Class #1930

Fletcher-Inspired Circle

50 min - Class


Ever hear the anecdote that Ron Fletcher didn't do windows or much Magic Circle work? If you have, then you know you're in for a treat with this Mat workout with Jenna Zaffino. It incorporates the Magic Circle using the Fletcher principles of percussive breath, standing, and centering. You'll work through hip and rib isolations, total-body Magic Circle exercises, and wonderful stretches.
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Welcome to Fletcher Polonius with the magic circle. Now this syllabus has been developed over a period of time and I believe there is an anecdote that said that Ron once mentioned that he doesn't do windows and he didn't do a lot of magic circle either. However, this syllabus is adapted to fit the principles, so we will be using the percussive breath from Fletcher pilates as well as the standing in centering cues and some of the fun variations that have been developed throughout the years. One thing to remember is that the circle throughout the work and especially towards the end of class tends to have more of an on or an off switch and we want to attempt to keep it on more of a dimmer. So we use the resistance throughout and we're not just holding a prop but actually working it into the body to enhance everything that we do. So our theme is circle.

We have a circle and we're ready to go. So we'll start with some circular breath. Just rounding the arms to the side, taking a nice deep breath into the full three dimensional space of the rib cage. Inhaling and exhaling. Yeah, do that three times in allowing the ribs to reach out into the arms, allowing the circle of the arms to expand and then to come back in towards the center line and we'll do that once more. Let's lift the right arm up overhead on the inhale and exhale.

Open the circle to the side. Inhale, lifting arm ups at Exhale, place it back down to your side. Inhale the left and the focus. So follow your palm up and take it out directly. Side lifting and back down through mid line. Let's keep that arm in front of us. Adding the left and opening to the side. Lifting and back down together in limb. Let's take both arms, reaching up and open, facing forward. [inaudible] lifting up, breathing into the circle and bringing it back down.

One more time and lift and open. [inaudible] up and lower and then we're going to circle the shoulders, rolling them forward. On the inhale. Exhale, bringing them down, adding the elbow. Inhale and exhale back. Yeah, adding the arm up and back and again, circle the shoulder girdle. [inaudible] elbows, reach, arms lift should reverse from back to front. Elbows up, arms lift and reach. Shoulders.

Okay. Elbows and [inaudible] arms lift and press down. And then let's just take the arms out to the side, bringing it into a two count breath. Breathing in, in, out, out. Wow. Reverse four, three, two. And from here, rounding their arms back down with energy. Okay. [inaudible] rolling to the ball. The right foot and place and the left [inaudible] let's roll to the ball of the foot to the Tiptoe, to the ball, to the heel left.

[inaudible] bringing a lot of warmth into all of the joints for standing in for support. When we're down on the mat, [inaudible] focus is enhanced by the circle and not only on the circle itself. Yes. So we're now, we're going to roll to the tiptoe and we're just going to take a circular step up and out to the side. So maybe a quarter circle. And then we're going to come back in and articulate the foot toe ball heel.

So we'll go inhale out and exhale and inhale out a little balance and exhale [inaudible] and as we come back together, think of lining up the ankle bones, the area just above the knees at your VM. Oh, and at the top of the inner thighs. One more and all the way. And let's play a circle. Arms forward and stretch. [inaudible] [inaudible] clean a contract. Round the spine forward and a full breath to roll back up to stand tall again please. [inaudible] and round in rural all the way up.

Last one. Play a round the spine over. Pull the valley back. Let's pulse the play down. Yep. [inaudible] opening up the lower back, reaching the hips towards the heels. Two more sets and the last one. And then coming all the way up to vertical. Yeah. And step the feet just wider than the circle itself. So you're using the circle as a visual cue.

We're going to take the hands on the rib cage along the front. We're going to do some rib isolation. So go way back to jazz class and let's see what happens. I'll take a little bend of the knees. We're going to send the ribcage forward on the inhale to the right, on the exhale to the back on the inhale and to the left.

Again, forward to the right, to the back, and to the left and forward, and now to the left, back to the right. Forward trying to just rotate and move that rebuts ribcage around in a circle without the hips. Now let's go to the right all the way around. Inhale and exhale and again, and reverse. One more time and around and center. Take the hands to the hip. Still a little bend in the hips.

We're going to send the hips under in a postier till sending the right hip out to the side. Send the tail back as we go into an anterior tilt and send the opposite hip over. So inhale, exhale, reach the tail back. Reach the hip side. Now reverse. Inhale under. Exhale to the side. Inhale back XL to the right. One more time, you know? Yes, we're going to circle these hips. It'll be the most fun we've had all day. Here we go. Let's go under, around to the right again, add reverse.

Last one. Stand up tall, lifting up through the hips. We'll rotate the legs to turn out. And now we're going to go into a bit of a body circle. So we'll bring the arms out to circle, circled, position open. We'll take a breath to side bend up and over to the, let's go the other way. Over to your right. Okay.

As you make a play, a round your body into that contraction. Make a circle with the arms. Reach the side bend up and over to the left. There we go. And then come all the way back to center. Let's do that again. A full breath off and over. Please.

[inaudible] round the body up and over to the opposite side and the lift and reverse to the left round and deepen your play to the right, up and over. One more time to the left and deepen to the right. Up and over. And then we're just gonna flow. So we're inhale up and over to the right. Exhale down and around and all the way up. Good. Inhale.

Up and over to the left please. [inaudible]. Here we go to the rights because there's a bit of release that you have to let happen through your spine, but your foundation is through your legs. Just finding some freedom, letting whatever happens happen. Doesn't matter how pretty it is or perfect. It's just about letting it go. One more time and up. Let's walk the feet in. Yes, circle the arms up and then we'll round the spine all the way down.

So take the circle. We're going to keep the fingertips by the side of the circle for a moment and then just bend your knees. Inhale, lift your hips up and let your head reach down towards the circle as you exhale. Inhale, bend, exhale, stretching the hamstrings. Just a bit more. And one more time, Ben and stretch. And then go ahead and take the circle. We'll roll all the way up to a standing position, standing nice and firmly on the three points of the feet, drawing up through the mid line of the body. When you reach the arms forward, feel the shoulder blades down into the back.

We'll start with elbows bent and fingertips reaching long. So we'll start with the chest press. We're going to inhale, press into the circle. Exhale, control the release. So as you breathe, feel the sides of your ribs. Expand the chest, the back of the body, bringing as much breath as you can. One more time. [inaudible] adding a cliche as you press and again, sliding down and up as if your spine was up against a wall.

[inaudible] last one, standing tall. One more breath to press in and hold. Pulse [inaudible] last sec. Now control the opening so you still have tension and reach the arms forward. Creating an oval with your arms. Little Bend in the elbows. Good. Lift the toes and rotate to turnout. Inhale, press.

Think of the biceps moving inward towards midline and Xcel. Control the release. Inhale, press and easy open. And again, press keeping the chest wide. Constantly thinking about the placement of the blades on the back. Adding a play as you press, bending and stretch. So all of these variations we're working with, the legs are just a way to change up and add some coordination.

Do a little more than just stand and press the circle. Let's this time. Stay in the plea a-hole the circle. Pulse, the play. [inaudible]. Get a little deeper. Creasing at the front of the ankles. Full breaths to stand tall, bringing the arms up overhead.

Yeah, lift your shoulders up. Bring your blades down into your back pockets, and again, lift. Feel your collarbones broadening as you lower. One more time and lower. Then we're going to bend the elbows and we're going to put our big eighties headphones on. Maybe I should have a theme this class or on the 80s all right, so from here we're moving the full arm inward, pressing into the circle, and then exhale, release with control. Feel the headphones down so that you can really listen to him on either side. There you go. Inhale, press. Exhale, release, and press one more.

Now from here we're going to press in, extend the arms up overhead. Inhale, Bend and press. Okay, and then, and press one more Bandon as you extend, make sure that Halos directly over your head. We're going to lift to center, send the hips to the right. The body goes left. Big Hip stretch here and we're going to pulse the circle. Little squeezes, trying to avoid those shoulders lifting one more set and lifting up through the center all the way to the other side.

Finding that side bend and Paul to [inaudible]. Last one coming up back through center. Lower the arms down. Open your legs to a wide second position. Let's roll the shoulders up and back one more time. So working your turnout, drawing the heels together as if you could pull the edges of your mat closer to mid line and we're going to rotate the spine, keeping the pelvis facing forward.

We'll take a full breath to rotate the body to your, your right and then back to center. So think of using the turning of the rib cage and the turning of the sternum to turn the circle rather than just moving the arm side to side. Okay. Again, breathe to lengthen and rotate. Lift and center.

Adding on were take a full breath to rotate to your right. Should the arms lift up overhead while you maintain the rotation. Come Center and lower. Rotate left. Reach the arms and lift the torso up and center. So anytime those arms go over head, we'll try to form, find more length through our spine to the right lift center and lower last time to the left.

Lift up away from the hips center and lower down. Good. Walk the feet back into the center of your mat. We're going to inhale here. Exhale, roll down to contract from here. Place the down, place your fingertips to the mat. We'll lift the heels up, come into a small ball, lower your hips to your heels. That's it. Round your spine. And just take three deep breaths to feel your selections.

So deep breath in, opening up the low back, curling the pelvis again. Yeah. And one more time from here. Have a seat gently to the map. You got it. And then we'll take the circle. So we're going to go through, um, a few half roll downs with some endurance work as we go using the circle in the front.

And so remember as it gets more difficult for the abdominal muscles to not just let this be something that's stressing your shoulders out, but really a tool that can enhance your connection to your back and help you through the exercise. So we'll start sitting nice and tall. When we come up. We'll be recovering into a diamond and the forward spine stretch and then rolling up through the spine to close the legs back. So we'll inhale, lengthen. We're going to take a pelvic tilt to roll back, find your sacred, and potentially a little bit lower. But since this is the first time, we'll just hold here. So let's squeeze the circle. Pressing in. Inhale, exhale deep in the belly. Slow release on the circle four times. Okay. Open the lace to the diamond round up and over and reach forward.

Let's pulse forward [inaudible] roll up through the spine, allowing your legs to close, sitting tall. Inhale XL. Rolling back to the sacrum. Let's go to your edge right before you feel like you're going to just lose a little bit of your connection and we're going to rotate the up or spine to their right and back to center and to the left. Keeping the legs hugging to mid line to the right and center. Turning the rib cage to move the arms one more time. Each side.

Last time. Deepening the belly on the exhalation. Opening the legs to round up and over into the diamond and pulse. Four three, two and row up through your spine to sit tall. Once again. Inhale here. Exhale, contract to roll down. This time we're holding center and simply lifting the arms up overhead and lower down. Try not to send your head under the circle, but rather bring the circle back over your head.

Last two, last one. Open. The legs are rounding over into the Diamond d fold in your hips and pulse. One more variation. Just working on this endurance. Feel your shoulders engaged down into your back. As you roll up, closing the legs last time to go back. Finding that edge. We'll take another breath. Feel the legs together deep in the belly.

We're going to rotate your body to the right. You're going to lift all the way up and over and back to center. So we inhale left. Exhale, ceiling to the right, to the center, to the right and to the ceiling. Left and center again, left [inaudible] last time, rotating left up to the right, back to center. And then take a breath to roll all the way back down to the mat.

Excellent. So we're going to go through the abductor patterns. So take your circle and place it at your knee magnet, which is right down your VMO, just above your knees. And then place your feet flat. And I like to start everyone out a little bit more engaged than open. So bring your heels into the closest position to hip.

With that you can go. So you're really starting. Yes, very. You may be can go out a little bit. Perfect. Okay, so again from here, let's remember those three points that I mentioned before. The magnet points is what we call them, right between the ankles, above the knees and at the end seam. So as the legs come together, it's an as if those three points are coming closer to midline. We're going to take the arms out to a t, nice, wide chest, palms facing down, and then inhale, squeeze into the circle and Exhale, control the release in. Inhale, engage the full length of your inner thighs and exhale with control. Making sure that our pelvis is more in a neutral position than a tilted one.

[inaudible] and we'll do one more in and hold. Now only the right knee will open out to the side. Left leg holds it space. Inhale and then exhale, come back. We're going to do that four times on the right. Breathing in to open and this is fun to play with your breath.

Can you breathe into your right lung as your leg opens and feel the right side of your body expanding to this side. Let's go left. Inhale, open and back to center, making sure that your pelvis stay stable as the leg opens so that femur bone is just rolling in the hip socket, slightly out and back in last one or more with both legs. Inhale and exhale. Finding the midline together. Good. Always interesting to see which leg is the leader. Two more. It's you're right.

Last one. And come in to stay and will pulse in going. Inhale. Inhale. Exhale. Exhale. Four, three, two, and one. Good. Hold onto the circle. Reach your arms up over your chest. Breathing in and contract forward to take the circle in your hands. Good. We'll take the circle out from in between the knees and from here, draw your legs into tabletop. And we're going to thread the needle, reaching the feet right through the circle. Placing on the circle, onto the outside of the ankles. Yes. Good.

And then from here, extend your legs to 90 and lower your head back to the mat, arms and a t. So let's flex the feet here and we're gonna really route through the center of this sacrum. So we're trying not to curl the tailbone up, but rather reached the sitz bones long and we're gonna work the outer thighs, pressing the legs equally open. Inhale, and then exhale against the low release without letting the circle drop. Okay. Inhale, open, and exhale, release. And let's try to really press up through the heels, stretching the legs. This time it's your left leg. That's the leader.

And exhale four more times. Press Open and release. Imagine that you're standing on the ceiling, feeling the bottom of your foot, the sole on the same plane as the ceiling too. [inaudible] and one more and good. So from here, point your toes and in a fantastic party trick moment, you're going to let the circle slide down just above your knees and catch it. One, two, three go. It was, it was amazing. [inaudible] it will take, it will take some rehearsal. So let's bend the knees down and we'll place the feet flat.

And now we're going to go add doctor from here. So with your legs long, you could really feel the full length of your outer thigh line with your legs short and bent. It sometimes feels like you're just moving your knees out and pushing into your it band. So let's think not only of pushing from the knees, but also from pushing from what we call the side bolts or the hips. So as you move the legs open, inhale, press out the full hip with, and then exhale, slowly release the resistance. And again, inhale, move out from the outer ankles, outer knees, outer hips, and exhale. And this is also great time to practice that lateral breath. So breathing along the sides of the ribcage to expand and exhale.

Good. One more time. Inhale and exhale. We're going to add a posterior pelvic tilt and we'll inhale. Press the circle. Exhale, curl this hail back and feel the waistline weight. Excellent. So from here we're going to keep the circle pressed out and continue to press the hips up towards the ceiling all the way articulating. And at the top, the outer thigh position gives us a really nice length and hip flexor. And as we roll down, we're going to let the chest go first.

So we feel the upper spine articulate, roll through the rims, and then roll out towards the tailbone. And if that position didn't feel very stable, sometimes we need to walk the heels in a little bit more towards the sits bones, right? So we're pressing out into the circle. On the inhale, we're curling the pelvis back on the exhalation. As you start to peel up through the spine, think of energy reaching out through your knees to the sides into the front and good press down through the full width of your arms. Feel the back of your underarm, opening your chest, and then keep that pressure as you inhale and exhale, letting your sternum slide down, letting each pair of ribs imprint towards the Mat, and then reaching down through your spine to your tail. Excellent. So there's our public press and now we're going to do pelvic press in a circle.

So we take the first beginning, the same way we inhaled to press the circle out or exhaling to curl the tailbone under and roll up feeling the backs of the legs engaged. Now we're going to work a circle around the spine, not necessarily the sides of the body, but closer towards midline. So we're going to start rolling down along the right side of your spine. So take a breath and feel that right side more weighted than the left. And you might even feel the hips twist slightly as you come down to your right hip, you'll pass through center, you'll wait on the left side of the spine and then start to curl up for a little bit more oblique work on the way up. Good and come through center.

So let's circle this same way, kind of like a cement mixer. So we'll inhale and exhale, roll down halfway along the right inhale and exhale, roll all the way out to the tailbone. Inhale and exhale. Roll up halfway on the left. Inhale and XL roll up to the top and then we'll go down one more time on the right [inaudible] [inaudible] then we'll go down on the left. So we're rolling down the left side of the spine.

[inaudible] down along the left hip to center and curling up along the right side of the spine. [inaudible] all the way up or reaching out through the knees to center. And again, going left. [inaudible] really trying to connect and open the sides of the back. You'll notice that one side usually feels different than the other just based on however we're working with their body through the day tension and different restrictions. One more time to the left, [inaudible] [inaudible] and up on the right. Then we're going to come to center and then roll down slowly through the center, trying to feel the awareness that we've just developed at both sides of the spine. Nice. And even through the back. Very nice.

So let's draw the knees into the chest. We're going to take the circle out. Unthread we'll keep this circle over the center of the chest and take the legs up to 90 degrees straight up and we'll flex the feet and point [inaudible] one more time. Yes, rotate to turn out. And from here we'll open into a wide v. So just stretching those inner thighs. We're going to pulse the legs open without bouncing them, so see if he can work them more open in a safe way. Breathing in in and flex and keep pulsing.

[inaudible] we're going to rotate the legs into deeper turnout and draw them together to the ceiling. Point your toes rotate back to parallel, and we're holding 90 so working the inner thigh connection, taking a full breath to curl the head and shoulders up off the mat. Find your deepest contraction, wrapping the shoulder girdle down, and then we're deepening that contraction by rolling back one bone and exhale, lifting the shoulder girdle up again. Roll back. Exhale, lift. [inaudible]. One more. Lifting up, lift a little higher, and then lower all the way down. Bending your knees and take the circle on top of your shins.

We're not done with that one yet, but we'll take a little break. Pull the knees and pulsing. [inaudible] four, three, two, and one. So let's extend back up to that position again. Your legs are at 90 take a full breath to curl the head and shoulders up off the mat, reaching the circle a little more up and towards the legs. Let's deepen the contraction four times. So inhale back one bone XL.

Lift a little higher again. Inhale back. Exhale, lift up two more times back and reach the circle up towards the toes. Last one back and whole. Now without coming off of your sacred fold in your right hip to bring your right leg back to the circle and exhale, bring the legs together and then the left light comes back and together and from the hip folds both legs come back without losing the tail connection and together. Now let's go left. Inhale, back and together. Right side. Anchor the pelvis down and fold in the hips as close as you can and together and roll down to the mat. Drawing the knees in. Taking this circle over the shins. We'll pulse them in again for eight, seven we have one more to do.

Four, three, two. We're going to extend the arms up legs to 90 okay, and then take a full breath to your upper contraction. No deepening this time. Press your right leg to hover above the floor. Very go. All right. From here. Now we deep in. Inhale back one bone. Xcel. Reach the circle up to that left leg and again too.

And three, sinking the belly down as you reach the circle up. One more. Four, take a full breath and scissor the legs to switch. [inaudible] four more times down and exhale up and two and lift. That's it. Try to feel the breath. Help you lift up. Last one. Inhale, lift both legs up as you lift higher and bend the knees to roll all the way down. Yes, little movement, lots of sensation, which is the teaching word for pain or burning just in case you were wondering. All right, so let's take this circle off to the side. We're going to take the legs out along the mat, we can bring it to your right side is perfect. Good.

And we're reaching the arms up to the ceiling and you're going to contract all the way up to sit at the top. All right, and we're just going to do a little variation to roll up through your spine. I'm going to go into a bit of a side stretch. So we'll take our fourth position. Let's go right leg in, front and left leg behind. Excellent. And from here we're going to take the left arm up and over and we're coming into a side bend down onto the elbow. So as much as possible, reaching that opposite hip down, pulling the rib cage up and feeling a nice arc through center.

And then using your torso to lift you up and over rotate. We'll take your right hand to your knee, left hand to your ankle and pull back into a stretch. Almost a pelvic tilt here. Good. And then we're going to come back up and back to the t. So let's put it all together. Inhale and XLF and over. Yeah.

Yes. Lift to our t. [inaudible] up and over in the opposite direction. [inaudible] and back to the team. Yes.

Lift and reach. [inaudible]. Let's see if we can do it with a little less breaths and we're going to inhale. Exhale. [inaudible].

Inhale, exhale. [inaudible] a lot of arm work, but the arms are driven by the spine. [inaudible] last one. Yeah. And to the T. Good. Lower down. We're going to come back to center. We'll get the other side. I promise. Let's keep your feet pointed legs together.

We're going to rotate the knees to your right, keeping the chest facing fronts and come to center to the left and center. To the right and center and to the left and center. Now a little prep for hip circles. So going to the right, let's see if we can extend the legs up. Bend and center, left, extend staying tall. Good. And then [inaudible] and center to the right and extend. Bend and center. Left then and center.

And then you're going to split the legs back to the fourth position. Other side. Alright. And we'll bring the arms out to a tee. Once again, we'll come up and over to a side bend. Inhale and exhale, you're going to your left. Bingo. Good. And then inhale and exhale. Find the vertical coming up and over, pulling back into that little pelvic tilt, curving the spine and up to the t. Full breath again. Up and over. [inaudible] and that's flow. So we'll inhale up and exhale through.

Center in help pull XL center and [inaudible]. [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] last time. [inaudible] [inaudible] and center to the T. Excellent. So you're going to bring the opposite leg around. We're going to come into a diamond back up and we are going to do some single leg presses in the diamond. So the circle stands vertically, the left leg goes onto the handle, or the pat on the bottom and the right leg. Hopefully we can do this without too much help for lysis on the top.

And then we are sitting in the best approximation of a long diamond. So it's about the distance between your middle finger and your elbow, and it's a position that allows you to get right up on your sitz bone. So we're certainly trying not to just sit back into a comfort zone and then the hands can be on the floor in a low B. I'm gonna take mine slightly to the sides and we're sitting nice and tall. So using lateral line, whole outer line, we're going to inhale and press the circle down as best you can.

Think of your hip opening and think of really working from the top of the hip as you exhale, lifting back up. So as you inhale, the leg presses down, the spine lifts up as much as possible, and exhale slowly recover. We'll do this a couple more times. [inaudible] [inaudible] and then the last one, press down to stay and pulse down. [inaudible] four, three, two and one. So now we can feel those muscles in that line.

We're going to work the arms out to a second position. Nice and lifted. Stay lifted through your torso. Inhale, press and exhale, lift. It does not go down quite as far as it did before. We're trying not to use the body weight to move the circle. Just working the leg.

[inaudible] two [inaudible] and one and lift. No pulses this time. Just bring the arms to a first position. Circle in front if we can. We're going to lengthen the leg up. If not, we're going to rest it on the circle. We better flex it first and point. Relax. Two more. Staying Tall.

I'm talking to myself as much as anybody and good and then come all the way down. Boy, take that c-section. You're placing the front down and the other one on top. So finding the nice lifted spine, deep hip, fold arms slightly behind so you can keep the chest open and then make sure the foot is in a full turnout. Yes, so you're more on the side of your ankle. And then from here, inhale, press that. Half of the diamond down and lift. Hey [inaudible] one more to press down and hold. Okay, pause.

[inaudible] just pulsing in to the engagement of the leg. Two more sets last [inaudible] and then take a full breath to sit taller, reaching the arms out to the side and we'll press down. [inaudible] smiling always helps with balance. [inaudible] [inaudible] last two, last one. Circling the arms, extending the leg up, holding as much as possible. Flex and 0.2 more.

Last one and good. And now we get a reward. So we'll do take the circle pound. We'll bring the legs together and we're going to roll down to the back. Let's take four breaths just to really accentuate the pelvis, the waste, the back of the ribs, and then the upper body lengthens all the way out. So we're going to go into a three-way hip stretch and we'll place the circle or turn the circle vertically so that both hands are on one handle and the other's free.

I'm going to take your right foot up into the circle on the ball of the foot first and second foot centers and then just extend it. And if your leg is not at nine knee, try not to force it yet. You can let it kind of hang into the circle and use your arms for help. We're still trying to work on lengthen and we'll keep the opposite leg bent. We're going to push through the ball of the foot into the circle to just extend and engage the calf and then flex and give the circle a little tug.

As you tug on the circle. Think of pulling the top of the foot towards your Shin for a little extra support and engagement. So we're inhaling press and exhale. Flex. Yes. Push and flex.

Okay. And one more push and flex. Yes. From here, keeping a flex, we're going to fold in the hip using the front line of the leg to pull the leg back any amount towards you and relief. And again, so each time trying to find the support in the stretch, not just blindly pulling your leg into different positions, but really feeling where it's being pulled from and now pull to a working position. So not your deepest stretch, but certainly one where you can feel it.

Extend your bottom leg long along the mat. Try to feel the hamstring. We're going to keep the left hand on the circle and the right hand. We'll go out to a tee on the floor, keeping your hips evenly weighted. Use your inner thighs to bring that leg across the body so you can feel the whole lateral line lengthen. And this should just feel yummy or sensational depending on where we're at.

Good. And if you love this and want even more sensation, you can turn the sole of your foot in the direction that your leg is going and get a little bit of your perennials to open up. So you would turn the sole of your foot to your left. That's it. Good. And then release. We're going to take the circle and the foot back to center. Switch hands, which sides, and then open the leg out to the side without letting your opposite hip lift or falling off a table. And we'll hold there for one more moment and then bend the knee all the way in and we'll take the other side. So right leg is bent, left leg comes up.

We're prepping for a nice big leg circle from mat work. So think of your boundaries as we go through each position. So we'll point or push the sole of the foot up and flex and pull the top of the foot towards your shin. Inhale, push. Exhale, flex [inaudible] two more times [inaudible] and come to a flex. And then using the front line, fold in your hip, engage your quad, pull the leg towards you, and then slow release. Engage the leg towards you. So the more there as a guide and your leg is really doing the work to come in closer to your body. Last one, lengthen the bottom leg all the way out along the map.

We're going to take the right hand onto the circle of left arm up to a t and use your inner thigh to draw the leg across until you reached the point of tension that feels out of your comfort zone, but certainly not into pain at all. And once we're there we can turn the sole of the foot. If you want to go farther, you can certainly keep breathing and then we'll come back to center. Exchange hands. Keep the opposite hip long and end connected as you're on the mat and reach out through that.

So really stretching open the abductors that we worked before. Good. And then we'll bring the leg all the way back to center. So that was just a little interlude back to work. We're going to take the circle off to the side and Ron's leg circle is a more um, advanced in that it has a big range of motion. So certainly we're working from an understanding of where the pelvics is placed in regular leg circles.

We're going to take the arms out to a t and we'll take the right leg of the legs along on the Mat. And the right leg up to 90 degrees. Okay, so the first action is to actually lift the right hip to slice the leg across to come to a hover above. And ideally we're working that 90 degree angle. So you still have the hamstring stretch, right, without hiking the hip? Uh Huh. Good. So from here the belly pulls back to return the hips down as the leg slices down to meet the opposite and your internal. Then you glide, float the leg all the way out to the side and use your inner thigh hip flexor to come back to center. So we're going to take a full breath for each position and then we'll ramp it up a little bit. So inhale and exhale, reaching over chest stay centered.

Inhale and exhale. Slice the leg down, place the pelvis, reach the like out to the side. And then back to center. Let's do a little faster. Inhale, hip. Inhale. Exhale, hip, excuse me. Inhale out to the side and to this ceiling. And one more time. [inaudible] open to the side and to the ceiling and hold. Now we're going to do it with the breath pattern, which is two inhales and two exhale. So we inhale, hit, inhale, hip. Exhale, leg and leg and hip, hip, leg and leg.

One more hip and hip and leg and reverse going. Open inner thigh across hip lifts, out hip places, flip places and open and inner thigh. Exhale, reach and center. Inhale leg. Inhale, leg and hip and hip. One more. Sure. And center a good length in the leg all the way down. Good. Now if you feel kind of cattywampus on the Mat after we've done that, perhaps we have been hiking the hip to get the leg up.

So we just want to be really careful and mindful of the torso having balanced between the ribs in the hips. Okay, so let's devil pay the left leg up. Just track out the um, range of motion. So we'll take a full breath to lift the hip and slice the leg across to hover above the floor at 90. Good. Press the leg down as the hips replace. Let's reach out to the side, finding it, and then find your inner thigh and your hip flexors to come back. Let's go again. Inhale across. Exhale, pull down through center.

Inhale out to the side and exhale to the ceiling. And then let's double the breath so we breathe in and in and out and out again. [inaudible] two more and ready to reverse. Opening the leg, inner thighs, then the hip and the hip and leg across hip. Lift hip places again, out and together. Reach and place.

Last one out together and reach and place. Good. Lengthen the leg all the way down. Trying to find midline with both legs. Excellent. Let's reach and find the circle. Funny how we tend to toss it away. Every time we get rid of it, we'll reach the arms to the ceiling. We'll engage into the circle to find the back muscles. Inhale, flex your feet XL, curl the head and shoulders up off the mat and take a full breath to come all the way up in your roll up, forward over the legs. Beautiful.

And then from here you can place a circle at the front of the Mat. We're going to transition onto the belly for Swan, so this works best if you're on the floor for a bit of a slippery surface and we're going to take the palms of the hands onto the circle. Legs can be hip with distance apart or together, depending on your sacral comfort here. And we're just going to start by sliding the circle away as we lift the shoulders up and then drawing the blades back down. As we pull the circle towards us with straight arms here, you're going to inhale, reach the circle away and exhale.

Think of the blades coming down and into the V of the back. And again, inhale, reach, and exhale, pull down, broadening the chest. Great. One more time. Inhale and exhale. So find the connection of your shoulder blades into the back and then start to lift from that connection into your swan. So the circle easily slides towards you as a shoulder blades. Pull back. Good. From here. We're going to inhale to lengthen up and then exhale, reach your body, stretch out through your spine as you lower all the way back down. Good. Let's reset the shoulders. Inhale, slide them up. Exhale, slide them down, connecting, and then a full breath to come up towards yours.

Bond drawing the circle closer towards you from the back. Good. Inhaling through the chest, and then exhale, lengthen out through the lower back as you reach forward with control. Beautiful. One more time. Inhale, slide the shoulders away. Exhale, slide them down into the back and then a full breath to come up to the top. Okay, we'll lengthen and then reach all the way forward. Excellent. And then you can leave the circle there.

We'll take your hands under your shoulders and press back to a rest pose. Hips to the heels. Just a stretch from the back for a moment. And then we'll come on to quadro pad. So this is a slightly a cheat, but also a helpful tool towards your pushups. And I'll be really excited to see you guys do push some. Not quite there yet.

Almost almost. But we're going to be inner quadrant pet and you're going to take your circle just below your belly button above your pubic bone. So depending on the length of your femur bones, you might have to fudge around until you find a good position. Once we're in the position with the shoulders down the back line, we're going to step back to a half plank and just make sure that it's, it's stable here. And then we'll bring the opposite leg back to find a full plank. In.

First and foremost, we're just going to breed the plank so you're just inhaling through your back and exhaling to draw the connection of the belly towards the spine, feeling the circle open a little bit more and breathing in and exhale, just stabilizing through the back one more time and exhale all the way together, finding the inner thigh connection and then come down for a moment. So from here, as we go into our pushups, let's see what happened. We're going to come down and up so it will look and sound like this. As we inhale, we'll bend the elbows and exhale, lift the belly away from the circle, and this makes it very manageable. Not necessarily easy but manageable, which is what we want.

So we'll extend one leg back and then the other two meet it, reaching long through the chest, finding the inner thigh connection. You'll inhale, bend your elbows down, lift the belly to lift the body up off the circle. Good. And again, inhale, bend, and exhale. Lift here first, then the arms. Good. Inhale, bend and lift your torso. Then push your arms. Good head bent and press one more time. That's okay. You keep pushing up. [inaudible] and we'll do one more for good luck and bent and press.

And then we're going to let the circle go. Pike the hips, up to the ceiling into an up stretch. Excellent. Good. Let's lift the heels a bit higher on the inhale and then exhale, reach your heels down, accentuating that stretch we found earlier. And again, inhale and exhale. One more time and press the heels down and then walk your feet in towards the circle until you can place them flat. And maybe kick the circle forward a little bit and then slowly roll up through your spine. One bone at a time, placing the hips over the thigh, bones rolling up through the spine, shoulders over the hips had comes up on top, and we'll finish with some circular breaths. Reaching up. [inaudible] noticing how it's easier to move the arms in this range.

Now that we've gone through all this lovely movement, one more and exhale.


Due to last minute cancellations I had some "me" time. I feel so rewarded after doing this class. Fun jazz warm ups, unique and challenging moves. I was never bored! I love all your classes so fun to see you back. Thanks Jenna!
Jenna Zaffino
Thank you so much Denee! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and it's great to be back!
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Hi Jenna , it's nice to see you back here, I enjoyed your class, as usual very creative :).Thnks for sharing .
So much fun and creativity. Thanks for the new ideas. Great workout. Wonderful cueing.
Another great class, thank you, Jenna!
Loved the workout & precision of cues, great work
Any more classes from Jenna coming, PA?
Julia ~ We hope to have Jenna back later this year!
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What a great balanced, circle exercise set! Yes, please come back, you make it fun and challenging!
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Excellent. Great work of breath, movement, balance, stability. Thank you.
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