Dec 12, 2013
- Filming Location: Exhale Spa, Venice, California
- Style: Vinyasa SmartFlOW
- Intensity: Level 2 = A Moderately Intense Yoga Video
- Focus: Alignment + Arm Balances + Inversions
- Average Rating: 5/5
On the teacher.
Born and bred in Southern California, Tiffany Russo credits yoga for supplying the yin in her life to counter Los Angeles’ yang-like energy. She has completed her 500-hour SmartFLOW teacher training certification under the guidance of her teacher, mentor, and fellow YogaVibes teacher, Annie Carpenter, and is now a senior SmartFLOW yoga teacher.
On the class.
Begin this online yoga flow in Virasana (Hero Pose). Explore shoulder work with a block as you practice plugging your upper arms into your shoulder sockets and engaging your upper back in preparation for the fun, challenging inversion/arm balance: Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). Flow through an alignment-focused class designed to strengthen and open the shoulders and create length in the spine and side body. Experience a strong standing flow in this online yoga class that will end with backbends, core work, seated twists, and forward folds. (81 mins.)
What people are saying.
- “Excellent class, well structured, very clear instruction and clear focus on alignment. Tiffany works the class up to pincha so well that pincha somehow becomes easier! Loved the class!”
- “Thanks Tiffany – loved it.”
For more of Tiffany Russo’s Vinyasa SmartFLOWs, check out her growing collection of online yoga videos on YogaVibes.
Dec 11, 2013
This week’s featured Strike-A-Pose yoga video is brought to you by the lovely Sarah Ezrin of Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Sarah will offer tips on how to strike backbends safely using Camel Pose (Ustrasana) to demonstrate.
In other words, less backbending and more spinal lengthening.
In fact, “backbend” is sort of a misnomer. The intention in backbends is really to create spinal length. Creating a long line of energy through the spine helps to avoid any crunching or compression of the lumbar spine, which can over time, lead to lower back pain and injury. No good. So, you really want to go for a longer lower back and feel that lift coming from the upper back.
Tune in to find more extension in your backbends. Take your time. Feel more lift. And then…only then…begin to arch up and over intelligently and safely.
Dig this online yoga demo?
Check out Sarah’s additional free yoga videos and full-length online yoga classes on YogaVibes!
Image Credit: Camel Pose via www.jayayogini.tumblr.com
Dec 10, 2013
Cranky hips? Cranky mood?
Well, it’s time to clean out your emotional junk drawer!
In yoga, it’s believed that there’s an unshakable union between the mind, body, and spirit. So, what’s ailing the mind also ails the body, the spirit, and so on. In other words, if something is weighing on you spiritually, emotionally, or mentally, it is likely to present itself somewhere in your body.
For example, if you’re holding on to emotional things from your past, it’s likely to show up in your hips.
Our hips are notorious for storing long-held feelings of fear, guilt, stress, sadness, grief, confusion, judgement, and other strong emotions to which we have been unconsciously clinging. Deep hip opening stretches can release these emotions, often leading to life-changing emotional breakthroughs. Many people go through a period of extreme upset during hip openers before this significant shift occurs. But after going through the deep motions and dark emotions, something super sweet happens – something akin to a cleansing of the soul.
As you work deeply with your body in yoga, emotional issues are bound to surface. Sure, it can feel stressful or difficult to cope when these feelings spontaneously arise, but rather than push these feelings back down below the surface, it’s best to just feel them – to ride them out.
As the wise Rumi says…
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
In other words, you have to visit the dark, discomforting side of things to realize the light.
To work on your hips, here’s an online yoga class with Justin Michael Williams – a quick, 30-minute Vinyasa flow. This short and sweet online yoga video features deep hip openers to help you find more openness and release any unnecessary and negative emotions. Though listed as a Level 2 yoga video, this online yoga flow is very straightforward and complete with solid, clear instructions that even the yoga newbie can follow.
Enjoy this healing, happy hip giving flow!
Image Credit: Lizard Pose via www.wildinwoods.tumblr.com
Dec 9, 2013
You better watch out because…
Jolly ol’ St. Nick is coming to town…very soon!
That means ‘tis the season to get down to business.
Toiling with what to give your yoga friends?
Well, toil no more.
Give your bendy, om-ing buds something worthy of some fa la la la la la la la!
Note: All mentioned toys and goodies are available in our YogaOutlet.com powered online yoga store.
- Deck their practice with…spiritual gangster status.
See picture. ‘Nough said.
- The most wonderful…yoga mat!
No, not the slippery, flimsy kind. Something legit and sturdy. Think Manduka, Jade, prAna, and Hugger Mugger.
- Here comes…stocking stuffers!
Suggestions: Yoga straps, yoga mat spray (the good organic stuff, of course), yoga towels, ToeSox, yoga headbands, and yoga eye bags.
- Oh holly props!
Ideas: Cork blocks, Hugger Mugger Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion, foam rollers, and bolsters.
- An online yoga wonderland!
Yeah, yeah. We gotta tout up our yoga online, of course! Give your yogi friend(s) access to one month or one year of yoga at home, on-the-go, on the road, wherever! It’s the perfect gift for yoga newbies, yoga teachers, advanced students…anyone that digs yoga! It’s the gift that keeps giving, with newly added online yoga classes coming forth on a daily basis alongside a vast, diverse collection of yoga videos from leading, internationally-recognized yoga teachers.
And now, go have yourself a merry little Christmas!
Fa la la la la la la la…
Dec 6, 2013
Always wanted to take a stab at Ashtanga Yoga?
Well, here’s your opening to practice with the best of the best – the awe-inspiring Kino MacGregor.
If you’re like me, you might find the Ashtanga practice a tad intimidating. I mean if you’ve ever watched Ashtangis in action the practice, while mad impressive, looks like a real ballbuster. That’s why we’re offering an online yoga class to ease you in. This way, you won’t go running away sourpussed and defeated.
If you’re a newbie, Kino’s Ashtanga Yoga Basics class is the perfect point of entry.
On the class…
The Sun Salutations and Standing Postures form the fundamental postures and practice of all Ashtanga Yoga students. Set at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, this online yoga video features the postures with a focus on healthy alignment and coordination of breath with movement. The Ashtanga Yoga practice is built on three points, known in Sanskrit as the Tristana method. The postures, the breath and the focal point give your mind and body a specific set of instructions to train the body and calm the mind. Use this online yoga practice to build up your Ashtanga Yoga know-how. And oh yeah…be prepared to sweat! (32 mins.)
Once you feel at ease with the basics, you can venture toward the Ashtanga Yoga Half Primary Series.
On the class…
The Primary Series is the foundational practice that builds strength and flexibility while healing the body and calming the mind. Follow the Sanskrit Vinyasa counts to strengthen your practice, build endurance and challenge yourself to go beyond your limitations. This yoga video includes detailed technical instruction for the postures and stops at Supta Kurmasana – the great gateway posture that forms the crescendo of the Primary Series. In the Ashtanga Yoga method, when you get to a gateway posture it is advised that you do not just modify and move on, but instead work deeply on that posture. If you mobilize your full life energy and direct it towards the tight, weak and unconscious places within your body, the vehicle of the practice will spark true inner transformation. (122 mins.)