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  • The Fast Track to Expanding Awareness

    Guest Post by Tiffany Wood

    As I reviewed the video I made called Expanding Awareness it made me cringe to observe my unaware patterns

    that were revealed to me through the objective lens of the camera. Yes, the contraction I feel around this has also afforded me an opportunity for expansion. I am wise in this way. However, it doesn’t feel good in the moment. Right now, I want to send Yoga Vibes an email and say “Please throw that video out! It’s not worthy and are all my classes that mundane?”

    And so, here I sit. Called to my own expanding awareness moment!

    As I said in my own video, “The things we have the most resistance around are what call us to expand into our awareness the most. Resistance is the container that allows the yogi to really open to the fullness of the moment.“  I was talking about the key actions used in the Anusara Yoga practice known as “hugging in to shine out” or Muscular and Organic Energy in their dynamic interplay within the asana practice. But, as I’ve taught a thousand times, those key actions play out in life off the mat as well. To hold ourselves in our own strong container that is aware of who we are in the moment allows us to access our own sticky parts; to know ourselves more fully. Especially when hugging into ourselves is NOT an easy or loving moment in time, is when the yogi is called to the true purpose of the practices!

    I can hold myself hostage in my own self critical judgments and stay in my limited and harsh view of myself OR

    I can place my awareness on what a gift it is to see myself more clearly so that I expand into the freedom that I already am. Hmm….I love this game!  Yogis know WHY RESISTANCE is VITAL to freedom and we know we have a choice.

    I once again choose to hug into my own resistance; the teachings that have been given to me by my teachers. Oh, yes, this is what I mean when I say to new teachers that the practice of teaching yoga will call you to your growth opportunities faster than most other tracks in life!

    I can find comfort and inspiration by expanding my awareness into what feels most life affirming in this moment in time. I can willingly reach for the high vibrational good feeling of acknowledging that life flows through me and I am forever evolving!

    So, as a wise teacher offered in the Yoga Vibes video called Expanding Awareness…

    “We share the practice in our own unique way and gathering with those interested in cultivating their own expansion is life affirming to our own path. There is really nothing more exciting to us than to know we are on the path to the good things coming. The only way to find that mind-set is to show up for the practice.”

    With that said, I will definitely see you ON the mat! I will meet you with such reverence and gratitude in knowing that I have expanded into my loving heart with an honest and clear view of what it means to walk my talk by holding my mid-line and willingly stretching into my own resistance.

    By Tiffany Wood. For a full list of Tiffany's Online Yoga Classes please visit her teachers page. To read more from Tiffany Wood visit her website at

  • New Anusara Yoga Series!


    Dig Anusara Yoga? 

    Well, here's an early Christmas gift for ya! 

    We are excited to launch a new series of Anusara-inspired yoga videos with Sarah Faircloth.

    Known for her fun and innovative approach to the practice, Sarah elegantly weaves challenging, empowering, playful, and innovative asana with an expertise in the flowing wisdom and subtleties of yoga philosophy. With over a decade of teaching experience, she inspires each student to embody the exquisite teachings of yoga.

    Her newest online yoga teachings present a comprehensive alignment-based series designed to take you through the basics of the Level 2 Syllabus of the Anusara Yoga style.

    “I started teaching a series of classes to cover the principles of Anusara Yoga a couple years ago,” says Sarah. “Since then, I have left the Anusara school. My style now is more eclectic with simpler alignment cues. However, I still feel that these 5 principles are one valid way of lining up the body. They can help students get a little deeper into poses. I'm excited to share the completion of this project with YogaVibes students.”

    We are equally as excited!

    Why YogaVibes?

    “I chose to partner with Yogavibes because they are bringing yoga into people's homes and hotel rooms in a way that gives students a feeling of connection to a real live class. There are many reasons why someone would be taking a class online. I like being able to reach students who may not otherwise make it to a yoga class. Having a plethora of classes taught by a diverse group of teachers, filmed in various studios, is a recipe for a virtual yoga tour of the country.”

    For a virtual experience of Anusara yoga online, embark upon the full range of intermediate level Anursara poses. Though challenging, Sarah’s accessible teaching style and step-by-step instructions will make this series - broken into 8 online yoga classes - approachable and doable.

    Start out with online yoga class #1 - a Lotus-themed flow. Tune in as Sarah clearly instructs Lotus Pose in many different positions (standing, sitting, hand balancing, etc.). (78 mins.)

    anusara yoga online

    But not so fast! Be on the look out for the upcoming 7 classes launching soon! Explore backbends, arm balances, hamstring openers, hip openers, and more!

    More on Sarah...

    Sarah Faircloth teaches yoga workshops, trainings and retreats, and is honored to serve students and teachers in expanding their practice and understanding of yoga. She was certified in Anusara yoga in 2003. She taught at Anusara Yoga's First Grand Gathering in 2008 and the Grand Circle at Wanderlust Vermont in 2011. Yoga Philosophy is a great passion and foundation of Sarah's teaching, and she continues to study actively with Douglas Brooks and Bill Mahony.

    Image Credit: Lotus Pose with Matt Gagnon via 

  • Weekend Intention: Embrace the Journey

    Yoga and Devotion

    I was asked the other day: "What makes yoga so different from other types of exercise.” I paused. I meditated on it for a moment. Then, I muttered some lazy reply about the spiritual component or something along those lines. Truth is, I didn’t really have a solid answer in that moment. Perhaps a part of me didn’t really want to reflect on it. I already know and feel yoga to be different than any other physical practice I have experienced. It's super experiential. Knowing and feeling it is enough for me. Sometimes understanding it all doesn’t really matter.

    But then, it hit me…

    I was, per usual, striking up an asana chat with a fellow yogi. On and on we went about arm balances, hip openers, twists, physical limitations, and asanas we considered (or would soon consider) walks in the park. All very riveting stuff, I know. And then…this escaped my mouth:

    “The thing about yoga is even when you feel you have mastered a pose…there is still room to go deeper or learn something new.”

    I called the poses microcosms of infinite potential.

    Then, I realized (as I have in many different ways at many different stages) that the yoga practice is totally a metaphor for life.

    That’s what makes yoga so different. That’s what makes it stand out from the crowd of physical practices. Yoga is a metaphor for life.

    Then, hours later, the conversation picked up again with the same yogi. We briefly touched on romantic relationships and the potential “tests” that arise in relationships. Me and my idealist of a brain said something along the lines of, “Well, there should be no tests...not with your partner.” Then, this was handed to me:

    “The thing about relationships is even when you feel you have mastered one…there is still room to go deeper or learn something new.”

    Well played, my friend. Well played and so true. You can apply this yoga-inspired lesson to just about anything.

    Because, really, there is no mastery. There is only the journey – a journey of unfolding possibilities and infinite potential. That’s yoga. That’s life. The mat is a powerful place because it continuously teaches us that there is infinitesimal ways to go even deeper and raise our vibration (and the vibration of others around us) even higher. As long as we are living and breathing, there is no stopping point. There is no end goal. There is, instead, constant evolution.

    So, don’t get caught up in this illusion of an end goal in yoga or in life. Your practice teaches you that there is no such thing. Heck, I’m still discovering and rediscovering Warrior I and I started my relationship with it about 10 years ago. That’s a good thing! We want our practices, relationships, and lives to keep us on our toes. We want to keep evolving and elevating. So, if you think you’ve mastered something, think again, yogis. There is still room to go deeper or learn something new.

    Think not?

    Try out these advanced online yoga practices. Then, get back to me.

    Embrace the journey,


    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

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