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This yoga with weights class focuses on building core strength while challenging your balance with a creative combination of standing poses; incorporating extra hip opening. Add upper body strength moves to sculpt your arms, plus cardio bursts to raise your heart rate, and you'll create core strength and balance like never before! Relax with a long cool down, savasana, and pranayama. Practice with light hand weights or none at all! Thank you to prAna for providing the yoga mats. (72 mins.)
For over fifteen years, Danielle Diamond has been teaching a kick-butt yoga class that focuses on alignment and breath to open your body through a creative sequence, designed to make you smile as much as you'll sweat. After stumbling upon yoga while producing a fitness video for MTV and dealing with over-use injuries from being a hard-core runner, Danielle realized the important effect learning to meditate had on her mental health. It allowed her to find peace inside herself and to face her biggest challenges head on: her mother's suicide, her father's bankruptcy, and her own body issues.
More and more, Danielle noticed her students would lift weights after doing yoga. This inspired her to develop Xen Strength Yoga and create a modern twist on yoga that truly meets her client's needs. Her program combines a vinyasa flow with light hand weights, and will be featured in the book she is currently writing about yoga and the Zone Diet with Dr. Barry Sears of The Zone Diet fame. Additionally, Danielle is honored to have recently been featured in Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful campaign and upcoming book, as well as being the featured wellness blogger on Bobbi's blog: www.everythingbobbi.com. To learn more about Danielle, Xen Strength Yoga, her DVDs and teacher trainings, please visit her website at www.xenstrength.com.