In this advanced yoga sequence, Karina reminds us that yoga is far more than the physical postures alone; yoga is also a state of single-pointed awareness, and the poses are a means for attaining that state. Just as a tortoise retracts its limbs into a shell, withdraw your attention and turn inward as you move through challenging hip-opening and spine-stabilizing postures, ultimately leading toward the peak pose, kurmasana (tortoise pose). Conclude the practice by digesting the work you’ve done in a deeply relaxing shavanasa. Please avoid these postures if you’re experiencing lower back pain or herniated discs.
Props: optional blanket and strap.
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