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  • Fresh Vibes: Balance Out, Break Free, Build Strength & More!

    Here are the newest additions to our varied and fabulous collection of online yoga videos.

    Browse the collection to discover what aligns with your vibe.

    To balance out...

    Check out Cristi Christensen’s new Vinyasa slow flow. Open your shoulders and hips in preparation for an online yoga class full of opportunities to play with and challenge your balance. Poses include handstand, the bound version of half moon balance (chopasana in ardha chandrasana), forearm balance (pincha mayurasana), and standing visvamitrasana (bird of paradise). Finish with an opportunity to be creative and free, enjoying some lovely restorative poses. (88 mins.)

    To strengthen your center...

    Enjoy an ab strengthening and arm balancing yoga video with Peter Barnett. In this online yoga sequence, Peter presents exercises that build core strength in preparation for practicing arm balances, and then presents opportunities to practice a number of advanced arm balances. (34 mins.)

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    To break free from the negative ...

    Focus on Samana Vayu - to digest not only physically but mentally - in this practice shot live at Yoga Tree Hayes in San Francisco with ParaYoga teacher, Brenna Geehan. You know your Samana is strong when you are learning your life lessons and not repeating the same mistakes over and over again. This Hatha yoga online practice focuses on balanced breathing (Sama Vrtti), forward bends, and twists with the use of Bandhas (energy locks). (80 mins.)

    To sweat it out...

    Hit your mat for a cardio quickie. Running is bad for your joints, ellipticals can be a waste of time, and spending hours in an air-conditioned gym can't be good for anyone's chakras! This online yoga video, led by Justin Michael Williams, takes the pain out of cardio and brings it to a place you love (or will come to love) - your yoga mat. You'll be guided through a simple building-block sequence that's specifically designed to increase your heart rate and build up your cardiovascular strength. Cardio conditioning has countless benefits. It increases metabolism, improves heart health, and leads to great sustenance in your yoga practice. Be ready to sweat and move! (28 mins.)

    To open up...

    Join Sean Gray for a practice created to open the upper chest and rib cage by allowing each inhale to lift and expand this area. Then, take the journey deeper with a challenging sequence of twists and backbends, really getting in there and opening it up! (77 mins.)

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    Enjoy!

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  • Seeds of Intent: Plague the World with Joy

    “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ~ Swami Satchidananda

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    Yeah. Why not?

    We get so caught up in how we think things should roll, both in our practices and lives. We survey the external and think about ways we can tweak this or that, struggling to control the uncontrollable. Maybe we attach to grandiose ideas of changing the world or aspects of it. Maybe it’s not that big. Maybe we form attachments to ideas of how certain people or things in our worlds - be they friends, asanas, lovers, business endeavors, family members, teachers, co-workers - should be. We all do this. It's natural.

    But guess what? You cannot expect to change ANYTHING outside of you. In fact, the more hung up you get on changing and controlling what’s out there – beyond you - the more lost, confused, and stuck you feel. You become a slave to expectation.

    Peace isn't having everything rolling as you think it should. Peace, instead, is detaching your self from these fantasies of how things, people, and circumstances should be. Peace is knowing that the only freedom you’ll ever have in life is your ability to control your reactions and maintain your cool in the in the midst of madness and messiness. The other stuff going on around you isn’t necessarily yours to change. All you have control over is your experience. So, why not make it serene? Why not color it with joy? Why not die happily, laughing?

    I think it’s because we take things too seriously, including ourselves. I get it. It's easy to do. And sure, there is a place and time for seriousness. Sometimes, you gotta put your game face on. Yet, too often, we are all walking around with our game faces on, wrapped up in tasks, lists, distractions, chatter, expectations, fantasies, etc. I say we all walk around with our smiley faces on and move through this world without all the heaviness. I say we wrap our worlds in joy, laughter, peace, and freedom. Because...why not?

    To tap into your inner joy, practice a vigorous online yoga class: Causing Breakthroughs in Your Life Through Your Asana Practice. Instructor Jen Pastiloff will lead your through meditations to release unhelpful thoughts and manifest your life's goals. Explore arm balances and inversions and enjoy singing by Samadhi Bishop. (90 mins.)

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    And for a dose of laughter - the best drug - join Gigi Yogini for an online yoga class weaving together meditation, pranayama, and Kundalini yoga: Throat Chakra Opener. Find balance in the way you communicate to the world and to yourself in this practice. You'll play with mantra and affirmative singing, smile, and, if all goes to plan, crack up. (12 mins.)

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    Sending joyous vibes to you all!

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  • Fresh Vibes: Arm Balancing Prep, Wrist Therapy, and More!

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    Nail an arm balance.

    Are you fairly new to arm balances? Join Kiyomi for an online yoga class incorporating various core and upper body strengthening and stabilizing poses, combined with hip opening and twisting poses to set you up perfectly for arm balances such as crow pose (bakasana) and eka pada koundinyasana I and II. Enjoy the process to build your strength and confidence as you move through the less intimidating and slightly easier ways to get into these seemingly challenging poses. Be playful and open-minded as you build the mental stamina and strength as well as physical endurance and stability to have the capacity to welcome challenges in your life with grace and ease. (52 mins.)

    Wrist restoration.

    Take time to focus on the smaller parts of your body - your wrists, hands, forearms and elbows - in this online yoga class with Ashley Turner. Taking care of your peripheral parts and all the nerve endings that lie there, which have a direct effect on you inner organs and other systems of you body. These parts tend to hold a lot of tension due to all of our computer work, texting, and even all of those chaturangas, and they could use some extra attention to help you relax and de-stress. This is a great way to prep your wrists and hands for a forearm balance (pincha mayurasana). (13 mins.)

    Discover the components of Vinyasa. 

    Breath and extension are two of the keys to having a Vinyasa yoga practice. This instructional yoga video with Sean Gray breaks down what vinyasa means, how to use it in your yoga practice, and some of the benefits of practicing this way. By connecting the breath with the movement of the body, you can watch your entire practice expand right in front of your eyes. (19 mins.)

    Hit those 3rd Trimester hot spots.  

    This 15 minute online prenatal yoga class with Olynda Smith is done all standing and at the wall. Hit some of the target areas for this time: the hamstrings, calves, lower back and shoulders. Also, do a few squats at the wall to build up strength. All these poses are great to learn so you can do them on your own whenever you like. Throughout the class you'll focus on getting to know and use the breath effectively. (16 mins.)

    Stretchy, stretchy.

    Enjoy 60 minutes of stretching, flowing, and centering in this challenging online vinyasa yoga class with Goldie Oren! In this well-sequenced practice, you will use every inch of your space, including turning to face the back of the mat, flipping the dog, and the opportunity to deepen your poses when you repeat the entire sequence. There will be many opportunities to open the hamstrings and hips in poses, including Warrior 2, extended side angle, and several pyramid poses (parsvottanasana). The class includes shoulder openers like binding in cow face (gomukasana) arms, wrapping in eagle (garudasana) arms, dolphin pose, and the backbend bow pose. During the last dolphin, you will also have the opportunity to practice headstand, or prep for headstand, by lifting one leg, then the other, to build strength. End the flow by melting into a long pigeon pose before letting go completely into savasana. (62 mins.)

    Lots to love, yogis. Enjoy!

     

  • Strike A Pose: An Arm Balance Transition with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman in Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Joan will guide you through a tricky series of arm balancing postures. Insect pose (Bhujapidasana) will flow into Firefly Pose. Firefly Pose (Titibasana) will flow into Crow Pose (Bakasana). And finally, Bakasana will transition you to Chaturanga. Whew. Sounds like a lot, I know.

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    Before you try to weasel your way into these challenging postures, be sure to warm up! Do some deep forward folds to loosen up the hamstrings. Take a low squat (Malasana) to loosen up the hips. De not try to crush these poses without a proper warm-up.

    Sure, you may not nail this transition of tricky arm balances all the way, but it’s cool. You still win for trying. Just keep practicing. Keep believing. Keep breathing. Eventually, you will prevail.

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  • Class Review: Core Flow to Bhujapidasana with Sarah Ezrin

    The deets.

    Filming Location: Los Angeles, California Style: Vinyasa Slow Flow Length: 47 minutes Intensity: Level 2 = Moderate Intensity Focus: Arm Balances, Core, Alignment-Based Props: Block + Blanket Recommended Average Rating: 5/5

    On the teacher.

    Sarah Ezrin delivers what I’m going to call a “subtle a** kick.” Her Vinyasa flows, though slow moving and incredibly mindful, are surprisingly challenging. Plus, she’s an alignment-cuing queen. Her stellar and precise instructions, combined with her intelligent sequencing, will allow you to work into postures with greater depth and awareness.

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    On the class.

    • A Plank Party. True to its name, this class is heavy on the core work. Get prepared to plug in the belly and settle into lots of plank holds.
    • Shoulder Snuggling Action. Spoiler alert: The peak pose of this Vinyasa slow flow is Bhujapidasana, which translates as shoulder pressing pose. Don’t worry. Before you reach the summit, you’ll do some preparative training to make this arm balancing asana more accessible. If you can’t reach the summit today, there are still places you can work and play.
    • Slow Your Roll. This class is an opportunity to slooooow down. This doesn’t, however, make this experience any easier than a fast moving Vinyasa class. In fact, in many ways, it ups the intensity. Expect to really settle into poses, deeply connect to your breath, and sustain longer holds to build your endurance.
    • Instruction Heavy. Expect lots of awesome cues and options for various modifications on more advanced poses. There’s a lot to absorb in this class, which is why I recommend practicing it more than once. It really sets the stage for solid alignment and proper core engagement.

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    What people are saying.

    "This is a great video! It was pretty challenging, but not unmanageable. Sarah did a great job of explaining Bhujapidasana when it was time to try that pose!" ~ Nomnso K

    From Sarah’s website: Based out of her hometown of Los Angeles, Sarah is a RYT-500. She is trained in Vinyasa Flow and the Ashtanga method, which is her daily practice. Sarah received the YogaWorks certification to conduct teacher trainings in early 2011. Internationally recognized, she teaches workshops and retreats across the globe.

    Find more online yoga classes with Sarah Ezrin HERE.

    Get more on Sarah Ezrin at www.sarahezrinyoga.com, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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