Free Online Yoga Videos

  • Build Up Your Backbend Know-How with Joan Hyman

    Discover the freedom of backbending!

    Join Los Angeles based yogi, Joan Hyman, for an online yoga demo - a Backbend and Dropping Back Tutorial.

    Unlock the secrets of these deep yoga poses by spending some time imprinting the proper leg action in backbending postures.

    In this free online yoga video, Joan will teach Ustrasana (Camel Pose) and Urdhva Dhanurasana (Full Wheel Pose) at the wall with the use of blocks and straps to help stabilize the legs to protect the lower back in these poses. Learn to avoid backbending from the lower back by working the legs and getting into the thoracic spine. Joan will break down the proper action of the shoulders and shoulder blades to encourage the upper arms to plug into the shoulder sockets for a safe and solid backbending practice. After alignment is set, move into dropping back at the wall and then, in the middle of the room.

    This online yoga video is incredibly informative for teachers, yogis in training, and serious students. Definitely add it to your repetoire of asana!

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    As you come into better alignment in your backbends, you’ll feel more grounded, exhilarated, and ready to tackle even crazier backends. In the meantime...

    Be sure to go in easy, be patient, and enjoy the journey!

    Image Credit: Joan Hyman captured by Fluid Frame Photography 

     

  • Strike A Pose: Bow Pose with Jeanne Heileman

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    “Bow Pose...it’s like many things: misunderstood."

    Resembling an archer's bow (with the torso and legs the body of the bow and the arms the string), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) is an intermediate backbend in the practice.

    A lot of not-so-good things tend to come up physically in this pose. Knee pain, sway back, belly suffocation...

    But this is only because, as Jeanne says, the pose is misunderstood. Once you get aligned, you’ll realize it isn’t so bad. In fact, it can feel super yummy. Plus, the pose comes with too many benefits to just up and ignore it:

    • Stretches the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors (psoas)
    • Strengthens the back muscles
    • Improves posture
    • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck
    • Relieves constipation, respiratory ailments, mild backache, fatigue, anxiety, menstrual discomfort

    To increase your Bow awareness and receive the Bow benefits, tune into Jean’s online yoga demo. In this free online yoga video, Jeanne will take you through three different therapeutic alignment tips that will address the common problems associated with this misunderstood backbend. This online yoga video is great education for yoga teachers who want to help their students practice a pain-free bow pose.

    Try this and have a happy, open heart!

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    Find more of Jeanne’s helpful online yoga tips + full-length online yoga classes on YogaVibes!

    Image courtesy of www.picstopin.com

  • Strike A Pose: Headstand with Justin Michael Williams

    Join Justin Michael Williams as he takes you through one of his all-time favorite yoga poses: Headstand!

    Headstand is a very powerful, yet restorative yoga pose, holding many benefits.

    As Justin will mention, Headstand provides a lovely opportunity to shift your perspective. While traveling and seeing unique and beautiful places, it’s nice to strike a Headstand to see things from a different, yet equally beautiful perspective.

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    In this short and free online yoga video, Justin will discuss, de-construct, and demo the first version of headstand (as seen above), Salamba Sirsasana I. He will guide you through three of the most important components to getting into a Headstand in the center of the room. Try it out!

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    For a more in-depth tutorial on the basics of getting into Headstand, make sure you check out Justin's full-length online yoga class!

    We want to see you strike a Headstand!

    Use #StrikeAPose + tag @YogaVibes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

     

  • Strike A Pose: Marichyasana C with Kino MacGregor

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    Named after the sage Marichi (meaning ray of light), this deep, binding hellofa twist arises in the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga method.

    Sure, it looks simple enough.

    But don’t be fooled.

    Marichyasana C poses a BIG challenge. Especially for yoga newbies.

    It’s a shining example of the age-old saying: The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.

    Because this asana overfloweth with rewards.

    Marichyasana C Benefits:

    • cleansing + purifying
    • aids digestion (the twisting action promotes elimination to restore digestive power)
    • opens up the shoulders
    • relieves mild backache and hip discomfort
    • strengthens and stretches the spine
    • tones the waist
    • stimulates and energizes
    • enhances the flow of prana throughout the abdomen, nourishing and massaging the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder
    • stretches the intercostals (muscles between the ribs) enhancing the flow of breath in the ribs
    • relieves menstruation discomforts

    To revel in the rewards of this twist, join Ashtanga Yoga instructor Kino MacGregor for a quick online yoga demo breaking down the technical and anatomical foundations of Marichyasana C in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. This free online yoga video features accessible modifications and the use of yoga towel as a prop to facilitate the bind. So, even if you’re a total beginner, you’ll find a good place to work this twist after tuning into Kino's beginner yoga video.

    Oh and some words of warning: 

    Don’t fight your way into it. This is NOT a pose for the overly zealous.

    Move patiently and one day it will come.

    Enjoy the journey!

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    Image Credit: Marichyasana C by Peters.pipers on Flickr

  • 5 Yoga Poses for Skiers with Gwen Lawrence

    After a long day on the mountain, pass on that sought-after hot toddy or libation of choice and try yoga.

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    In any sport, it's essential to be proactive when it comes to injury prevention. In skiing, this means...

    • Cultivating strong legs to endure long, challenging slopes.
    • Building exceptional back and abdominal strength to maintain perfect form for maximum control.
    • Finding more openness and flexibility in the hips to protect the knees and better manage falls and unstable surfaces.
    • Observing and combating muscular imbalances to support a smooth, graceful run down the mountain.

    Yoga helps to achieve all of this. 5 yoga poses, in particular, work wonders to bring your body into a state of equilibrium, so you can ward off injury and tackle the slopes for years to come. Join YogaVibes teacher, Gwen Lawrence, for a free online yoga demo designed to help you complement and counter the swift, high-energy movements on the mountain.

    1. Chair Pose: This pose is the ultimate leg-strengthener and develops the form needed to maneuver through even the toughest of runs. Chair pose also serves to reinforce spinal strength and proper alignment. Gwen’s Direction: Try chair pose holds for 10 breaths. To counter, hold a standing forward bend. Repeat the sequence 3 to 5 times.
    2. Bow Pose: After holding perfect form and keeping that precise angle at the hip joint, you must tend to the hip flexors. If not addressed, tight hip flexors can wreak havoc on the low back and compromise the alignment of your spine. Gwen’s Direction: Strike 3 bow poses for 30 seconds each. Breathe deep! Between each bow, enjoy 3 to 4 breaths in child's pose. Ahhh.
    3. Forearm Plank: Unlike its close relative, plank pose, forearm plank asks even more from your core and really digs deep into your abdominal strength while simultaneously challenging your spinal alignment and body positioning. Gwen's Direction: To be in prime slope shape, practice 3 one-minute holds, paying special mind to your alignment. No drooping of the mid-section!
    4. Chair Twist: Practicing the basic chair pose with a twist will stretch the obliques, facilitating subtle changes in your core that will direct your skis. Stretching the obliques (the muscles along the ribs and side body) will enhance your ability to endure the aerobic element of skiing, improving your control and boosting your lung capacity. Added bonus: Extra quad work to enhance leg strength! Gwen’s Direction: Hold chair twists 30 seconds on each side for 2 to 3 sets.
    5. Rock & Rolls: Before you hit the slopes, try these movements to shed light on where your balance is at. Gwen’s Direction: Lying on your back, bring your knees into your chest. Hold the legs behind your thighs and close your eyes. Do not peek or you will wreck your analysis! Inhale and exhale deeply and rock and roll 6 to 7 times. On the 7th rep, stop in the seated position and open your eyes. See where you are. You may be quite surprised to find yourself facing the opposite direction or on your neighbor's yoga mat! Whatever your imbalances end up being, you'll be astounded by the outcome of this little trick. Trick Analysis:
      • If you pull or turn right, your right hip or low back may be tight and require work (or vice versa).
      • If you inch toward the front of your mat, you may require extra deep hip flexor stretching. Tight hip flexors may cause lumbar hyperlordosis or "swayback" - a condition that occurs when the lumbar region is regularly stressed.
      • If you traveled over to the right of your mat, but are still facing forward, consider upper back and shoulder work (and vice versa).

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    If you want to keep tearin' up that powder, follow the wisdom of Gwen Lawrence and settle into these poses before and after you tackle the slopes.

    Gwen Lawrence is the founder of Power Yoga for Sports and works with athletes in professional basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer, Olympians, and college athletes.

    Image courtesy of Gwen Lawrence 

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