This sequence was inspired by my incredible friend Emily Taylor who asked a very simple question, what is your favorite feel good yoga pose? I immediately started scanning my yoga memory for highlights of feel good poses. The one I kept coming back to was anjaneyasana. It wasn't immediately clear why, but this is a pose I practice everyday. Even when I don't have time or space for a full practice, my body will find its way into some form of this pose.
I find strength in its simplicity. Some of my most sacred yoga moments have developed out of this shape because of its infinite shades. On the days when I need it most, it's healing. On the days when I am disconnected, it grounds me. On the days when I am energized, it's empowering. And everyday, when I am joyful, this is my expression. It brings my inner and outer worlds into balance.
The practice shown below may not have all of my favorite yoga poses. (Especially because my focus was on shoulder strengthening and upper back opening, both areas of intense opportunity for me.) However, the qualities that are so immediately obvious to me in anjaneyasana are available in every yogasana. Each shape is a possibility to move into greater alignment with the energetic body. Uncover what you need in every shape, and allow for the practice to provide.
Not always a crowd pleaser, this flow returns to dolphin again and again as a way of bringing anything needing attention to the surface.