Jaime Flowers is one of 12 students who are sharing their yoga stories with you as part of our birthday celebration. We hope the stories will energize you to keep growing in your yoga practice, to try new things, and see what happens. Without further ado, here’s Jaime:
How long have you been doing yoga?
How long have you been coming to Evergreen?
Since 2009 or 2010
Why did you start yoga?
For self care in a non-aggressive fashion
What is your favorite pose?
Viparita Kirani variations right now. Favorite poses change from year to year.
What else would you like to share about yourself?
I’m 42. I’m a pharmacist. I enjoy attending ballet performances, international travel and attending music concerts with my husband, Tim.
I’m married to Tim Flowers and we have pug and a pug mix, Nicolas and Zoe.
Jaime and I had a great afternoon taking pictures and talking about yoga.
She regularly attends the Saturday morning Level 2 class, where we work on inversions. One example of an inversion that released the back involves the rope wall. Here, Jaime practices Baddha Konasana in Ropes Sirsasana.
Ardha Chandrasana is a beginning standing poses that involves focus and concentration in order to balance. Jaime demonstrates this pose at the wall. Using the wall enables you to work harder on the actions in the pose that create stability — building strength in the standing leg and turning the pelvis in order to bring flexibility to the hip. The top arm acts like a polestar to bring direction, buoyancy and lightness in this standing pose.
The pose above shows a restorative version of Supta Virasana where props enable you to let go and relax into the pose. Using supports like bolsters, etc. helps bring a sense of quiet and stillness in many poses. Supta Virasana can also be done in a more active way with fewer props.
It stretches the front thighs and pelvis to prepare for backbends (including Ustrasana which Jaime demonstrates above). This pose also brings flexibility to the feet and the ankles, so poses like Lotus Pose and Bhekasana (Frog Pose) come more easily. This pose can be invaluable to people who sit all day at work. You can see it stretches the front body. It is also useful to athletes who run and cycle.
Supta Virasana stretches the front thighs and pelvis to prepare for backbends (including Ustrasana which Jaime demonstrates here at right).
Both poses bring flexibility to the feet and the ankles. Practicing the poses in a sequence, you can warm up with each poses so the next one in the sequence becomes better and you can lead toward a “final” pose. Both Supta Virasana and Ustrasana bring more flexibility in the feet and ankles, which make poses like Lotus Pose and Bhekasana (Frog Pose) come more easily. Both Supta Virasana and Ustrasana stretch the front side of the body. They can be invaluable to people who sit all day at work. It is also useful to athletes who run and cycle. Jaime has been working on opening the quads, front of hips and chest…which is one reason why her backbends are improving — and as you can see her Ustrasana is beautiful!