Hattie’s flow class at Avalon Yoga studio emphasized diagonal breathing stretches, which surfaced repeatedly along the sequence of poses. Variations on the breathing stretch, and modifications to deepen the poses built up the sequence to a point of challenge, before we lay down to Savasana.
We started the class by laying on our mats, sweeping our arms with the wave of the breath.
Laying down, we stretched the body diagonally with the breath. Right arm and left leg stretching the body, then left arm and right leg stretching away in opposite directions.
We also did this stretch laying face down - this time, lifting the limbs off from the ground.
Going into tabletop position, with knees and hands on the mat, we repeated this stretch. Holding the lift of the leg and arm provided a balancing exercise.
We wove this diagonal stretch in to a flow. Standing with feet slightly wider apart than the hips, we stretched up to one side with an inhale. Then, bending the knees into goddess legs, we came into a light bouncing gesture, as the arms swept out and back into a self hug. Finally, we inhaled and stretched up to the other side.
From here, we lifted the back leg forward, bending at the knee. We also sent the leg back, and lifted the calf up towards the buttocks, bending at the knee.