Class Reviews

  • 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 TiffanyWoodYoga.com

  • Class Review: Heart, Hips + Core Flow with Laura Burkhart

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    The deets.

    • Style: Vinyasa
    • Intensity: Level 2 = All Levels Online Yoga Video
    • Focus: backbends, Core exercises, hip openers
    • Average Rating: 5/5

    On the teacher.

    Laura's creative and intelligently sequenced online yoga classes are known for being challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. Her extensive studies under Shiva Rea and primary mentor Jason Crandell, have greatly influenced her intuitive, spontaneous and eclectic instruction style. Though her classes can be challenging, her beginner classes are fun for students new to yoga, helping to lay a strong foundation toward a life-long yoga practice.

    On the class.

    Build toward deep backbends, hip openers, and core work in this all-levels, comprehensive online yoga class. Also, touch upon poses that lengthen the hamstrings, open the shoulders, and challenge your balance. Filmed live at Yoga Tree, this online yoga video is designed to deliver a well-rounded opening of the body in just 60 minutes!

    What people are saying.

    • One of my favorite classes, wish there were more from her.
    • Laura - I love your style. This was a beautiful class...it's going into my favorites. :) I'm hoping to see more classes from you!!
    • delightful! perfect pace
    • Laura's class flows smoothly and is easy to follow! I enjoyed it thoroughly! Looking forward to more videos from Laura!

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    For more of Laura’s popular Vinyasa yoga videos, hit up our ever-expanding online yoga studio.

  • Class Review: Power Yoga for Sports (Runners Edition) with Gwen Lawrence

    The deets.

    • Style: Power Yoga for Sports (Vinyasa)
    • Intensity: Level 1 = All Levels Online Yoga Video
    • Focus: Athletes, Runners, Beginners, Hip Openers, Yoga for Men
    • Average Rating: 5/5

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    On the teacher.

    Gwen's unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, offers students overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for 5 Pro teams in New York, including the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the New York Rangers, in addition to major college teams such as Yale and UNC. She is well-known for her sports-specific Power Yoga for Sports flows (many of which are featured in our online yoga collection!) and training programs.

    On the class.

    This online yoga class is the perfect complement for all runners, from the avid runner to the weekend warrior. Running can create a very tight lower half and can take its toll on the body. This yoga video features deep stretches and long holds, so you can really dig in, dissolve tension and tightness, and get faster results. You will learn to notice imbalances, so you can address them before they lead to injury. (28 mins.)

    What people are saying.

    • "My legs are always more relaxed after this class, thanks!"
    • "Great practice. Excellent stretch for very tight lower body. Gwen has a great voice…" 

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    For more sports-specific flows with Gwen, check out her ever-growing collection of online yoga classes.

  • Class Review: Master Sadhana Practice with Sri Dharma Mittra

    The deets.

    • Filming Location: Dharma Yoga New York Center, NYC
    • Style: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Intensity: Level 3 = Advanced Yoga Video (highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers)
    • Focus: Arm Balancing + Inversions Yoga, Backbends, Twists, Crazy Sweaty Flow
    • Average Rating: 5/5

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    Sri Dharma Mittra beautifully striking a Pincha Mayurasana variation.

    On the teacher.

    One word: Legendary.

    Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. In 1975, Dharma Mittra founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City and has since taught hundreds of thousands all over the world. Now, you can practice with this bonafide yoga master, too!

    On the class.

    This online yoga class presents elements of the Dharma III-IV Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa: a challenging, yet graceful and meditative posture series steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma Mittra's experience of the classical tradition. One of the joys of Master Sadhana is exploring variations of Sri Dharma Mittra's advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world today, as well as instruction on how to take the steps necessary to acquire these postures. This online yoga video features guided Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Deep Relaxation.

    Expect this online yoga practice to quiet your turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within you. (74 mins.)

    What people are saying.

    • A complete and devotional practice. It has changed my life. From depressed and overweight to blissed and healthily in my body. It all turned around when I started practicing Dharma Yoga. Thank you Sri Dharma Mittra.
    • Thank you very much Sri Dharma Mittra and everybody involved in the realization of being able to take his class online...This will be exactly what will get me back on the track of yoga after being though an operation last year.
    • How wonderful to be able to practice with my teacher's words and Master postures anytime. This practice demonstrates the traditional essence of the yoga practice and success requires demanding reverence to the teacher as it should be. This is true Dharma and I am grateful.
    • beautiful class... I couldn't do a lot of the poses like scorpion or headstand, but I found the class inspiring and moving. I feel amazing.
    • Excellent class for those seeking a traditional eastern style of yoga with a bit more oomph than your usual American yoga class. As a Dharma student in NY, the class was very true to his regular teachings. Loved it!

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    For more inspiring practices with Sri Dharma Mittra, check out his ever-growing collection of online yoga videos.

  • Class Review: "Quickie" Core-Focused Slow Flow with Cristi Christensen

    The deets.

    Style: Vinyasa Yoga Online Length: 30 minutes Intensity: Level 1 = All-Levels, Beginner-Appropriate Online Yoga Video Focus: Core-Infused Slow Flow Props: 1 Block Recommended Rating: 4/5

    On the teacher.

    Cristi Christensen is the Director of Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, where she is a passionate yoga and Core Fusion teacher. Her teachings, practice, and bright energy merge into a dynamic and unique style that translates into an infectious energy that her students can't help but feel, even during an online yoga practice.

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    On the class.

    • Quickie time. This online yoga class is perfect for when you only have 30 minutes to practice.
    • Tension release. This flow will promote a full-body opening, settle your busy mind, and move you into deep relaxation.
    • Build heat + detox. Start with a series of slow, heat-building Sun Salutations, followed by a standing series that incorporates cleansing twists and strength-building standing balances. End on the floor for core exercises, reclining twists, and hip openers.

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    What people are saying.

    • "Excellent choice for a 30 minute practice. Covers a lot of bases without feeling rushed. Nice!"
    • "Great class when you don't have time for a full practice."

    Enjoy more online yoga videos with Cristi on YogaVibes. 

    Learn more about her at www.cristichristensen.com.

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