This challenging back bending class is designed to help us work through some of the difficult emotions that in Chinese medicine are associated with the lungs: sadness, grief, and sorrow. After a brief supine breathing practice, we get right into it with some core stabilizing work and shoulder and chest openers in preparation for back bending. We build heat in Sun Salute A’s and B’s, and play into Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Ustrasana (Camel pose), and Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel pose), with the option of trying Drop Backs. Maria also offers a great modification in Wheel pose with the use of props. We return to the floor for cooling poses, and a closing alternate nostril breathing practice. You will feel strong, confident, and optimistic.
See attached pdf for more information about the lungs and letting go, some journal prompts, and links to further reading.