This flow is inspired by the origin story of Patanjali, the keeper of the Yoga Sutras. As one version of the story goes, Patanjali’s mother desired greatly to have a child, she prayed tirelessly to Lord Vishnu and he answered her prayers and delivered Patanjali to her from the cosmic sky. Patanjali’s name is derived from the Sanskrit words pat which translates to “fall” and anjali which translates to “praying hands” or “to fall into praying hands”. With that inspiration we will prepare to practice with the hands in the reverse prayer position. Intentions of devotion or honoring those who keep you in their prayers would be fitting for this practice.
Suggested Props: Strap, Block (optional) and Blanket (optional)
**This was filmed during the COVID-19 crisis in the US. I’m offering it as a free class, but would greatly appreciate it if you would pay it forward. Please, if you have the means, purchase a pass or a gift card from your local yoga studio. If you are unable to support your studio monetarily, please consider giving them a positive review, sharing a post or recommending their services to a friend.
This class includes shoulder work that may be challenging and is intended for established practitioners. Practice only if you are fit to do so. Always choose the right level of challenge for you.