Increase your energy flow with sequences from Chloe and Kumi of the NY yoga studio team…
For the month of May, we’ll be featuring yoga curated by two of New York’s finest instructors, Sky Ting co-founder Chloe Kernaghan (who will be guiding our July Escapes sailing retreat from Sardinia to Corsica) and and Kumara Sawyers (who will be leading the yoga portion of our June Escapes retreat to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua). According to their studio’s site, the name Sky Ting “represents divine inspiration, the creative seed of life and consciousness.” No doubt your collective mind and body will feel revitalized after working through this series with them. This week — learning how to breathe…
This is a pranayama (breathwork) sequence that can be done before or after an asana practice, or on its own as a quick mood booster and energy enhancer. Breathwork is a powerful tool for increasing the flow of energy in the body, and for clearing out the stuck and stagnant energy. Practicing these techniques during the seasonal transition from wintertime to springtime is wonderful for getting the body prepared for all the summer fun. Start in a tall seat — we recommend sitting in Virasana (legs fold at the knees) with a block under the seat/in between the heels.
Take one arm out to the side and the opposite hand in front of the chest like you’re holding a dance partner. Take a comfortable breath in and begin to pump the breath out of the nose. The belly pulls back and in as the breath gets pumped out. On each exhale, swap the arms to make a fan action with the arms. Keep the lips sealed and the expression on the face soft. Pump 100 times before slowing the breath down. Great for clearing out stagnation in the lungs and mind.
Place hands on the shoulders with the elbows out to the sides. This is a quick inhale/exhale breath done through the nose. Every inhale you spin to the left, every exhale spin to the right. Try and keep the elbows inline with the shoulders and get a real turn around your center axis to whip things up. We love this practice to make us feel more spacious, dimensional, and radiant!
With love, from Sky Ting.