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Hemalaya Behl: Yoga For Urban Living: Evening Bath

This is 25 minutes of pure, guided relaxation. Do not expect a lot of instruction from this Ms. Behl. It's more like she's showing you, hey, here's what I do after a long day when I just need to wind down before bed. That said, she is obviously a very proficient yogini, and her voice throughout it soothing and calm. She also gives good prompts for breathing, contributes to the relaxing nature of the routine.

She begins with a very brief seated meditation/pranayama, followed by a simple, seated twist in Half Lotus.

She follows this with rocking on the spine, knees hugged into the chest. This routine has some sneaky core-strengthening moves in it, considering that it is a "relaxation" sequence. She rolls all the way to each side, and I was laughing at myself because I actually got stuck at one point trying to get back to supine/center.

After some relaxing and core-developing rolling, she does an alternating Belly Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana A) done as a vinyasa, exhaling, dropping the legs to one side, inhaling, bringing the body back to center, then doing the other side. After several iterations, Ms Behl holds the posture, then deepens it by extending the legs straight.

After this cycle is complete, more rolling on your back.

Then she explores Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Plow (Halasana), Ear Pressing Pose (Karnapidasana), and Fish (Matsyasana). Just a word of warning – these are actually fairly complex postures and Ms. Behl gives zero instruction on how to do them, so if you are new to these postures, either research them first, or pay very close attention to how she executes them.

More back rolling.

There was also a sequence where she did a thing extending both feet into the air and stretching both hamstrings at the same time by yogic toe lock. No idea what that might be called. Also, not quite sure where it was placed. Possibly before Fish.

Nice, unguided Savasana at the end. She likes you to cover up with a blanket during Savasana, and once introduced to this practice, I have used it almost always, except on the hottest summer days. It is very relaxing. I highly recommend it. Of course, that means you have a blanket on you for any post-Savasana stuff – in this case, a brief seated meditation, but that was actually very nice, too.

If you are looking for a soothing practice, I found this very pleasant and calming.

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