Week 1 – Day 2: Moving Meditation Part II

Moving Meditation Part II!

Chairs, squats, and sun salutations, oh my! Though we will be flowing a lot today, this class isn’t particularly fast. But, as usual, if you need or want to keep a slightly different pace from me, feel free to speed it up or slow it down. This class is equal parts brisk and refreshing, so get ready!

 

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