Live from Home: Building a Strong Foundation

Betsy Hoyt

Patron Saint: 
St. Angela Merici
Physical Focus: 
Standing Half Linked Backbend
Class Length: 
30 - 45 min
Spiritual Focus: 
Transformed by the Loving Gaze of Jesus

Live! from Home: Building a Strong Foundation is a 40-minute, level 1 class that begins and ends on the mat, but is otherwise full of many standing poses that will work the major muscle groups and drive the heart-rate up a bit. Betsy designed the class to prepare you to engage in a strong and effective way in a standing half-linked backbend, which you will try near the end of the class. This pose can be difficult as it challenges our balance while strengthening the legs, ankles, and back, and stretching the shoulders, chest, thighs, groin, and abdomen. Throughout the workout you will engage in pike pose, low-lunge with backbend, twists, side-bends, plank, side-plank, forward-folds, and quad-stretches, which will help you build the strength and flexibility needed to successfully enter a standing half-linked backbend. You may like to take note of how you feel in this pose...wobbly? strong?...and remember to take note of what improvements you notice next time you try it. The long-hold position is a reclined inner-thigh stretch during which you will hear a meditation about being transformed by the loving gaze of Jesus. The music you will enjoy during this class is peaceful, perfect for allowing you to focus on both the physical and spiritual aspects of the class. We hope "Building a Strong Foundation" gives you the confidence to start where you are, the encouragement to challenge yourself to try new things, and the time to allow Jesus’ loving gaze to pierce your heart.