studio BE is pleased to offer a variety of yoga and meditation practices to help calm your nerves and soothe your spirit during this unprecedented time.
Join Rachel for this 70-minute Mother's Day vinyasa inspired by the Mahayana Buddhist teaching that "Every living being was once your mother." This athletic Level 2/3 flow makes space for the whole range of human emotions that arise on this holiday: joy, sorrow, and everything in between. Move through creative variations of Tree, Vasisthasana, Revolved Triangle, Crouching Warrior and Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose before exhaling into Hanumanasana, Camel, Full King Pigeon Pose, and a relaxing shoulder opener.
The practice closes with a seated Metta (lovingkindness) meditation dedicated especially to the mother of Ahmaud Arbery and other families who've lost loved ones to racist violence and injustice. Be sure to unwind with a 5-7 minute savasana.
Let your breath drive your practice, feel free to modify (especially if you're pregnant, recovering from an injury, or new to yoga), skip vinyasas for a more mellow practice, and crank up some favorite background tunes.
Most importantly, remember to be gentle with yourself — and don't take yourself (or your yoga practice) too seriously.
Rachel Meyer is an American writer and yoga teacher based in Switzerland. She teaches at B.Yoga Basel and serves as Vice President of studio BE, a wellness company which offers mindfulness training for the 21st-century workplace. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, On Being, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga International, Parents, HuffPost, and more. You can find her at www.rachelmeyeryoga.com or @rachelmeyeryoga.