• Ab Work for Better Arm Balances

    If you haven’t noticed, arm balances tend to require a good deal of abdominal strength (and hence can be good postures for exercising the abs).

    If you’d like to aspire to those cool arm-balancing poses that you’ve probably seen on the cover of yoga magazines or on your Instagram feed, you'll need to learn how to use the power of your abdominal muscles (in combination with proper arm alignment) to effortlessly float up into poses like Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Bakasana, Eka Pada Bakasana, Astavakrasana, etc.

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    To practice arm balances like these and more - in conjunction with core engagement exercises - tune into the following online yoga videos created to activate your abs in preparation for lift off!

    Core Detox: Arm Balance Flow with Ashley Turner

    Flow through an invigorating online yoga class and feel how a galvanized core lights up arm balances. Begin with a Kundalini Kriya to awaken tapas (inner fire of purification). Follow with a strong standing flow of twists and variations on core work, which creatively roll into arm balances (variations for all levels). (91 mins.)

    Core & Hip Work leading to Eka Pada Koundinyasana with Joan Hyman

    This energizing online yoga flow is perfect to start your day, igniting your core muscles and opening stuck energy in the hips. This practice is fun and creative with long deep holds to strengthen and release at the same time. After a standing pose sequence that includes balancing, you will move into the arm balance Eka Pada Koundinyasana before finishing with some sweet pigeon delight! (54 mins.)

    Abs and Arm Balances with Peter Barnett

    In this more instructional online yoga video, Peter presents exercises that will help you build abdominal core strength in preparation for practicing arm balances. Then, explore opportunities to practice a number of advanced arm balances and arm-balancing transitions. (34 mins.)

    Sure, maybe you won’t have the core strength today to realize some of the rather advanced arm balances presented in these yoga videos. But don’t shy away! Take them on anyways. Yeah, you may struggle, tremble, and fall, but who cares? Not you. Laugh it off. Then, try again. This is how you begin cultivating both your inner and outer strength. Piece by piece it will all come together.

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  • Fresh Vibes: Chakra, Core, and Hip Work

    This week’s online yoga menu showcases lots of variety per usual.

    Browse the freshness to see what sparks your fancy!

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    To get aligned...

    Tune into Cristi Christensen’s Vinyasa slow flow. Start by opening up the spine with a restorative sequence. Warm up the body with a series of Sun Salutations and then move through a standing sequence that includes side angle, triangle, Warrior II, and half moon pose. There is an opportunity to practice forearm balance or pincha mayurasana before working on alignment in bridge or wheel pose. End with restorative poses and a lovely savasana. Enjoy live music provided by Richard Learmont ( (88 mins.)

    To learn a fancy pose...

    Join Joan Hyman for some core and hip work leading to Eka Pada Koundinyasana. Practice this energizing online yoga class to start your day, ignite your core muscles, and open stuck energy in the hips. This flow is fun and creative with long deep holds to strengthen and release at the same time. After a standing pose sequence that includes balancing, you will move into the peak pose - Eka Pada Koundinyasana - before finishing with some sweet pigeon delight! (54 mins.) Choose A Yoga Class

    For the aquaphile…

    Try Gigi Yogini’s new online yoga video, designed specifically for swimmers. Target the shoulders and core in this highly accessible beginner yoga video. Gain a competitive edge by taking care of over-worked areas and strengthening the core. Note: The full class is available FREE to all subscribers! (28 mins.)

    To turn up the heat...

    Tap into manipura chakra in Ashley Turner’s Vinyasa yoga video. Harness the energy of the manipura chakra in this strong practice. Take time to review and acknowledge past efforts and accomplishments and then turn your attention and focus to what you want to manifest in the future. Start building heat with rounds of Surya Namaskar A and B. Open the hips and inner groins with a wide-legged straddle sequence. Work on handstands at the wall with specific alignment cues and tips using a block. (89 mins.)

    Elevate Your Vibe!

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  • 5 Creative Exercises to Sculpt Your Core



    Bored with your current core routine? Bummed on your results?

    Freshen up your ab-strengthening program and realize the results you desire with these 5 creative core exercises developed by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga. These unique movements will challenge your abs from all directions without a sit up - or anything that remotely resembles a sit up - in sight. So, say goodbye to old school sit ups and turn to yoga to effectively boost your core strength.

    These core exercises - based on foundational yoga postures - will help you to cultivate a strong, solid core without ever having to lie on your back. Two of the exercises in this free online yoga video will utilize weights, but don't worry, because these exercises can be done with or without the weights. Even without, you will most definitely feel the burn!

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    So, what are you waiting for?

    Go ahead and break free from the comfort of your typical core routine. Step things up. Boost your results.

    Dig this online yoga video? Find these exercises and more in our online yoga with weights classes on YogaVibes with Danielle Diamond.

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  • YogaVibes Partners with Black Dog Yoga

    We are incredibly pleased to showcase our growing library of online yoga classes filmed at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA.

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    About Black Dog Yoga

    Black Dog Yoga was founded in 2002 to provide an inspiring, safe and unpretentious haven for yoga in the San Fernando Valley. Since its inception, Black Dog Yoga has prided itself in offering the highest-quality yoga in a clean, spacious, and inviting environment. Offering an eclectic mix of hatha yoga steered by a large roster of almost 40 extremely gifted and knowledgeable instructors, Black Dog Yoga has become the Valley’s premier yoga center.

    Why YogaVibes?

    "There are three reasons why Black Dog Yoga is partnering with YogaVibes. Our students. Our teachers. And us,” says Peter Barnett, the owner of Black Dog Yoga.  

    “We are in existence to serve our clientele. Our studio is always clean and bright and we have plenty of top quality props on hand. One thing we don't have is a way for our students to continue their practice with their favorite teacher or teachers when they can't get to the studio for any reason. Partnering with YogaVibes solves this problem!

    At Black Dog Yoga we pride ourselves in having great teachers teaching great classes. It seems because we're "over the hill" in the San Fernando Valley, our teachers aren't getting the recognition they deserve. Partnering with YogaVibes is the ideal way to get the great work of our awesome teachers out there for all to see.

    Black Dog Yoga is the largest, independently-owned yoga studio in Los Angeles. Our four airy practice rooms and retail area combined are a spacious 7,000 square feet and we offer more than 90 classes a week for students of all levels, in a variety of styles.

    We have a great reputation in town and now is the time for everybody to get to know what makes us truly one of LA's best yoga studios. We're all very excited to be partnering with YogaVibes and to be reaching out to a whole new audience."


    Get to know the studio and join Peter for his newest online yoga class, an abs and arm-balancing Vinyasa yoga flow. In this 35-minute online yoga sequence, Peter presents exercises that help to build the core strength necessary for arm balances and offers opportunities to practice a number of advanced arm balancing postures.

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    Please stay tuned for more hatha yoga online and good vibes with Peter Barnett and the Black Dog Yoga crew!


  • Yoga for Abs of Steel

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    No one’s saying you gotta flaunt abs of steel like Jersey Shore’s The Situation. In fact, please don’t. It’s a little much. However, there’s no denying that a strong core benefits you off and on the mat.

    Abs of Steel Perks:

    • Total body stabilization and better balance
    • Decreased risk of injury, most predominantly in the lower back
    • More grace and stability during transitions
    • Greater ease in arm balances (crow pose, etc.)
    • Greater ease in inversions (headstand, handstand, etc.)
    • Protection from the wear and tear of sitting all day at a desk
    • Balance to your 3rd chakra, boosting self-confidence (perhaps this explains why the The Situation has no problem flashing his ripped abs anytime, anywhere)

    To realize these perks, make a commitment to cultivating more core strength. Start building abs of steel by tuning into these short, core-infused online yoga videos.

    Abs and Arm Balances with Peter Barnett

    In this 35 minute online yoga sequence, Peter presents exercises that help you build abdominal core strength in preparation for practicing arm balances, and then presents opportunities to practice a number of advanced arm balances. (34 mins.)

    Ab Kickin' Quick Flow with Justin Michael Williams

    This beginner yoga video features quick and effective core exercises designed to target your upper and lower abs as well as your obliques. (18 mins.)

    I.AM.YOU. Abs and Back with Lauren Imparato

    Link breath with creative and athletic movements in a 30-minute version of Lauren's signature I.AM.YOU. class with a focus on strengthening the abs and back. This online yoga video features an athletic Vinyasa that is creative and funky while being strongly rooted in tradition. Lauren provides alternative poses throughout, making this a great prenatal class too! (32 mins.)

    Booty, Abs & Arms with Justin Michael Williams

    Sculpt your body in this quick, energetic yoga workout specifically designed to tone your glutes, abs, and arms. If you're ready to start taking your practice to the next level, then this is the perfect online yoga class for you! By building strength, you'll prepare your body (especially your core!) for more advanced yoga postures including inversions and arm balances. (20 mins.)


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