Online Activities: Yoga & Meditation


Thursday, September 2, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for this 10-minute yoga sequence focusing on the back of the body! Watch the video to lengthen and strengthen the back body, undoing the forward folding of the day. Then let us know how you felt afterward!


Thursday, July 8, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a refreshing yoga movement break! Teacher Edie will guide you through a flowing reclined spinal twist sequence – a great way to refresh during the day, or unwind at night. All you need is a place you can lay down and rest comfortably. As with any physical activity, be mindful of pain as that’s your body’s way of asking you to stop. Watch and then let us know if you feel renewed and refreshed after this yoga movement break!


Thursday, June 10, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for 15 minutes of yoga relaxation. Practice this “legs up the wall” yoga sequence when you need a little break in the middle of the day, or to relax as you prepare for bed. All you need is a place to rest with your legs up a wall and optionally a folded blanket. As with any physical activity, be mindful of pain as that’s your body’s way of asking you to stop. Let us know if found “legs up the wall” yoga relaxing!


Thursday, May 13, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a fun, Sunflower Yoga Flow! This quick, but invigorating practice will encourage you to move and stretch your entire body. You’ll need a place where you can stand and move freely, a sturdy chair if you’re working on balance, and optionally a small cushion and water bottle. Watch the video and let us know if you enjoyed the Sunflower Yoga Flow!


Thursday, April 29, 2021
Let your inner 2-year-old out with this fun and quick yoga practice! Join Teacher Edie for a TANTRUMasana practice to release emotions! Watch the video and then share with us if you enjoyed your quick tantrumasana!


Thursday, April 8, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a Chair Yoga Sunflower Flow! This quick yoga practice will encourage you to move and stretch the upper body. You will need a sturdy chair, preferably one without arms, a small cushion, and a water bottle. As with any physical activity, be mindful of pain as that is your body’s way of asking you to stop.


Monday, March 29, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a mini, standing Yoga flow practice to find movement throughout your day. You will need a nonslip surface to stand on and move, and your breath – the most important part of a Yoga practice! As you move through the asanas (postures) notice how you feel. If you have a sense of pain or discomfort please stop and find a more moderate variation of the pose. Have a chair or wall nearby for balance. Let us know if you enjoy this mini flow with Yoga Teacher Edie and be sure to tell us how you felt after.


Thursday, March 11, 2021
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a mindfulness practice that offers elements of self-care and meditation by focusing on your feet! With bare feet or with socks, find a comfortable place to sit or lay down where you can easily touch your feet. Watch the video and then share with us how your feet felt after your mini-foot rub, and how it felt to stand while paying attention to your feet!


Thursday, January 14, 2021
Find calm and ease in the mind and body as you practice Yoga Teacher Edie’s favorite breath technique. Find a comfortable place to sit, notice where you feel the breath in your body, and then mindfully breathe and move with Edie. Then share with us what you noticed about your breathing.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Take a moment to pause and breathe in this Mindful Minute with Yoga Teacher Edie! Find a comfortable place to sit, relax and enjoy a nature-focused moment! Then share with us what you noticed when you practiced this Mindful Minute.


Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Taking the time to list things that you are grateful for is said to increase happiness. We found the first Handful of Thanks video, which was created by our Program Participants, so inspiring that we decided to make a second Handful of Thanks video featuring a few of the Sunflower Hill Board Members and Staff!


Thursday, December 10, 2020
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a 15-minute Yoga break. Have you been spending a lot of time looking at your mobile device or computer screen? Give yourself a mini-break and release tension in your neck with these simple moves. Practice seated on the floor or in a chair. As with any physical activity, be mindful of pain as that is your body’s way of asking you to stop.


Thursday, November 5, 2020
Practice your best witches laugh and join Teacher Edie for another Laughing Meditation! Laughter is truly the best medicine and we hope this fun and silly Laughing Meditation will make you giggle, cackle, and feel lighter as you move through your day. Give it a try and then share with us your best witches cackle or giggle!


Thursday, October 8, 2020
Join Yoga Teacher Edie as she creates a “Pause Jar” – a glittery globe to rest your gaze and attention upon when you need to take a moment and pause. Enjoy taking the time to focus on your breath and this playful “Pause Jar.” When the glitter has settled to the bottom you will know your time to pause is complete. Share your “Pause Jar” with us!


Thursday, September 10, 2020
Swing your arms and bounce a bit before settling in for a finger tracing meditation with Yoga Teacher Edie. Finger tracing is a great way to focus the mind on the body as you breathe while maintaining flexibility and agility in your hands. Let us know how your hands felt afterward.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Need a boost for your day? Laughter is truly the best medicine and we hope this fun and silly Laughing Meditation will make you smile, chuckle, and feel lighter as you move through your day. Note: this video was shot in April 2020, but we felt that given the current pandemic and recent fires here in California that we could all use a few minutes of laughing medicine! Give it a try and let us know if it made you laugh!


Thursday, August 13, 2020
Yoga in your pajamas? Join Yoga Teacher Edie and start your day by paying attention to how you feel before you even get out of bed. Rise and Shine Yoga builds awareness of how we feel and gently wakes up the body, stretching and strengthening to prepare ourselves for a great day. Pick two of your favorite songs, download the yoga flow sequence, don’t be afraid to throw some dance moves into your Sun Salutations, and have an awesome day! No props needed.


Thursday, July 30, 2020
Join Yoga and Nia Teacher Edie for a Mindful Movement Practice! Nia is a mind, body, spirit dance technique that guides students to experience the joy of movement in their own body’s way. Using large and small muscle groups, this meditative movement practice challenges balance, connects breath to movement, and offers opportunities to explore ranges of motion.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Join Teacher Edie in creating a Gratitude Practice! Download the Gratitude Page and give yourself time to pause and think about 4 things that you appreciate in your life today. You can record your thoughts in many ways; drawing pictures, writing your thoughts or finding pictures and pasting them on the page. Share with us the 4 things you are grateful for today and let us know how you felt after spending this time with your Gratitude Practice.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Let’s head outside for an Earthing Meditation with Yoga Teacher Edie. Earthing is when we take time to be in nature and directly connect with the earth. Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down on the earth, bring a blanket, a timer and a hat and breathe for 5 minutes today. Earthing will help you relieve stress, feel a bit more grounded and connect with nature and the earth. Let us know how you feel afterward!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Mindfulness is a practice of being fully present in the moment. Join Teacher Edie as she shares a Mindful Tea Practice. If you don’t like tea, practice with your favorite beverage. Give yourself 10 minutes today to enjoy the entire process from selecting your glassware, to creating the drink and then enjoying the smell, flavor, and feel of your drink. Tell us what you noticed and if you enjoyed it. Be sure to tag us on Facebook and hashtag on Instagram.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Join Teacher Edie in this creative and calming meditation activity. Download one or both of the line drawings (Drawing A or Drawing B), gather your art supplies, and find a place to sit and enjoy coloring. Before you start coloring, take a deep breath, gaze at the drawing and choose a color. There is no right or wrong color – you can use as many colors as you like or just one. The motion of coloring and watching the colors emerge on the paper is deeply relaxing. Share with us what you created. We look forward to seeing your meditative coloring art and hearing how you felt.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Join Sunflower-in-Training Teacher Edie, for this Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Fun Run training post workout, 2-minute gazing meditation practice. Find something beautiful and calming to look at outside, or join Edie in gazing at lavender while practicing mindful breathing. Tell us how you felt and what you noticed after this 2-minute meditation video!


Friday, June 12, 2020
Start your weekend with some relaxing Chair Yoga for all Abilities! Join Teacher Edie for this 15-minute Chair Yoga sequence to release tension in the shoulders and neck. All you will need is a sturdy chair and a small cushion. Take a few moments to breathe and relax. Let us know how you feel after! As with any physical activity, please pay attention to how you feel. If you have a sensation of pain or discomfort please stop the activity.


Friday, June 5, 2020
Join Teacher Edie for this 45-minute Hatha Yoga sequence. Use your imagination as you make shapes with your body that transform you into a stone, a cat, or pretend to walk on the moon. All you need is a comfortable place to stretch out on the floor, a small cushion, and your imagination! Let us know if you enjoyed walking on the moon!


Friday, May 29, 2020
Have you started training for the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Run/Walk Event, benefiting Sunflower Hill? Are your muscles feeling sore? Join Edie for this short Yoga sequence to help alleviate tension and fatigue. All you will need is a comfortable place to stretch out on the floor and a Yoga strap or long belt.


Friday, May 22, 2020
Have you been spending a lot of time in your garden? Practice this 25-minute Hatha Yoga sequence with Teacher Edie to release tension from your low back and legs. As with any physical activity, please practice in a way that honors your body’s way. Tell us how it felt on social media. Thank you for practicing with us!


Friday, May 15, 2020
Join Edie for a relaxing Hatha yoga class! Enjoy this tension and stress releasing class that focuses on the breath and practicing gentle postures. Practice on the floor or seated in chair. As with any physical activity, please practice at your own pace and if you ever have a sensation of pain or discomfort please stop the activity.


Friday, May 8, 2020
Join Edie for this 40-minute Hatha Yoga class. You will need a small cushion, a folded towel, and a long strap, belt, or hand towel. Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit and lay down on the floor. The most important part of this practice is your breath. Thank you for practicing with Sunflower Hill!


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for a 30-minute Chair Yoga sequence for all abilities. Have a chair with a sturdy seat and back. A cushion to rest your feet on if your feet don’t touch the floor. As with any physical activity, please remember to listen to your body and stop if you have a sensation of pain. Thank you for joining us!


Friday, May 1, 2020
Come stretch out and practice Yoga for All Abilities with Yoga Teacher Edie! This class gives you the opportunity to relieve stress and tension by connecting with your breath as you move through gentle yoga postures. Have a cushion or pillow and a towel nearby to use as props. Have a chair nearby if you prefer not to sit on the ground.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Join Yoga Teacher Edie for 20 minutes of rest with this Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep, is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to create physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. What you need for today: space to stretch out on the floor or your bed, 2 cushions to put under your knees, a pillow for under your head, a blanket if you are chilly, and socks if your toes are cold. What is most important about this practice is that you allow yourself to be comfortable resting on the floor, that you pay attention to your breath, and let your body and mind relax. Let us know on social if you found it restful and use hashtag #SFHActivities and tag Sunflower Hill!


Friday, April 24, 2020
Release stress and tension during this 45-minute recorded Yoga for All Abilities class with Sunflower Hill Executive Director, and Yoga Teacher, Edie Nehls. All you need is a cushion or a folded towel, some space on the floor and comfy clothes to move in. Let us know if you enjoyed this longer sequence, and be sure to be on the lookout for more live Zoom activities.

As with any physical activity, please practice at your own pace and if you ever have a sensation of pain or discomfort please stop the activity.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Join Sunflower Hill Executive Director and Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Edie Nehls for a Standing Chair Yoga! You will need space on the floor and a chair without wheels. As with any physical activity, if you have a sensation of pain or tingling, please stop the activity. Be sure to let us know on social media what your favorite pose was!


Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Join Sunflower Hill Executive Director and certified Yoga Instructor, Edie Nehls, for this 15-minute sequence focusing on the legs. All you need is some space on the floor and a cushion or folded towel. Remember with any physical activity, if you experience pain or discomfort please stop the activity. Have a great day, we hope you enjoyed!


Friday, April 3, 2020
Join us for Friday Yoga with Sunflower Hill Executive Director and Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Edie Nehls! Today’s practice will begin with floor poses and finish with standing tree pose. As with any physical activity, if you have a sensation of pain or tingling, please stop the activity. Be sure to let us know on social media what your favorite pose was!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Gentle Yoga with Sunflower Hill Executive Director and Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Edie Nehls! This 15-minute practice will start seated on the floor, awakening the breath and the spine, and will then move to standing where we will practice Half Sun Salutations. All you will need is a cushion to sit on and a space on the floor. As with any physical activity, if you have a sensation of pain or tingling, please stop the activity. Be sure to let us know on social media what your favorite pose was!


Friday, March 27, 2020
Floor Yoga for all abilities! Enjoy this 20 minute gentle floor yoga sequence, led by Certified Yoga Instructor and Sunflower Hill Executive Director, Edie Nehls! Only one prop needed: a cushion or pillow. Move through basic yoga poses, cat/cow, knee to chest, and spinal twists. Most importantly, take the time to breathe. As with any physical activity, if you have a sensation of pain or tingling, please stop the activity. Be sure to let us know on social media what your favorite pose was!

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Join Edie Nehls for a relaxing and rejuvenating 20 minute Yoga for All Abilities session!

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