Pre-Friday Floor Flow (30 min)
Heart & Hip Opening Sequence
Using the simple props of two blankets and a block/brick, and introducing the sophisticated “Scooch Method” (a manner of inching our bodies into desired positions), today’s asana session activates the heart and gently engages the hips. Leading us into the last weekend of the month, we remain low to the earth (floor) as we open up to the sky (ceiling), expanding and extending our second and fourth chakras through the juxtaposition of some of the most passive poses within the Hatha repertoire such as Savasanas (Corpse Pose) and Balasana (Child’s Pose) with the very active, perhaps challenging poses of Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose) and Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose). This yin and yang interplay mirrors that of life. So settle in, open up… give and receive. Aṣè & Namaste.
This is an All Levels class.
Shani (“Dr. OM”) Ojukwu Mantenso is the Principal Movement Specialist with Hadiya Movement Systems, a private virtual movement studio. A gymnast, dancer, and Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Shani is also a yoga teacher-healer trained and certified in trauma-sensitive MindBody Centering Yoga. Along with other movement forms like Pilates, barre/basic ballet, functional calisthenics, and tumbling fundamentals she offers through HMS, Shani is privileged to provide spirit-based and trauma-informed asana as an adjunctive therapy and mode of somatic centering, cultivation, and joy. Herself on a healing journey from depression, domestic abuse, complex PTSD, and global white supremacy/racial capitalism, Shani is a proud and self-proclaimed “wounded healer.” Through her intentional observance of the eight limbs of yoga, Shani Ojukwu Mantenso has dedicated her personal and professional life to creating the optimal conditions of possibility for freedom for herself and others—mind, body, and spirit.