This course is designed and instructed by Livia Taylor, who has been a student of yoga herself since 2002.
These practices are intended to give busy people a chance to slow down and focus on a mind-body connection they may otherwise neglect due to daily demands.
Each 30-minute yoga practice is designed with a different emphasis, ranging from relaxation to complementing your other workouts. If you’re a runner, there’s a class to help open the hips; if you’re a weightlifter, there’s a class to help maintain range of motion and open the shoulders; if you’re looking for a pick-me-up, there’s a class to help you find energy to get through the rest of the day. All classes are suitable for beginners.
Get a peek into the LocalYOGA studio where I teach live yoga classes, and hear a little bit more about what motivated me to create this online yoga course for busy moms!
Here's a brief run-down of what yoga is, and why it's a useful tool in your life.
Never done yoga before? That's ok! Yoga is a journey and every day is a chance to improve. This video offers encouragement as you approach you mat.
There are lots of ways we can cater yoga to our specific, individual needs. This video gives a look into a few ways props can help us have a great yoga practice.
This video gives some insight on how to use the breath in a yoga practice.
Here are some tips for overcoming a common problem many of us face these days- TEXT NECK. Learn a little bit about how yoga helps us stand taller every day.
This yoga warmup is designed to prepare you for any of the five yoga practices included in this course. Please be sure you don't skip it! This could also be used as a mini, quick workout if you just need something to get your body moving and wake up.
Here's a chance to get comfortable with some of the key poses of yoga, and their variations. Poses will be held for a little longer than you may expect, and can give you a chance to really explore them and find your best variation.
Poses in this sequence focus on releasing emotional and physical tension from the body, with a slightly longer final relaxation at the end.
This segment focuses on the lower body, giving attention to the hips and legs. The sequence has a smooth flow.
Spread Your WIngs
This is a practice that focuses a little more on the upper body. There's a lot of arm and shoulder work, with some excellent stretches to counter those movements.
Time Out for Mom
A great practice for a total body workout, this yoga sequence gets progressively deeper, but you can always choose your level for the day and stick with it.
Bonus Content for Your Practice
In this short video, I share a sequence of poses to help strengthen the upper body while also opening the hips. Poses include a 3-Legged Downward Dog variation, Pyramid, and Wild Thing. Work your way up to what's comfortably challenging for you, and hold each pose for 3-4 breaths as you work up to the level you need.
In this short video, I share a sequence known as a Moon Salutation. It's cyclical, like the moon (waxing and waning) so you begin on one side before doing the poses on the next. Pay attention, because after doing poses on one side, they're done in reverse on the other side!
The poses included are great for strengthening the quadriceps, stretching the front of the hips and the IT bands, as well as the hamstrings and calves. There are also poses that will give a lateral stretch (side body) through the torso, and help you find length in your posture.
In this short video, I share how to use a block to help learn the Crown Pose. There is little to no weight put onto the block in this arm balance in order to protect the neck!
Crow Pose is a great upper body strengthener, and also activates the abdominal muscles. Play with the block at any height under the forehead until you're ready to fly on your own.
In this 10-minute video, I share a sequence for opening the upper body, while toning the legs. This is great for encouraging the shoulders to draw back, and avoid hunching. The poses can be done at your comfort level, and you can build up to creating the amount of resistance you require to feel challenged. Do this sequence AFTER WARMING UP.
Ideally, I go through Humble Warrior (the bows in Warrior I) three times per side. Feel free to modify the number of times you go through the sequences in this video; work up to what you need!
In this 8-minute video, I share a sequence for strengthening the abdominals, the quadriceps, and the psoas (the muscles running in front of the hips). It's also wonderful for balance, for digestion (twists!), and for lengthening the spine. Boat pose gives an opportunity for opening the chest and moving the shoulders back, which can improve posture. The stretches offered in this sequence are designed to counter the work done in boat pose, and should feel wonderful for the hips, inner thighs, and legs. Do this bonus video AFTER WARMING UP.