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Yoga Class Description

In this dynamic, level 2-3 practice, we'll flow through basic Surya Namaskar and Eka Pada Surya Namaskar and build strength towards flying. To take off and soar, we must have a sense of our own power and inner stability and means to fly freely. Hip openers and core power build to a playful journey through Parsva Bakasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana I and II, and transitioning between these. This class was filmed at Yoga Tree Hayes on a really hot day, and this class will get you heated up also! Have two blocks available. (42 mins.)

Level: 3 Style: Vinyasa Flow Yoga Focus: Arm Balancing + Inversions Yoga, Core Yoga, Hip Opening Yoga  

Suggested Yoga Props

two blocks

Comments & Reviews

Average Rating:


Sheila H

Agree, some cues are not clear. At times it is difficult to follow. I am strong, but found this challenging. Nice to have something new to work toward. I would definitely consider this a level 3 class. I would need to watch the sequencing for arm balancing before doing the class again. I wish she had offered modifications, or steps to work on before I can do the entire pose. Otherwise, good challenge

Brittany G

The instructor's cues are not clear, and I found myself constantly looking at the video to follow along. The class is entitled "learning to fly", but the instructor speeds through the arm balances without giving detailed instruction or alignment cues. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who is new to arm balances. The speed of those poses is appropriate for a practitioner who is familiar with arm balances, yet the instructor doesn't call those poses by name (English or Sanskrit). Although I am familiar with all the arm balances in the class, I couldn't figure out what pose to move into without looking at the video (difficult, while arm balancing). Had the instructor given more precise verbal cues throughout the practice, the sequencing would make for a fine challenging level 2 class. Unfortunately, I found this class more frustrating than anything else.

Adam B

I'm not sure I feel this as a 3, but it is a challenging 2. I enjoyed the Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1/2 switch very much. I've never seen or done that transition, lots of fun. The sound fades in and out a bit, which is my reason for 4 stars over 5. Namaste Darcy!



Darcy Lyon

Darcy Lyon is San Francisco-based Anusara Yoga teacher and Expressive Arts therapist (intern). She teaches at Yoga Tree and also leads yoga retreats, workshops and trainings worldwide. Her style is playful and rich with purpose. For her, the focus is on establishing proper alignment to support the body and mind. Her online yoga classes are well-sequenced, well-directed and patiently-paced, often providing the perfect space for yoga beginners or injured students to work. For more on Darcy: www.heartfirearts.com.

Classes By Darcy Lyon

Comments & Reviews

Average Rating:


Sheila H

Agree, some cues are not clear. At times it is difficult to follow. I am strong, but found this challenging. Nice to have something new to work toward. I would definitely consider this a level 3 class. I would need to watch the sequencing for arm balancing before doing the class again. I wish she had offered modifications, or steps to work on before I can do the entire pose. Otherwise, good challenge

Brittany G

The instructor's cues are not clear, and I found myself constantly looking at the video to follow along. The class is entitled "learning to fly", but the instructor speeds through the arm balances without giving detailed instruction or alignment cues. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who is new to arm balances. The speed of those poses is appropriate for a practitioner who is familiar with arm balances, yet the instructor doesn't call those poses by name (English or Sanskrit). Although I am familiar with all the arm balances in the class, I couldn't figure out what pose to move into without looking at the video (difficult, while arm balancing). Had the instructor given more precise verbal cues throughout the practice, the sequencing would make for a fine challenging level 2 class. Unfortunately, I found this class more frustrating than anything else.

Adam B

I'm not sure I feel this as a 3, but it is a challenging 2. I enjoyed the Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1/2 switch very much. I've never seen or done that transition, lots of fun. The sound fades in and out a bit, which is my reason for 4 stars over 5. Namaste Darcy!