head is touching the mat, coming into fish pose. Slowly releasing out of this pose, lying straight onto our back, we're going to inhale giving ourself a big hug rocking right to left, left to right. Slowly extending your legs and arms out beside you, coming into our final pose, savasana. Begin to wiggle your fingers and wiggle your toes. Coming back to your awareness. Maybe pointing and flexing your toes, shaking out your hand and your feet. Whenever you are ready, fall into your right or left side in a fetal position. Slowly making your way up to a seated position on your mat. We're gonna inhale, opening our chest. Our hands are gonna come on either side of us. Fingertips are up, lifting our heart chakra and chest up to the sky, feeling and grabbing onto any of those extra yummy emotions that you feel through this practice and holding it close to your heart. God will always be a constant in all of our lives. God loves me. God loves you. God loves every person on this earth. God can help us feel more emotionally balanced when life can be crazy. Thank you so much for practicing with me, namaste.

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